Justice Department official Bruce Ohr told lawmakers this week that former British spy Christopher Steele said Russian intelligence officials believed they had President Trump "over a barrel," The Associated Press reported Friday.
Mr. Steele's comments came during a July 2016 breakfast meeting, AP reported.
Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Steele conducted Democratic-funded research into Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the campaign.
In questioning Ohr, lawmakers Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler said, Republicans were selective about his communications with Steele to create "a highly misleading narrative with factually inaccurate interpretations and conjecture" that they were discussing Trump.
Two sources familiar with the dossier told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Ohr had no role in its compilation. The FBI had stopped using Steele as a source shortly before the election after he shared information with Mother Jones magazine. It's unclear if the official spoke directly to Steele.
Ironically, one of the sources said Weissmann was kept "in the loop" on the fraudulent dossier while he was head of the criminal fraud division. "With Bruce Ohr, do you see him as potentially being in this pattern?"
As an example, they said, Republicans read a portion of an email in which Steele wrote that he wanted to speak with Ohr about "our favorite business tycoon".
The president who has denied any collusion between his campaign and Moscow, continued his attack on Ohr this week.
Deripaska is a former business associate of Paul Manafort, who was convicted this month of financial wrongdoing charges related to his work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine that predated a stint as Trump's campaign manager.
In a tweet Thursday, the president claimed Nellie is a Russian Federation expert who can fluently speak the language.
"Will Bruce Ohr, whose family received big money for helping to create the phony, dirty and discredited Dossier, ever be fired from the Jeff Sessions "Justice" Department?".
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.