This entire thing is absurd…Grassley feels “obliged” to pass along the criminal activity of a former British spy to the Justice Department for “appropriate review”? How about we throw this liar in the slammer! Grassley says he found “credible evidence of a crime” so why is he not beating down the door of Jeff Session’s office? Christopher Steele and others should be given the harshest punishment! It’s time for some hardball!
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:
The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has recommended a criminal investigation of Christopher Steele, author of the Trump dossier commissioned by Fusion GPS.
In a January 4, 2017 letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the committee wrote they had reason to believe that Steele, a former British spy, lied to federal authorities about his contacts with reporters regarding the dossier.
“I don’t take lightly making a criminal referral for criminal investigation,” Grassley said in a statement. “But as I would with any credible evidence of a crime unearthed in the course of our investigations, I feel obliged to pass that information along to the Justice Department for appropriate review.”
“Everyone needs to follow the law and be truthful in their interactions with the FBI. If the same actions have different outcomes and those differences seem to correspond with partisan political interests, then the public will naturally suspect that law enforcement decisions are not on the up-and-up,” he said.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is one of three committees looking into the issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and any potential collusion by the Trump administration.
Congressional investigators are closing in on Fusion GPS’s role in the FBI’s initial investigation of the Trump campaign.
Fusion GPS was hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to dig up dirt on Trump. It hired Steele, who then took his research to the FBI, as well as to members of the media and Congress. Fusion GPS also hired the wife of a senior Justice Department official.
Investigators are examining whether the dossier — an unverified and salacious piece of opposition research — was used as part of a justification to get surveillance warrants on Trump campaign members, as well as to launch the whole Russia investigation.
The FBI had reportedly reached an agreement to pay Steele, but backed off once his name became widely known. It still reportedly paid Steele for “expenses.”
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