By Jim O’Neill
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.
Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the company in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC.
Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett, Rosalind Helderman (“The Washington Post”) “Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier”
Well finally. The nefarious nature of the so called “Russian dossier” has come to light, and its salacious (read that as lewd and crude) allegations against President Trump will soon be shown for the slanderous falsehoods that they always were.
It is important to note that the DNC, Clinton, Christopher Steele, and the Russians, came into the picture after the original investigation by Fusion GPS was started and then dropped by an as yet unnamed Republican. The entire Steele/Russia dossier is wholly owned by the Democrats. (Which Republicans assisted in disseminating it is another matter). The company that “investigated” the material in the dossier, Fusion GPS, was hired by the law firm Perkins Coie.
As my colleague Andrew McCarthy notes, it’s a clever arrangement. The use of the law firm adds a layer of deniability, and when controversy arises, Fusion GPS is able to appeal to attorney-client privilege to shield itself from scrutiny.
Besides reportedly being involved with the Clinton/Comey/McCain/Russia/Trump dossier imbroglio, the Seattle based law firm of Perkins Coie (founded 1912) is reputed to have been largely responsible for the legal firewall erected around much of Barack Obama’s past.
Perkins Coie is counsel of record for the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Leadership Council, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Other political clients include nearly all Democratic members of the United States Congress. It has also represented several presidential campaigns, including those of John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.
Wikipedia “Perkins Coie”
As you’ll recall, Obama’s American citizenship (or lack thereof) was a cause celebre among conservatives prior to the 2008 presidential election, and especially in the years immediately afterward. At the center of the controversy were two forensically disputed birth certificates shown on the Internet. The controversy has never been resolved to the satisfaction of those doubting the veracity of the documents.
It is not a question of whether Obama was born in Hawaii, Kenya, Tasmania, or wherever, it’s a question of the legitimacy of the birth certificates…and a number of other pertinent questions.
One of the people concerned about these questions was Donald Trump. I wrote about it at the time (2011) in an article with the New York Post-worthy title “Help Trump Dump the Chump!” The fact that someone with the nationally recognized status of Donald Trump was questioning the legitimacy of Obama’s birth certificates added an exposure and gravitas to the issue that it had previously lacked.
When [Obama White House counsel] Robert Bauer got up to speak, one of the reporters asked him, “Bob, can you explain why President Obama let this drag on for four years? Was it Donald Trump who prompted you to issue this?” One month earlier, Trump was a guest on the TV show The View and had asked, “Why does Obama refuse to show his long-form birth certificate?”
During Donald Trump’s campaign to, first win the Republican nomination, and then the presidency in 2016, the MSM made hay with the remarks he had made concerning Obama’s birth certificates in prior years. Time will tell if their snarky remarks come back to bite them in a manner similar to what is presently happening in regard to their fake Trump/Russia collusion narrative.
In closing, let me state that I am definitely not accusing Perkins Coie of any wrongdoing. I am simply pointing out that Perkins Coie and President Trump seem destined to butt heads from time to time. Who, if anyone, will come out the winner is impossible to say…personally I’m betting on President Trump.