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Republican Senators seek criminal probe of Trump 'dossier' author

Republican Senators seek criminal probe of Trump 'dossier' author

The senators' referral states: "Based on the information contained therein, we are respectfully referring Mr Steele to you for investigation of potential violations. for statements the Committee has reason to believe Mr Steele made regarding his distribution of information contained".

During the first week of 2018, investigators and the president's allies alike zeroed in on the Department of Justice, with two Republican congressmen calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, suing the department, seeking to limit its powers.

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

Two Republican senators urged U.S. justice officials Friday to open a criminal investigation into the author of the research dossier on President Donald Trump that allegedly detailed links between his campaign and Moscow.

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

The referral was made Thursday but revealed Friday.

The Trump dossier, sometimes called the Steele memo, contains numerous unverified allegations against President Trump, including that Russian intelligence had a video of him in a compromising sexual situation.

The dossier was turned over to the FBI in 2016, and federal investigators worked to corroborate portions of it. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan called on Sessions to resign in an op-ed published by the conservative Washington Examiner, citing leaks coming out of the Federal Bureau of Investigation they said Sessions appeared unable to "control".




The Judiciary Committee is conducting one of the three congressional investigations into Russian interference, and the controversial dossier has come under scrutiny. But the bulk of the column is devoted to making the ostensibly irrelevant - and transparently false - argument that "there is no evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians". "I hope the Department of Justice will carefully review our letter and take appropriate action".

"Everyone needs to follow the law and be truthful in their interactions with the FBI", Grassley said in a statement.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said she and her Democratic colleagues were not consulted on the referral.

Part of the referral is classified, so the precise details and allegations are now not being made public.

"The referral is for further investigation only, and is not meant to be an allegation of a crime", the committee's release said.

"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", said Joshua A. Levy, counsel for Fusion GPS.

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. "We should all be skeptical in the extreme".


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