Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night said there is a huge difference between her team helping fund the Trump dossier and the Trump campaign possibly working with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
One is opposition research typically produced in political races.
"This was research started by a Republican donor during the Republican primary and then when Trump got the nomination . . . the people doing it came to my campaign lawyer and said, 'Would you like us to continue it,' and he said yes," Clinton told Noah Trevor on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."
"He knows what the law is; he knows what opposition research is."
Clinton's camp and the Democratic National Committee helped fund the controversial and unverified dossier about Trump's alleged connections to Russia, news that was only reported last week.
But Clinton also pointed out voters did not know about the FBI's probe into the Trump campaign, information that would have been useful ahead of Election Day.
"So I know that voters should have had that information," she said. "That's something that may have influenced some people, and it's part of what happens in a campaign where you get information that may or may not be useful, and you try to make sure anything you put out in the public arena is accurate.
"So this thing didn't come out until after the election, and it's still being evaluated, but the fact of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia should have come out."
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