Lawyer was told Russia had 'Trump over a barrel,' sources say

President Donald Trump said the chief justice of the US Supreme Court should tell the head of a national security court to question Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Justice Department officials about their use of a so-called Russian Federation dossier as part of a collusion probe.

He's been President Trump's latest target at the Justice Department and the subject of his angry tweets. The materials were not among 800,000 pages of documents provided by the Justice Department to their panels, they said.

In addition to the July 30 meeting, Ohr and Steele spoke multiple times in 2016 and into 2017, and Ohr reported those conversations back to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At the time of the 2016 presidential election, he was a high-ranking official in the deputy attorney general's office.

The lawyer, Bruce Ohr, this week described to lawmakers his breakfast meeting on July 30, 2016, with ex-spy Christopher Steele, another figure President Trump has sought to discredit, the Associated Press reported, citing people familiar with the encounter.


In their letter, Cummings and Nadler, who are the ranking members of the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees, write that Republicans on their committees were reading from the documents during Ohr's interview and using them to create a "highly misleading narrative with factually inaccurate interpretation and conjecture".

Ohr, a 30-year Justice Department veteran, is being scrutinized for his meetings with Steele, the former British intelligence officer who compiled an infamous dossier on Trump and Russian Federation, and Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that hired Steele to do research on Trump.

Ohr first began discussing Deripaska during a November 21, 2014 meeting in Washington, DC.

The FBI's investigation was already under way by the time it received Steele's dossier.


Convicted felon and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was also mentioned in the report.

Ohr said that his wife, Nellie Ohr, who was a contractor for Fusion GPS - the firm that employed Steele to dig up dirt on Trump - also attended the breakfast, along with an associate of Steele's. Hayden cautiously said it's still a "single data point" and "raw information" that would be used as a "departure point" for an investigation, not the endpoint.

He met again soon after with one of the officials, who told him Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not believe he could continue in his current position as director of a law enforcement grant-distribution program known as the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.


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