The shocking revelation of the day is that Paul Singer funded and allegedly conservative publication the Washington Free Beacon was the original culprit (as in the initial founder/financier) of Fusion GPS’s opposition-research project that was aimed at smearing then-candidate Trump.
The project was funded later by Hillary Clinton’s campaign together with the DNC, but that’s another story, we’ve already covered it copiously.
The Washington Free Beacon advertises itself as a conservative publication and it is funded by Republican mega-donor Paul Singer. Based in DC, the Washington Free Beacon funded Fusion GPS’s oppo research on Trump starting from the fall of 2015 to the spring of 2016, when it became clear that the Donald is set to be the next Republican presidential candidate. That was the moment when the Democrats took over the Fusion GPS dossier.
This shocking revelation was reported on Friday by the Washington Examiner citing Free Beacon’s lawyers, who informed the House Intelligence Committee on the publication’s decision to fund the Fusion GPS project.
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.
After the Democrat take over, Fusion GPS retained Christopher Steele’s services, a former British spook with Russian intelligence connections, who was in charge of creating the so-called Trump dossier, which claimed (with zero proof) that Donald Trump was in Kremlin’s pocket, being controlled by those pesky Ruskies and so forth and so on.
The Free Beacon also stated:
[we 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.”
The man who funds the Free Beacon is a major GOP donor who supported Marco Rubio for the REP nomination, and later on fought tooth and nail to deny the Donald from getting the nomination even after Rubio dropped out of the race.