A conservative publication set in motion the research that lead to a dossier that includes unverified claims regarding ties between President Trump and Russia, the publication revealed on Friday.
The Washington Free Beacon originally funded the project through the firm Fusion GPS, a connection the publication’s lawyers revealed for the first time to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday. The Washington Examiner first reported the connection and the Free Beacon then confirmed it.
The publication stopped funding the project in the spring of 2016. At that point, Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democrat National Committee picked up funding of the project.
The project until that point had focused on researching multiple Republican presidential candidates and was not looking at collusion with Russia, according to the Free Beacon.
The former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele also became involved after the publication stopped funding the project, and went on to compile the dossier which is sometimes known as the “Steele dossier.”
“Representatives of the Free Beacon approached the House Intelligence Committee today and offered to answer what questions we can in their ongoing probe of Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier,” the publication’s Editor in Chief Matthew Continetti and Chairman Michael Goldfarb said in a statement.
He said, “The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier, and never had contact with, knowledge of, or provided payment for any work performed by Christopher Steele.”