Documents from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign are expected to be handed over to the Senate Intelligence Committee next week, two unnamed people familiar with the matter confirmed. The documents were requested as part of the committee’s sweeping probe into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.
It is expected that the documents provide information on how Democrats responded to the alleged Russian campaign. They could also provide details on any Democratic-funded opposition research effort against Trump, Politico reports. Previously was reported that the Clinton campaign and the DNC helped fund research that has resulted with a dossier alleging ties between Trump and official Moscow.
According to one of the people familiar with the investigation, Clinton’s campaign is not a target in the probe. Yet, the documents could provide a baseline to compare against the thousands of documents from Trump’s campaign which the intelligence panel has collected.
The source that funded the dossier was long time an object of fascination. At first, an unnamed Republican donor paid for the research, and afterwards Clinton’s campaign continued funding it. But, the document has largely proved to be a dead end for investigators. The author of the dossier Christopher Steele and its parent research group, the firm Fusion GPS, didn’t want to provide investigators with information on the dossier sourcing and that created frustration among the people included in some way in the investigation. They are angry because they can not verify any of the document’s sensational claims. So, the intelligence panel’s attention shifted toward the Kremlin’s use of social media in its election operation and potential policy solutions to prevent future disruptions of American elections.
Trump’s lawyer and business partner Michael Cohen was interviewed on Wednesday by the intelligence committee and the panel is supposed to hold an open hearing next week with social media companies and discuss Kremlin’s alleged use of the platforms to spread propaganda.