If you remember the Trump-Golden Shower/PissGate dossier, well, today we just got word that the author of the respective opposition-research file, Christopher Steele respectively, has been referred to the FBI for criminal investigation. Two Republican Senators on the Senate Judicial Committee sent a letter to Jeff Session’s Department of Justice and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, demanding these two institutions to initiate a criminal investigation into Christopher Steele.
The proponents are two top Republicans, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley respectively. The former sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, alleging that the author of the Trump-dossier may have made false statements to federal authorities with regard to his communications with various news outlets (US based) about the respective dossier.
In the letter, Senators Grassley and Graham quoted intel from a classified memo, while saying that they’re “respectfully referring Mr. Steele to you for investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1001, for statements the Committee has reason to believe Mr. Steele made regarding his distribution of information contained in the dossier.”
Christopher Steele is a British national and a former MI6 (a spook basically) operative, who created/compiled the Trump-Russia-Golden Shower-Pissgate so-called dossier while he was working for the opposition research firm Fusion GPS. The firm was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. While working on the respective dossier, Christopher Steele was instructed by Fusion GPS to brief various reporters working for mainstream media outlets, the likes of Yahoo! News, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Mother Jones and CNN. At the beginning of July 2016, the former British spy met with FBI agents, telling them that he picked up information about Trump having ties with Russian officials. Steele also worked with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators as part of the Trump-Russia collusion probe.
The two Senators did not specify what type of intel they had about Christopher Steele, but they emphasized a criminal investigation is necessary. Here’s a quote from their official statement:
“But, as I would with any credible evidence of a crime unearthed in the course of our investigations, I feel obligated to pass that information along to the Justice Department for appropriate review,” he 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.”