A group funded by billionaire Democratic activist George Soros assisted Congressional Democrats in their investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign.
The New Yorker broke the story, which alleges a Democratic senator asked a former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer to investigate a possible link between a Russian bank, Alfa Bank, and the Trump Organization.
That former staffer, Daniel Jones, had formed a group called The Democracy Integrity Project, which took up the investigation. That group not only received most of its funding from George Soros’ foundation, it had also worked closely with Fusion GPS, the firm behind the now-discredited Trump-Russia dossier.
Jones hired Fusion GPS to assist in his investigation into a possible computer link between the bank and the Trump organization, but one was never verified.
A spokesman for Soros confirmed to The Washington Post that the billionaire did indeed provide funding to Fusion GPS – indirectly – by funding Jones’ Democracy Integrity Project.
Jones, who worked under California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein when she chaired the intelligence panel, had just formed a non-profit group called the Democracy Integrity Project. The organization worked closely with Fusion GPS and former British spy Christopher Steele, the tag-team duo that produced the Democrat-funded dossier accusing the Trump campaign of colluding with the Kremlin.
Jones’s operation was also funded by a small group of billionaires, including left-wing philanthropist George Soros. Jones told the FBI in March 2017 that between 7 and 10 billionaires had put up $50 million to continue an investigation into Russian meddling in elections.
Jones also told the FBI that he had secured the services of Steele and Fusion GPS “to continue exposing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.”
The goal was to provide the information to lawmakers, the press and the FBI, he said.
According to The New Yorker, Jones, who also runs a consulting firm called the Penn Quarter Group, hired two teams of computer scientists to analyze web traffic from the Alfa Bank and Trump Organization servers. The experts, who have held top cybersecurity jobs in the White House, Pentagon and intelligence services, were unable to definitively say that the server communications were part of a back-channel communications system with the Trump campaign. But according to The New Yorker, they believe the server communications could still have been part of a nefarious operation, as initially described in the Slate article.
But The New Yorker article also raises questions about why Democrats would seek out Jones to conduct an investigation into the servers’ activities.
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