Intel Dem: What’s in dossier more important than who paid for it

A Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday that knowing who paid for an unverified dossier detailing President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE's alleged ties to Russia is less important than the accusations found in the report.


"I think it is important to understand who paid for the dossier, but I don't think that's as important as what's alleged," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"Because if what's alleged is true, that Donald Trump and his team were working with the Russians to win the election, then it doesn't matter who paid for it because we have a national security issue on our hands with a president who could be compromised."

Swalwell continued, saying that it was "important" to get the question of who paid for the controversial dossier answered.

"It's important to get those questions out of the way, but I wish my colleagues in the majority were more concerned about corroborating or repudiating the serious allegations of the dossier," he said.

Swalwell's comments follow an explosive report revealing that a lawyer for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE's campaign funded the production of the dossier of unverified claims after the project had been initially started by Republican operatives during the GOP primary.

Top figures in Clinton's campaign, including campaign chair John Podesta and spokesman Brian Fallon, have denied any knowledge of the campaign's efforts to fund the creation of the dossier.

In a statement, a Democratic National Committee (DNC) spokeswoman said that DNC chair Tom PerezThomas 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 had no knowledge of the dossier's creation, but that the real issue remained Trump's alleged ties to Russia.

“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,” DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa said. “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.”