Christopher Steele (L), Bruce Ohr (C), Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson (R)
Once again Judicial Watch is doing the heavy lifting.
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Thursday it obtained 339 pages of very heavily redacted records from the DOJ that show former top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr regularly communicating with former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steel after the FBI terminated Steele for breaking FBI informant protocol by speaking to the media.
Judicial Watch obtained these documents from a March 2018 FOIA lawsuit against the Justice Department.
The documents reveal Bruce Ohr repeatedly thanked Christopher Steele for updates and assured him that he would pass along the info to his colleagues.
Bruce Ohr acted as a liaison for the FBI and Steele and set up meetings with Steele and regularly spoke to him over the phone.
While many of these exchanges between Steele and Ohr are already public knowledge, it shows just how much the two were communicating — Bruce Ohr’s wife Nellie Ohr was also sending numerous emails to DOJ officials on ‘Russia issues.’
Via Judicial Watch:
Steele: Dear Bruce,
Just to let you know I shall be in DC at short notice on business from this PM till Saturday eve, staying at the Mayflower Hotel. If you are in town it would be good to meet up, perhaps for breakfast tomorrow morn? Happy to see Nellie too if she’s up for it. Please let me know. Best, Chris
Ohr: Dear Chris –
Nice to hear from you! Nellie and I would be up for breakfast tomorrow and can come into town. What would be a good time for you? Bruce
Steele: Thanks Bruce.
On me at the Mayflower Hotel, Conn Ave NW at 0900 should work but I’ll confirm the time for definite this eve if I may. Looking forward to seeing you. Chris
Ohr: Sounds good, but we won’t let you pay for breakfast! I’ll wait for your confirmation on time. Bruce
Steele: Let’s do 0900 then. See you in the lobby. Chris
Ohr: Very good. See you at 900.
Another exchange between Bruce Ohr in December of 2016 shows the two discussing articles written by the Daily Beast and Think Progress.
There was also a string of encrypted text messages exchanged between Ohr and Steele between January 2017 to November 2017 — this is well after the FBI terminated Christopher Steele as a ‘confidential human source.’
Christopher Steele sent Bruce Ohr an email on January 31, 2017, the day then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired by President Trump for insubordination.
Steele wanted to make sure his contact information would be forwarded to others if Bruce Ohr were to be forced out of his top position at the DOJ.
Steele: B, doubtless a sad and crazy day for you re-SY [Sally Yates]. Just wanted to check you are OK, still in situ and able to help locally as discussed, along with your Bureau colleagues, with our guy if the need arises? Many Thanks and Best as Always, C
Ohr: Bruce: Yes, a crazy day. I’m still here and able to help as discussed. I’ll let you know if that Changes. Thanks!
Steele: Thanks. You have my sympathy and support. If you end up out though, I really need another (Bureau?) contact point/number who is briefed. We can’t allow our guy to be forced to go back home. It would be disastrous all round, though his position right now looks stable. A million thanks. C
Ohr: Bruce: Understood. I can certainly give you an FBI contact if it becomes necessary.
Where the hell is Attorney General Bill Barr?? Bruce Ohr is STILL employed by the Justice Department!
President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton blasted the Hillary-Steele-Ohr-Fusion GPS targeting and spying of the Trump campaign:
“These smoking gun documents show that Christopher Steele, a Hillary Clinton operative and anti-Trump foreign national, secretly worked hand-in-glove with the Justice Department on its illicit targeting of President Trump,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These documents leave no doubt that for more than a year after the FBI fired Christopher Steele for leaking, and for some 10 months after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, Bruce Ohr continued to act as a go-between for Steele with the FBI and Justice Department. The anti-Trump Russia investigation, now run by Robert Mueller, has been thoroughly compromised by this insider corruption.”
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