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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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Trump Is Officially Under Investigation For Fraud By The NY District Attorney: NYT

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The Manhattan district attorney’s office is “investigating President Donald Trump and his company for bank and insurance fraud,” the New York Times reported Monday.

According to The Times, “the office of the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., made the disclosure in a new federal court filing arguing Mr. Trump should have to comply with its subpoena seeking eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns.”

“The reports, including investigations into the president’s wealth and an article on the congressional testimony of his former lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, said that the president may have illegally inflated his net worth and the value of his properties to lenders and insurers. Lawyers for Mr. Trump have said he did nothing wrong.”

The newspaper also reported that Trump has asked a judge to declare the subpoena invalid.

The news comes less than a month after the Supreme Court, in a major ruling on the limits of presidential power, cleared the way for Mr. Vance’s prosecutors to seek Mr. Trump’s financial records.

The Times also noted that the investigation is a “significantly broader inquiry than the prosecutors have acknowledged in the past.”

You can read the entire report on The News York Times.

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