U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) presides over a hearing on U.S. immigration enforcement policies, on Capitol Hill in Washington July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Politico: Grassley presses Justice Dept. on Russian ties to firm behind Trump dossier
The Judiciary chairman asks how authorities are enforcing disclosure rules for foreign lobbying.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley wants information on how a Washington opposition research firm was apparently involved in a pro-Russian lobbying campaign at the same time that it was overseeing the unverified dossier about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
In a letter to Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente, Grassley demanded to know whether the Justice Department is looking into the firm, Fusion GPS, for alleged violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, known as FARA.
Grassley’s letter cites earlier reporting by POLITICO connecting Fusion GPS to a mysterious lobbying effort last year that tried to derail a human rights sanctions bill that irked the Kremlin.
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Update #1: Company linked to Trump-Russian dossier has its own Kremlin connection, US senator says -- FOX News
Update #2: U.S. Senator Seeks Probe Of Firm Linked To Russia Dossier -- RFE
WNU Editor: Talk about a conflict of interest. But even with these "uncomfortable" Russian ties, the opponents of President Trump are still hoping that the "Trump-Russia dossier" is true .... How Ex-Spy Christopher Steele Compiled His Explosive Trump-Russia Doss (Vanity Fair). More here .... Trump Russia dossier key claim 'verified' (BBC)
Update #3: Some uncomfortable questions are being raised .... Senate committee targets FBI No. 2 in Trump dossier probe (Washington Examiner).