Republican senators believe that Christopher Steele could lie to the Federal authorities
Influential senators respublikasy Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley demanded that the U.S. Department of justice to open a criminal case against the author of the infamous “dossier” on President trump, a former employee of British intelligence Christopher Steele.
In a letter sent to the Deputy attorney General Race Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher ray, the senators said that Steele may have lied to Federal authorities.
“It’s tough to formally request the opening of a criminal case, but I feel obligated to notify the Ministry of justice, reporting on information received in the course of the investigation,” – said in a statement, Senator Grassley.
Senator Lindsey Graham feel the need to clarify that doubts about the honesty of Christopher Steele appeared to him in the course of examining the documents related to the investigation of Moscow’s interference in the election campaign of 2016.
“After studying, how did Mr. Steele, disseminating information contained in the dossier, I believe that this matter should be dealt with by the special Prosecutor,” said the Republican Senator.
The information referenced by legislators, as set out in the closed Annex to the letter to the Ministry of justice. The contents of this application are not disclosed.
The demand to open a criminal case became the first in the ongoing Senate investigation about the Russian intervention.
At the end of last year Senator Chuck Grassley has written to the authorities several requests, demanding to disclose the contacts between Christopher Steele and FBI agents, as well as the information sources that the former agent was used in the preparation of “dossiers”.
Company, Fusion GPS, which hired Steele to collect information about Donald trump, has said that the demand of Republican senators is an attempt to divert public attention from the ongoing investigations about the contact between the members of the election headquarters of the President of the United States and the Kremlin.
“Attempts to advertise the requirement to Institute criminal proceedings and to classify the information, which is based on this requirement, raises serious questions about whether this request is an attempt to discredit the public authorities involved in the investigation,” reads the statement of the legal representative of the Fusion of the GPS.