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The Latest: Trump says he's victim in dossier brouhaha

By The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into possible contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia (all times local):

7:55 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he's the victim.

That's his take on reporting that says Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for political research that ultimately produced a dossier of allegations about Trump's ties to Russia.

That confirmation comes from a person familiar with the matter, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity in order to discuss confidential client matters.

Trump has posted a quote on Twitter that he attributes to Fox News. His tweet says: "Clinton campaign & DNC paid for research that led to the anti-Trump Fake News Dossier. The victim here is the President." @FoxNews"

The president has derided the dossier as "phony stuff." Yet the FBI has worked to corroborate the document

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3:30 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for political research into Donald Trump that ultimately produced a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russia.

That's according to a person familiar with the matter, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity in order to discuss confidential client matters.

Trump has derided the dossier as "phony stuff."

The funding revelation is likely to fuel complaints by Trump that the dossier is a politically motivated collection of salacious claims. Yet the FBI has worked to corroborate the document.

And special counsel Robert Mueller's team — which is probing potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign — has questioned the former British spy, Christopher Steele, who helped compile the claims in the dossier.

—Associated Press writer Eric Tucker.

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