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GOP Senator Trying To Make Critical Evidence Disappear From Trump-Russia Probe

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In a clear attempt to obstruct justice, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, challenged FBI agents reportedly using the infamous Christopher Steele dossier as a “roadmap” to their investigation, demanding they explain the impact foreign intelligence may have had on their probe, Politico reported Friday.

In a letter to the FBI, the Iowa Republican asked whether the infamous dossier, which alleges Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to impact the 2016 presidential election may have been “surreptitiously funneled into U.S. intelligence streams through foreign intelligence sharing.”

“Mr. Steele’s dossier allegations might appear to be ‘confirmed’ by foreign intelligence, rather than just an echo of the same ‘research’ that Fusion bought from Steele and that the FBI reportedly also attempted to buy from Steele,” Grassley wrote.

“The committee must understand what steps the FBI has taken to ensure that any foreign information it received and used in the Russia investigation, beyond the dossier itself, was not ultimately sourced to Mr. Steele, his associates such as Fusion GPS, or his sub-sources,” he added.

The letter comes after reports Thursday indicated special counsel Robert Mueller has interviewed Steele, the former British M16 agent who originally compiled the document. Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that they’d hit a brick wall with Steele and indicated they couldn’t meet with him. Through an associate, Steele revealed that he informed the senators that he was more than willing to meet with them and was waiting on them to set up an official time.

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Court Hearing: Trump Offered Assange Pardon If He Covered Up Russian DNC Hack

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A lawyer for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has claimed in court that President Trump offered to pardon Assange if he agreed to help cover up Russia’s involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

In 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) attempted to broker a deal for a pardon between the White House and Assange.

Assange has argued that he should not be extradited to the U.S. because the American case against him is politically motivated. His lawyers told the court that Trump’s alleged offer to pardon Assange proved that this was no ordinary criminal investigation.

Edward Fitzgerald, who was representing Assange in court, said he had evidence that a quid pro quo was put to Assange by Rohrabacher, who was known as Putin’s favorite congressman.

Courtroom reporter James Doleman broke the news on Twitter after Assange made the remarks while appearing at a pretrial hearing via teleconference.

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