Fake Trump Dossier Author Referred for Criminal Prosecution in US
Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham have made the 1st criminal referral to the Justice Department in the congressional probes into Russian interference.
The referral: British spy, Christopher Steele, author of the fake dossier on President Donald Trump. The charge: Lying to federal authorities about his contacts with reporters about the contents of the dossier.
Senator Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Graham sent a letter Thursday to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Chris Wray urging the Justice Department to investigate Steele.
“Based on the information contained therein, we are 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,” the senators wrote in the letter.
US lawmakers cannot prosecute criminal activity, but they refer any criminal violations they find to the Justice Department. The Senators say part of the referral is classified.
The dossier was compiled during the 2016 Presidential campaign in an effort to create a ‘Dark File” on candidate Donald Trump, and contains allegations about President Trump’s ties to Russia. It was paid for by anti-Trumpers and the Democratic National Committee to benefit Hillary Clinton.
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