Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley believes the FBI is “blotting out information” surrounding Christopher Steele’s dossier and is calling for a criminal investigation into the former British spy.
On Monday, Grassley slammed the FBI for intentionally blocking pertinent details of the FISA abuse memo from the public, raising new questions about why they are trying to conceal information from the public.
Democratic National Committee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign gave nearly $10 million to fund the political hit piece, which was used by top FBI and Justice Department officials to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on Cater Page.
Page briefly served as a volunteer on Trump’s 2016 campaign, but the warrant they obtained with the Clinton-funded dossier triggered the entire Russia investigation.
Grassley is ticked off about this, and he wants Steele charged criminally for misleading the FBI about his contacts and admissions in compiling the dossier and peddling it as factually authenticated.
“Seeking transparency and cooperation should not be this challenging,” Grassley said in a statement. “The government should not be blotting out information that it admits isn’t secret.”
Grassley’s push to hold corrupt government officials is emblematic of the intense pressure from Trump and GOP lawmakers to drain the swamp.
The Iowa Republican is calling on the DOJ to investigate whether Steele lied to federal investigators, and he wants him charged criminally is he did.
Grassley’s criminal referral also calls on the DOJ to declassify the FISA application to show what information was used to conduct surveillance of Page, which in turn launched the Russia probe.
Let this sink in: the FBI used dossier, which cannot be verified, that was funded by Clinton and the DNC to obtain a surveillance warrant to spy on Trump’s 2016 campaign. That same salacious, unverified information was also used to launch special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
It’s time for deep state corrupt officials to be held accountable for their actions, and the American people deserve to know if Steele lied to the FBI to help push the dossier through the ranks to derail Trump’s presidency.
Source: Zero Hedge