For a year, the Washington press establishment has handled the so-called “Trump dossier” — a collection of memos allegedly written by a former British spy

The memos, which maintained in salacious detail that Donald Trump had ties with Russia and attempted to use them to win the election, burst on the scene just days before the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Reporters were “personally briefed” by Christopher Steele, a former MI6 spy since the Washington Examiner’s Byron York reported:

And now, after all of this time, the public has heard who paid for the dossier.

Since The Washington Post reported, the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign funded research that resulted in the dossier:

The Washington Examiner reported there are no signs a Republican donor first financed the study through the primary campaign:

Even though President Trump himself gave this story an assist by telling people “you’re going to be surprised” by who the GOP donor turns out to be.

However, New York Times political correspondent Maggie Haberman said she’s riled up since Clinton’s campaign and the DNC “lied” to her about bankrolling the dossier:

The Hill reported that Haberman’s colleague was also mad  the Clinton camp lied to him about funding the report:

CNN’s Jake Tapper then joked that he was “shocked, shocked” the Democrats would lie about such a thing:

but then is, it is not funny, and it’s not as simple as average opposition research, since that the FBI used the report to acquire a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act justify to spy on the Trump effort.

President Trump wondered on Twitter who else helped cover the report:

The Washington Post reported the Clinton effort paid the Perkins Coie law firm that worked with the company that made the dossier, Fusion GPS, $5.6 million, and the DNC handed over $3.6 million.

The New York Times reported the former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, who has ties to Perkins Coie, was also included winning the dossier.