Yahoo News explains: Who is Bruce Ohr, whose name keeps appearing in Trump’s tweets?

Kate Murphy
Producer

On Aug. 17, President Trump told reporters, “I think that Bruce Ohr is a disgrace with his wife Nellie. For him to be in the Justice Department and to be doing what he did, that is a disgrace. That is disqualifying for Mueller.”

Bruce Ohr: He’s been President Trump’s latest target at the Justice Department and the subject of his angry tweets.



Who is Bruce Ohr, anyway? Ohr is a Department of Justice official who has been at the agency for almost three decades. At the time of the 2016 presidential election, he was a high-ranking official in the deputy attorney general’s office. His focus is international organized crime — particularly Russian organized crime — a topic he and Christopher Steele had a mutual interest in, which led to a friendly relationship.

Steele is a former British spy who compiled a dossier of opposition research on Trump’s Russia ties and gave it to the FBI before the 2016 election. The FBI had stopped using Steele as a source shortly before the election after he shared information with Mother Jones magazine. But Ohr continued to communicate with Steele and passed information to the FBI despite not officially being involved in any investigation involving Trump.


Fusion GPS is a company that used funding from Democrats to compile the Steele dossier. Ohr’s relationship with his wife and his interactions with Steele tie him loosely to the Russia investigation.

In December 2017, Ohr was reassigned from his job in the deputy attorney general’s office and given new responsibilities. This week, Ohr was grilled about Steele behind closed doors by two GOP-led House committees that are looking at decisions made by the DOJ before the election. The president has threatened to revoke Ohr’s security clearance, and has also pressured his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to fire him.