While everyone is placing bets as to which GOPer got the ball rolling over at Fusion GPS, an important misinformation factoid is being pushed by a few brave Hillary sycophants. No doubt called upon by Hillary to walk the plank if they wished to stay on the Clinton payroll. Unfortunately, the story was broken by the Washington Post and alas is behind a firewall. So I will have to take it on faith that the conclusions that the Federalist came to merit consideration. The GOP had nothing to do with the funding of the Dossier. If true, then the waters must not be muddied. Opposition research is one thing, creating this bizarre dossier another matter. Here tis:
2) No, the Russian dossier was not initially funded by Republicans
When the news broke that the Clinton campaign and the DNC were admitting partial responsibility for the Russia dossier, journalists acted like they’d presented it as a Clinton campaign operation all along. They also claimed it was initially funded by a Republican.
Incorrect. And Tapper took the tweet down when the error was pointed out. There is no evidence that a Republican donor or Republican campaign was ever involved with the Russian dossier. Fusion GPS claimed to reporters (though they did not provide evidence) that a Republican funded separate opposition research on Trump, dealing with his business interests. But as the Washington Post itself reports, the dossier did not exist until after the Democrats hired Fusion GPS:
Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.
After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Full story at the The Federalist with the nine other reported claims.