'Grassley' Memo Seeks Criminal Action on Steele; Implicates State Department, Clinton Campaign

Justin Haskins

Hillary Clinton's associates were "feeding" allegations to Christopher Steele, a former British spy, while he was preparing a controversial anti-Trump dossier, a criminal referral filed by Republican senators writes.

"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.

Mr. Winer confirmed a redacted Senate report released on Tuesday that said information on candidate Trump flowed between Mr. Steele and Clinton operatives, with Mr. Winer as the middleman.

The allegations stem from the memo released last week by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, along with new accusations that the Obama State Department fed ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele information from Hillary Clinton associates, which he then used to reinforce the disputed dossier on Trump and Russian Federation that he provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

However, the Grassley-Graham memo still remains heavily redacted.

The Senate document, prepared by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, Iowa Republican, said two reports came from State (apparently Mr. Winer) to Mr. Steele from Blumenthal-Shearer.

Mr. Steele paid intermediaries to collect his unverified attacks from Kremlin sources on Mr. Trump and associates. Senator Grassley "is now calling on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to update the classification of the referral to allow complete disclosure of important context from the documents on which it is based".

"Seeking transparency and cooperation should not be this challenging", Grassley said in a statement Monday. This State Department individual shopped the information to Christopher Steele, who then produced a dossier (dated October 19, 2016, and not so far released), and who spread it to media and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"The government should not be blotting out information that it admits isn't secret, and it should not take dramatic steps by Congress and the White House to get answers that the American people are demanding".

He shared a copy of Shearer's notes to Steele, who agreed the findings were similar but came from different sources, and the former British spy handed over that document to the Federal Bureau of Investigation when asked to provide all the allegations against Trump.

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