(National Sentinel) Fake News: On TuesdayÂ CNN legal analyst Evan Perez gave viewers a widely-debunked view of the infamous “dossier” alleging “collusion” between President Donald J. Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.
During one segment on Tuesday, Perez falsely claimed that anti-Trump Republicans at first funded the dossier, much of which remains unsubstantiated and which has essentially been repudiated by author and former British spy Christopher Steele.
The legal analyst was responding to a tweet from Trump earlier in which he called the dossier a â€œpile of garbage.â€Â Perez has close ties to the cofounders of Fusion GPS, the firm behind the dossier, which CNN failed to disclose,Â The Daily Caller reported.
â€œLook, the fact is thatÂ the dossier was compiled as partÂ of opposition research,Â first paid for by RepublicansÂ who were opposed to Donald Trump and then later on by DemocratsÂ and the Clinton camp, peopleÂ associated with the ClintonÂ campaign who wanted to try toÂ bring him down,â€ Perez said.
The â€œfactâ€ cited by Perez â€” that anti-Trump Republicans originally funded the dossier â€” has been ruled â€œfalseâ€ by fact-checkers.
GOP donor Paul Singer initially hired Fusion GPS through theÂ Washington Free Beacon to conduct opposition research on Trump and other candidates during the 2016 Republican primaries. However, that research was not related to the dossier.
Nevertheless,Â CNN has repeatedly misinformed its viewers with the claim that the dossier was initially a GOP effort.
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