US Republican senators seek charges against Trump dossier author

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Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham are trying to get the FBI to investigate Christopher Steele, the guy who put together the Trump "dossier".

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". Chuck Grassley, chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, writes in a letter to the Justice Department. "Publicizing a criminal referral based on classified information raises serious questions about whether this letter is nothing more than another attempt to discredit government sources, in the midst of an ongoing criminal investigation", Levy said in a statement.

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.

The statement from Graham and Grassley goes on to say that the referral "does not pertain to the veracity of claims contained in the dossier" and that it "is not meant to be an allegation of a crime".

Two senior Republican U.S. Senators on Friday called for a criminal investigation into the former British spy who compiled a "dossier" in 2016 of allegations of financial and personal links between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, his advisers and Russian Federation.

The investigative firm behind the Steele dossier - the controversial memo that alleged extensive collusion between Donald Trump's campaign officials and Russian Federation - has claimed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation received "credible allegations" about a Kremlin conspiracy throughout the 2016 USA election campaign, including from inside the Trump camp. However, CNN's reporting shows a number of pieces of intelligence separate from the dossier raised concerns among United States national security officials and propelled an investigation.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said she and her Democratic colleagues were not consulted on the referral. Republicans have also sought to portray Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe as biased and politically motivated.

The Judiciary Committee probe is one of three congressional investigations into Russian interference into the United States election, and is separate from Robert Mueller's probe. "But. I feel obliged to pass that information along to the Justice Department for appropriate review." Sen.

FBI investigators met with House Speaker Paul Ryan: FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein met with the House speaker to discuss sharing files related to their investigation of the infamous dossier about Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

The dossier, which began as an opposition research effort and became publicly known in early 2017, details Russian interference in the 2016 election and includes allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump.

The New York Times reported last week that Australian officials passed information about a Trump foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, to U.S. counterparts after he bragged that Russian Federation had compromising information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate. USA officials have corroborated some aspects of the dossier, although its most salacious allegations have not been corroborated by the intelligence community or CNN.

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