The investigation into the alleged ties between Trump and Russia just took a strange turn.

And a key Senator is focusing on a troubling connection between Russian intelligence and the FBI.

And the allegations have turned the investigation upside-down.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has zeroed-in on the Christopher Steele memo.

Steele was an ex-British intelligence agent hired by Fusion GPS – which was paid by supporters of Hillary Clinton – to prepare an opposition research memo on Donald Trump.

The final product contained wild and unsubstantiated claims about Trump and alleged his campaign had colluded with the Russians to rig the election.

So-called “mainstream” media outlets ran with the dossier and gleefully promoted it as proof Trump was a crooked candidate engaged in treason.

But observers began to point out the holes in the memo.

And Senator Grassley has indentified the most troubling aspect of Steele’s work.

In a letter to FBI Director James Comey, Grassley demanded for the information regarding the FBI’s knowledge that Fusion GPS was working on behalf of Russian interests to weaken sanctions, as well as collaborated with Russian intelligence operatives.

Grassley wrote in his letter:

“Also, more information has since come to the Committee’s attention about the company overseeing the creation of the dossier, Fusion GPS. Namely, Fusion GPS is the subject of a complaint to the Justice Department, which alleges that the company violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act by working on behalf of Russian principals to undermine U.S. sanctions against Russians. That unregistered work was reportedly conducted with a former Russian intelligence operative, Mr. Rinat Akhmetshin, and appears to have been occurring simultaneous to Fusion GPS’s work overseeing the creation of the dossier. I wrote to the Justice Department about this issue on March 31, copying you, and I have attached that letter here for your reference. The Justice Department has yet to respond.”

Comey was further pressed on this point during his testimony.

The Federalist reports:

“On Wednesday, another senator joined the mix with pointed questions for the embattled FBI head. Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), who has been a vocal critic of President Trump, peppered Comey with questions about ties between Fusion GPS and what Graham termed “the Russian intelligence apparatus”:

Graham: Are you familiar with Fusion?

Comey: I know the name.

Graham: Are they part of the Russian intelligence apparatus?

Comey: I can’t say.

Graham: Do you agree with me that if Fusion was involved in preparing a dossier against Donald Trump, that would be interfering in our election by the Russians?

Comey: I don’t want to say.”

Was the entire purpose of the Steele dossier to give misinformation?

One of the reasons the Russians may have meddled in the 2016 election was to sow distrust for American democracy.

What better way to do that than to introduce a memo that can’t be proven, yet contains wild accusations one side can’t help but run with.

If that is the case, then the left played right into Russia’s hands by falling for the Steele memo – in spite of its obvious errors and inconsistencies.