Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

DOJ official told lawmakers Russian Federation had Trump 'over a barrel'

DOJ official told lawmakers Russian Federation had Trump 'over a barrel'

That's what lawmakers were told this week by a senior Justice Department lawyer during a private interview.

Earlier this week, Bruce Ohr testified before House Republicans over his ties to the dossier and its author Christopher Steele.

Mr Ohr is linked to the dossier of allegations of possible collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

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Two sources familiar with the dossier told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Ohr had no role in its compilation. They met in the mid-2000s, people who know Ohr said, as both fought against the evolving threat of Russian organized crime for their respective countries.

Ohr also told Congress that Steele told him that Page had met with more senior Russian officials than he had acknowledged.

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"Ohr told the Federal Bureau of Investigation it (the Fake Dossier) wasn't true, it was a lie and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was determined to use it anyway to damage Trump and to perpetrate a fraud on the court to spy on the Trump campaign", Mr Trump said in a series of tweets.

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". At the time of the 2016 presidential election, he was a high-ranking official in the deputy attorney general's office.

The president who has denied any collusion between his campaign and Moscow, continued his attack on Ohr this week.

A Democratic aide on the House intelligence committee said no vote had been taken by that panel to allow the sharing or release of information provided by the Justice Department for Ohr's questioning. 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. They discussed the matter when meeting for breakfast on July 30, 2016, according to the report.

Sessions and Rosenstein, Ohr was told, didn't want him in the post because it entailed White House meetings and interactions, the people said. Ohr's wife, Nellie, was also a contractor for Fusion GPS.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

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