And they reflect the concern of Steele, a longtime Federal Bureau of Investigation informant whose Democratic-funded research into Trump ties to Russian Federation was compiled into a dossier, that the Republican presidential candidate was possibly compromised and his urgent efforts to convey that anxiety to contacts at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department.
Mr. Ohr told lawmakers that Mr. Steele informed him that key Trump campaign aide Carter Page had met with higher-ranking Russian Intelligence officials than he previously indicated. "With Bruce Ohr, do you see him as potentially being in this pattern?"
On Aug. 17, President Trump told reporters, "I think that Bruce Ohr is a disgrace with his wife Nellie".
Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked at Fusion GPS, the company that paid Steele to put together the dossier.
He's been President Trump's latest target at the Justice Department and the subject of his angry tweets.
Former associate deputy U.S. attorney general Bruce Ohr enters an elevator after testifying behind closed doors before the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees on his alleged contacts with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a "dossier" of allegations linking Donald Trump to Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2018.
The Democratic lawmakers said Republicans appeared to have violated House rules because they failed to share the communications between Ohr and Steele in 2016 and 2017 with the minority party.
The Associated Press first reported Steele's comments to Ohr at the breakfast. The president has threatened to revoke Ohr's security clearance, and has also pressured his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to fire him. They weren't authorized to discuss it and spoke on condition of anonymity. Trump supporters accuse Ohr of cooperating with Steele on the dossier that outlined Russian financial ties and salacious personal details.
But the FBI's probe was already underway by the time it received Steele's dossier - and Ohr was not the original source of information from it. But the investigation was opened because of conversations involving former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, and not the dossier, FBI and congressional officials have said.
Trump calls investigations of Russian Federation ties "a rigged witch hunt".
In the interview, Ohr acknowledged that he had not told superiors in his office, including Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, about his meetings with Steele because he considered the information inflammatory raw source material.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.