“Republican” Backer Of Fusion GPS REVEALED

After Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the infamous Trump dossier, admitted to having an initial “Republican” backer, speculation began to circulate as to who could have financed their research.

One report inaccurately suggests the Republican also “helped fund the dossier,” per the Daily Caller:

Reporting on the dossier tells us that a Republican was the first to pay Fusion GPS for opposition research, but that donor was out of the picture by the time Fusion contracted with Christopher Steele to create the dossier.

Host Wolf Blitzer said that a Republican “first established contact” with Fusion GPS, which is correct based on current reports, but the chyron floating below him during the interview claimed that Republican was also behind funding for the dossier.

“Who’s the anti-Trump Republican who helped fund the dossier?” the chyron misleadingly asks.

Again, Christopher Steele and the dossier did not become a part of the Fusion GPS situation until that Republican ended their contract and the DNC and Clinton campaign took over payment.

Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief Matthew Continetti and Chairman Michael Goldfarb confessed to their company having approached Fusion GPS for information pertaining to “multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary.”
They clarified that they had no connection to the dossier: “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. ”

Here’s the letter, per Free Beacon:

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. In that capacity, 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. All of the work that Fusion GPS provided to the Free Beacon was based on public sources, and none of the work product that the Free Beacon received appears in the Steele dossier. 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. Nor did we have any knowledge of the relationship between Fusion GPS and the Democratic National Committee, Perkins Coie, and the Clinton campaign.

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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. But to be clear: We stand by our reporting, and we do not apologize for our methods. We consider it our duty to report verifiable information, not falsehoods or slander, and we believe that commitment has been well demonstrated by the quality of the journalism that we produce. The First Amendment guarantees our right to engage in news-gathering as we see fit, and we intend to continue doing just that as we have since the day we launched this project.