Lawmakers seek information about top DOJ official ties to Trump dossier
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Congressional lawmakers want to know more about undisclosed meetings between a top Justice Department official and members of Fusion GPS, the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier.
Bruce Ohr, a former associate deputy attorney general, was expected to testify behind closed doors in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee Monday about his ties to the opposition research firm. Ohr was demoted amid revelations he secretly met with members of the Fusion GPS.
According to a source familiar with the congressional Russian investigations, Ohr met with Christopher Steele, the former British spy, who wrote the Trump dossier; and met with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS.
In a federal court filing last week, Glenn Simpson says Ohr requested a meeting after the presidential election to discuss the firm’s findings regarding Russia and the election. Simpson also disclosed that Fusion GPS hired Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, to conduct anti-trump research.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sees the contacts as a conflict of interest and is calling for another special counsel to investigate.
“We need to talk to Bruce Ohr’s wife, because she worked for Fusion GPS the people who paid for the dossier. She worked for them and was hired specifically for this Russian dossier,” Rep. Jordan said.
Last week, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appeared before the House Judiciary Committee and was asked about appeared impropriety between Ohr and Fusion GPS.
“Although Mr. Ohr was part of my office when I arrived, I never involved Mr. Ohr in the Russia Investigation, so he had no role assigned by me,” Rosenstein said.
Despite growing calls from Republicans of growing bias in the DOJ, Democrats say Mueller has done his best in keeping the russian probe non-political.
“I think it’s being done professionally, and he’s gotten rid of people who weren’t doing their job and he’s brought good people on,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT).
Congressman Jordan said over the weekend that Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) committed to having Ohr, and other top FBI officials subpoenaed. Goodlatte’s office declined to comment when asked about subpoenas.