BREAKING—- ‘Washington Free Beacon’ Funded Authentic Fusion GPS Anti-Trump Oppo Analysis
THE CONSERVATIVE NEWS OUTLET WASHINGTON FREE BEACON WAS ORIGINAL FUNDER OF ANTI-TRUMP OPPO RESEARCH WITH FUSION GPS
Political operative Roger Stone stated Thursday, as reported on The Gateway Pundit, that Paul Singer was the conservative billionaire behind the “Trump File.”
The Washington Free Beacon is funded by conservative Paul Singer who was an anti-Trumper and Marco Rubio supporter.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Attorneys for the conservative publication Washington Free Beacon knowledgeable the Home Intelligence Committee Friday that the group was the unique funder for the anti-Trump opposition analysis venture with Fusion GPS.
The Free Beacon funded the venture from the autumn of 2015 by the spring of 2016, whereupon it withdrew funding and the venture was picked up by the Democratic Nationwide Committee and the Hillary Clinton marketing campaign.
The unique association between the Free Beacon and Fusion GPS concerned opposition analysis into a number of Republican candidates, not simply front-runner Donald Trump.
Sources near the Free Beacon stress that the venture, when the Free Beacon funded it, had nothing to do with Russia and didn’t contain Christopher Steele, the previous British spy who gathered anti-Trump dust in Russia. Steele was retained by Fusion GPS when the venture was funded by Democrats, and never in its preliminary part, when the Free Beacon was concerned.
The Free Beacon responded to the accusations:
Since its launch in February of 2012, the Washington Free Beacon has retained third celebration companies to conduct analysis on many people and establishments of curiosity to us and our readers. In that capability, in the course of the 2016 election cycle we retained Fusion GPS to supply analysis on a number of candidates within the Republican presidential main, simply as we retained different companies to help in our analysis into Hillary Clinton. The entire work that Fusion GPS offered to the Free Beacon was primarily based on public sources, and not one of the work product that the Free Beacon acquired seems within the Steele file. The Free Beacon had no data of or connection to the Steele file, didn’t pay for the file, and by no means had contact with, data of, or offered fee for any work carried out by Christopher Steele. Nor did now we have any data of the connection between Fusion GPS and the Democratic Nationwide Committee, Perkins Coie, and the Clinton marketing campaign.
Representatives of the Free Beacon approached the Home Intelligence Committee right now and provided to reply what questions we are able to of their ongoing probe of Fusion GPS and the Steele file. However to be clear: We stand by our reporting, and we don’t apologize for our strategies. We contemplate it our responsibility to report verifiable data, not falsehoods or slander, and we consider that dedication has been nicely demonstrated by the standard of the journalism that we produce. The First Modification ensures our proper to interact in news-gathering as we see match, and we intend to proceed doing simply that as now we have because the day we launched this venture.