Blumenthal appeared on MSNBC tonight, and Steve Kornacki--filling in for Chris Matthews--asked him if he's aware of the evidence they're citing "that justifies the investigation". "As we told the Senate judiciary committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp".
The referral comes after Republicans in Congress have made several attempts in recent weeks to undermine the credibility of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, the Justice Department and the FBI, charging there is anti-Trump bias within the ranks of federal agents and prosecutors.
Two senior Republican U.S. Senators on Friday called for a criminal investigation into the former British spy who compiled a "dossier" in 2016 of allegations of financial and personal links between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, his advisers and Russian Federation.
FBI investigators met with House Speaker Paul Ryan: FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein met with the House speaker to discuss sharing files related to their investigation of the infamous dossier about Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation.
The referral was made Thursday but revealed Friday.
The Justice Department and attorneys for Steele did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.
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The statement from Graham and Grassley goes on to say that the referral "does not pertain to the veracity of claims contained in the dossier" and that it "is not meant to be an allegation of a crime".
We found out the real reason that prompted the FBI probe into Trump and Russia: According to The New York Times, former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in October, was responsible for initiating the Trump-Russia investigation. Simpson has testified before three congressional committees - albeit behind closed doors - and has explained how his clients, the Washington Free Beacon and the Clinton campaign, came to hire Fusion GPS, setting off the private investigation into the Trump campaign.
The probes are looking into allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 US election to help Republican Trump.
"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.
The minority leader of the Judiciary Committee, Sen.
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"Everyone needs to follow the law and be truthful in their interactions with the FBI", Grassley said in the letter.
The Judiciary Committee has not interviewed Steele.
Part of the referral is classified, so the precise details and allegations are now not being made public.
Republicans allege the dossier, which was commissioned by research firm Fusion GPS, served as the basis of the federal investigation in the president's alleged ties to Russian Federation.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, one of the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, slammed committee chair Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham for their letter recommending a criminal investigation into Christopher Steele.
Simpson added: "We're extremely proud of our work to highlight Mr Trump's Russian Federation ties".
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