Top Senators are questing that the Department of Justice open a criminal investigation of the “Trump Dossier” author, Christopher Steele. Based upon classified information that the Senate Judiciary Committee has received, they believe that credible evidence exists to believe Steele may have committed crimes related to the dossier he fabricated at the behest of the Hillary Clinton campaign and Fusion GPS.
As I have been writing for months, this is the story to watch. However, whether or not Steele committed a crime related to his preparation or handling of the dossier is not the most important aspect of this story. The ultimate question is whether or not this thoroughly discredited dossier was used by the FBI and DOJ as the factual basis for seeking surveillance warrants to spy on Trump and his associates during and after the 2016 election campaign. If so, many more serious crimes were likely committed by high-ranking members of the Obama Administration.
From The Hill:
Two Republican senators are asking the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into Christopher Steele, the author of a controversial opposition research dossier on President Trump.
Sens. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking that they investigate if the former British intelligence agent lied to federal authorities.
“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,” Grassley said in a statement.
The letter is the first known criminal referral from any of the congressional investigations into Russia’s election interference.
The dossier has become a flashpoint in the Russia investigations, with Republicans questioning whether the document was the starting point for the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign.