Bruce Ohr arrives at Capitol Hill; screen image: FOX News
Twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr arrived at Capitol Hill Tuesday morning for a closed-door grilling from House Oversight and House Judiciary members over his contacts with dossier author Christopher Steele.
GOP lawmakers said Tuesday afternoon that Bruce Ohr was being cooperative and answering questions at the closed-door deposition.
‘Ohr is not refusing to answer questions,’ Congressman Meadows said to reporters.
The former Associate Deputy Attorney General told Congress the FBI knew his wife, Nellie Ohr worked for oppo research firm Fusion GPS yet failed to disclose that information to the FISC [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court].
Ohr also said in his testimony that the FBI knew about Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump bias yet kept that information from the FISA judges as well.
Sara Carter reported:
Senior Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr testified Tuesday that prior to obtaining the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on short-term Trump campaign volunteer, Carter Page, the FBI was aware that former British spy and anti-Trump dossier author, Christopher Steele was biased against then-candidate Trump. He also stated that the FBI knew that his wife, Nellie Ohr was working for Fusion GPS, the now-embattled research firm which was hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC to compile the dossier with Steele. This, according to Congressional sources with direct knowledge of Ohr’s closed-door deposition.
Ohr stated during his hours-long testimony that the FBI failed to disclose this pertinent information to the nation’s secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) when it sought an application to spy on Page. The FBI also failed to disclose that when it sought the application, it was using senior Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr as a cut-out for a source the bureau had terminated.
Ohr had also communicated with senior members of the FBI, including former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI attorney Lisa Page, and former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, at the bureau but stated that his superiors at the Justice Department were not aware that he was being used as a source for the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign, according to sources who spoke to SaraACarter.com.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told reporters there are discrepancies between Bruce Ohr’s testimony and the testimony given by former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson.
Congressman Gaetz wants Ohr, Simpson and Lisa Page to all testify together to iron out any conflicts.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said, “There’s also some ambiguity between Ohr and Lisa Page. We will have to go back to the loop to find out which one of them is able to change their story or face perjury.”
Tuesday evening, investigative reporter John Solomon told Sean Hannity that from Ohr’s testimony we now know that dirty cop Robert Mueller NEVER interviewed Bruce Ohr in his ongoing witch hunt.