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March 23 2018, 03:02 | Irvin Gilbert
Jumping right into it, the Fox News host explained that GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley had released a redacted copy of their criminal referral against former British spy Christopher Steele that showed that Steele was working with the Obama administration and Clinton allies to put together a second dossier.
It added, "There is substantial evidence suggesting that materially misled the about a key aspect of his dossier, one which bears on his credibility".
The Steele dossier has been a flashpoint in the debate over the federal investigation into Trump's presidential campaign.
On Feb. 2, the day the "Nunes" memo was released, after it was approved by the House Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Devin Nunes (R-CA), and approved for public issuance by President Donald Trump that day, then Senator Grassley fired off a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, that they must finish what was necessary to approve the memo in question for release by Feb. 6. Steele wrote a report based on the information, but the redacted version of the referral does not say what Steele did with the report after that.
"It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele's work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility", Grassley and Graham wrote in their criminal referral.
The Grassley-Graham memo reads: "One memorandum by Mr. Steele that was not published by Buzzfeed is dated October 19, 2016".
Even then, the referral was heavily redacted.
"In a convoluted scheme outlined in the referral, the foreign source gave the information to an unnamed associate of Hillary and Bill Clinton, who then gave the information to an unnamed official in the Obama State Department, who then gave the information to Steele", writes the Examiner.
The Grassley-Graham memo says that Steele used the information from the "foreign sub-source" to write an additional document related to President Trump's ties to Russian Federation that was not included in the infamous dossier published by BuzzFeed in January 2017, the Washington Post reports. The report alleges BLANK, as well as BLANK.
Steele, the former British spy who is said to have compiled the Trump-Russia dossier, could have an "interesting problem", according to Napolitano.
"Steele, whose prior work with British intelligence gave him access to USA intelligence and State Department officials, also appeared to be in contact with Jonathan Winer, a current State Department official who also worked under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton". Winer, a friend of Steele's, was then serving as the special envoy for Libya, and had previously passed Steele's Russian Federation and Ukraine reports along to the State Department's Europe bureau between 2014 and 2016.
Sidney Blumenthal, a close friend and adviser to Hillary Clinton, was also said to have been used as a source by Steele, Carter reported.