Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) spoke with host Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday where he weighed in after Judicial Watch received FBI 302 interviews with Bruce Ohr.
The documents were obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed after the Justice Department for failing to respond to an August 6, 2018, FOIA request seeking Form 302s for a number of interviews with Ohr concerning his interactions with Steele. A Form 302 is used by FBI agents to summarize the interviews that they conduct and contains information from the notes taken during the interview, as per Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch released 34 pages of “302” report material from FBI interviews with Bruce Ohr, who was removed from his position as U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General in December 2017. The newly declassified documents were produced to Judicial Watch Thursday evening.
The documents also show the FBI formally documented the ‘bias of Steele’ shortly after the November 2016 presidential election, yet continued to use his unverified dossier in multiple FISA court warrant application renewals. [Emphasized]
In late September 2016, Ohr described a person (likely Christopher Steele) as “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being the U.S. President. Ohr was secretly staying in contact with Steele on an app called “What’s App” after Steele was fired from the FBI for leaking to the media, according to the released documents.
Rep. Jim Jordan responded to the Ohr bombshell: “Why do you terminate your direct relationship with Christopher Steele and then encourage a top Justice Department official to keep meeting with him and then, coming and briefing you about each of those meetings and each of those conversations? That’s point number one. Seems to me you’re trying to hide something or trying to camouflage something when you do that.” (Continued Below)
“Second: Why do you do 302’s? You do 302’s [be]cause you’re out to get someone!” Jordan announced. “We know they weren’t out to get Bruce Ohr. They were out to get someone else.”
“Who were they out to get? The President of the United States! Look at the twelve 302’s and notice the dates,” Jordan urged.
“There [are] 3 bursts: There’s the bursts right after the election. There’s the burst right after the inauguration, and then, there’s the one’s in May right after the Special Counsel is named. So this all just shows they were out to go after the President of the United States,” he added. (Continued Below)
“And never forget, the guy who was leading the investigation said, ‘[Hillary] Clinton should win 100 million to zero. Don’t worry Lisa [Page], we’ll stop Trump; we got an insurance policy,” Jordan said referring to former FBI agent Peter Strzok and his text messages. “When you put this all together, it seems pretty clear what they were up to.”
Read the press release from Judicial Watch about the FBI 302 interviews with Bruce Ohr [HERE].
Jordan also tweeted on Friday, “FBI terminated their formal relationship with Steele because he was leaking. But DOJ official Bruce Ohr continued to meet with Steele and reported to the FBI about those meetings. Why did top FBI officials try to hide their relationship with Steele?”
FBI terminated their formal relationship with Steele because he was leaking.
But DOJ official Bruce Ohr continued to meet with Steele and reported to the FBI about those meetings.
Why did top FBI officials try to hide their relationship with Steele?
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) August 9, 2019
Ohr 302s FOIA Release 080819 courtesy of Fox News on Scribd
(Related: Lindsey Graham Reveals The ‘Fraud’ That’s Been Uncovered From Ohr’s 302s: ‘The Word That Keeps Coming Up Is Bias’)