The timeline of when Hillary and the DNC hired Fusion GPS keeps changing to an earlier time. The original timeline was between June and November of 2016, depending on who you talked to, but the new information places the date to between late March and early April.
Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid Perkins Coie in order to launder the money because paying a foreign agent, like Christopher Steele to work for a campaign is a felony. And when they listed the expenditure on their reports, they claimed the money was for legal services. That is a campaign violation.
So when the Trump campaign named Paul Manafort as its campaign convention manager on March 28, 2016, you can bet that Simpson and Jacoby’s eyes lit up. And as it happened, at the exact same time that Trump hired Manafort, Fusion GPS was in negotiations with Perkins Coie, the law firm representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, to see if there was interest in the firm continuing the opposition research on the Trump campaign they had started for the Washington Free Beacon.
In addition to whatever sales pitch Simpson might have offered about Manafort, the Clinton campaign had independent reason to believe that research into Manafort’s connections might pay some real political dividends: A Democratic consultant and Ukrainian-American activist named Alexandra Chalupa, told the Clinton campaign about Manafort’s work for Yanukovich. “I flagged for the DNC the significance of his hire,” Chalupa told CNN in July of this year.
Perhaps it was this alignment of the stars that clinched the deal. According to an Oct. 24, 2017, letter from Perkins Coie, the firm hired Fusion GPS to continue its research in April, shortly after Manafort was hired by Trump.
The problem with this timeline is that Glenn Simpson told the Senate that he worked with Christopher Steele long before the DNC supposedly hired Fusion GPS. Simpson under oath stated that he was working with Steele when Paul Manafort was hired by the Trump team which was in March of 2016 (p. 86 of above link)
Bit by bit, the truth is coming out.