The fact that Harvey Weinstein was a sexual predator was reportedly the biggest open secret in Hollywood — and on Tuesday night, the Washington Post broke what is probably one of the biggest open secrets of the 2016 campaign: that the Hillary Clinton campaign was in part behind the infamous “pee tape” dossier that the Russians had supposedly compiled on Donald Trump.

Remember? This was the 35-page dossier of supposed Russian intel that BuzzFeed News eventually printed after it had been shopped around to (and passed over by) by just about every other news outlet?

The Washington Post reports:

The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.

Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.

After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

It’s not a shocker of a report, but it’s nice to finally see in print what most everyone suspected. Cue the “sad trombone” sting for everyone counting on the release of the “pee pee tapes” to bring down the administration.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.

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