Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is asking the FBI for information about allegations the bureau was ordered by the Obama administration to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump during last year’s presidential campaign. Grassley, a Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, says one of his colleagues talked briefly with FBI director James Comey on Monday.
The allegations include that the FBI may’ve tried to hire a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to investigate Trump. Steele is the man who authored a report alleging ties between Trump and the Russians. Grassley says he and others on his panel have a raft of questions for Comey that deserve answers.
Grassley has sent a letter to Comey that states:
“The idea that the FBI and associates of the Clinton campaign would pay Mr. Steele to investigate the Republican nominee for President in the run-up to the election raises substantial questions about the FBI’s independence from politics, as well as the Obama administration’s use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political ends.”