(CNSNews.com) - Members of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees will return to Washington on August 28 to hear what Bruce Ohr, a high-ranking Justice Department official, has to say about his connection to the Steele dossier, which apparently launched the Trump-Russia investigation.
Ohr's wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Christopher Steele to produce the opposition research on Donald Trump. The Clinton Campaign and the Democrat National Committee paid for the Steele dossier through a law firm.
The FBI used Steele as a source for a while. And recently revealed documents indicate that Bruce Ohr was funneling information from Christopher Steele to the FBI, even after the FBI fired Steele as a source. It appears that Ohr served as a go-between at a time when the FBI had ended its association with Steele.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told Fox News Monday night that he used to work at the Justice Department "doing what Bruce Ohr does now." Both men are or were prosecutors.
"It's unbelievable that a prosecutor would insert himself into an ongoing investigation for which he had nothing to do," Gowdy said.
According to Gowdy, “Bruce Ohr worked for the Department of Justice. He had nothing to do with the Russia investigation other than he inserted himself by having contact with Christopher Steele.”
Ohr "even had contact with Chris Steele after the FBI terminated its relationship with Chris Steele." Gowdy noted that one branch of the Justice Department -- the FBI -- decided Steele was "not even fit to be an informant," yet a high-ranking Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, was continuing to funnel information from Steele to the FBI.
"We're going to interview him on August 28th," Gowdy said. "I am going to come back to Washington -- I'm going to leave my beloved South Carolina and I'm going to go back, and I'm sure others will, too...we're going to be back, and we're going to interview Bruce Ohr -- not in a public circus setting, but in a deposition with no time limits and we're going to get to the bottom of what he did, why he did it, who he did it in concert with, whether he had the permission of the supervisors at the Department of Justice.
"I used to work doing what Bruce Ohr does now. It's unbelievable that a prosecutor would insert himself into an on-going investigation for which he had nothing to do."
Gowdy said the hearing will be closed to the public. "Yeah, we don't behave that well when the cameras are in there. I will do it in a closed, confidential private setting where everybody behaves and it's much more constructive," he said.