Clinton campaign lawyer confirms he knew Steele was shopping dossier info to media

Clinton campaign lawyer confirms he knew Steele was shopping dossier info to media
Marc Elias of Perkins Coie in a panel discussion at Hamilton College in 2017. YouTube video

[Ed. – The shouldn’t be a surprise, since the point of hiring Fusion GPS was to shop opposition research info on Trump to the media.  Full knowledge of that by Marc Elias at Perkins Coie, with its numerous links to the Obama administration, is pretty clarifying when juxtaposed with Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann’s contact with DOJ’s James Baker on this exact topic.  DOJ can’t claim it didn’t know the Steele dossier was paid oppo research, and Clinton’s lawyer can’t credibly claim he didn’t know the DOJ was using it for law enforcement purposes.]

The top lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign told House Intelligence Committee investigators that he was aware of Fusion GPS’s plans to have British ex-spy Christopher Steele brief reporters about his controversial anti-Trump research during the 2016 contest.

The December 2017 testimony of Marc Elias, the Clinton campaign’s general counsel, was revealed through the release of dozens of Russia investigation witness interviews last week. Elias, the head of the Perkins Coie political law group, hired Fusion on behalf of the campaign.

Then-Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina asked whether Elias knew that Fusion sent Steele to talk to media outlets during 2016, and Elias said he was “aware that he talked to media outlets in that time period” and admitted that he knew about the meetings before they happened. He said he was not involved in deciding which journalists Steele would meet but was present when the discussions setting up the meetings happened.

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