The Justice Department on Thursday released partially redacted transcripts of interviews that Bruce Ohr conducted with the FBI after his contacts with Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous anti-Trump dossier.
Ohr, who served as deputy assistant general in the Justice Department, had numerous contacts with Steele during and after the 2016 election regarding as part of an investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
The transcripts released on Thursday are FBI summaries of interviews that Ohr conducted with the FBI following his interactions with Steele, a former British spy.
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch sued the FBI for the Ohr records.
The FBI conducted its 12 interviews with Ohr from Nov. 22, 2016 through May 15, 2017.
Ohr told the FBI details of what information Steele provided from his investigation of Donald Trump’s possible toes to Russia.
Ohr said that Steele told him in one conversation in September 2016 that he was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being the U.S. President.”
Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm which was working for the Clinton campaign and DNC, hired Steele to investigate the Trump campaign. Ohr’s wife, a Russia expert named Nellie, worked as a contractor for Fusion GPS through September 2016. According to the FBI notes, Bruce Ohr provided the bureau with notes of his wife’s work for Fusion GPS.
Republican lawmakers have called on President Trump to declassify and release the Ohr notes in hopes that they would shed light on the FBI’s handling of the dossier.
The bureau relied heavily on Steele’s work to obtain wiretaps against Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.
The special counsel’s investigation undercut the dossier’s core claim of a “well-developed conspiracy of co-operation” between the Trump campaign and Kremlin. The special counsel’s report said that investigators could not establish that a conspiracy occurred.
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