GOP senators send criminal referral to DOJ for dossier author

GOP senators send criminal referral to DOJ for dossier author

GOP senators send criminal referral to DOJ for dossier author

Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham are trying to get the FBI to investigate Christopher Steele, the guy who put together the Trump "dossier". Lindsey Graham of SC, whose subcommittee has held several Russia-related hearings, said in a statement they were referring ex-British agent Chris Steele for what they described as "potentially false statements about the distribution of claims from the dossier".

Graham echoed Grassley's point of view.

The part of the federal criminal code that Mr Steele is accused of violating relates to knowingly making false of misleading statements to authorities. "In any event, it's up to the Justice Department to figure that out". This is the first criminal referral in the Russia Gate investigation to come from the GOP.

Republicans counter that the dossier may have influenced federal authorities when they chose to open a counterintelligence investigation into associates of Mr. Trump before the election, and say that the Obama-era Justice Department may have been prejudiced against their then-nominee.

The bipartisan split in the congressional investigations has seen Republicans seeking to undermine the credibility of Steele and the firm that hired him to produce the dossier, Fusion GPS.

Democrats dismissed the criminal referral as another political attempt to discredit the Russian Federation investigations.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, one of the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, slammed committee chair Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham for their letter recommending a criminal investigation into Christopher Steele. It was not immediately clear from the referral what Steele allegedly lied to investigators about.

"Given all that we've learned through the course of the investigations, it's telling that THIS is what Republicans are now choosing to pursue", tweeted Sen. The probes are looking into allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election to help Republican Trump.

In Grassley's statement, he highlighted inconsistencies that "seem to correspond to partisan political interests" and said he feels "obliged to pass that information along to the Justice Department for appropriate review".

The letter makes reference to a "Top Secret" memo that they said relates to "certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple USA news outlets" regarding the "dossier".

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.

The Democratic senator said it was "indisputable fact" that the probe of Russian meddling in the election and any possible Trump campaign role "was triggered by information completely independent from the dossier".

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