Justice Department lawyer said Russia had Donald Trump ‘over a barrel’

Hugh Fox
September 3, 2018

In a tweet Thursday, the president claimed Nellie is a Russian Federation expert who can fluently speak the language.

This is in line with unverified information from the Steele dossier that indicated that the Russian government may have had blackmail material on Trump. Ohr is a Department of Justice official who has been at the agency for nearly three decades.

Little is known publicly about the extent of the relationship between Bruce Ohr and Steele, but some House Republicans who are vocal critics of the Russian Federation investigation have seized on it as proof of an untoward connection between government officials and the roots of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

"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?".

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Republicans have seized on the connections between Ohr and Fusion GPS and Steele to suggest there was a coordinated effort to push the Steele dossier within the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to another congressional source. At the time of the 2016 presidential election, he was a high-ranking official in the deputy attorney general's office.

Mr Ohr is linked to the dossier of allegations of possible collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Two sources familiar with the dossier told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Ohr had no role in its compilation. 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.

By that point, Russian hackers had penetrated Democratic email accounts, including that of the Clinton campaign chairman, and Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign associate, was said to have revealed that Russians had "dirt" on Democrat Hillary Clinton in the form of emails, court papers say.

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Ohr told lawmakers he could not vouch for the accuracy of Steele's information but has said he considered him a reliable FBI informant who delivered credible and actionable intelligence, including his investigation into corruption at Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's global governing body.

They're asking that Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy of SC and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte schedule a bipartisan meeting with the Justice Department to discuss the sensitivity of the documents, which they say contain details about a confidential human source.

He also provided new details about the department's move to reassign him once his Steele ties were brought to light. They said he was being stripped of his associate deputy attorney post as part of a planned internal reorganization that would have occurred anyway, people familiar with Ohr's account say.

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