20.01.2018
Republican Senators finally act on Steele dossier—by making criminal referral against Steele

Republican Senators finally act on Steele dossier—by making criminal referral against Steele

If there was any remaining doubt about whether Republicans would act in response to facts, or do anything to defend Trump, consider this the answer.

More than a year after Republican leaders promised to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election, two influential Republicans on Friday made the first known congressional criminal referral in connection with the meddling — against one of the people who sought to expose it.

Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a senior committee member, told the Justice Department they had reason to believe that a former British spy, Christopher Steele, lied to federal authorities about his contacts with reporters regarding information in the dossier, and they urged the department to investigate.

The New York Times is reporting that Grassley and Graham have bypassed acting on any of the information contained in the dossier, and decided instead to pursue charges against Christopher Steele. They have forwarded a referral to the Justice Department suggesting that Steele lied under oath. What about all the lies, corruption and crime that the dossier lays at Trump’s feet? Republicans simply don’t care.

The criminal referral appears to make no assessment of the veracity of the dossier’s contents, much of which remains unsubstantiated nearly a year after it became public.