(National Sentinel) Deep State: You can’t accuse Congress of moving quickly when it comes to fulfilling its oversight role, but one thing’s for certain — eventually, lawmakers will get around to hauling you before their committees if they want to talk to you.
And on Tuesday it’s Justice Department hack Bruce Ohr’s turn. He’ll be appearing behind closed doors before the House Government Oversight Committee to explain what he knows about the bogus “Russia dossier” many suspect him and his wife, Nellie Ohr, had a huge role in creating, via “political opposition research” firm Fusion GPS.
Fox News reported:
Republicans will likely allege that Ohr played a pivotal role in selling the unverified dossier, created by Fusion GPS – where his wife Nellie Ohr worked – and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
The dossier was used by federal officials to justify the surveillance of a top Trump aide, Carter Page. Steele, an ex-British spy, was a key source cited by the FBI and Department of Justice to obtain a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant to monitor Page.
California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa told Fox News on Monday that Ohr’s testimony could be a “strong opportunity” to reveal information about his conversations with Steele. He added that Ohr should be suspended at least until the end of the investigation.
“I would certainly think that he should be relieved of all authorities and powers until this investigation has been completed at a minimum,” Issa said.
Much of the hearing is expected to focus on communications between Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele, the former British spy who was the point man for the dossier after news broke earlier this month the two were in frequent contact even after the FBI ended its association with Steele.
Writing in The Hill, John Solomon noted:
Hundreds of pages of previously unreported emails and memos provide the clearest evidence yet that a research firm, hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to find dirt on and defeat Donald Trump, worked early and often with the FBI, a Department of Justice (DOJ) official and the intelligence community during the 2016 presidential election and the early days of Trump’s presidency.
Fusion GPS’s work and its involvement with several FBI officials have been well reported.
But a close review of these new documents shows just how closely Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, who reported to Obama-era Deputy AG Sally Yates, maintained contact with Fusion — and, in particular, its primary source, former British spy Christopher Steele — before, during and after the election.
Yates was fired by President Trump over an unrelated political dispute. Ohr was demoted recently.
The noose tightens…