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370089125 Chuck Grassley Letter to John Podesta.pdf


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January 25 , 2018
John Podesta
Chairman, Hillary for America
600 New Jersey Avenue NW

McDonough 417
Washington, D.C. 20001
c/o
Marc E. Elias, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP
700 13th Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005

Dear Mr. Podesta:
In October 2017, the Washington Post reported that Hillary for America and the
Democratic National Committee had funded, via Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele' s creation of a
series of memos relying largely on Russian government sources to make allegations against
Donald Trump and his associates. 1 A letter from the law firm Perkins Coie acknowledged that,
" [t]o assist in its representation of the DNC and Hillary for America, Perkins Coie engaged
Fusion GPS in April of2016" and that "the engagement concluded prior to the November 2016
Presidential election. " 2
The Senate Judiciary Committee has a constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the FBI
and the broader Department of Justice. Part of that duty involves ensuring that law enforcement

efforts are conducted without improper political influence. Accordingly, the Committee has
been investigating the FBI' s relationship with Christopher Steele during this time his work was
funded by Hillary for America and the DNC. The scope of our review includes the extent to
which the FBI may have relied on information relayed by Mr. Steele in seeking judicial
authorization for surveillance of individuals associated with Mr. Trump. It also includes whether
any applications that may have been made for permission for such surveillance fully and
accurately disclosed:
(1) the source of Fusion GPS ' s and Mr. Steele' s funding;
(2) the degree to which his claims were or were not verified;
1

Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett, Rosalind Helderman, Clinton Campaign, DNC Paid For Research That Led to
Russia Dossier, THE WASHINGTON POST (Oct. 24, 20 17).
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https://www .documentcloud.org/documents/41167 54-Perkins-Coie-Letter.html

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