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Hakeem Jeffries: Steele dossier wasn’t foreign interference because it was ‘purchased’

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries argued at President Trump’s impeachment trial Thursday that the Steele dossier did not constitute foreign meddling in an election because it was “purchased.”
Jeffries, a Democratic impeachment manager, was responding to a question posed by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), who noted Hillary Clinton’s campaign hired Christopher Steele — a former British spy — to work with contacts abroad and compile the salacious dossier.
“The analogy is not applicable to the present situation because first, to the extent that opposition research was obtained, it was opposition research that was purchased,” Jeffries responded to the question.
He then accused the president and Republican senators of pushing conspiracy theories and the “avoidance of facts.”
Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow responded by saying the Democrats approve of foreign interference in the elections if it is bought.
“I guess you could buy a foreign interference. If you purchase it, if you purchase their opposition research, then it’s OK,” he said.
He added the FBI used the faulty dossier to obtain a surveillance order on a US citizen

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