"But, as I would with any credible evidence of a crime unearthed in the course of our investigations, I feel obliged to pass that information along to the Justice Department for appropriate review", Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said in the statement Friday.
Part of the referral is classified, so the precise details and allegations are now not being made public.
The senators' referral states: "Based on the information contained therein, we are respectfully referring Mr Steele to you for investigation of potential violations. for statements the Committee has reason to believe Mr Steele made regarding his distribution of information contained".
The Justice Department earlier this month to interview an FBI employee thought to be an informant to the dossier's leading researcher, amid calls from Trump attorneys for a second special counsel to investigate links between the bureau and the private company that commissioned the dossier research.
In a cover letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray released by the committee, the senators say the referral relates to "certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple USA news outlets regarding the so-called 'Trump dossier.'" The rest of the referral is classified and was not released. "In any event, it's up to the Justice Department to figure that out".
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It claimed there was collusion between Mr Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, and that the Russians have information that could be used to blackmail the President. In it, they allege that Republican lawmakers are waging a "cynical campaign" to portray Fusion GPS and the now infamous Steele dossier as "unwitting victims of Kremlin disinformation".
The FBI has reopened its absurd investigation of the Clinton Foundation. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., said she was unaware of the criminal referral before it was made.
The Judiciary Committee probe is one of three congressional investigations into Russian interference into the USA election, and is separate from Robert Mueller's probe.
"The rule of law depends on the government and all who work on its behalf playing by the rules themselves", Graham said in a statement.
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"Remember, before the Senate - before the House Judiciary Committee, Congressmen Jim Jordan, Ron DeSantis, other people were asking, how was this funded?" said Chaffetz.
"I wasn't consulted about this referral nor were any of my Democratic colleagues", Feinstein said in a statement.
Republicans allege the dossier, which was commissioned by research firm Fusion GPS, served as the basis of the federal investigation in the president's alleged ties to Russian Federation.
"After a year of investigations into Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation, the only person Republicans seek to accuse of wrongdoing is one who reported on these matters to law enforcement in the first place", said Joshua A. Levy, counsel for Fusion GPS. "We should all be skeptical in the extreme". "Publicizing a criminal referral based on classified information raises serious questions about whether this letter is nothing more than another attempt to discredit government sources, in the midst of an ongoing criminal investigation".
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