House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) has referred Nellie Ohr, of Fusion GPS – an anti-Trump opposition research firm – to the Justice Depart for criminal investigation. (The Daily Caller)
In a letter to Attorney General William Barr first reported by The Hill, Meadows alleged that Ohr made false statements to Congress on Oct. 19 about contacts she had with Justice Department officials regarding ongoing investigations, as well as about her research into alleged Russian organized crime figures.
Ohr worked as a contractor for Fusion GPS, the firm behind the Steele dossier, from late 2015 through September 2016. Her husband is Bruce Ohr, the Justice Department official who served as dossier author Christopher Steele’s back channel to the FBI. (RELATED: New ‘Russia Collusion’ Emails Should Alarm You)
Meadows is not accusing Ohr of lying about her work with Fusion or her contacts with Steele. Instead, the Republican pointed to Ohr’s claim in her interview that she “would not have any knowledge of what [was] going on in an ongoing investigation” at the Justice Department and that she did not have “any knowledge of the Department of Justice’s investigations on Russia.”
Ohr also denied that she provided information from her research into Russian organized crime figures and Donald Trump to anyone outside of Fusion GPS, her husband, or Steele, who was a former MI6 officer.
Republicans believe these revelations could provide insight on how the Russian collusion narrative gained traction with U.S. intelligence agencies.