In a pure political play, two influential members of the Senate Judiciary committee have recommended that the Department of Justice open a criminal investigation of Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote an explosive “dossier” containing damning allegations about President Trump’s purported links to Russia.
It is the first known congressional criminal referral linked to the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the committee, and Sen.Lindsey Graham, D-S.C., a member of the panel, sent a letter Thursday suggesting that Steele may have violated the law by allegedly lying to federal authorities about his contact with reporters regarding information in the dossier.
Steele’s work was commissioned by a private investigations agency, Fusion GPS, on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Steele, who is based in London, drew upon a range of sources, including figures linked to Russian intelligence, to compile the dossier last year.
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