Report: Documents Indicate DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Was Steele-FBI Go-Between, Peddling 'Dirt' on Trump

By Susan Jones | August 8, 2018 | 9:47am EDT
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and "The Hill" reporter Jon Solomon appeared with Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night. (Photo: Screen capture/Fox News)

( - Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the head of the Senate intelligence committee, hinted at it on Monday, when he told Fox News that Bruce Ohr, a high-ranking official in the Obama Justice Department, was going to become "more and more important" in determining how the Trump-Russia investigation got started.

On Tuesday, Jon Solomon, a reporter for "The Hill," told Fox News he has obtained documents -- text messages, memos and notes --showing that Bruce Ohr was funneling information from Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS to the FBI, even after the FBI fired Steele as a source.

The Steele dossier was opposition research paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee through a law firm. Bruce Ohr's wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS; and Bruce Ohr apparently met with dossier author Christopher Steele dozens of times.

So, as Sean Hannity noted Tuesday night, you have a senior Obama DOJ official helping Democrats launch the Trump-Russia investigation with opposition research he fed to the FBI.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a member of the House oversight committee, told Hannity Tuesday night, "It's amazing that it has taken so long for this to come out."

What we're seeing tonight, Jon's done some great reporting, and obviously, Sean, you have been on this from day one. But what we are seeing tonight is Bruce Ohr, who was with the Department of Justice, actually was working as a go-between between them (Fusion GPS) and the FBI.

Now what we're also seeing is, we're not talking about one or two or three contacts. There was over 60 different contacts made between Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele trying to get dirt and actually sell dirt on this president.

And we also have text messages now that confirm that Peter Strzok actually worked with Bruce Ohr. So it's amazing that it has taken so long for this to come out.

Meadows said some of the texts and emails show "we're just now starting to uncover really how awful this was. Let's put it in context. It was July 30 (2016), the day before the (Trump-Russia) investigation started, when there was a meeting at the Mayflower...between Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele."

"The Hill" reporter Jon Solomon said the newly obtained documents show that Bruce Ohr was a "central figure."


He was the glue that connected the Democratic opposition research effort to destroy Donald Trump during the election...with the Justice Department and the FBI. He's not just anybody. He's the deputy to the Deputy Attorney General -- that means the same Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates who signed the FISA warrant for Carter Page. Her man is meeting outside of the FBI with the primary sources that Hillary Clinton dug up.

And he's coordinating -- in the beginning, he's finding out what's going on. He's talking -- then when Christopher Steele is fired by the FBI -- he's told, the FBI told him, you're no longer suitable as an asset, to be a source, and you may not gather any more information under the color of the FBI.

And what happens -- 21 days later, Bruce Ohr is gathering information for Steele, and giving it to the FBI and Pete Strzok is right there, playing wide receiver, catching it. It's extraordinary, the FBI is violating its own rules, it's probably misleading the FISA court; the Justice Department has kept us in the dark about this for 18 months.

We'll see tomorrow (Wednesday) how good the media is. I'm going to put these documents up on "The Hill" website. People can go read them themselves. Let's see if the media writes as much about this as the Manafort trial.

Solomon said the "conspiracy" that everyone will be examining in the days ahead "will be the one inside the Justice Department to defraud the FISA court."

He said the FBI omitted exculpatory information in its FISA application, including that Bruce Ohr was the "back-channel to the Clinton campaign."

"And that's going to be a real problem for the FBI when this is all done," Solomon added.

"Without a doubt," Meadows chimed in. "Agree."

On July 12, FBI Agent Peter Strzok told Congress he did communicate with Bruce Ohr, "possibly three or four or five times in the late 2016 early 2017 timeframe." Strzok also said the FBI did receive "material" from Ohr, including "some elements of reporting that ... originated from Mr. Steele."


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