Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, and former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz privately denied to congressional Russian Federation investigators that they had any knowledge about an arrangement to pay for opposition research on Trump, three sources familiar with the matter told CNN earlier this week.
On the same day, Elias' law firm, Perkins Coie, which represented the Clinton campaign and the DNC, confirmed it had hired Fusion GPS in April 2016.
"There are very, very strict laws on grand jury secrecy, so depending on who leaked this to CNN, that's a criminal violation, potentially", New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R, a longtime friend of Trump's, said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.
'There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out.
On Friday, The Washington Post quoted sources familiar with the issue as revealing that Marc Elias, general counsel for Clinton's campaign, hired the controversial private research firm Fusion GPS in 2016 to investigate Trump, drawing from funds he was allegedly authorized to spend without oversight by campaign officials.
In tweets to his more than 40 million followers, Trump offered a litany of accusations against Clinton and seemed to praise Republicans for starting new congressional investigations.More news: Demonetisation: Nov 8 is 'anti black money day'
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Said J.D. Gordon, a former Pentagon spokesman and a Trump campaign national security adviser, "Considering what we've learned in recent days about the sources of Fusion GPS funding, I imagine that Hillary's campaign and the DNC will be investigated by the special counsel". The president complained late last week that the news media have ignored the uranium deal while focusing on whether any of his campaign aides colluded with Russian Federation.
Multiple congressional committees have undertaken their own investigations into Russian meddling in the elections, following up on the conclusion of US intelligence agencies that Moscow sought to sway the contest in favor of Trump - an idea that he has frequently dismissed as a hoax. According to that reporting, Fusion GPS then hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US intelligence community, who compiled a dossier on Trump. But the president, who has often expressed anger that his allies were not doing more to protect him from the Russian Federation inquiries, made it clear he believed that Clinton should be pursued more forcefully, writing, "DO SOMETHING!"
He added that if he "were to guess" who instigated the investigation, "I have one name in mind" - but declined to say who he was thinking of.
"These investigations were initiated on a partisan basis, and will shed no light on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, but then again they are not meant to do so", Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday in a statement.
The president was also reviving unproved allegations that Clinton was part of a quid pro quo in which the Clinton Foundation received donations in exchange for her support as secretary of state for a business deal that gave Russian Federation control over a large share of uranium production in the United States.
Democrats have argued that these investigations are meant to distract from the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
When then-FBI Director James B. Comey explained to Congress last March the scope of his investigation into Donald Trump aides and Russian Federation, his words would also fit the Hillary Clinton campaign today. But the State Department has only one seat on the panel that approved the transaction, and the New York Times has reported that Clinton did not participate in the decision.