Hillary Clinton, for the first time, is facing punishment over her campaign’s role in creating and pushing the Russiagate hoax back in 2016 as the Democrat fought to discredit her opponent Donald Trump to boost her chances of winning the election.
The Federal Election Commission has announced they are fining Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign along with the Democratic National Committee for massive violations of federal law.
The Clinton campaign and the DNC were caught lying about the fact that they paid for the creation of the now-discredited Steele Dossier.
A combined $1,024,407.97 was paid by the treasurers of the DNC and Clinton campaign to law firm Perkins Coie for Fusion GPS’s information, and the party and campaign hid the reason, claiming it was for legal services, not opposition research.
Instead, the DNC’s $849,407.97 and the Clinton campaign’s $175,000 covered Fusion GPS, who paid Christopher Steele to make up the opposition research, thus creating the Steele dossier.
The Coolidge-Reagan Foundation first filed a complaint with the elections commission in 2018, requesting that the Clinton campaign and the DNC be held accountable for various violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act with regard to their funding of the dossier.
The dossier’s sole purpose was to have an excuse to probe then-candidate Donald Trump before it was determined to be entirely falsified.
The FEC issued a memo to inform the foundation that following a review, it agreed with the allegations.
The Washington Examiner first reported on the memo, “After conducting an investigation in this matter, the Commission found probable cause to believe that the DNC Services Corp./Democratic National Committee and Virginia McGregor in her official capacity as treasurer violated [52 U.S. Code § 30104] and [11 Code of Federal Regulations 104.3].”
“The Commission further found probable cause to believe that Hillary for America and Elizabeth Jones in her official capacity as treasurer violated [52 U.S. Code § 30104] and [11 Code of Federal Regulations 104.3],” it continued.
The reported violations had to do with various provisions of federal law regarding reporting requirements. In response to the violations, the FEC levied fines against Clinton’s treasurer and the DNC’s treasurer of $8,000 and $105,000, respectively.
Dan Backer, who brought the complaint on behalf of the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on free speech and the First Amendment, celebrated the FEC’s decision.
“This may well be the first time that Hillary Clinton — one of the most evidently corrupt politicians in American history — has actually been held legally accountable, and I’m proud to have forced the FEC to do their job for once. The Coolidge Reagan Foundation proved that with pluck and grit, Americans who stand with integrity can stand up to the Clinton machine and other corrupt political elites.”
The FEC noted that neither the Clinton campaign nor the DNC conceded to lying in the reports but that they opted not to contest the findings.
“Solely for the purpose of settling this matter expeditiously and to avoid further legal costs, respondent does not concede, but will not further contest the commission’s finding of probable cause to believe,” each said, according to the memo.