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Trump slams FBI, Clinton for 'garbage' dossier

Trump slams FBI, Clinton for 'garbage' dossier

Two influential Republican senators issued a criminal referral this week against Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the largely unverified "Trump dossier".

Sen. Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, and Lindsey Graham, of SC, sent a short letter along with a classified memo to FBI director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein saying they believed former British spy Christopher Steele violated a federal law in relation to statements he made about the distribution of claims from the 35-page dossier.

"I'll continue to stand strong against any efforts to undermine Special Counsel Mueller's investigation, as well as the ongoing congressional investigations", Feinstein said.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Sen. On Friday, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said the department had received the referral and will review it. Some of the information was distilled into a summary that then-FBI Director James Comey presented to then-president-elect Trump in January 2017.

The dossier was turned over to the FBI in 2016, and federal investigators worked to corroborate portions of it. "In any event, it's up to the Justice Department to figure that out".

There are now three ongoing congressional investigations into allegations of Russian interference in the election and complicity by Donald Trump's campaign team. "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". Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., said she was unaware of the criminal referral before it was made.

Most of the allegations levied against Steele were classified, as they were based on secret meetings between him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that have since been passed on to the Judiciary Committee. It was not immediately clear from the referral what Steele allegedly lied to investigators about.

Fusion GPS' lawyer Joshua Levy has referred to the scrutiny on Steele as a "smear" meant to muddy the waters of the investigation.

They said the former MI6 officer may have made false statements about "the distribution of claims contained in the dossier".

Senate Republicans refer the author of the Trump dossier to the DOJ for criminal investigation : In the first official criminal referral to come out of the Senate investigation into Trump's Russian Federation ties, Republican Sens. "We should all be skeptical 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.

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