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A DOJ Lawyer Was Told Russia Had Trump ‘Over a Barrel’

Bruce Ohr has made explosive claims connected to the infamous Steele dossier

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A Justice Department lawyer learned from Christopher Steele, the author of the salacious Trump kompromat dossier, that Russian intelligence had Trump “over a barrel” in the summer of 2016, according to a scoop from the Associated Press.

The DOJ lawyer, Bruce Ohr, worked in the office of then-deputy attorney general Sally Yates. Ohr and the author of the dossier, Steele, were long-standing buddies who bonded years earlier over an interest in defanging organized crime.

The pair met repeatedly during the 2016 campaign, according to the AP, including after Steele had approached reporters with his dossier, leading the FBI to stop relying on him as a source. Ohr also reportedly learned from Steele that Trump campaign adviser Carter Page had met with “more senior Russian officials” than he had let on.

According to the AP, Ohr did not let his superiors know about his meetings with Steele, or the information he’d learned, because he considered the intel too raw and the allegations too explosive.

This report helps explain why Ohr — an obscure figure with zero previous national profile — has emerged as a new target of President Trump’s Twitter broadsides, going back to the first weeks of August. Adding to Trump’s outrage: Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for the left-leaning firm Fusion GPS that commissioned the Steele Dossier.

Below is just a flavor of the president’s ire:

 

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