Justice Department official Bruce Ohr will testify Tuesday at a House Oversight Committee closed-door meeting on his involvement in former British spy Christopher Steele – the author of the salient Trump dossier.
Republicans will likely argue that Or played a key role in selling the unchecked dossier funded by Fusion GPS – where his wife Nellie ear worked – and Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The federal police used the police to oversee a top Trump advisor; Carter Page Steele, a former British spy, was one Main source quoted by the FBI and the Department of Justice for obtaining a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for monitoring Page.
Republican Republican Darrell Issa told Fox News on Monday Ear's statement could be a "strong opportunity" to reveal information about his talks with Steele. He added that ear should be suspended at least until the end of the investigation.
"I would certainly think that he should be freed from all authorities and powers until this investigation is at least completed," Issa said. The hearing will focus on communication between Ear and Steele after this pair earlier this month The revelations continued even after the FBI dropped Steele as a source in November 201
DOJ'S BRUCE EAR WAS CHRISTOPHER STEELE WAS VERY AFFECTED ABOUT COMEY'S FIRING – AFRAID WILL BE SUSPENDED & # 39;
The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee found that Steele effectively used Ohr as a return channel for communication after termination.
During the last Congressional statement, now-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok confirmed that "the FBI received documents and material from Mr. Ear."
Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe said Tuesday's testimony could help find out who else in the Department of Justice or the FBI knew about the unconfirmed information in the dossier and then used it to justify monitoring a Trump campaigner ,
"Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Eid members that he did not know that Bruce Ohr was involved in the investigation into Russia, and he told Congress members he did not know that Bruce Ohr had permission to work on the investigation, "he said.
"But we know very well that it is undisputed that Bruce Ohr had more than 60 contacts with Christopher Steele and his wife was kept and paid to create the dossier with Christopher Steele," the congressman continued.
The documents also show that the former British spy bought the dossier in several media and he asked to help with a Russian oligarch – Oleg Deripaska – under speculation that the US could impose sanctions.
One of Ear's notes also suggested that fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson met with him in December 2016. "Glen (n) gave me a memory stick," Ohr wrote.
President Trump picked up the revelations and slammed them as further proof that investigating his campaign for alleged collusion with the Russian government is a "witch hunt."
"DOJ's e-mails & notes show Bruce Ohr's connection to the (false & discredited) Trump dossier," Trump tweeted. "A stalker who thinks he's caught in a dishonest act, Rigged Witch Hunt!"