It's no surprise that Clinton's campaign and the DNC, through Democrat law firm Perkins Coie, retained Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research that resulted in the now-infamous dossier.
Marc E. Elias of Perkins Coie poses for a portrait in front of a projected map of the United States at the firm on April 11, 2016 in Washington.
Mr Elias and Fusion GPS declined to comment, while the Clinton campaign and the DNC did not make an immediate comment.
"I have one name in mind", he said. "But let's be clear, there is a serious federal investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, and the American public deserves to know what happened".
Schiff stated, "We've known for some time, at least it's been publicly reported, that the dossier, or the hiring of Christopher Steele was initially on behalf of one of the Republican candidates, and later on behalf of the Democratic candidate".
In late October Mother Jones first reported on existence of memos which comprise the Russian dossier.
Information included within the Trump dossier reportedly began making the rounds in Washington in the thick of the 2016 presidential campaign, just as the intelligence community began looking into potential connections between the Kremlin and Trump - connections Trump has consistently denied.
Trump has called the material "phony stuff" and "fake news", and on Wednesday he portrayed himself as the aggrieved party, posting on Twitter a quote he said was from Fox News that referred to him as "the victim".
The FBI used the dossier to obtain a FISA warrant against Trump foreign policy aide Carter Page, according to CNN. "So, we have a lot of work to do in terms of a lot of the claims in the dossier, but it - I don't think it really adds much value to know who paid for it, necessarily, and I view this as part of the effort to discredit him, which really doesn't advance the investigation".
As for the DNC, well, it now has something to deal with that's a bit more pressing than the question of exactly how many former Clinton and Sanders supporters sit on various committees. So while both sides paid Fusion GPS, Steele was only funded by Democrats.
At no point, the people said, did the Clinton campaign or the DNC direct Steele's activities.
Some of Steele's allegations began circulating in Washington, D.C.in the summer of 2016 as the FBI launched its counterintelligence investigation into possible connections between Trump associates and the Kremlin. The Post reports Steele shared some of his dossier findings with the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the campaign.
The FBI also is said to have agreed to pay Steele to continue gathering intelligence but reneged on the agreement after his cover was blown. Fusion GPS has said in court filings that it did not give BuzzFeed the documents. Other details, including the most sensational accusations, have not been verified and may never be.
Reports earlier stated that the intelligence firm subcontracted Steele, who previously worked in Russian Federation, to compile the research.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and a number of congressional panels are investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether members of the Trump campaign team were involved. He was due to meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.
Fusion GPS also claimed that Nunes should have notified it about the subpoena of its bank records. The judge in the case could issue a decision as early as Tuesday.