Hillary Clinton has defended her campaign for paying for the infamous Steele dossier into Donald Trump.
The former presidential candidate told Trevor Noah on the Daily Show that ‘of course’ there is a difference between paying for that information and colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
Clinton said the dossier was simply ‘opposition research’ and pointed to the fact that it was not public knowledge during the election.
She added that the public should have been aware that the FBI started investigating Trump’s ties to Russia in the summer of 2016.
Clinton has previously blamed her election loss on the fact that James Comey reopened the FBI investigation into her emails and made that fact public.
In her book What Happened, Clinton accused the former FBI director of ‘shivving’ her over the emails and causing a drop in the polls.
Speaking about the dossier, Clinton said: ‘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 [Marc Elias] and said, “would you like us to continue it?”
‘He said yes. He’s an experienced lawyer, he knows what the law is, he knows what opposition research is.
‘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.
‘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.’
The dossier circulated in Washington last year and was turned over to the FBI for its review. It contends that Russia was engaged in a long-standing effort to aid Trump and had amassed compromising information about the Republican.
Among its wild claims was that Russian officials have videos of the president cavorting with prostitutes, filmed during Trump’s 2013 visit to a luxury Moscow hotel for the Miss Universe contest
It also contains a highly unusual and unsubstantiated report that the call girls performed a ‘golden shower’ routine that involved them urinating on a hotel bed as a sign of disgust for then-president Barack Obama.
It is claimed that Barack Obama’s campaign organization, Obama For America, paid Perkins Coie almost $1million to fund the research.