The media and Democrats took President Donald Trump to task over the weekend for commuting the sentence of Roger Stone.
Trump has now gone on the offensive, however, not only by defending that decision, but also by calling for the arrest and extradition of infamous Russian dossier author Christopher Steele, according to a recent report from the Daily Caller.
Steele is well-known as the man behind the highly questionable document on which the FBI relied in its never-ending quest to get inside the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
A former British intelligence operative, Steele was initially being paid by an anti-Trump donor, but the fees for the dossier were eventually covered by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as reports have noted.
Even though the contents of the dossier were known to be little more than salacious bar talk, it was still used by former FBI Director James Comey’s agency to secure warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
With the Democrats and media hammering Trump over the Stone commutation, Trump did his best to turn attention to the fact a presidential candidate used the full power of the government to hurt her political opponent.
Trump, on Twitter, called for Steele to be “extradited, tried, and thrown into jail.”
He would go on to call Steele a “sick” liar as well as noting that he “was paid by Crooked Hillary [and] the DNC!”
The one thing President Trump did not make clear in his quest to have Steele arrested, indicted, and jailed were the particular crimes he believed him to have committed.
The president, however, may have been referring to recent statements made by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
According to CBS News, both have stated that Steele may have lied to FBI investigators, something for which both Michael Flynn and Roger Stone have been prosecuted during the Russian collusion investigation.
Even though it would surely give Trump and his supporters great pleasure to see Steele in cuffs in an American courtroom, there is no evidence the FBI is actually pursuing charges against Steele or even investigating him at this time.