by Daveda Gruber:
An assortment of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s emails, texts and handwritten notes reveals that he was deeply connected to the unverified Steele dossier.
Christopher Steele was its author. During the presidential election campaign, he was also involved in the alleged government surveillance abuses involving a Trump campaign official.
The famous dossier was used by federal officials to justify the surveillance of a top Trump aide, Carter Page. It was created by Fusion GPS and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Most of President Trump’s supporters already knew this, but we don’t read ‘fake news’.
Ohr wrote about Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who wrote that the scandalous dossier, was very concerned about former FBI Director James Comey’s firing and afraid they will be exposed.
The recently exposed Ohr documents brought attention on Steele’s activities before the presidential election.
Steele shopped the dossier to multiple media outlets. He also appeared to ask Ohr for help with Russian, Oleg Deripaska, after rumors that the U.S. might impose sanctions.
Ohm had a conflict of interest during the presidential campaign and transition. His wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS.
Bruce Ohr of the “Justice” Department (can you believe he is still there) is accused of helping disgraced Christopher Steele “find dirt on Trump.” Ohr’s wife, Nelly, was in on the act big time – worked for Fusion GPS on Fake Dossier. @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
Steele, we know, was an ex-British spy. He was a key source mentioned by the FBI and Department of Justice to obtain a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant to monitor Page.
The FBI dropped Steele as a source in November 2016 over his contacts with the media. Then Republican-led House Intelligence Committee found that Steele had continued contact with government officials by efficiently using Ohr as a ‘back channel’.
Throughout recent congressional testimony, Peter Strzok confirmed that “the FBI received documents and material from Mr. Ohr.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Wednesday, that President Trump had terminated former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance.
Trump has been reviewing the clearances of several other former officials. Sanders read a statement from Trump that told what he described as Brennan’s misleading testimony before Congress and his increasingly partisan rhetoric, saying Brennan improperly traded on his access to classified information.
Trump’s statement read, “For this reason, I’ve also begun to review the more general question of the access to classified information by government officials. As part of this review I’m evaluating action with respect to the following individuals: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr.”
Ohr is the only official on that list who is still working in the U.S. government.
In the midst of closed-door congressional testimony last year, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, claimed he had no contact with Ohr until after the presidential election. Ohr’s work emails conflict with Simpson’s testimony, and show contact months earlier. No surprise here.
“Very concerned about Comey’s firing, afraid they will be exposed,” said Bruce Ohr. DOJ’s Emails & Notes show Bruce Ohr’s connection to (phony & discredited) Trump Dossier. A creep thinking he would get caught in a dishonest act. Rigged Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
Ohr’s notes also suggest that in December 2016, there was a meeting in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown between Fusion GPS’ Simpson and Ohr, with Ohr writing, “Glen(n) gave me a memory stick.”
We could call this “Chinatown Spygate.”
President Trump suggested the disclosures were more proof of a “witch hunt” against him.
What do you think?