“The Committee will issue a subpoena to Bruce Ohr for information on this matter,” said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-CA.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Thursday, the committee is issuing a subpoena to a top ranking DOJ official that had been demoted recently for meeting with the former British spy and the owner of a security firm behind the salacious anti-Trump dossier, this reporter has learned.
On Thursday, Rep. Nunes, a California Republican, said in a statement, “pursuant to the House Intelligence Committee’s prior subpoenas and information requests, the Department of Justice should have provided the committee with information on contacts that DOJ official Bruce Ohr had with Fusion GPS representatives and Christopher Steele.”
“The Committee will issue a subpoena to Bruce Ohr for information on this matter,” Nunes added.
It will take several days to process the subpoena, said a source with knowledge of the subpoena.
Ohr’s demotion was first reported Thursday by James Rosen with Fox News. Ohr was the Justice Department’s associate deputy attorney general and according to Fox News he was ony “four doors down from his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.”
He also held a second post as director of the DOJ’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), which is described on its website as “the centerpiece of the attorney general’s drug strategy to reduce the availability of drugs by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations and money laundering organizations and related criminal enterprises.”
House investigators said Ohr met with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, shortly after President Trump was elected. Simpson’s firm hired Steele to conduct the research and compile the dossier. It was eventually discovered that funds supplied by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign were used to pay for Steele’s part in the dossier.
This story is developing.