Lawyer was told Russian Federation had 'Trump over a barrel,' sources say

Justice Department official Bruce Ohr arrives for a closed hearing of the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. A former British spy told Ohr a senior Justice Department lawyer

Lawyer was told Russian Federation had 'Trump over a barrel,' sources say

Steele conducted Democratic-funded research into Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the campaign. "Collusion! Bruce was a boss at the Department of Justice and is, unbelievably, still there!"

In a tweet Thursday, the president claimed Nellie is a Russian Federation expert who can fluently speak the language.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said on CNN tonight he has heard nothing but good things about DOJ official Bruce Ohr, one of the men at the center of another Russian Federation controversy.

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.

Bruce Ohr, who testified behind closed doors this week to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, said dossier author Christopher Steele shared the information with him at a July 2016 breakfast, the source said.

In addition to the July 30 meeting, Ohr and Steele spoke multiple times in 2016 and into 2017, and Ohr reported those conversations back to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In questioning Ohr, lawmakers Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler said, Republicans were selective about his communications with Steele to create "a highly misleading narrative with factually inaccurate interpretations and conjecture" that they were discussing Trump. Trump supporters accuse Ohr of cooperating with Steele on the dossier that outlined Russian financial ties and salacious personal details.

The FBI's investigation was already under way by the time it received Steele's dossier.

Mr. Steele's comments came during a July 2016 breakfast meeting, AP reported.

He met again soon after with one of the officials, who told him Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not believe he could continue in his current position as director of a law enforcement grant-distribution program known as the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Ohr also told lawmakers and staff he didn't read any of his wife's work or the documents that were given to him from Steele, the source said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign conspired to help Russian Federation influence the election, as well as whether President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice in an effort to block any investigation of his campaign's potential involvement with Russian Federation. Ohr's wife, Nellie, who worked for the political research firm, Fusion GPS, that hired Steele, attended at least part of it.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment.

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