In the heavily redacted, declassified version of the letter, which outlined why Graham and Grassley asked the Justice Department to consider opening a criminal investigation into Steele's communications with the FBI, the senators allege that "Clinton associates" were "feeding Mr. Steele accusations" against the Trump campaign, thereby calling into question Steele's credibility as a neutral source.
Telling himself numerous times that he needed to slow down to make sure his audience understood, Hannity said that besides Hillary Clinton "buying and paying a bought and paid for a 12 plus million dollar phony, fake news Russian propaganda dossier to influence the election, if that's not bad enough, you have Clinton associates and the Obama state Department funneling allegations for a second dossier to Christopher Steele". He used this as an opportunity to rail against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member on the committee.
"That's what's so ridiculous about how they (Democrats) handled this, and why that memo last week from the Republicans was so important that the American people see", he added.
It nonetheless provides new details about the FBI's application to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order against former Trump official Carter.
Grassley and Graham now argue that the classification of the referral should be updated and the redactions removed.
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Mr. Grassley, in a letter on Friday - the day the Nunes memo was released - asked the to let him release the Steele referral so the public could judge the former spy's veracity.
"Seeking transparency and cooperation should not be this challenging", Grassley said in a statement Monday.
"One memorandum by Mr. Steele that was not published by BuzzFeed is dated October 19, 2016".
Democrats have argued that the Republican efforts to discredit Steele and allege wrongdoing related to the dossier at the Justice Department are part of a unified effort to muddy the waters around the ongoing federal investigation, now in the hands of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE.
The referral states that, based classified documents provided by the, "in light of sworn statements by in British litigation, it appears that either lied to the or the British court, or that the classified documents reviewed by the committee contain materially false statements".
"Talk about rigging the game and putting together a document that will serve your purposes as an opposition research document", Jordan said.