The Daily Caller reports that a spokesman for billionaire George Soros has acknowledged that he indirectly funded Fusion GPS, the firm behind the debunked Christopher Steele dossier.
Soros’ spokesman told The Washington Post that George Soros donated to the Democracy Integrity Project, a group founded by a former staffer to Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Democracy Integrity Project was formed in 2017 by Daniel Jones, a former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer for Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. They paid Fusion GPS as a contractor to continue an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The WaPo piece confirms what Washington, D.C., lawyer Adam Waldman told The Daily Caller News Foundation about a conversation he had with Daniel Jones back in March of 2017.
Adam Waldman was the attorney for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. He also worked for Christopher Steele. this is according to text messages he exchanged with Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, a top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence panel.
The Washington Post noted it was an “incestuous” relationship, with the former MI6 officer Christopher Steele having done work for the Kremlin-linked Deripaska in the past.
Adam Waldman told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Daniel Jones approached him on March 15, of
“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 Daniel Jones told him he was working with Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS and that their project was being funded by George Soros and a group of Silicon Valley billionaires.
Former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer Daniel Jones told the FBI during interviews in March 2017 that his organization the Democracy Integrity Project 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, Daniel Jones met with the FBI regarding PQG, which he described as ‘exposing foreign influence in
“[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.”
Daniel Jones said he had “planned to share the information he obtained with policymakers … and with the press.” Jones also offered to everything he had to the FBI.
It is not yet clear what information Jones & Co. have provided to the media. However, he did send text messages to Waldman linking to news articles that he claimed he and his team was behind.
“Our team helped with this,” he wrote, linking to a March 17, 2017 Reuters article about 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 investigating whether news sites like Breitbart and Infowars played any part in Russia’s
The article cites “two sources familiar” with the matter. The same McClatchy reporters, Greg Gordon, and Peter Stone relied on the same sourcing for other very controversial stories about the Russia probe, including one report that Robert Mueller has evidence that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen traveled to Prague during the campaign, as alleged in Christopher Steele’s dossier.
The same reporters also wrote a story on March 15 alleging that conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell had expressed concerns about Russian funding of the NRA. Mitchell, however, denied the report, noting that she was not an NRA lawyer during the campaign season, as McClatchy
Since then it has been revealed that Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, provided similar information about Mitchell to Bruce Ohr, a DOJ official who served as a back channel between Christopher Steele and the FBI. Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS on the anti-Trump project.