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Two Republican leaders are recommending the Justice Department investigate Christoper Steele-the former British spy who authored the infamous dossier alleging collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign-for possibly lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Washington Post reports. Lindsey Graham of SC, whose subcommittee has held several Russia-related hearings, said in a statement they were referring ex-British agent Chris Steele for what they described as "potentially false statements about the distribution of claims from the dossier".

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Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham are trying to get the FBI to investigate Christopher Steele, the guy who put together the Trump "dossier".

"Remember, before the Senate - before the House Judiciary Committee, Congressmen Jim Jordan, Ron DeSantis, other people were asking, how was this funded?" said Chaffetz. The memos written by a former British intelligence agent and Russia expert, Christopher Steele, made a series of allegations, including multiple secret meetings between Trump campaign officials and Russian agents. Trump has called the dossier "phony" and derided it as a politically motivated hit job, and many Republicans in Congress have been focused on discrediting it.

The dossier was turned over to the FBI in 2016, and federal investigators worked to corroborate portions of it. It was not immediately clear from the referral what Steele allegedly lied to investigators about.

"The rule of law depends on the government and all who work on its behalf playing by the rules themselves", Graham said in a statement. "But. I feel obliged to pass that information along to the Justice Department for appropriate review." Sen.

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Steele, who is based in London, compiled the material under a contract with Fusion GPS, a Washington-based firm that was hired first by Republicans, and later by Democrats, to collect information on Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

"I wasn't consulted about this referral nor were any of my Democratic colleagues", Feinstein said in a statement.

The dossier, which began as an opposition research effort and became publicly known in early 2017, details Russian interference in the 2016 election and includes allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump.

A lawyer for Fusion GPS, which was initially paid by a conservative website tied to Republicans and then later by Democrats to carry out the research into Trump, criticized the senators for the referral and also for publicizing it.

"After a year of investigations into Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation, the only person Republicans seek to accuse of wrongdoing is one who reported on these matters to law enforcement in the first place", Levy said.

"I don't take lightly making a referral for criminal investigation", Grassley said in a statement. "We should all be skeptical in the extreme".


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