(CNSNews.com) - The salacious dossier on Donald Trump, the allegations that helped launch the Trump-Russia investigation, was propaganda paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, through a law firm they hired.
The Democrats picked up the research that was initiated by a so-far-unnamed Republican during the primary season, the report said.
Here it is, straight from the source -- The Washington Post, no friend of Donald Trump:
The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about Donald Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.
Marc Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington, D.C., firm, to conduct the research. Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community.
Elias and his law firm, Seattle-based Perkins Coie, retained the firm [Fusion GPS] in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Before that agreement, Fusion GPS’ research into Trump was funded by a still unknown Republican client during the GOP primary.
The Clinton campaign and the DNC, through the law firm, continued to fund Fusion GPS’ research through the end of October 2016, days before Election Day.
The Post also reported that after the election, "the FBI agreed to pay Steele to continue gathering intelligence, but the bureau pulled out of the arrangement after Steele was publicly identified."
In his first tweet of this Wednesday morning, President Trump wrote: "Clinton campaign & DNC paid for research that led to the anti-Trump Fake News Dossier. The victim here is the President." @FoxNews"
Reaction from Republicans was swift and furious, while reaction from Clinton's former campaign spokesman was defiant:
"The real Russia scandal? Clinton campaign paid for the fake Russia dossier, then lied about it & covered it up," White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted Tuesday night.
Former Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon tweeted: "I regret I didnt know about Christopher Steele's hiring pre-election. If I had, I would have volunteered to go to Europe and try to help him." And then: "If I'd gotten his (Steele's) dossier before Nov 8, I may have tried to convince Mook & Podesta to let me hold a Comey-style press conference to read it."
Former Trump strategist Sebastian Gorka, appearing on Sean Hannity's show Tuesday night, noted that the Russia collusion story has now boomeranged back on Hillary Clinton campaign.
"The evidence we now have is about subversion, it's about sabotaging the pol process and it's about propaganda. In the Cold War, the Soviet Union used what was called active measure to undermine our democracy," Gorka noted. "This is the Democrat party, this is the hillry campaign, using active mesures to undermine Donald Trump and to undermine the democratic process in America. It is a shocking story."
The Russian dossier compiled by Steele alleged that the Russian government collected compromising information about Trump, and it said the Kremlin actively tried to influence the U.S. election on behalf of Trump.
The Washington Post report came on the same day that two House committees launched investigations into the Clinton-Russia-Uranium deal, which has raised questions about contributions to the Clinton Foundation, as well as questions about why the Obama administration, including Hillary Clinton, saw fit to give Russia (and President Vladimir Putin) control over 20 percent of U.S. uranium production.