Nunes: Former DOJ Official Bruce Ohr 'Is Going to Become More and More Important'

By Susan Jones | August 7, 2018 | 6:35am EDT
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said Republicans investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation "are getting closer and closer to having the information that we need."

Nunes said the Justice Department is now producing documents subpoenaed by Republican committee members months ago. Republicans now want President Trump to declassify some of that information so the public can see why and how the FBI launched its investigation, beginning with the FISA warrant on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

Nunes indicated that the focus is on Bruce Ohr, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the Obama administration whose wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS, the firm hired by the Democrat National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign to produce opposition research -- the Christopher Steele dossier -- on Donald Trump.

"Bruce Ohr is going to become more and more important," Nunes told Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday night.

"So the FBI interviewed Bruce Ohr at least a dozen times and put together reports. So once they fired (dossier author Christopher) Steele, which at that point they should've not been meeting with him anymore, but what they had is, they had Bruce Ohr, whose wife Nellie Ohr was working for Fusion GPS -- was going to meet and still get the information from Christopher Steele as they were trying to verify this unverified dossier, or the Clinton dirt that was used to get the FISA warrant."

At a congressional hearing last month, under questioning from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), FBI agent Peter Strzok testified that the FBI did receive "material" from Bruce Ohr that included elements of the Steele dossier.

Jordan believes the dirt compiled by Steele went from Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, to Nellie Ohr, to her husband Bruce Ohr, and then to the FBI, which used it as a reason to spy on the Trump campaign.

Jordan spoke to Fox News's Sean Hannity after the July 12 hearing where Strzok testified:

"The top DOJ official Bruce Ohr actually hands parts of the Dossier to the FBI," Jordan said. "And remember, Bruce Ohr's wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS who was paid by the Clinton campaign to put this entire dossier together. This is the first time to my knowledge that the FBI has admitted they got parts of the dossier from Bruce Ohr, a fellow DOJ employee.

"That's scary," Jordan said.

"This investigation started flawed with the dossier," he added.

Nunes on Monday night told Hannity that the media in 2016 knew all about the Steele dossier, including the fact that it was "being generated by the Clinton campaign."

"You had DOJ, FBI, all those cast of characters that were meeting regularly with Christopher Steele. You have Bruce Ohr, the number four at the Department of Justice who I think is going to become a more and more important figure in this, and a lot of the investigative reporters should be looking closer at Bruce Ohr."

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