The attack on the attorney general came as Trump claimed the news media “refuses to report” on meetings held between Christopher Steele, the ex-British intelligence officer who authored an opposition research dossier on Trump, and former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr.
The Department of Justice declined to comment on the President’s tweets.
A Democratic House Intelligence Committee rebuttal memo from Rep. Adam Schiff, the panel’s top Democrat, argues, however, that Ohr’s role was mischaracterized in the Nunes memo and his interactions with Steele were overstated.
“The Majority describes Bruce Ohr as a senior DOJ ofﬁcial who ‘worked closely with the Deputy Attorneys General, (Obama appointee Sally) Yates and later (Trump appointee Rod) Rosenstein,’ in order to imply that Ohr was somehow involved in the FlSA process, but there is no indication this is the case,” the Schiff memo states.
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani later tried to downplay the President’s tweet as merely expressing an opinion, not giving an order.
CNN’s Marshall Cohen, Jeremy Herb, Laura Jarrett, Sophie Tatum and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.