New York Times reporters blast Dems over Trump dossier funding claims

New York Times reporters blast Dems over Trump dossier funding claims
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The New York Times senior White House correspondent Maggie Haberman and reporter Kenneth Vogel are slamming Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections MORE's campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), saying they lied about funding for the so-called Trump dossier.

"When I tried to report this story, Clinton campaign lawyer @marceelias pushed back vigorously, saying 'You (or your sources) are wrong,' " Vogel tweeted, referring to Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias.

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The Washington Post in a bombshell report late Tuesday said that Elias's legal firm hired Fusion GPS, a private research firm based in Washington, D.C., to provide opposition research on candidate Donald Trump.

Fusion GPS hired former British MI6 intelligence officer Christopher Steele to lead research, eventually resulting in a 35-page document that included claims against the Trump campaign and its alleged ties to Russia along with scandalous accusations about the candidate himself.

The dossier was shopped around to numerous media outlets for months before being published by BuzzFeed last January.

"Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year," Haberman tweeted to her more than 650,000 followers on Tuesday.

The DNC in a statement late Tuesday attempted to distance its current leadership, including DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE, from the dossier funding.

“Tom Perez and the new leadership of the DNC were not involved in any decision-making regarding Fusion GPS, nor were they aware that Perkins Coie was working with the organization," said DNC spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa.

"But let’s be clear, there is a serious federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, and the American public deserves to know what happened," she said.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE took to Twitter last week after Fusion GPS partners Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catán invoked their Fifth Amendment rights, refusing to answer questions before the House Intelligence Committee.

"Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?” Trump tweeted to his 41.2 million followers.