Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump "over a barrel" during the 2016 presidential campaign. Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says it may explain President Trump's recent criticism of Ohr. "Collusion! Bruce was a boss at the Department of Justice and is, unbelievably, still there!"
The letter was the latest salvo in a fight between the political parties as Republicans have criticized the propriety of the FBI's probe of ties between Moscow and Trump aides and whether they coordinated during the 2016 USA election campaign.
Steele and Ohr, at the time of the 2016 presidential election a senior official in the deputy attorney general's office, had first met a decade earlier and developed a rapport over a shared interest in global organized crime.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani slammed anti-Trump DOJ official Bruce Ohr Thursday evening; calling for an investigation into whether he or his wife committed a federal crime by concealing payments from the DNC.
"Will Bruce Ohr, whose family received big money for helping to create the phony, dirty and discredited Dossier, ever be fired from the Jeff Sessions "Justice" Department?". But the investigation was opened because of conversations involving former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, and not the dossier, FBI and congressional officials have said.
Deripaska told investigators their theories about Manafort's role on the campaign were "preposterous" and disputed any potential connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, a person familiar with the exchange told the Times.
Goodlatte was not present for the interview with Ohr, which was held Aug. 28 during the House's August recess.
According to the Times, Ohr and Steele first discussed flipping Deripaska in November 2014. Ohr's wife, Nellie, who worked for the political research firm, Fusion GPS, that hired Steele, attended at least part of it. Steele also reportedly said that a Trump campaign aide had more contact with Russian officials than had been revealed.
He also provided new details about the department's move to reassign him once his Steele ties were brought to light.
"If members have concerns sensitive information was released, they should raise their concerns with (the intelligence committee) and/or the Ethics Committee", said Amanda Gonzalez.
The aide, who wasn't authorized to discuss the committee's confidential work and spoke on condition of anonymity, said it would be a violation of committee rules for the Judiciary or Oversight committee Republicans to have used any material shared with the House intelligence committee without such a vote.
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment.