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Clinton: 'Of course there is' a difference between dossier and collusion

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden prepares to confront Putin Ending the same-sex marriage wars Trump asks Biden to give Putin his 'warmest regards' MORE in a new interview argued the controversial and unverified dossier on President Trump that her campaign helped fund is not equivalent to the Trump campaign possibly colluding with Russia's efforts to meddle in the presidential election.

“Of course there is,” Clinton told Comedy Central's “The Daily Show” when asked by host Trevor Noah if there is a difference between the two.

Clinton noted that a conservative website, the Washington Free Beacon, originally began funding the research endeavor that eventually produced the dossier. 

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The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee have faced the ire of Republicans since The Washington Post reported that the campaign and committee assisted in funding the dossier.

Clinton, echoing her former running mate Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill Overnight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US Cotton, Pentagon chief tangle over diversity training in military MORE (D-Va.), argued the dossier is opposition research compiled on a political rival. But the former secretary of State also pointed out that the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign was not disclosed prior to the election.

“So I know that voters should have had that information. That’s something that may have influenced some people and it’s part of what happens in a campaign where you get information that may or may not be useful and you try to make sure anything you put out in the public arena is accurate,” she said.

“So this thing didn’t come out until after the election and it’s still being evaluated, but the fact of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia should have come out.”