Grassley, Graham call for investigation into "Trump dossier" author

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Grassley, Graham call for investigation into "Trump dossier" author

Dated Jan. 4, the letter indicates the senators passed attached a classified memo "related to certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple USA news outlets regarding the so-called "Trump dossier" that Mr. Steele compiled on behalf of Fusion GPS for the Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee and also provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Paul Manafort sued the Department of Justice for exceeding its powers: Following his not guilty plea to 12 counts levied against him in October, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort filed a lawsuit against the DOJ.

The referral was made Thursday but revealed Friday.

Christopher Steele released a much-publicised dossier last January containing claims about Donald Trump that were said to show Moscow's interference in the presidential race. Trump has called the dossier "phony" and derided it as a politically motivated hit job, and many Republicans in Congress have been focused on discrediting it.

"The FBI doesn't need any prompting from politicians to prosecute people who have lied to them", Zeidenberg says.

Mueller is now spearheading the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including whether members of Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the election in his favor. "The rule of Law depends on the government and all who work on its behalf playing by the rules themselves". Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., said she was unaware of the criminal referral before it was made. Nunes' committee has been seeking information about Steele's research for months. The dossier forms much of the basis for Congress and the DOJ's investigation into aforementioned alleged ties between Trump and Russian Federation.

Grassley is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has been conducting an investigation running parallel to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

"I don't take lightly making a referral for criminal investigation", Grassley said in a statement.

A lawyer for Fusion GPS, which was initially paid by a conservative website tied to Republicans and then later by Democrats to carry out the research into Trump, criticized the senators for the referral and also for publicizing it. "We should all be sceptical in the extreme".

"The referral is for further investigation only, and is not meant to be an allegation of a crime", the committee's release said. "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 Russian Federation to influence the election and whether there was subsequent obstruction of justice".