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Prominent Senators: Investigate Steele!

Christopher Steele, the author of the Clinton-funded Fusion GPS dossier on President Donald Trump, may be in legal trouble. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) called for the Justice Department to investigate Steele, who worked for the British Secret Intelligence Service in the past.

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Graham and Grassley stated that Steele may have lied to federal investigators. Due to concerns over classification, the senators didn't make their basis for the referral public; they included it in a private memorandum sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray. A report published by POLITICO summed up the matter:

The two senators claim in their letter to have seen evidence of 'potential violations' by Steele of a law prohibiting false statements to government officials. These potential violations, they say, occurred 'regarding his distribution of information contained in the dossier.'

As FDL Review reports have indicated in the past, the dossier written by Steele was essentially a compilation of unsubstantiated rumors against Donald Trump.

Some of Steele's sources were members of the Russian government, and the FBI was unable to validate the claims that Steele made (even though Steele was offered $50,000 for his assistance). It was revealed that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid for the dossier in conjunction with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

In recent months, the FBI and the DOJ stonewalled congressional investigators' probes into the production of the dossier and its role in the Trump-Russia probe. On Thursday, the DOJ reached an agreement with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California), the House Intelligence Committee chairman, so that he would be able to obtain the documents needed in order to investigate their conduct.

Along with several of his House colleagues, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) proposed that the dossier was used to obtain the FISA warrants that led to the wiretapping of Paul Manafort and Carter Page, prominent members of the Trump campaign.