Report: Soros-funded nonprofit helped peddle Trump-Russia collusion hoax

A new report links liberal billionaire George Soros to the infamous Trump–Russia collusion hoax.

Just the News reports that the Senate Armed Services Committee, then headed up by the late GOP Sen. John McCain (AZ), had “engaged a former FBI official,” ex-analyst Dan Jones, “and his progressive-funded nonprofit to produce a report” on now-debunked claims that former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team “colluded” with the Kremlin.

That progressive nonprofit is called The Democracy Integrity Project, and a spokesperson for Soros confirmed to Just the News that the billionaire was among the “financial backers” of the group.

Just the News adds: “Tax records show the group raised more than $7 million in donations in 2017 and hired Fusion GPS — the same firm that produced the debunked Steele dossier for Hillary Clinton’s campaign — to pursue allegations of foreign interference in elections.”

Records and accountability

The Democracy Integrity Project (TDIP) had provided to the Senate committee a report that bolstered claims about Trump’s ties to Russia and the alleged use of a server at Moscow’s Alfa Bank, claims that were later proven untrue, as Just the News notes.

In a recent court filing, Alfa Bank had reportedly sought “records of the work and Jones’ communications with [Thomas Kirk] McConnell, a Democratic cybersecurity staffer on the committee.”

But Jones and his lawyers said the bank “should not be allowed to release documents publicly,” a stance the Senate committee, now run by Democrats, has seemed to echo, according to Just the News. The outlet reported:

Senate lawyers argued the committee was protected by “sovereign immunity” and the Speech and Debate clause of the Constitution and should not be forced to disclose the details of its work. Alfa Bank withdrew its subpoena request a few days ago before the judge could rule in the case.

“TDIP and Mr. Jones’s analysis was conducted confidentially and pursuant to TDIP’s public interest mission,” a filing from Jones’ lawyers said. “TDIP was not paid for its analysis.”

Show me the money

As for Soros’ role in it all, Just the News reports:

A Soros spokesman told The Hill in 2019 that the billionaire philanthropist wrote a sizable check from his personal funds in fall 2017 to TDIP in hopes it would continue “investigation and research into foreign interference in American elections and European elections.”

And we can’t forget McCain, who played a sizable role in passing along the infamous Steele dossier that helped federal investigators launch their unfounded probe into Trump–Russia collusion in the first place.

Indeed, it seems many key players in Washington were involved in perpetuating the false narrative about former President Trump.

And even as the curtain continues being peeled back by investigators like John Durham and reporters at outlets like Just the News, there’s sure to be more where this came from.

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