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 GrahamTrump fires back at Graham over Iran criticism Overnight Defense: GOP wary of action on Iran | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Iran's leader rules out talks with US Republicans wary of US action on Iran MORE (R-S.C.) and Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsGOP struggles with retirement wave Lewandowski, Democrats tangle at testy hearing Meadows, Cotton introduce bill to prevent district judges from blocking federal policy changes MORE (R-N.C.) on Wednesday intensified their attacks on a controversial dossier containing opposition research against President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border 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 ObamaObama meets with Greta Thunberg: 'One of our planet's greatest advocates' Trump: Cokie Roberts 'never treated me nicely' but 'was a professional' Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE's team.

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Graham and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyWe've lost sight of the real scandal Grassley: Kavanaugh classmate didn't contact Senate panel State Dept sent explosive-detection dogs to Jordan despite evidence of mistreatment: report MORE (R-Iowa) last week sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal 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 FeinsteinGrassley: Kavanaugh classmate didn't contact Senate panel Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions This week: Congress returns for first time since mass shootings 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.