According to a new report from the Daily Caller, Former President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign secretly used Fusion GPS in 2012 to investigate Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Fusion GPS is the same firm that worked with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee to compile the discredited Steele dossier.
In a new book titled, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” the authors wrote that Obama’s presidential campaign hired the firm to dig into Romney for political dirt.
Both Clinton and Obama’s campaigns used Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research against Republican presidential candidates — indicating a clear political motivation to help the Democratic Party.
“As had become standard practice in the shadowy world of ‘oppo’ research, the Obama campaign’s payments to Fusion GPS were never publicly disclosed; the money paid to the investigative firm was reported on campaign disclosure reports as legal bills to the campaign’s law firm, Perkins Coie,” the book reads.
The Obama for America committee paid Perkins Coie roughly $3 million during the 2012 presidential election, and a majority of the payments were labeled as “Legal Services.”
They tried to conceal the payments, raising serious questions about the legality of the operation.
Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign also used the law firm and Fusion GPS — but her scheme triggered the entire Russia investigation against President Donald Trump.
Clinton’s campaign paid Fusion GPS — through Perkins Coie — more than $12 million to conduct research against Trump.
Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to compile the dossier, which was full of numerous salacious claims that the FBI admitted it couldn’t verify.
Steele’s dossier served as a major component of the FBI’s application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain a warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign.
In the FISA application, the FBI failed to notify the court that Clinton’s campaign and the DNC paid Fusion GPS millions to fund the dossier against Trump.
So a Clinton-funded hit piece was used to lay the foundation for the Russia investigation into Trump.
Democrats have argued Fusion GPS was nonpartisan, but being paid millions by Obama and Clinton proves the group is politically motivated to attack Republicans.
As Congress continues to probe Fusion GPS, Steele, and the dossier — it’s important to ask why this left-leaning firm has so much power in Washington.
And more importantly, shouldn’t that be very concerning?