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Steele To Ohr In Secret 2016 Meeting: Russia Has Trump “Over A Barrel” With “Explosive Information”

Via Zerohedge


Former UK spy Christopher Steele told then-DOJ #4 Bruce Ohr at a 2016 breakfast that the Kremlin had Donald Trump “over a barrel” thanks to “potentially explosive information” in the possession of Russian intelligence, reports AP, citing “multiple people” familiar with the encounter.

Ohr also learned that Trump campaign aide Carter Page had met with “higher-level” Russian officials than the aide had previously acknowledged, said the sources.

The previously unreported details of the July 30, 2016, breakfast with Christopher Steele, which Ohr described to lawmakers this week in a private interview, reveal an exchange of potentially explosive information about Trump between two men the president has relentlessly sought to discredit.

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

Page responded to the AP report, tweeting: “BREAKING NEWS (a.k.a. what most sane reporters and other observers realized long ago): The Corrupt DOJ, co-conspirators in the DNC and their high-priced consultants correctly believed they had American democracy and the FISA Court over a barrel in 2016.”

According to AP, Ohr told lawmakers that could not verify the accuracy of Steele’s information, however he considered the ex-UK spy to be a “reliable FBI informant who delivered credible and actionable intelligence.”

That said, Ohr reportedly said he did not notify his superiors of the Steele breakfast – including Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

Ohr also shed light on the DOJ’s decision to demote him;

Ohr said he met in late December 2017 with two senior Justice Department officials, Scott Schools and James Crowell, who told him they were unhappy he had not proactively disclosed his meetings with Steele. They said he was being stripped of his associate deputy attorney post as part of a planned internal reorganization, people familiar with Ohr’s account say. –AP

According to Ohr, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his boss Deputy, Rod Rosenstein, did not believe he could continue in his role as director of a drug grant-distribution program – the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, as it entailed White House meetings and interactions.

The Steele-Ohr breakfast was just one of many interactions between the two – as they also communicated extensively about Russian Oligarch and Putin pal Oleg Deripaska as recently as February 2016, which included efforts to obtain a Visa for Deripaska to attend an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting int he US.

Steele’s firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, was hired by a law firm working for Deripaska in 2012, marking the beginning of a relationship which extended at least throughout 2016 according to Solomon. Steele was tasked with researching a business rival of Deripaska, however Steele’s work for the Russian billionaire evolved to the point where the former British spy was interfacing with the Obama administration on his behalf.

Deripaska is now banned from the United States as one of several Russians sanctioned in April in response to alleged 2016 election meddling.

Ohr, meanwhile, was demoted twice after the DOJ’s Inspector General discovered that he lied about his involvement with opposition research firm Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson – who employed Steele. Ohr’s CIA-linked wife, Nellie, was also  employed by Fusion as part of the firm’s anti-Trump efforts, and had ongoing communications with the ex-UK spy, Christopher Steele as well.

What’s more, Ohr met with Deripaska according to Solomon.

By 2015, Steele’s work had left him friendly with one of Deripaska’s lawyers, according to my sources. And when Ohr, then the associate deputy attorney general and a longtime acquaintance of Steele, sought help getting to meet Deripaska, Steele obliged.

Deripaska, who frequently has appeared alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin at high-profile meetings, never really dealt with Steele, but he followed his lawyer’s recommendations and met with Ohr, my sources say. –The Hill

The September 2015 meeting between Ohr, Deripaska and several FBI agents in New York sought the Russian billionaire’s assistance regarding organized crime investigations. That meeting was facilitated by Steele.

To recap: Bruce Ohr = the #4 official at the DOJ, met with a billionaire friend of Vladimir Putin, in a sit-down arranged by Christopher Steele. Steele and the DOJ, meanwhile, were accusing Donald Trump of collusion with Putin – while the Obama administration used Steele’s dodgy dossier to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page.

Fascinating…

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So it appears Steele was working for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska at the same time he was selling info to Clinton and the presstitutes about Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

On her Majesty’s Secret Service? Playing for paying as opposed to paying to play. This retired cold war spook with his old befuddled Oxbridge chums milking any gullible fool for their cash.

“Shurely ed” this must be a criminal offence under the UK Official Secrets act that the money wringer had to sign???

aleksandar
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aleksandar

Always surprised to read that Deripaska is friend with Wladimir Putin.
Absolute non sense.
Friends after such humiliation ?

veth
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veth

We recall that on December 12, US President Donald Trump signed a defense budget for the 2018 financial year. The document provides for granting Ukraine $ 350 million in defense assistance, including authorizing the possibility of transferring lethal weapons for the fight with the Russian troops in occupied Donbass.

celnav
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celnav

Who believes AP? Geezus! The Hill…..OMG! Oh, Ohrrrror! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images

bespokoid
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bespokoid

American media did put American president in a very tight spot. It doesn’t matter whether Putin has something on Trump or not, at this point of time Kremlin could even leak photo where Trump posing with Vladimir Lenin, and seems like media and public would buy story about Donny helping build USSR 🙂 So in a way Kremlin really got Trump over the barrel of public opinion and it was media who put poor guy there. No wonder Trump needed time alone with Putin in Finland, quite a delicate situation, I would say, considering those barrels can fire at any… Read more »

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“Among the things Ohr said he learned from Steele during the breakfast was that an unnamed former Russian intelligence official had said that Russian intelligence believed “they had Trump over a barrel,”

“unnamed former Russian intelligence official”?

Does the name Skripal ring a bell?
How convenient to off him and blame Russia.
Good work Steele, Deripaska, Mueller, Ohr, Comey and Clinton.

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Gonzogal

So let me get this straight. A reporter SAID that Ohr SAID that Steele SAID that a retired Russian SAID that somebody in the Kremlin still not retired SAID, that the Kremlin had Trump “over a barrel”. Is that right? What more needs to be SAID? Even ignoring a bunch of those levels of hearsay, who cares what Steele may have said to Ohr? His actions of conspiring with his wife and Steele to create the fake dossier are not justified because Steele claimed to have heard something from a retired Russian. It is ridiculous that even a democrat would… Read more »

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