Rep. Ratcliffe: Bruce Ohr Named Senior FBI, DOJ Officials Who Knew About His Involvement With Christopher Steele

By Susan Jones | August 29, 2018 | 6:36am EDT
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) speaks about Bruce Ohr's testimony to Congress with Sean Hannity Tuesday night. (Photo: Screen capture/Fox News)

( - Behind closed doors on Tuesday, Bruce Ohr named "half a dozen senior FBI and Department of Justice officials" who knew about his involvement and his wife Nellie's involvement with Christopher Steele, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) told Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night.

Ratcliffe, a member of the House Judiciary Committee who attended Tuesday's hearing, said if he were one of the people named by Ohr, "I'd retain a really good lawyer."

For background purposes, Steele is the former British spy hired by Fusion GPS to get dirt (the dossier) on Donald Trump on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the Democrat Party, who paid for the opposition research through a third party, a law firm.

Nellie Ohr also worked for Fusion GPS. And her husband Bruce Ohr, then a high-ranking Justice Department official, served as a conduit, passing information from Christopher Steele to the FBI, even after the FBI had fired Steele as an informant because he was leaking to the press.

Ratcliffe says the application to the FISA court to spy on a Trump campaign volunteer did not disclose the involvement of Bruce or Nellie Ohr with Christopher Steele, a foreigner who was working against Trump's election.

Ratcliffe discussed Ohr's testimony with Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night.

"My real question walking in, Sean, was what did the FBI and the Department of Justice know about Bruce Ohr and his wife?" Ratcliffe said.

"His testimony today was that he gave us a list of a half a dozen senior FBI and Department of Justice officials that he told of his involvement, his wife's involvement, all of the details of their interactions with Christopher Steele, with Glenn Simpson, with the payment.

"And these are names, Sean, that would be familiar to you. I've heard you say some of these names on your program before. And I can tell you, as someone that has reviewed the FISA applications, the unredacted versions -- I can't talk about what's in there. But I can tell you what's not in there. And what's not in there is any information about Nellie and Bruce Ohr."

Hannity asked Ratcliffe if the omission of pertinent information in a FISA application constitutes a fraud on the FISA court.

"If Bruce Ohr's testimony today was truthful and accurate, then what you are saying about the information that was not submitted to the FISA court and should have been, that's a big problem," Ratcliffe replied.

"A big problem or is it against the law to lie to a court?" Hannity asked.

"Well, as a former officer of the court, you have an obligation to have a full and complete disclosure of the facts," Ratcliffe said. "If I were one of those folks that were identified today -- and I can tell you that at least in one case, one of the names that he identified for us today, signed one of those FISA applications -- I'd retain a really good lawyer."

"As a former federal prosecutor, I gotta tell you, what I heard today in Bruce Ohr's testimony was shocking, alarming and disappointing. These kinds of things did not happen in the Justice Department where I worked," Ratcliffe added.

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