(Art Moore, WND) While many Democrats are downplaying the Washington Post’s report that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded the controversial anti-Trump dossier, a prominent party figure – a former chief of staff to Bill Clinton and CIA director under Barack Obama – believes an investigation is warranted.
Leon Panetta, who also served as secretary of defense, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and a congressman from California, was asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Thursday night how it was possible that neither “the chair of the DNC and the Clinton campaign” knew about payments for the dossier.
“Well, it’s obviously something that the Intelligence Committee is going to have to look at,” Panetta said. “You know, knowing presidential campaigns, they’re big operations and somehow the left hand may not know what the right hand is doing. And that could be the case here.”
Panetta said the committee “is going to have to get into this, determine just exactly what happened, who knew what and when.”
Blitzer asked Panetta why Clinton campaign attorney Marc Elias didn’t tell Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that the campaign had paid for the dossier. The report was included by then-FBI Director James Comey in the intelligence community’s January report on Russian meddling in the election, even though Comey described it as “salacious and unverified.”
Elias, who also represented the DNC during the election, is alleged to have paid the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS for the dossier.
The lawyer was sitting next to Podesta, representing the campaign chairman, when Podesta told congressional investigators in September that he had no knowledge of the hiring of Fusion GPS, which deployed former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to compile the dossier, according to three sources familiar with the matter who spoke to CNN….