Despite claims of collusion from the White House, Hillary Clinton insists she was doing what anyone would have done in her position.
The former presidential candidate defended paying for the Steele dossier, which alleges ties between President Trump and Russia, during an appearance on “The Daily Show” Wednesday.
“People say, Hillary, is there a difference between your team paying this opposition research and Donald Trump’s people working with the Russians to influence the election?” host Trevor Noah asked.
“Of course there is,” Clinton responded.
“And I think most serious people understand that. It was research that started by a Republican donor during the primary, and then when Trump got the nomination for the Republican Party, the people doing it came to my campaign lawyer and said, ‘would you like us to continue it?’”
That lawyer, Marc Elias, took the research from Fusion GPS, which had originally been paid for by the Free Beacon.
“He said yes,” Clinton told Noah.
“He’s an experienced lawyer, he knows what the law is, he knows what opposition research is.”
Trump has decried the dossier, compiled by a former British spy, as “fake news.”
The FBI has confirmed some parts of the dossier and Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into other details as part of an investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Clinton, however, was sure to remind Noah that her camp didn’t release the information from the dossier before Nov. 8.
“From my perspective, it didn’t come out before the election, as we all know, and what also didn’t come out, which I think is an even bigger problem… is that the American people didn’t even know that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign because of connections with Russia starting in the summer of 2016,” she said.
“I know that voters should have had that information. 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 into 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.”