SARA CARTER: New Bruce Ohr Texts Show Dossier Author Steele Panicking Over Comey Testimony ‘Hope Firewalls Will Hold’
Investigative reporter Sara Carter exclusively obtained new Bruce Ohr text messages from a Congressional source showing dossier author Christopher Steele panicking two days before James Comey’s March 2017 testimony.
Twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr continued to communicate with former British spy Christopher Steele after the FBI ‘terminated’ him from his gig as a ‘confidential human source’ in November of 2016 for leaking to the media.
DOJ official Bruce Ohr continued to be a backchannel for the FBI as he secretly met with and communicated with Christopher Steele along with Steele’s partner-in-crime Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson well into 2017.
Christopher Steele sent Bruce Ohr a panicked text message two days before Comey testified in a March 20th 2017 Congressional hearing the FBI opened a CI investigation into Trump’s campaign. “Hoping that important firewalls will hold,” Steele said.
Sara Carter reported:
In the text, Steele writes Ohr, “Hi! Just wondering if you had any news? Obviously, we’re a bit apprehensive given scheduled appearance at Congress on Monday. Hoping that important firewalls will hold. Many thanks.”
Ohr writes back later that day, saying “Sorry, no new news. I believe my earlier information is still accurate. I will let you know immediately if there is any change.”
It is not certain, based on the limited communications obtained by Congress between the pair, what Ohr was referring to when he discussed “earlier information” that he delivered to Steele.
The exchange raises questions, according to a government source who asked, “What did Steele mean by important firewalls before Comey testimony? And what did Ohr mean by earlier information he provided?” The source noted that the ‘firewall’ statement seemed raise similar questions posed by lawmakers after (now-fired) FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok sent the infamous “insurance policy” texts to his paramour, former FBI Attorney Lisa Page.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is preparing to depose twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr, his wife Nellie Ohr and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson.
Last Friday evening, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) announced Bruce Ohr will appear before Congress later in August.
“He owes the American public the full truth,” Meadows said.
Top DOJ official Bruce Ohr was acting as a backchannel after the FBI ‘terminated’ Christopher Steele in November of 2016. The FBI was being funneled intel from Steele through Bruce Ohr.
Emails, text messages and handwritten notes penned by Bruce Ohr were released last week showing the top DOJ official had extensive contact with dossier author Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.
The emails also show Christopher Steele lobbied on behalf of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to help with his US visa rehabilitation, according to messages obtained by Byron York of the Washington Examiner.
Glenn Simpson wasn’t Bruce Ohr’s only connection to Fusion GPS, his wife Nellie Ohr also worked for the oppo research firm.
One curious detail about Nellie Ohr is that she obtained an amateur radio license on May 23rd, 2016.
Was evading NSA surveillance the motivation behind her operating a ham radio?