Washington: US president Donald Trump has slammed his Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton after news reports appeared that her campaign had funded research that resulted in a dossier which contained allegations that he had links with the Russians.
"It's a disgrace. It's a very sad commentary on politics in this country," Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday.
First reported by The Washington Post, the dossier prepared by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS has now has become a central focus of ongoing congressional probes into Russian election interference during the 2016 general election.
"I think it's very sad what they've done with this fake dossier. It was made up, and I understand they paid a tremendous amount of money, and Hillary Clinton always denied it. The Democrats always denied it. Now only because it's going to come out in a court case, they said, yes, they did it. They admitted it, and they're embarrassed by it," Trump said.
He said the whole Russian thing has now turned out to be a hoax. "This was the Democrats coming up with an excuse for losing an election... They didn't know what to say, so they made up the whole Russia hoax. Now it's turning out that the hoax has turned around. And you look at what's happened with Russia, and you look at the uranium deal, and you look at the fake dossier. So that's all turned around," he said in response to another question.
Trump liked the uranium sale to Russia with Watergate. "The way it was done, with tremendous amounts of money being passed, I actually think that's Watergate, modern age," he said.
According to The Hill, the news has created a problem for Democrats, as the report shows the Democratic presidential campaign funded a foreign spy's opposition research — an accusation similar to complaints that Democrats have brought against Trump's campaign.
The Republican National Committee chairwoman Dana McDaniel told Fox News that it is incredibly concerning that the DNC and the Clinton campaign funded this Fusion GPS through a third party. "They touted this fake Russia dossier through Washington, tried to push it into news outlets. It ended up being the basis of some of the Comey investigation," she alleged.
"They never owned up to the fact that they were behind it. They've lied about it, now they're playing hot potato. We need to get to the bottom of why they did this, how they funded it. And there's a lot of questions that need to be answered by the Clinton campaign and the DNC," she said.
The Washington Post said Clinton and top officials of her presidential campaign were largely silent in response to the damaging revelation.
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Updated Date: Oct 26, 2017 08:12:45 IST