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31 October 2017, 12:46 | Marta Robbins
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The president tweeted after South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight committee, told "Fox News Sunday" that his concerns about Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign purportedly paying a law firm at least $10 million for the dossier, which was to be used as Trump opposition research.
The president said that Republicans were angry and united over the "lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $12,000,000?), the Uranium to Russian Federation deal, the 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more".
Trump's tweets followed a CNN report late Friday that a federal grand jury in Washington has approved the first charges in a criminal investigation into Russian Federation ties led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Elias served as Podesta's attorney and was with him during his interview with the committee, multiple sources told CNN.
'There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out.
The Trump dossier has become the focus of fierce partisan battles, with Trump and allies arguing the allegations it contains are politically motivated.
The investigation that turned up a dossier allegedly linking Donald Trump to Russian Federation began at the behest of a conservative website owned by a supporter of Marco Rubio, it has emerged.
On Sunday talk shows, Republicans rallied around Trump and questioned how CNN could have received information about secret grand jury proceedings.
The DNC and Clinton campaign-funded research continued through the end of October 2016, according to the Post's report, but it's unclear how much the DNC and Clinton's campaign paid toward it.
The committee is probing the 2016 dossier, which was compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele after being contracted by Washington firm Fusion GPS.
The subpoena is part of the committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. 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 said: "Contrary to what many have suggested, the President's comments today are unrelated to the activities of the special counsel, with whom he continues to cooperate".
The White House confirmed on Friday that the President had urged the Justice Department to release an informant in the uranium probe from a confidentiality deal so he could speak to Congress.
Several of the individuals involved in the uranium scandal are central to the Russian Federation investigation, including former FBI Director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation Robert Mueller.
She said further that Marc Elias, a lawyer representing Hillary for America and the DNC, should be questioned "more than anyone".
At the same time, the House Oversight Committee has launched a probe into the Clinton email investigation that will examine, among other things, why Comey publicly announced that the bureau was investigating Clinton but then waited months before making a similar announcement about its inquiries into the Trump campaign.
Congressional sources say Fusion GPS is an opposition-research group for Democrats though it claims to be a "research and strategic intelligence firm".
What is known now that was not known in March: The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for an opposition research operation against candidate Trump that relied nearly exclusively on paid Kremlin sources and Russian spies during the 2016 election.
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