The Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the Justice Department to turn over all communications between former Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who compiled the notorious Democrat-funded dossier that ignited the Russia "collusion" narrative.
Ohr came under increased scrutiny in February after the Republican House Intelligence Committee issued a memo detailing his repeated contact with Steele as well as the role Ohr's wife, Nellie, played in the creation of the dossier while she was employed by Fusion GPS, the firm the DNC and the Clinton campaign paid for opposition research against Trump and which hired Steele to compile it. The relationship between Steele and the Ohrs, the committee said in the memo, was "inexplicably concealed from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)" when the FBI was trying to obtain a FISA warrant against Trump associate Carter Page.
On Monday, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter on behalf of the committee to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein requesting emails, phone logs, text messages and any written notes related to Ohr's contact with Steele. Of particular interest is Ohr's alleged continued contact with Steele after the FBI ended its relationship with him.
"Grassley wrote that he wants to know whether Ohr continued to pass information from Steele to others at the FBI after the bureau terminated the former MI6 man as a source for disclosing his relationship with the FBI to the media," Fox News reports.
After it was revealed that Ohr had conducted undisclosed meetings with Steele and Fusion GPS' Glenn Simpson during the 2016 election, Orh was demoted in December 2017. Fox notes that he was again demoted in January, booted off his second position as head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The now former associate deputy attorney general reportedly continues to hold an undisclosed position in the Justice Department.