House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) warned of possible subpoenas if the Justice Department ignores congressional committees’ requests to question former FBI official Bruce Ohr and others about the infamous anti-Trump dossier.
Gowdy referenced reports from Fox News and The Hill, which recall how Ohr — who was not involved in the use of ex-British spy Christopher Steele as an FBI source — continued to communicate with Steele after the FBI cut ties with him.
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According to FoxNews.com:
The emails, first reported by The Hill, reveal Steele even continued to send information to Ohr after the election.
The FBI “suspended and then terminated” Steele as a source in early November 2016 for what the bureau defined as “the most serious of violations” – an “unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI,” according to a House Republican memo earlier this year. The FBI reportedly told Steele at the time he could no longer “operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI.”
Yet the emails show Ohr, a former associate deputy attorney general, and Steele communicated extensively from 2002 all the way into 2017.
One text message from Steele to Ohr on Jan. 31, 2017 reportedly said: “B, doubtless a sad and crazy day for you re-SY.” The text is an apparent reference to President Trump’s firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
The text continued: “Just want to check you are OK, still in the situ and able to help locally as discussed, along with your Bureau colleagues.”
Gowdy said Ohr’s text messages are not new to him, and said it was outrageous that a guy like Ohr — who was supposed be focused on narcotics investigations — got involved with the compiler of the Trump-Russia dossier while his wife Nellie Ohr was working for the opposition research firm assisted by Steele, Fusion GPS.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is reportedly preparing subpoenas for the Ohrs, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and other current and former FBI and DOJ officials, according to two congressional sources familiar with the matter.
“Chairman Goodlatte is a patient man, but we have run out of patience,” Gowdy said.
“[The DOJ] either needs to set this for a date-certain, or there will be a subpoena issued.”
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