Senator Grassley Asks DOJ For Documents About Bruce Ohr's Contact With British Spy Christopher Steele

Posted: May 21, 2018 5:25 PM

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wants to know what demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr knew about British spy Christopher Steele's efforts to gather information for the now infamous and salacious dossier about Donald Trump. 

In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Monday, Grassley requested all documents related to Ohr, Steele and the DNC funded dossier. 

"As you know, you personally assured me that the Senate Judiciary Committee would receive access to the same information provided to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the course of the Department’s efforts to accommodate that committee’s requests regarding matters related to Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, the use of the DNC-funded anti-Trump dossier, the application process for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authority, and the origins and conduct of the Justice Department’s related counterintelligence and criminal investigations," Grassley wrote. 

"Please provide all records related to Mr. Ohr’s communications about these matters, including: (1) emails from Mr. Ohr’s personal and work accounts, (2) phone logs, (3) handwritten notes, and (4) text messages from personal and work accounts," the letter continues. "Additionally, within one week after the complete production of all relevant documents, please have your staff contact the Committee to schedule Mr. Ohr for a transcribed interview with Committee staff."

Ohr was demoted late last year after failing to disclose his connection to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the dossier and paid by the Clinton campaign. His wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for the firm and was specifically hired to dig up dirt on presidential candidate Donald Trump. Bruce Ohr failed to disclose this conflict to the DOJ. 

Grassley thanked Rosenstein for his past cooperation on the Russia investigation and also asked for information about the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane," during which at least one FBI informant was spying on the Trump campaign in 2016.