Handwritten Notes Reveal Glenn Simpson Gave Bruce Ohr a ‘Memory Stick’ in Secret Meeting Shortly After Trump Won 2016 Election
New handwritten notes penned by twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr reveal Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson handed Ohr a memory stick during a meeting at a D.C. coffee shop shortly after the election.
It is still unclear what was on the memory stick or if the FBI used the information on it for future actions.
Investigative reporter John Solomon obtained Bruce Ohr’s handwritten notes and says it shows an “unmistakable effort to push the Russian investigation closer to Trump’s inner circle with uncorroborated tales.”
Simpson made uncorroborated claims that Manafort, Carter Page and Michael Cohen were working in coordination with Russia to hijack the presidential election.
John Solomon notes that Simpson interestingly acknowledged that information coming from Christopher Steele wasn’t coming from Moscow–rather the intel was coming from a former Russian intelligence officer (? not entirely clear) who lives in the U.S.” Ohr said in his notes this Russian source in the US seemed to have disappeared.
Via John Solomon of The Hill:
One notation that stands out is Simpson’s account that he asked Steele to talk with Mother Jones reporter David Corn about their muckraking on Trump and Russia in the final days of the election. At the time, Steele still worked as an FBI source.
Corn’s Oct. 31, 2016, story was one of the most definitive to allege possible ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow, creating an important talking point for Democrats in the final days of the campaign.
“Glen asked Chris to speak to the Mother Jones reporter. It was Glen’s Hail Mary attempt,” Ohr wrote.
When Simpson testified before Congress, he said he and Steele acted out of a sense of duty. “For him it was professional obligations. I mean, for both of us it was citizenship. You know, people report crimes all the time,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Also according to Ohr’s handwritten notes, Steele and Glenn Simpson were behind the false rumors that President Trump created a “secret server” with Russia-based Alfa Bank through Trump Tower New York–which of course made it into the left-wing media.
In fact, Hillary Clinton even tweeted about the “secret server” right before the 2016 election—right on cue. Coincidence? We think not.
On October 31st, 2016, Hillary Clinton linked to the Slate article spreading the hoax that Trump had a Russia-based “secret server” at the Trump Tower.
Hillary Clinton claimed in her tweet that Trump set up a “secret server” to communicate privately with the Putin-tied Russia bank Alfa bank and when a reporter asked about it, they shut it down. She then claimed Trump created another server a week later with a different name for the same purpose.
Hillary’s caption read, “It’s time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 31, 2016
Glenn Simpson handed Bruce Ohr a memory stick…
Ohr made clear he took possession of some evidence from Simpson, writing: “Glen gave me a memory stick.”
Early on, Ohr’s notes detail, the conversation focused on a theory apparently offered by Simpson that revolving Trump team members — former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, followed by informal adviser Carter Page, then Cohen — forged a secret channel with Moscow to hijack the election.
All three men long have been cited in the Russia investigation; each denies any coordination with Russia. But Ohr’s notes are the first to quote Simpson as suggesting the three essentially were shark-tooth spies who replaced each other in a secret plot.
“He identified Michael Cohen, a lawyer in Brooklyn w. Russian (Brighton Beach) clients, as the go-between from Russia to the Trump campaign who replaced Manafort and Carter Page,” Ohr’s notes read, quoting Simpson’s alleged narrative.
The notes suggest guilt by association, citing Cohen’s wife and suggesting one of Cohen’s in-laws had real estate dealings in Moscow “with ties to the Kremlin.”
These Bruce Ohr notes opened up a whole new can of worms.
“What was on the memory stick? What did Ohr do with the information? Did the FBI rely on it for future court actions? Did the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court that approved surveillance warrants know Ohr was getting information from the Simpson-Steele operation after Steele had been dismissed?” John Solomon asked.