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Republicans Push for Criminal Investigation Into Dossier Author

06 January 2018, 02:42 | Cassandra Thompson

Republicans Push for Criminal Investigation Into Dossier Author

Republicans Push for Criminal Investigation Into Dossier Author

According to the New York Times, it's the first known criminal referral made as part of a Republican-led investigation into possible Russian election interference-and notable because it was made against someone attempting to expose that interference. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., referred Steele to the Department of Justice for allegedly making false statements to investigators.

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.

Congressional panels, including the Senate Intelligence Committee, set out to investigate US intelligence agency allegations that Russian Federation conducted a campaign of hacking and disinformation to undermine USA democracy in the election, but some of the bipartisanship has eroded.

In a cover letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray released by the committee, the senators say the referral relates to "certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple USA news outlets regarding the so-called 'Trump dossier.'" The rest of the referral is classified and was not released.

This has left Democrats in the unenviable position of arguing that the racist authoritarian who has repeatedly misled Congress in sworn testimony - and, apparently, tried to sabotage his own Federal Bureau of Investigation director on the president's behalf - must be allowed to continue running the Justice Department, for the sake of our democracy.

The referral was made Thursday but revealed Friday. 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. Simpson has testified before three congressional committees - albeit behind closed doors - and has explained how his clients, the Washington Free Beacon and the Clinton campaign, came to hire Fusion GPS, setting off the private investigation into the Trump campaign.

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The FBI has reopened its absurd investigation of the Clinton Foundation. "The rule of Law depends on the government and all who work on its behalf playing by the rules themselves". "I hope the Department of Justice will carefully review our letter and take appropriate action".

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

"Everyone needs to follow the law and be truthful in their interactions with the FBI", Grassley said in a statement. The dossier forms much of the basis for Congress and the DOJ's investigation into aforementioned alleged ties between Trump and Russian Federation.

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.

Steve Bannon reportedly called a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting "treasonous:" Trump's former chief strategist also reportedly called the meeting between several Trump campaign officials and Russians "unpatriotic", according to an explosive new book written by columnist Michael Wolff.

Simpson added: "We're extremely proud of our work to highlight Mr Trump's Russian Federation ties".



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