DOJ watchdogs interview 'dossier' author Christopher Steele: report

Lawyers with the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General who are looking into the origins of an FBI investigation that was taken over by former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE reportedly interviewed the author of a dossier that alleged impropriety between President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE's campaign and Russia. 

Three attorneys with the inspector general's office met with Christopher Steele in June during Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom, two unidentified sources told Reuters


One source told the news service that the investigation has apparently been extended on the basis of Steele's information.  

The Hill has reached out to the Justice Department for comment.

Steele, a former British spy, alleged potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and that Moscow was trying to interfere with U.S. elections. 

Steele compiled the dossier for Fusion GPS, a Washington political research firm hired by Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMissing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani On The Money: Trump downplays urgency of China trade talks | Chinese negotiators cut US trip short in new setback | Trump sanctions Iran's national bank | Survey finds Pennsylvania, Wisconsin lost the most factory jobs in past year Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate MORE’s presidential campaign. He later shared the information he discovered with the British government.

He has emerged as a top GOP target, with congressional Republicans and Trump repeatedly slamming him for starting an investigation they believe was improper.