GOP Senators Ask For Criminal Probe Of British Spy Who Wrote "Trump Dossier"

Many details surrounding the now-infamous "Trump Dossier," from who funded it to how exactly it made it's way into the hands of the FBI and whether or not it was relied upon to secure FISA warrants to spy on members of Trump's campaign, are critical to determining whether partisan politics, or fact-based investigative work, drove the DOJ's initial efforts in its Russia probe.

Now, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC)  say they've uncovered what they believe is sufficient evidence to refer the author of the dossier, ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele, to the Justice Department for an investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1001 for false statements about the distribution of claims contained in the dossier.

“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.

“Everyone needs to follow the law and be truthful in their interactions with the FBI. If the same actions have different outcomes, and those differences seem to correspond to partisan political interests, then the public will naturally suspect that law enforcement decisions are not on the up-and-up. Maybe there is some innocent explanation for the inconsistencies we have seen, but it seems unlikely. In any event, it’s up to the Justice Department to figure that out.”

“After reviewing how Mr. Steele conducted himself in distributing information contained in the dossier and how many stop signs the DOJ ignored in its use of the dossier, I believe that a special counsel needs to review this matter. 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,” Graham said.

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According to the letter, yesterday evening Grassley and Graham delivered to Senate Security a letter and classified memorandum for delivery to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray containing information that forms the basis of their referral, which they describe as follows:

Under 18 U.S.C. § 1001, individuals are prohibited from making false statements to the federal authorities of the United States. Grassley and Graham are referring Steele for making potentially false statements about the distribution of claims from the dossier.

This referral does not pertain to the veracity of claims contained in the dossier. The referral is for further investigation only, and is not intended to be an allegation of a crime.

It is the practice of the committee to notify the Justice Department whenever it comes across what appears to be credible evidence of a criminal violation that warrants further investigation by appropriate authorities based on information from any source, public or non-public.

In the interest of transparency, the senators and committee staff are working to redact all sensitive information in the classified memorandum sent to Rosenstein and Wray. If and when that process can be lawfully and appropriately completed in consultation with the Justice Department, an unclassified version of the memorandum will be released.

Of course, the only question is whether the alleged false statements made by Steele will result in the same punishment as that bestowed upon Michael Flynn or whether there is an exemption for false statements provided they were intended to harm the current administration.

Here is the full statement by Grassley and Graham:

 

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And here is the referral to the Deputy AG Rosenstein and FBI Director Wray:

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Comments

bh2 Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:34 Permalink

"individuals are prohibited from making false statements to the federal authorities of the United States."

Except, of course, for Clintons and their acolytes, who get an automatic free pass.

Sir Edge bh2 Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:35 Permalink

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""Everyone needs to follow the law and be truthful in their interactions with the FBI. If the same actions have different outcomes, and those differences seem to correspond to partisan political interests, then the public will naturally suspect that law enforcement decisions are not on the up-and-up""

right... and...

Yes... It's also called Honoring The Oath To The US Constitution every Elected Politician and every hired Federal Agent makes before assuming job responsibilities and executing any jurisdictional powers.

 

Edgey...

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HippieHaulers nmewn Fri, 01/05/2018 - 15:11 Permalink

Let's see. A foreign intelligence agent colluded with Russian intelligence agents to produce a largely fabricated "dossier" used by a political candidate against her opponent. Said "dossier" also used by corrupt FBI in kangaroo FISA court to obtain warrant to wiretap said political candidate's opponent in her bid to rig election. Sounds a lot like Russian collusion to me.

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Chupacabra-322 HippieHaulers Fri, 01/05/2018 - 15:29 Permalink

So in summary, it's perfectly normal for Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths Hillary & Bill to profit to the tune of, THIRTY MILLION DOLLARS...with uranium deals that benefit Russia while she was Secretary of State, the DNC to pay for dossiers compiled by known spies, meetings in DC with Ukrainian's in the Ukrainian embassy for the purpose of defeating Trump.

And, Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Obama using the DNC dossier as evidence to get FISA warrants approved by a federal court to eavesdrop on Trump and his associates, so that Mzzz.Sunstein can then unmask & leak anything damaging to Trump in the Alinsky press. 

This really is lifting up the rug and seeing what is underneath it.

The fucking FBI was using government resources to help a fucking candidate get elected?  And how much longer before this all ties in with the IRS and going after different groups.

This banana republic is about finished. There is stink everywhere you turn.  

Edit: This is so big it is barely able to be described.  Watergate was easy to distill.  This is just mountains of shit. Like the trash heap in Idiocracy.

Does that about cover it besides Seth Rich's murder?

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emmanuelthoreau Chupacabra-322 Fri, 01/05/2018 - 17:14 Permalink

Yep, covered it well. Summed it up perfectly.

Frightening shit is: I don't know any longer how many people to whom you could spell this out rationally and get them to listen. Maybe one never could: I don't know the mindset of people prior to the 1980s. Were they always this way, easily-enraged vacuous meatbags, living lives of disjointed, frantic, mercurial outbursts? I dunno': I have a suspicion they were more amenable to reason. But we're in Zombieland out there now. You've got about five seconds, at most, to talk to someone before their mind moves on to the next thing and their mental dog door flap shuts on you and that topic forever.

Get that down to about a second or two and we won't need a whole lot of automation; you'll be able to talk these fools into working for free in perpetuity if you throw them a flashy phone and 50K followers to give their cat photos constant thumbs-up emojis on some social validation site.

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Sanity Bear HippieHaulers Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:24 Permalink

This is the same Atlanticist conspiracy behind the rest of the globalist nightmare, attempting to keep its grip on power after the Trump shock pulled the US Presidency out of their hands for the first time in a generation.

Lots of people love to shout "Zionist!" etc. but those are either fools or dupes. The real globalist conspiracy is the legacy of the British Empire, the folks who used to rule the world and still think they have the divine right to do so. That's why these schemes inevitably trace back to London.

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LaugherNYC HippieHaulers Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:34 Permalink

Nonononononononononono!

You are trying to distract the public's attention from the far more important potential Russian collusion by Trumpsters. Clinton collusion is not important. Clinton obstruction not important. Comey leak of classified information not important. Clinton Foundation $ hundreds of millions from Russians and their proxies not important. Besides, Trump collusion is alleged, Clinton collusion is proven, indisputable. We are only interested in treating allegations as fact, and facts as irrelevant. A Democratic campaign pays directly for Russian komprimat on their Republican opponent, leaks it, uses it to obtain a secret warrant to surveil their Republican opponent's campaign, which gives birth to an "Independent Prosecutor" who staffs up with investigators who hated Trump and wrote emails on government servers promising to destroy him and protect Clinton.

 

No, don't report on the Chief FOIA Officer of the FBI calling Comey a felon who leaked Classified information, report on thick-lipped yellow journalist Michael Wolff's reporting that people called Trump an idiot. THAT is big news!! A lot of people think Trump is an idiot, and always have. Yet, he kept making money, succeeding in everything he did. Made hundreds of millions/billions in real estate deals (I know this for ABSOLUTE FACT, FIRSTHAND). Made tens/hundreds of millions as TV producer/star. Tens of millions as best-selling author. All of this by an IDIOT.  Oh, and then he decides to get some publicity by running for President, and becomes the actual President of the United States. Another dumb move by a MORON. He's not as smart as Michael Wolff, who writes scurrilous trash for gossip magazines, and will now, finally, make money by writing a screed about the golden goose, Mr. T.

Yeah, keep the Hunt for Red Trumptover going. Good luck with that. So far, all that has been proved is that the Clinton campaign is up to their neck in filth, sleazy "dossiers," election rigging collusion and Russian agents. At this rate, Hillary is going to be the next Ethel Rosenberg, with old Julius Jefferson Clinton sitting next to her at their trial. And they brought it all on themselves.

 

 

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SteveK9 HippieHaulers Fri, 01/05/2018 - 18:27 Permalink

He is not a foreign intelligence agent. He left the service long ago and Steeles Russian contacts are all from 20 years ago or more. These 'Russian' are probably not even in the government. They know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone. It was free pay day. Why not just make up some crap and sell it to Steele. The more crap the more he pays ... good deal.

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J. Peasemold G… HippieHaulers Fri, 01/05/2018 - 19:06 Permalink

the public will naturally suspect that law enforcement decisions are not on the up-and up""

And so it is now acceptable, and without comment, for authorities to use weasel words for public perception damage control.

'Up-and-up' indeed.

How about a little plain speaking.

We (the people) will naturally suspect that law enforcement decisions (in this case) are not honest, ethical, or legal.

And if the negative/positive soft sell is removed it would read as:

We (the people) will naturally suspect that law enforcement decisions (in this case) are dishonest, unethical, corrupted, illegal, and/or criminal.

Watering down seems to be on the increase as the preferred method of butt covering, from the handling of classified materials ('grossly negligent' becomes 'extremely careless') to I visited 'Epstein' island 26 times (but didn't do or see anything illegal). And who could forget the immortal  "When I was in England," he said, "I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and didn't like it. I didn't inhale and I didn't try it again."

A common theme over many decades and now becomming ubiquitous.

 

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

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Bes nmewn Fri, 01/05/2018 - 15:26 Permalink

meh,

at least half of the trumptards voted for Bush, and now, all of a sudden,

see what Bush did and hate is guts

i have no reservations that the same will apply to Zionist, Neocon, Goldman, Police State, MIC, Wall Street Bubble, FED bitch

Trump

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Sid Davis Consuelo Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:49 Permalink

That is the most reasonable explanation as to why Sessions is sitting on his thumbs.

Of course he is a lifelong bureaucrat / politician so you can figure there is a large dose of incompetence thrown into the mix, also.

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konadog bh2 Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:19 Permalink

Yes. If the FBI can "investigate" for long enough, these treasonous child raping monsters can die of old age before seeing any justice. How long exactly did the Kristian Saucier "investigation" take before the poor kid was thrown in the slammer for a year and his life was ruined with a dishonorable discharge? About 10 seconds?  And for what - a cell phone picture? Yea, it's all bread and circuses and all of the the faux indignation from Graham, Grassley, and the rest of the globalist cabal is getting really, really old.

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