Aug 28, 2018

Justice Department official Bruce Ohr questioned by GOP congressmen

Department of Justice staffer Bruce Ohr arrives for a closed hearing on Capitol Hill on August 28, 2018. Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images

Career Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who has drawn the ire of President Trump over his role in the Russia investigation, was questioned by Republican lawmakers Tuesday about his connections to the Steele dossier and Fusion GPS, reports Politico.

Why it matters: Ohr was an intermediary between former British spy Christopher Steele, whom he knew from his work targeting Russian organized crime, and the FBI, having helped pass along information to the Bureau in 2016 after they had terminated their relationship with Steele for speaking to the media. The GOP lawmakers who met with Ohr in today's closed-door session said his testimony raises more questions about the credibility of the dossier when the FBI applied for a surveillance warrant on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

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