Donald Trump is accusing the head of the Justice Department, Bruce Ohr, of plotting with his wife Nellie to give the FBI the dossier of salacious affirmations about the president's sexual life.
He wants Ohr to be fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, mounting a campaign against both officers that seems to be gaining strength.
"Wow, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr's wife, is an expert in Russia who speaks Russian fluently. She worked for Fusion GPS where she was paid a lot. Collusion! & # 39; Trump said. & # 39; Bruce was a boss in the Department of Justice and, incredibly, he's still there! & # 39;
The file that Nellie Orr's company commissioned was used as evidence in a search warrant to spy on a Trump associate and contained humiliating statements about the former businessman's conduct.
The former Deputy Assistant Attorney of the United States, Bruce Ohr, arrives to testify behind closed doors before the Judicial Branch of the House of Representatives and the government reform committees.
Ohr was an employee at that time in the opposition research firm Fusion GPS. The firm hired a former British spy, Christopher Steele, a friend of the Ohrs, to build the case against Trump on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign. The work was later funded by the Republicans.
Trump laughed at the irony of claims that his campaign may have colluded with Russia to meddle in elections in a tweet on Thursday that accused the Ohrs of colluding with each other to put together and then deliver the document that the president says is full of lies at the national level compliance with the law.
He demanded for the second day in a row that Or be fired after a closed-door hearing on Capitol Hill, where the government employee was subjected to intense interrogation.
The president criticized Ohr and Sessions in a Wednesday tweet, asking "how the hell" he still has a job and called it a "misfortune".
Trump has repeatedly pointed to Ohr, who is also on the list of government officials who may lose his security clearance.
How the hell is Bruce Orr still employed in the Department of Justice? Shameful! Witch hunt! & # 39; the president tweeted on Wednesday.
President Trump has repeatedly pointed to Or on Twitter and on Wednesday demanded, for the second time, that he be fired.
Trump made his first call for dismissal last week, citing Nellie Ohr's ties to the company that commissioned the infamous and unchecked Steele file during the presidential campaign.
Ohr was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for almost eight hours in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers.
The House of Representatives is in recess in August, but Republican lawmakers returned for the opportunity to question Or, who was in contact with former British spy Christopher Steele, while Democratic lawmakers were represented by committee staff, reported ABC News.
Ohr gave lawmakers a list of half a dozen senior FBI and Department of Justice officials who knew their interactions, Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe told Fox News & # 39; Hannity & # 39; Tuesday night.
Ohr had relayed Steele's information from his contact with the FBI, even after the office had ended its formal relationship with Steele because of the spy's leaks about his work to the media.
The Republicans were also interested in how Steele's file ended up in the hands of the FBI. Oh's wife, Nellie, worked at Fusion GPS, the same firm that hired Steele to write the dossier, although it was reported that he did not work on that project.
"We have confirmed that Bruce Ohr was a constant and voluntary conduit between Fusion GPS, paid for by the Clinton campaign, and the FBI," Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said Wednesday morning without going into details.
"I knew he was providing rumors and double rumors that he would never stand up in court," Issa added.
Other Republicans said that Ohr's testimony suggested that the FBI had doubts about the credibility of the file when they requested a warrant against Carter Page, former agent of the Trump campaign, in October 2016.
The House Judiciary Committee and the Government Reform and Oversight Committee have held multiple joint sessions with players in the saga surrounding the investigation of special attorney Robert Mueller as part of his analysis of the activities of the FBI and the Department of Justice. Justice related to the 2016 elections.
Trump and his allies claim that Page's FBI surveillance was carried out through a contaminated FISA order based on the Steele file.
Last month, documents issued through a Freedom of Information Act request showed that federal agents relied on more information than the Steele file to obtain the arrest warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Ohr is an expert in the Russian mafia and organized crime, work that put him in touch with Steele, who specialized in Russia when he worked as a spy.
The two men met in 2007, when Steele was still working for MI-6 and Ohr was investigating Russian criminal organizations.
Steele went on to investigate the links between Trump and Russia for the research firm, Fusion GPS, where Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked as a contractor.
Trump has repeatedly hit Orr on Twitter
Ohr had contact with former British spy Christopher Steele, whose unverified record alleges that Russia had information that could be used to blackmail Trump.
Fusion GPS commissioned Steele to write the dossier on Trump that claims the Russians have information they could use to blackmail the president, including an allegation – which Trump has denied – that he hired "several prostitutes to perform". golden rains & # 39; (pee) show up in front of him "when he was in Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.
Reports indicate that Nellie Ohr did not work on the dossier and that her time with Fusion GPS did not influence her husband's work at DoJ.
Trump and his allies claim that the Steele dossier was politically motivated by those in the government who do not want to see Trump as president.
The Democrats, meanwhile, argue that Or's testimony is another attempt to prove a conspiracy theory that, according to them, has no merit.