Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump presses Supreme Court for action on Russian dossier

Trump presses Supreme Court for action on Russian dossier

President Trump and his supporters have pointed to the Ohrs as evidence that there was an improper connection between Hillary Clinton's opposition research and the Justice Department.

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. They discussed the matter when meeting for breakfast on July 30, 2016, according to the report.

Steele and Ohr, at the time of the 2016 presidential election a senior official in the deputy attorney general's office, had first met a decade earlier and developed a rapport over a shared interest in global organized crime.

The dossier was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele in work partly financed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

One of the meetings he recounted was a Washington breakfast attended by Steele, a Steele associate and Ohr.

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

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Besides Weissmann, according to Herridge's two sources, Ohr also collaborated with former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, former deputy director Andrew McCabe, at least one other DOJ official, and a current Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who worked with Strzok on the Russian Federation case.

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.

In December 2017, Ohr was reassigned from his job in the deputy attorney general's office and given new responsibilities.

"Absolutely", Hayden said. "And I don't know Mr. Ohr, but in anticipation of our conversation tonight, I kind of sent a note out to folks I know who might know him, and the description I got back from him was competent, thorough, and honest". Hayden cautiously said it's still a "single data point" and "raw information" that would be used as a "departure point" for an investigation, not the endpoint.

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 position as head of a drug grant-distribution program.

Sessions and Rosenstein, Ohr was told, didn't want him in the post because it entailed White House meetings and interactions, the people said.

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