Marc Elias ran the Steele Dossier operation
Marc Elias was the chair of Perkins Coie's political law practice and served as general counsel for the Clinton campaign. Elias ran the Steele Dossier project. He tasked and paid foreign spies to produce false documentation and artifacts that alleged to show Donald J. Trump was an agent of Russian premier Putin, a degenerate and up to all kind of dirty-dealings.
Elias met weekly with Fusion GPS at his office. Typically Peter Fritsch and Glenn Simpson would be in attendance. Generally, those meetings involved discussions of Elias’s “needs” and Fusion GPS’s “work,” which included what Elias described as the “unusual connections” that the Trump Campaign had with Russia. They would also report to Elias on their findings related to Trump during the election.
Elias would brief the Clinton Campaign about the Steele Dossier and Alfa Bank projects. He had discretion to instruct Fusion GPS to pursue leads and take investigative steps without checking with the Clinton Campaign and Fusion GPS did not need to consult with Elias before sharing info with the media.
Elias paid everybody.
Buried in the 2023 Durham Report is a little noticed footnote stating that Clinton General Counsel Marc Elias “declined to be voluntarily interviewed by the Office.” Likewise, Durham noted that “no one at Fusion GPS … would agree to voluntarily speak with the Office” while both the DNC and Clinton campaign invoked privileges to refuse to answer certain questions.
|Perkins Coie, LLP
||Partner who managed the Steele Dossier hoax
||Elias hired Fusion GPS
||Coie partner who managed the Steele Dossier hoax