Hey Trump, Republicans First Funded Russia Dossier, Not DNC or Clinton

President Donald Trump‘s post-Christmas Tweeting included this morning’s whopper of a statement:

Let’s ignore for a moment the fact that the original Tweet was directed at “@foxandfrlends” instead of “@foxandfriends.” (A lowercase “L” does not equal a lowercase “I.) The bigger problem goes beyond typography:  Trump’s tweet is only sort of, kind of half true.

Fusion GPS, the firm which produced the dossier, was originally hired by the Washington Free Beacon, which has been described as “a conservative website funded by a major Republican donor” (billionaire financier Paul Singer) by the New York Times. Though the Free Beacon later distanced itself from producing the actual work product, it remains a matter of record that they paid for someone else to produce it.

Yup, it was Republicans and conservatives who funded the dossier originally. Republicans and conservatives ordered Fusion GPS to drop it after it became clear the Republican party was going to rubber-stamp Trump’s ascension as savior-in-chief and name him the official party candidate. That’s according to information reportedly provided to the House Intelligence Committee by the Free Beacon itself. Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee hopped in after Republicans and conservatives lost interest in the dossier. Clinton and the DNC paid Fusion GPS to complete it.

BuzzFeed published the dossier after getting its hands on it.

Not surprisingly, Twitter blew back up at the President:

[Image via White House]

Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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