Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr testified Tuesday behind closed doors to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees. Ohr told officials that former British Spy and Steele dossier author Christopher Steele told him in July 2016 that Russian intelligence thought they had then-presidential candidate Donald Trump “over a barrel.”
Mr. Ohr also stated he learned a Trump campaign aide met with higher-level Russian officials than had been previously acknowledged.
Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, a research and intelligence group that was paid by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee to develop the dossier.
Ohr has come under fire by President Trump and his conservative allies for his connection to Mr. Steele and the opposition research dossier that contained unverified information on Trump.
On Saturday, The New York Times reported in the time between 2014 and 2016, both Ohr and Steele were part of an attempted effort to recruit Russian businessman and close Putin ally, Oleg Deripaska, who has a New York residence, to become a U.S. government informant.
Mr. Deripaska, a billionaire industrialist, was thought to have information on possible links between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin, but refused to cooperate.
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