Rep. Ratcliffe: Bruce and Nellie Ohr's Involvement in Steele Dossier Not Mentioned in FISA Applications

Susan Jones | August 28, 2018 | 7:21am EDT
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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) sits on the House Judiciary Committee. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) told Fox News Monday night that he's seen the unredacted FISA applications used to spy on a Trump campaign volunteer, and none of those four applications mention Bruce or Nellie Ohr's involvement with dossier author Christopher Steele.

Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, the firm that hired former British spy Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee paid for the oppposition research.

Steele worked as an FBI informant until he was fired for leaking to the press. But Steele continued to pass information to Bruce Ohr, then a high-ranking Justice Department employee; and Bruce Ohr continued to pass Steele's information to the FBI.

Bruce Ohr has been called to testify today at a closed-door hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

Ratcliffe told Fox News's Martha McCallum, "We know very clearly, and it's not in dispute, that Bruce Ohr had more than 60 contacts with Christopher Steele, and his wife was retained and paid to create the dossier with Christopher Steele.

"Those are the definitions of material facts, and why it comes into play, Martha is, was this just Bruce Ohr and his wife? Or who at the Department of Justice and who at the FBI was aware of this information? When did they become aware of it, because it goes to those four separate FISA applications and the information that was sworn to before those judges."

Ratcliffe said former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andy McCabe, and current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein all swore to the FISA court "that they were giving full and complete information about the dossier. And I can tell you, having seen the unredacted FISA applications, that Bruce Ohr and his involvement and Nellie Ohr and her involvement was never disclosed in any of the four applications."

Ratcliffe also noted that Rosenstein "told members of Congress under oath that he had no knowledge that Bruce Ohr was involved in the Russia investigation and he told Members of Congress that he wasn't aware that Bruce Ohr had permission to be working on the Russia investigation."

In his June 28, 2018 testimony, Rosenstein described Bruce Ohr as a "career employee" of the Justice Department. "He was there when I arrived. To my knowledge, he wasn't working on the Russia matter," Rosenstein said.

Rosenstein also said when he learned that Bruce Ohr's wife was working for Fusion GPS, "we arranged to transfer Mr. Ohr to a different office."

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