A scathing criminal referral from Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham to top officials at the DOJ and FBI was released Tuesday night, saying the ‘bulk’ of FISA applications against a top Trump official relied ‘heavily’ on Christopher Steele’s phony ‘Russia Dossier.’
The Senators’ letter was sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in early January; demanding answers over how and why the bureau was able to use an unverified dossier in order to obtain a highly-sensitive FISA warrant against an American citizen.
New information released this week shows not only was Christopher Steele’s debunked dossier used as a basis for the FISA applications, but that the political affiliation and bias included in the document was “shielded” from court officials who review the data for approval.
“It appears that either Mr. Steele lied to the FBI or the British court, or that the classified [FBI] documents reviewed by the committee contain materially false statements,” states the letter.
“The bulk of the application consists of allegations against Page that were disclosed to the FBI by Mr. Steele and are also outlined in the Steele dossier,” it adds. “The application appears to contain no additional information corroborating the dossier allegations against Mr. Page.”
h/t The Hill