Intimidated Justice Officer Bruce Ohr had contact with his then-colleague Andrew Weissmann in 2016, who is now a senior MP of Robert Mueller, as well as other high-ranking FBI officials on the controversial anti-Trump dossier and the people behind it Two sources close to it reported Fox News.
The sources said that Ohr's educational work on the dossier ̵
Weissmann was kept on the dossier "in the loop", a source said while he was chief of the criminal fraud department. He is now assigned to the Special Counsel Mueller team.
The list contains several numbers that have since attracted the contempt of President Trump, as he criticizes the Russia probe and those involved in their early stages. Trump was particularly pissed off ear after his wife Nellie had worked for Fusion GPS in the past as the president reproaches him in the department. Only on Thursday morning did Trump complain on Twitter about Nellie Ohr's merger work and exclaimed, "Bruce was a boss in the Justice Department and is unbelievable, still there!"
Ors' broad circle of contacts indicates that members of the FBI leadership knew about its backroom activities in relation to the dossier and Steele
The Republicans of Congress are still trying to fathom Ohr's role in disseminating the unaudited dossier a crucial testimony to obtaining a surveillance order for Trump's campaign adviser Carter was in October 2016. Ear was grilled by house committees for seven hours behind closed doors earlier this week.
A memorandum issued by a Republican intelligence commission in February said Steele had "contact" with Ear "before and after". The government fired the former British spy as a source. "Shortly after the election, the FBI began interviewing Ohr and documented his communication with Steele," the memo said. "For example, in September 2016, Steele admitted his feelings towards the then-candidate Trump over Or, when Steele said he was desperate that Donald Trump would not be elected and passionately argue that he was not president." In addition, Ohr's handwritten notes, reviewed by Fox News, showed that two weeks after the election, on November 21, he made a list, including Page, Strzok and the FBI agent – which may have a reference to a meeting have been. "No [prosecution] yet. Fall on M. Advance. Can go back to Chris," he wrote. Congressional investigators told Fox News, they believe the "M" is likely to be on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was recently convicted of tax and bank fraud charges in Virginia, and the "Chris" is Christopher Steele.
The same month, Steele was fired by the FBI as a confidential source through his contacts with the media about the dossier.
According to court documents, an FBI memo states that Weissmann met with a group of reporters about Manafort in April 2017. The timing seems to be significant, a month before FBI director James Comey was fired and Mueller was appointed head of the Special Counsel team.
Republican lawmakers who asked Or earlier this week say the connections between Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie The Russian research for the opposition research firm behind the dossier was known.
"When they went to court, the FBI knew three important things, and they did not reveal this to the court," said Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. They knew that Steele had an extreme bias against the President, and they knew who paid for the dossier, and these facts were not communicated to the court there To get warrants to spy on Carter Page and the Trump campaign. "
Fusion GPS and its co-founder have not responded to Fox News & # 39; s questions for this story or earlier reports. While Fusion GPS financial data was the subject of a lawsuit and is not public, sources Fox News announced that Ear Nellie Ear received "multiple payments" in 2016 from the Fusion GPS, and the amounts were "not small change."
Fox News contacted lawyers for the current and former officials with whom Ohr was in contact, as well as for Müller's office, and they refused to comment or respond.
Democrats in the house say the focus on ear, a civil servant whose portfolio does not include Russia, are misrepresented by Republicans, and his commitment to Steele was not prohibited or unlawful. As part of a "fact check" that was provided to reporters, MEPs Elijah Cummings, D-Md., And Jerrold Nadler, DN.Y., said in autumn 2016 that the FBI's formal relationship with Mr. Steele is confidential human source due to its unauthorized disclosure to the press – not because of any issues with the "dossier" or other information provided by Mr. Steele. "
The senior Democrats continued," When Mr. Steele subsequently went to Mr. Ear with additional information, Mr. Ear handed it over to FBI investigators to verify his credibility and possibly confirm it with other evidence. At that time Mr. Ohr was the director of the Anti-Drug Task Force on Organized Crime, and it was not his job to verify the accuracy of this information himself.