Two Republican Senators request Criminal investigation into dossier author Christopher Steele
According to the Hill.com two Republican senators are asking the Justice department to open a criminal investigation into Christopher Steele the author of the completely false Russian dossier on President Trump.
Senators Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (Grahamnesty) sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking that they investigate if the former British intelligence agent lied to federal authorities.
“I don’t take lightly making a referral for a criminal investigation, but as I would with any credible evidence of a crime unearthed in the course of our investigation, I feel obligated to pass on that information to the Department of Justice for appropriate review.” Grassley said in a statement.
Graham added that “after reviewing how Mr. Steele conducted himself in distributing information contained in the dossier and how many stop signs the DOJ ignored in its use of the dossier, I believe that a special counsel needs to review this matter.”
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The letter is the first known criminal referral from any of the congressional investigations into Russia’s election interference.
As part of their request, the two senators passed along a memo tied to “certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple U.S. news outlets.” They did not publicly release the memorandum, which is classified.
The referral is the latest sign of partisan splintering of the Judiciary Committee’s wide-ranging investigation into Russia, the 2016 election and potential political interference of the FBI.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel, blasted the letter as the latest attempt by GOP lawmakers to turn the committee’s focus away from Trump.
“I think this referral is unfortunate as it’s clearly another effort to deflect attention from what should be the committee’s top priority: determining whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election and whether there was subsequent obstruction of justice,” she said.
The dossier has come into question as to whether it was the starting point of the FBI investigation into President Trump and possible collusion with the Russians. The dossier is a false document with no proof of the contents. It is understandable that the Democrats and lawyers of Mr. Steele would be opposed to an investigation as further corruption of the Democrats will surely be pointed out.