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Two Republican leaders in the Senate are calling for an investigation into Christopher Steele, the author of the controversial and at times salacious opposition research dossier on President Donald Trump that is filled with claims, many unsubstantiated, that allegedly tie the president to Russia.
In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) referred the author of the so-called “Trump dossier” for criminal investigation.
According to the letter, the GOP senators suggest Steele may have lied in statements provided to authorities.
Grassley wrote, “I don’t take lightly making a referral for criminal investigation. 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.”
Senators @ChuckGrassley and @LindseyGrahamSC have referred Christopher Steele to @TheJusticeDept for investigation after information reviewed by committee investigators revealed significant inconsistencies in statements provided to authorities pic.twitter.com/MKhJlscdKP
— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) January 5, 2018
Then 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.” The senators also mention that part of the referral is classified.
After news broke regarding the senator's referral, a lawyer for Fusion GPS, the firm that hired Steele, fired back by stating: “We should all be skeptical in the extreme.”
MORE: Fusion GPS counsel responds to Graham/Grassley referral on dossier author: "We should all be skeptical in the extreme.” pic.twitter.com/MznvFvTjMf
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) January 5, 2018
“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 investigation,” the firm's lawyer wrote.