Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) says he learned of new information that confirms his suspicions that the FBI and Department of Justice leaked stories to the media; only to use those same stories as a way to justify Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) warrants to spy on American citizens.
The Congressman also stressed the importance of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee’s closed-door deposition on Tuesday of DOJ official, Bruce Ohr.
We've learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true: FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA's
Unreal. Tomorrow's Bruce Ohr interview is even more critical. Did he ever do this?
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) August 28, 2018
Ohr was demoted twice by the Department of Justice for not disclosing that his wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, the now-embattled research firm which paid ex-British spy, Christopher Steele for the unverified anti-Trump dossier. In recent weeks, SaraACarter.com obtained a trove of Ohr’s emails and notes, exposing the close relationship between the DOJ official and Steele.
– Bruce Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked for the firm hired by the Clinton campaign to write the dossier
– Bruce Ohr gave the dossier to the FBI
– The FBI then used the same dossier to spy on the Trump campaign
When he comes to Congress tomorrow, Bruce Ohr has explaining to do
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) August 27, 2018
In one of Ohr’s handwritten notes listed as “Law enforcement Sensitive” from May 10, 2017, he writes “Call with Chris,” referencing Steele. He notes that Steele is “very concerned about Comey’s firing, afraid they will be exposed.” This call occurred months after FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee and revealed for the first time that the FBI had an open counterintelligence investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and alleged collusion with Russia.
According to a House Intelligence Committee memo, Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS in 2016 to “assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump.” Fusion GPS told CNN in December of 2017 that Mrs. Ohr was a “widely-recognized” scholar on Russia and that she speaks fluent Russian.