from the Washington Free Beacon:
FBI Used Ex-British Spy as Main Source for Spying Warrants After Suspending Its Relationship With Him
Despite suspending its relationship with an ex-British spy who wrote the unverified dossier on President Donald Trump over the ex-spy’s unauthorized contact with the media, the FBI presented him as a credible source to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court multiple times after that suspension, according to two Republican senators.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) late Tuesday afternoon released a new version of a Jan. 4 criminal referral he wrote with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) that asked the Justice Department to investigate Trump dossier author Christopher Steele for allegedly lying to the FBI, which is a crime.
At Grassley’s request, the FBI removed multiple heavy redactions to the senators’ criminal referral, which the senators first released Monday and asserts that Steele wrote a second memo with help of at least one of Hillary Clinton’s friends.
“I appreciate the FBI’s quick turnaround on a tight deadline to my request for a classification review of the Steele referral,” Grassley said in a statement. “The more clarity we can provide to the American people about decisions at the FBI and Justice Department, the better.”
Grassley pledged to keep pushing for additional transparency and thanked the men and women of the FBI and Justice Department for their continued service.
The newly released memo with fewer redactions states the FBI took “important investigative steps largely based on Mr. Steele’s information—and relying heavily on his credibility.”