Republican member of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees Jim Jordan said Thursday that he was struck by how close Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and Trump-Russia dossier author Christopher Steele in newly-reported emails.
The emails, which were first reported by The Hill last week, reveal that Steele, a former British spy, stayed in close contact with Ohr even after he was no longer an FBI source, with Steele continuing to send them information.
Fox News reports:
Ohr’s wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS, which was hired by the Clinton campaign to compile the dossier of potentially damaging information against Trump. Jordan said the emails included both Ohrs, Steele and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.
“One of the interesting takeaways from those emails was just how close they were. … It was like they were all best friends, and the number of times Bruce Ohr interacted with Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson,” said Jordan, adding he will ask Ohr about the communications at closed-door House committee hearings in two weeks.
Jordan said Ohr’s name “keeps coming up” in relation to the dossier and he appears to have been a “key player.”
Jordan said former FBI agent Peter Strzok admitted at a recent House hearing that the FBI was receiving parts of the dossier from Ohr, who has since been demoted by the Justice Department.
“It is never supposed to work that way in the United States of America, but it did,” said Jordan, emphasizing that the dossier was then used as the basis for a warrant to surveil the Trump campaign.
The Last Refuge reports:
George Toscas is an interesting subject to interview. Within the Lisa Page/Peter Strzok text messages the name Geeorg Toscas is an intermittent occurrence mostly surrounding the Clinton email investigation. He is a key figure in the Sept/Oct. 2016, timeline when the New York DOJ/FBI were in contact with DC DOJ/FBI surrounding the Abedin/Weiner laptop.
It is clear from the conversations that Toscas was not part of the “inside-group”; not always in alignment with their efforts; and often the tone of the Strzok/Page texts showed that they viewed Toscas engagements as a risk to their small group interests.
I have always considered this particular set of Page/Strzok text messages interesting because whoever (I presume a DOJ/FBI bad actor) did the editing of them deleted many messages in/around these dates. [Read the PDF HERE]