Conservative news site initially hired the firm that created the Trump-Russia dossier

The firm that authored the infamous Trump-Russia dossier began its dirt-digging on Trump in 2015 initially on behalf of the conservative news site the Washington Free Beacon.
By Rick Docksai | Oct 31, 2017
The firm that compiled the salacious Trump-Russia dossier last year began its anti-Trump research initially at the behest of the conservative news website Washington Free Beacon. Mathew Continetti, the site's editor-in-chief and chairman, posted a statement on the home page Friday in which he admitted that the Free Beacon had hired Fusion GPS in late 2015 to dig up dirt on several Republican presidential candidates, including Donald Trump.

"Since its launch in February of 2012, the Washington Free Beacon has retained third party firms to conduct research on many individuals and institutions of interest to us and our readers," Continetti wrote. "During the 2016 election cycle we retained Fusion GPS to provide research on multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary, just as we retained other firms to assist in our research into Hillary Clinton."

The news site gathered information on the candidates from Fusion GPS from October 2015 until May 2016, when it was clear that Trump would win the GOP nomination, according to conversations between Free Beacon representatives and the House Intelligence Committee on Friday. The representatives denied that anyone at the Beacon was involved in the now-infamous Trump-Russia dossier or that they had any involvement with Christopher Steele, the former British spy behind the dossier.

The dossier alleges that Trump attended secret meetings at the Kremlin and had engaged in numerous trysts with Russian prostitutes. Most of its accusations have been disproven, but the document has re-entered the public fray in the past two weeks due to reports that the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign had picked up funding for Fusion GPS after its work with the Free Beacon wrapped up.

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