spokesman for left-wing billionaire financier George Soros is
acknowledging that he indirectly funded Fusion GPS, the firm behind
the Steele dossier
have told The Daily Caller News Foundation in the past that Soros
helped fund Fusion’s post-election work on Russian interference in
the election process
spokesman told The Washington Post that Soros donated to the
Democracy Integrity Project, a group founded by a former staffer to
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
George Soros has indirectly funded
Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the infamous Steele
dossier, a spokesman for the billionaire financier has acknowledged.
Michael Vachon, the Soros aide, told Washington
Post columnist David Ignatius that Soros provided a grant to a nonprofit
group called the Democracy Integrity Project.
That organization, which was formed in
2017 by Daniel Jones, a former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer for
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, paid Fusion GPS as a
contractor to continue an investigation into Russian interference in the
2016 presidential election.
The Post column confirms what a
Washington, D.C., lawyer named Adam Waldman told The Daily Caller News
Foundation about a conversation he had with Jones in March 2017.
Waldman was an attorney for Russian
oligarch Oleg Deripaska. He also worked in some capacity for Christopher
Steele, according to text messages he exchanged with Virginia Sen. Mark
Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence panel.
In what the Post’s Ignatius noted was
an “incestuous” relationship, Steele, a former MI6 officer, has done
work for the Kremlin-linked Deripaska in the past.
Waldman told TheDCNF that Jones
approached him on March 15, 2017 through text message asking to meet.
“Dan Jones here from the Democracy
Integrity Project. Chris wanted us to connect,” he wrote, seemingly
referring to Steele. At a meeting two days later, Waldman said that
Jones told him that he was working with Steele and Fusion GPS and that
their project was being funded by Soros and a group of Silicon Valley
Lawyer Claims Soros Funded Fusion GPS)
Jones told the FBI in interviews in
March 2017 that his organization was paid around $50 million by a group
of billionaires to conduct the investigation.
Jones’ statements to the FBI were first
revealed in a report released by Republican members of the House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on April 27.
“In late March 2017, Jones met with FBI
regarding PQG, which he described as ‘exposing foreign influence in
Western election,'” reads the committee’s report, referring to Jones’
consulting firm, Penn
“[Redacted] told FBI that PQG was being
funded by 7 to 10 wealthy donors located primarily in New York and
California, who provided approximately $50 million,” the report
continues. “[Redacted] further stated that PQG had secured the services
of Steele, his associate [redacted], and Fusion GPS to continue exposing
Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.”
Jones said that he “planned to share
the information he obtained with policymakers … and with the press.” He
also offered to provide all materials to the FBI.
It is unclear what information Jones
& Co. have provided to the media. But he did send text messages to
Waldman linking to news articles that he claimed his team was behind.
“Our team helped with this,” he wrote,
linking to a
March 17, 2017 Reuters articleabout Russians investing in Trump
property in Florida.
Jones also sent Waldman a link to a
March 20, 2017 article at McClatchy, which
reported that federal investigators were looking into whether right-wing
news sites like Breitbart and Infowars played a part in Russia’s
election-oriented cyber operations.
The article cited “two sources
familiar” with the matter. The same McClatchy reporters, Greg Gordon and
Peter Stone, relied on the same sourcing for other controversial stories
about the Russia probe, including one
report that special counsel Robert Mueller has
evidence that former Trump attorney
Michael Cohen traveled to Prague during the campaign, as alleged in the
The same reporters also wrote a
story on March 15 alleging that conservative
Mitchell expressed concerns about Russian funding of the
National Rifle Association. Mitchell vehemently denied the report,
noting that she was not an NRA lawyer during the campaign season, as
It has since been revealed that Glenn
Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, provided similar information about
Mitchell to Bruce Ohr, a Department of Justice official who served as a
back channel between Steele and the FBI. Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked
for Fusion GPS on the anti-Trump project.
Vachon, the Soros spokesman, did not
respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment.
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