It wasn’t Donald Trump alone who had ties to the Russians during the 2016 campaign. It turns out that the Republican National Committee used a firm with ties to Russian intelligence to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Trump invites Russia to hack and spy on Hillary Clinton

 Politico, a reputable news site, not known for “fake news”, reports the Republican National Committee initiated a series of payments to a low-profile firm started by retired CIA officers that worked closely with an ex-Russian spy.

The payments attracted attention in political and intelligence circles, largely because the Virginia-based firm, Hamilton Trading Group, had particular expertise in Russia, which was emerging as a major campaign issue at the time.

But RNC officials now acknowledge that most of the cash — $34,100 — went toward intelligence-style reports that sought to prove conflicts of interest between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state and her family’s foundation.

The firm produced two dossiers that tried to make the case that Clinton intervened in Bulgaria and Israel, respectively, on behalf of energy companies that had donated to the Clinton Foundation.

The Clinton Foundation was frequently attacked by GOP candidates, specially Donald Trump. The Republican machine’s ability to define Clinton and diminish her experience and expertise led to the suppression of potential Clinton voters. She lost despite a 3 million vote plurality, for reasons still to be determined.