Who is Bruce Ohr, whose name keeps appearing in Trump’s tweets?

Hannah Rogers
September 3, 2018

Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr had a closed-door meeting with members of Congress this week, during which he provided details of a breakfast meeting he had with Christopher Steele, the former British spy behind the controversial dossier on Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation, sources told the Associated Press.

Among the things Ohr said he learned from Steele during the breakfast was that an unnamed former Russian intelligence official had communicated that Russian intelligence believed "they had Trump over a barrel", according to people familiar with the meeting.

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The officials, who spoke to the Times on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the classified effort, told the Times they were afraid that revealing the effort could undermine national security.

Republicans have charged that the Steele dossier, which contains some salacious and unverified intelligence on Trump and Russian Federation, was inappropriately used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. It was not clear from Ohr's interview whether Steele had been directly told that or had picked that up through his contacts, but the broader sentiment is echoed in Steele's research dossier.

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President Trump often complains bitterly on Twitter about the Mueller "witch hunt", and of late, has been singling out Ohr and his wife Nellie, who worked for Fusion GPS in 2016, for special scorn. At the time of the 2016 presidential election, he was a high-ranking official in the deputy attorney general's office.

In their letter, Cummings and Nadler, who are the ranking members of the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees, write that Republicans on their committees were reading from the documents during Ohr's interview and using them to create a "highly misleading narrative with factually inaccurate interpretation and conjecture". The materials were not among 800,000 pages of documents provided by the Justice Department to their panels, they said. But the investigation was opened because of conversations involving former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, and not the dossier, FBI and congressional officials have said. Ohr's relationship with his wife and his interactions with Steele tie him loosely to the Russian Federation investigation.

Weissman is a Democrat partisan who attended Hillary Clinton's election night party and thanked then-acting attorney general Sally Yates in January 2017 after she defied President Trump's travel ban order.

"And if Jeff Sessions won't, he should step down and let someone do it".

Ohr was told Sessions and Rosenstein did not want him in the post because it involved White House meetings, the sources told the AP.

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