Lawyer told Russian Federation had ‘Trump over a barrel’

Lawyer told Russian Federation had ‘Trump over a barrel’

Lawyer told Russian Federation had ‘Trump over a barrel’

Democrats on Friday accused Republicans of "cherry-picking" and leaking portions of text messages and emails between a USA law enforcement official and a former British spy who investigated then-businessman Donald Trump's ties to the Russian government.

The president then pointed out Bruce Ohr, the boss at the Department of Justice -adding its unbelievable he still works there.

Ohr heard the claim from Christopher Steele, the author of the famous Trump-Russia dossier, who was citing a former Russian intelligence official, according to the report.

By the time the Federal Bureau of Investigation received the dossier the agency had already started its probe of Russian interference in the campaign, which the Kremlin denies.

The newspaper added that the effort did not seem to have had any successes; Deripaska told U.S. investigators he disagreed with them on Russian organized crime and ideas about possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, a person familiar with the exchanges told the Times.

"Ohr's wife was financially benefitted by Ohr, a DOJ official, advancing the Steele phony dossier".

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Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked at Fusion GPS, the company that paid Steele to put together the dossier. 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.

That revelation prompted the FBI to open the counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016, one day after the breakfast but based on entirely different information.

In the interview, Ohr acknowledged that he had not told superiors in his office, including Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, about his meetings with Steele because he considered the information inflammatory raw source material.

The communications between Ohr and Steele were marked "law enforcement sensitive" because they related "to a confidential human source", the Democratic lawmakers said.

"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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