House Democrats came to the defense of Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr on Wednesday after his testimony a day earlier — dismissing GOP attacks as a "waste of time," The Hill reported.
Republican lawmakers had complained Ohr's testimony "has done nothing but exacerbate . . . concerns" about anti-Trump bias at the Justice Department, The Hill reported.
"With [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort in jail, [former lawyer for President Donald Trump] Michael Cohen in court, and a host of longtime Trump confidants cooperating with federal prosecutors, we can understand why Republicans are increasingly desperate to create a distraction and undermine the Department of Justice as a hedge against what the investigators may find," said Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking members on the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, The Hill reported.
They also accused their GOP colleagues of following the president's lead by attacking Ohr, who has spent part of his career fighting Russian organized crime, noting that makes them wonder "why House Republicans have now joined President Trump in focusing their energies on trying to fire Mr. Ohr without just cause."
Democrats, who disputed "allegations" of several GOP members, insist Ohr did not break any laws and followed protocol in his contacts with ex-British spy Christopher Steele.
"Over the years, when Mr. Steele had information he felt he needed to provide to the FBI, he often reached out to Mr. Ohr, a trusted contact," they said, The Hill reported.
"When Mr. Steele subsequently reached out to Mr. Ohr with additional information, Mr. Ohr appropriately handed it off to FBI investigators to assess its credibility and potentially corroborate with other evidence."
Earlier Wednesday, Trump — amid his own feud with the Justice Department — blasted Ohr on Twitter.
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