Republican Senators seek criminal probe of Trump 'dossier' author

JOE RAEDLE

Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham, who respectively chair the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of its subcommittees, sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in which they said former spy Christopher Steele made "false statements" about his sharing information in the dossier with U.S. media outlets.

Blumenthal appeared on MSNBC tonight, and Steve Kornacki--filling in for Chris Matthews--asked him if he's aware of the evidence they're citing "that justifies the investigation".

The referral comes after Republicans in Congress have made several attempts in recent weeks to undermine the credibility of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, the Justice Department and the FBI, charging there is anti-Trump bias within the ranks of federal agents and prosecutors.

Senate Republicans refer the author of the Trump dossier to the DOJ for criminal investigation : In the first official criminal referral to come out of the Senate investigation into Trump's Russian Federation ties, Republican Sens.

In a cover letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray released by the committee, the senators say the referral relates to "certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple USA news outlets regarding the so-called 'Trump dossier.'" The rest of the referral is classified and was not released. On Friday, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said the department had received the referral and will review it.

The American legal system is really getting a workout these days, now that we have a president who sees courts and the Justice Department primarily as tools to take revenge on his enemies.

Christopher Steele released a much-publicised dossier last January containing claims about Donald Trump that were said to show Moscow's interference in the presidential race.

"We don't believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling", they wrote.

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"Everyone needs to follow the law and be truthful in their interactions with the FBI", Grassley is quoted as saying in the letter.

It claimed there was collusion between Mr Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, and that the Russians have information that could be used to blackmail the President.

There are now three ongoing congressional investigations into allegations of Russian interference in the election and complicity by Donald Trump's campaign team.

The minority leader of the Judiciary Committee, Sen.

Most of the allegations levied against Steele were classified, as they were based on secret meetings between him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that have since been passed on to the Judiciary Committee.

Part of the referral is classified, so the precise details and allegations are now not being made public. It was not immediately clear from the referral what Steele allegedly lied to investigators about.

"After a year of investigations into Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation, the only person Republicans seek to accuse of wrongdoing is one who reported on these matters to law enforcement in the first place", Levy said.

Simpson added: "We're extremely proud of our work to highlight Mr Trump's Russian Federation ties".

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