HOLY COW!! Byron York is reporting that the money that started Fusion GPS in its investigation of Donald Trump was not another GOP candidate, it was The Washington Free Beacon. The Beacon has confirmed York’s report:
Lawyers for the conservative publication Washington Free Beacon informed the House Intelligence Committee Friday that the organization was the original funder for the anti-Trump opposition research project with Fusion GPS.
The Free Beacon funded the project from the fall of 2015 through the spring of 2016, whereupon it withdrew funding and the project was picked up by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
The original arrangement between the Free Beacon and Fusion GPS involved opposition research into multiple Republican candidates, not just front-runner Donald Trump.
Within minutes of the Byron York story being published, Matthew Continetti Beacon’s Editor in Chief, and Michael Goldfarb its Chairman released the following statement: