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Trump suit against Clinton could sustain secrecy on origins of dossier

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The sprawling lawsuit that former President Donald Trump filed recently against former rival Hillary Clinton could, perversely, boost Clinton allies’ ongoing legal efforts to shield details of their anti-Trump political efforts from public scrutiny.

Lawyers for private investigation firm Fusion GPS argued in court filings released Tuesday that Trump’s newly filed racketeering suit bolsters their effort to conceal specifics of the firm’s work with the 2016 Clinton campaign via attorney-client privilege. Trump and his allies have long targeted Fusion, which commissioned the controversial Steele Dossier making salacious and at times unsupported allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia.

Now, top Clinton allies argued in legal papers Tuesday, the details of confidential discussions about the dossier should remain secret in part because Trump’s famous litigiousness — underscored by his new, factually questionable lawsuit — was at the heart of Democrats’ decision to hire Fusion in the first place.

The Clinton campaign and the DNC have long maintained that the dossier prepared for Fusion by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele was part of legal work done by the campaign’s general counsel, Marc Elias. However, Elias has never publicly explained what work that was or precisely how Fusion GPS fit into it.

In a court filing in connection with the criminal prosecution of one of Elias’ former colleagues, Michael Sussmann, for allegedly lying to the FBI, Elias contends that Fusion played a role in his effort to guard the Clinton camp and the DNC from a litigious adversary — Trump — as they prepared to unleash a fusillade of attacks about his business record and foreign entanglements.

Trump had amassed more than 7,000 lawsuits prior to seeking office, and Elias said Fusion’s research into that litigation history could help........

© Politico

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