North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, a member of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, announced on Twitter that Bruce Ohr will appear on Aug. 28 “to answer why he had 60+ contacts with dossier author, Chris Steele, as far back as January 2016.”
“He owes the American public the full truth,” Meadows said of Ohr, a career Justice Department official.
A source with knowledge of the plans tells The Daily Caller News Foundation that Ohr will appear before members of the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees for a closed-door interview.
Steele wrote to Ohr on Feb. 8, 2016, about Deripaska’s visa status saying that it “would be helpful if you could monitor it and let me know if any complications arise.”
Ohr said he would “keep an eye on” the situation.
Ohr and Steele remained in contact from January 2016 through late 2017, according to the messages, which were reported Tuesday by The Hill and The Washington Examiner.
While Ohr was in contact with Steele, his wife, a Russia expert named Nellie Ohr, was working for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired Steele to commission the dossier. Ohr also stayed in touch with Steele well after the FBI cut ties with the former MI6 officer because of unauthorized contacts with the media.
The FBI ended its relationship with Steele on Nov. 1, 2016, after he spoke with a Mother Jones reporter for an article that contained allegations from the dossier.
Ohr was interviewed by the FBI a dozen times from November 2016 to May 2017 about his interactions with Steele. Ohr was demoted from his position as associate deputy attorney general, the fourth highest-ranking official in the Justice Department, in December after Fox News reported his links to Fusion GPS.
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