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Rep. Pete King: Hillary Had to Know About Dossier Funding

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By    |   Thursday, 26 October 2017 02:25 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as her party's nominee for the White House, had to have known that her campaign and the Democratic National Committee had funded, in part, research for a damaging dossier accusing her Republican rival, Donald Trump, of a series of connections with Russia, Rep. Pete King said Thursday.

"I know Hillary Clinton pretty well," the New York Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "She is a master of detail, [and] $6 million was spent on this. You don't lay out that kind of money in a campaign unless you know why it is being spent and what it is being spent for and you have the final product."

Further, said King, "the Democrats had somebody else" lead the dossier to get it out, "which indicates they knew something was wrong with this, and yet they wanted to get it in through the back door.

"I can't believe that either Secretary Clinton or [campaign manager] John Podesta didn't know . . . $6 million is a lot of money to spend without somebody knowing about it."

Trump has long called the dossier "fake," which includes unsubstantiated claims about him, including allegations of liaisons with prostitutes, and he told reporters outside the White House on Wednesday that the new reports about the involvement of Clinton and the DNC back him up.

Associates of Clinton's, though, told The New York Times that she did not know about the dossier funding.

Meanwhile, Trump has called another set of allegations against Clinton and the Obama White House, claiming that deals were made that resulted in 20 percent of the United States' uranium going to Russia resulted in the Watergate scandal of this era.

King, though, who is leading the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into the Russia uranium case, said he chairs the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the FBI and Treasury Department. He'll lead the House side of the probe, with Florida Sen. Ron DeSantis, of the Senate Oversight Committee, leading the Senate's side in the joint investigation.

The New York Republican said his interest in the case began back in 2010, when he sent a letter to then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, saying he opposed the uranium deal.

"I didn't know there was corruption," he said. "I didn't think it made sense to give 20 percent of our uranium supply to a Russian-owned company. I was assured the investigations were being done properly."

Further, he said he wants to know if the FBI and Geithner had told former President Obama there was corruption involved in the deal, and if they did, "how could they have possibly gone ahead and awarded this contract?"

The FBI informant told people the deal was part of Russia's plans to control the uranium source, but whether or not the Clintons were aware, an investigation is necessary, said King.

"If any of that is true we're talking about a massive intrusion by Russian conspiracy into our own government," he said.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as her party's nominee for the White House, had to have known that her campaign and the Democratic National Committee had funded, in part, research for a damaging dossier accusing her Republican rival, Donald Trump...
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