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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 GrahamGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Five things to know about 'MBS,' Saudi Arabia's crown prince MORE (R-S.C.) and Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms Fusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth in Congress, attorney cries McCarthyism Fusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth following House GOP subpoena MORE (R-N.C.) on Wednesday intensified their attacks on a controversial dossier containing opposition research against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled 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 ObamaCampaign staffers sue Illinois Dem governor candidate over alleged racial discrimination Bipartisanship is a greater danger than political polarization GOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost 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 GrassleyTrump officials ratchet up drug pricing fight Dems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October American Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review MORE (R-Iowa) last week sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinRosenstein says Mueller probe is 'appropriate and independent' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump requests Turkey's evidence on missing journalist | Takeaways from Texas Senate debate | Key Mueller findings could be ready after midterms Mueller to present key findings related to Russia probe after midterms: report 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 FeinsteinThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House Trump, Feinstein feud intensifies over appeals court nominees American Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review 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.