'Like They Were All Best Friends': Rep. Jordan on Emails Between Dossier Author, DOJ Official, Fusion GPS
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Thursday he was struck by the seeming closeness of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and Trump-Russia dossier author Christopher Steele in newly-reported emails.
The emails, first reported by The Hill last week, reveal Steele, a former British spy, kept in contact with Ohr even after the FBI cut ties with him as a source, with Steele continuing to send along information.
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.
Watch the interview above, including Jordan's take on the deposition of another key FBI official, George Toscas.