NEWSWATCH: “GOP Focuses on Russia Allegations That Reached Steele; Notes by freelance journalist Cody Shearer got to writer of dossier via Clinton associate” – Wall Street Journal/Byron Tau

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“Republicans on Capitol Hill are probing a collection of unverified and salacious allegations against … Trump … compiled in late 2016 by … freelance journalist and researcher … Cody Shearer, who … passed his work along to an associate of Hillary Clinton. … eight pages of raw and unverified notes … purportedly drawn from interviews with two prominent journalists and Russian intelligence contacts, among others. … unverified … [regarding] Trump’s business ties to Moscow and sexual history. … similar … not identical, to … [the] 35-page dossier … compiled by … Christopher Steele …. [who, in turn] was … paid through intermediaries by the Democratic Party and Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign … Trump has repeatedly denied the [Steele] allegations …. Shearer’s notes were passed indirectly to … Steele … who then gave them to federal law enforcement. The information was passed from … Shearer through Sidney Blumenthal, a close associate of the Clintons, and another official who worked for the State Department during the Obama Administration, Jonathan Winer ….”

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