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Investigate the investigator
- Republican senators running the Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into Russian meddling in the US election have made their first request for a criminal referral to the US Justice Department, and it’s for Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the famous “Steele dossier” on Donald Trump. [Vox / Matt Yglesias and Andrew Prokop]
- Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina made the request today. It’s not exactly an arrest warrant for Steele, but rather a request that the Justice Department pursue charges against him for potentially lying to the FBI. [Washington Post / Devlin Barrett and Tom Hamburger]
- The Senate Judiciary Committee is one of three congressional committees investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election — and these are all separate from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. [BuzzFeed News / Emma Loop]
- The fact that Grassley and Graham want the Justice Department to investigate Steele is notable in that it’s the first request for charges for anyone in the committee’s investigation, and they’re choosing someone who was also investigating possible ties between Trump and Russia. [NYT / Nicholas Fandos and Matthew Rosenberg]
- The move has also incensed Democrats on the committee, who said they weren’t consulted about the decision, adding that it distracts from the real investigation. [Politico / Kyle Cheney] Read More Here