Grassley Seeks Documents Relating to Bruce Ohr from Justice Department
WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today is seeking documents relating to Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr’s communications with Christopher Steele and others concerning his DNC-funded work to gather derogatory information on Donald Trump from Russian sources.
In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Grassley requested documents including emails, phone logs, notes and text messages regarding Ohr’s communications with Steele. Grassley also requested that Ohr be made available by the Justice Department for a transcribed interview with committee investigators.
Separately, Grassley sought renewed assurance that the Senate Judiciary Committee would continue to receive documents relevant to its oversight work that the Justice Department and its component agencies provide to other congressional committees.
Full text of Grassley’s letter to Rosenstein follows.
May 21, 2018
VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION
The Honorable Rod J. Rosenstein
Deputy Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Dear Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein:
As you know, you personally assured me that the Senate Judiciary Committee would receive access to the same information provided to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) in the course of the Department’s efforts to accommodate that committee’s requests regarding matters related to Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, the use of the DNC-funded anti-Trump dossier, the application process for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authority, and the origins and conduct of the Justice Department’s related counterintelligence and criminal investigations. Thank you for providing access to FISA applications and related records in the past. On multiple occasions in recent days, your staff has reassured the Committee in writing and in telephone conversations that your commitment remains in effect and that you have not provided information to HPSCI that has not also been provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The documents previously reviewed by the Committee raised a number of important questions. One set of those questions concern the role played by Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr in communicating with dossier author Christopher Steele and continuing to funnel information from Steele to the FBI after the FBI had terminated Steele as a source for his failure to abide by FBI instructions to avoid contact with the press about his work. Accordingly, please provide all records related to Mr. Ohr’s communications about these matters, including: (1) emails from Mr. Ohr’s personal and work accounts, (2) phone logs, (3) handwritten notes, and (4) text messages from personal and work accounts. Additionally, within one week after the complete production of all relevant documents, please have your staff contact the Committee to schedule Mr. Ohr for a transcribed interview with Committee staff.
Please also confirm that you will continue to ensure that the Senate Judiciary Committee receives timely access to or possession of all documents on equal terms provided to other Congressional Committees related to the controversies described in this letter and the investigation that has been publicly reported as “Crossfire Hurricane.”
Please direct any questions you may have to DeLisa Lay of my committee staff at (202) 224-5225. Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.
Charles E. Grassley
cc: The Honorable Dianne Feinstein