According to CNN, the former chair of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, John Podesta, and the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, both denied to congressional investigators that they had any knowledge about the infamous Trump-Russia dossier. The denials, allegedly stated during a private meeting with the congressional investigatory committee, preceded the publication of The Washington Post‘s bombshell report alleging that attorney Marc Elias, on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC, hired the opposition research firm which compiled the dossier.
To make the optics particularly bad for Podesta, when he issued his denial to investigators, the lawyer who commissioned Fusion GPS and thus the dossier was sitting right next to him. CNN reports:
Podesta was asked in his September interview whether the Clinton campaign had a contractual agreement with Fusion GPS, and he said he was not aware of one, according to one of the sources.
Sitting next to Podesta during the interview: his attorney Marc Elias, who worked for the law firm that hired Fusion GPS to continue research on Trump on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC, multiple sources said. Elias was only there in his capacity as Podesta’s attorney and not as a witness.
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