Graham, Meadows go on the attack over Steele dossier

Graham, Meadows go on the attack over Steele dossier
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP centrists in striking distance of immigration vote Dem leaders request bipartisan meeting on Russia probe Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA MORE (R-S.C.) and Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsDischarge petition efforts intensify as leadership seeks unity Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt Immigration petition hits 204 as new Republican signs on MORE (R-N.C.) on Wednesday intensified their attacks on a controversial dossier containing opposition research against President TrumpDonald John TrumpCEO of American investment firm believed Michael Cohen could bring in GOP donors for deals: report NAACP slams NFL for gag rule on national anthem Pelosi: Republican meeting over informant will 'nix' possibility of bipartisan briefing MORE, one day after Capitol Hill testimony was released from the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm behind the document.

“I want the entire story regarding Fusion GPS, the Dossier, and the Department of Justice to be revealed,” Graham tweeted.

Meadows, meanwhile, listed multiple questions about the dossier he still wants answered, including whether the Justice Department under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaChicago City Council approves Obama Presidential Center On North Korea, give Trump some credit The mainstream media — the lap dogs of the deep state and propaganda arm of the left MORE used it to target the Trump campaign.

Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is among the GOP representatives who have in recent weeks alleged bias within the FBI against Trump, citing anti-Trump texts from a former member of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's team.

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Graham and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyFormer US attorneys urge support for Trump nominee Dem leaders request bipartisan meeting on Russia probe Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — House passes 'right to try' drug bill | Trump moves to restrict abortion referrals MORE (R-Iowa) last week sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinBowing to pressure, White House to host bipartisan briefing on Russia investigation Wyden presses FBI for information on inflated encryption figures Poll: Majority of Americans don't know Mueller probe has uncovered crimes MORE and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking that they investigate the dossier's author, Christopher Steele.

Graham has said he believes a special counsel is needed to review the handling of the dossier, which contains claims of ties between Trump and Russia.

Democrats have claimed the dossier contains evidence that could help prove collusion between Russia and Trump and his campaign officials, while Republicans insist that it is full of unverified claims that the FBI might have used to improperly secure a warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign and transition.

On Tuesday Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFormer US attorneys urge support for Trump nominee The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Republicans see some daylight in midterm polling Senate panel clears bill to bolster probes of foreign investment deals MORE (D-Calif.) unilaterally released the transcript of testimony from the co-founder of Fusion GPS, which is the firm that hired Steele. 

On Wednesday Graham said releasing the transcript doesn’t go far enough. 

“The best way to start this process is to declassify how the dossier was used by the #DOJ and the DOJ’s interactions with Mr. Steele. We can do this and still protect sources and methods,” Graham tweeted.