The commission’s documents stated that Perkins Coie — where a then-partner, Marc Elias, represented the Clinton campaign — paid Fusion GPS just over $1 million in 2016, and the law firm was in turn paid $175,000 by the campaign. and about $850,000 through the party over six weeks in July and August 2016. Reports on campaign spending disclosures described most of those payments to Perkins Coie as being for “legal services” and “legal and compliance advice.”
The Washington Examiner previously reported on the committee’s letter to Mr. backer.
The Steele dossier was a series of reports written by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent whose investigative agency was a subcontractor who hired Fusion GPS to investigate Mr Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. The reports quoted unnamed sources as claiming there was a “well-developed conspiracy of coordination” between the Trump campaign and Russia and that Russia had a blackmail link between Mr Trump and prostitutes.
In addition to giving his reports to Perkins Coie, Mr. Steele shared some with the FBI and reporters. The FBI — which had opened its investigation into Russian election meddling and other ties to the Trump campaign — used some of the file in applications to wiretap a Trump aide. BuzzFeed published the dossier in January 2017, raising suspicions about Trump and Russia.
It has become clear that the provenance of the file was meagre. In the intervening years, no corroborating evidence has emerged to support many of his claims, such as the alleged sex tape, and investigators determined that a key claim — that a Trump attorney, Michael D. Cohen, told Russian officials in Prague had met during the campaign — was false.
The main source of information on the file was Igor Danchenko, an investigator hired by Mr. Steele to solicit information about Mr. Trump and Russia from people he knew, including in Europe and Russia.
Mr. Danchenko told the FBI in 2017 that he found the file’s tenor more compelling than warranted. He painted the blackmail tape story as speculation he couldn’t confirm; a key source had called him without identifying himself, he said, adding that he guessed the source’s identity.
Last year, John H. Durham, the Trump-era special counsel investigating the Russia investigation, sued Danchenko on charges that he lied to the FBI about some of his sources.