Newly released text messages and emails show Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr had a much deeper connection to top brass in the Obama administration than previously known. According to SaraCarter.com, handwritten notes, texts, and emails from Ohr show that he had a very close relationship with former British spy Christopher Steele and top figures at the FBI and DOJ between 2016 and 2017.
Ohr also communicated with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that paid Steele to compile the salacious, unverified dossier. Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid Fusion roughly $9 million to help fund Steele’s operation. The document shows that Steele hoped that “important firewalls will hold” and that Congress would not learn about his dossier link and connection to top Obama administration officials.
On May 10, 2017, Carter reports that she viewed a note titled “Law Enforcement Sensitive” and that it had “call with Chris” written on it, referring to Christopher Steele. Ohr reportedly wrote that Steele’s “very concerned about Comey’s firing, afraid they will be exposed.”
The call came a few months after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and the public became aware that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign for allegedly colluding with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Ohr also wrote that Steele was “extremely concerned” about a letter sent from the Senate Judiciary Committee asking Comey 12 questions about the bureau paying and working with Steele for the Russia probe.
Earlier this week, it was reported that text messages between Ohr and Steele in March 2017 showed the former British spy was incredibly nervous about Comey’s testimony — which occurred in June 2017.
Steele wrote to Ohr that he hoped “important firewalls will hold” when Comey spoke to Congress.
Carter reports that she also obtained and viewed documents from March 2017, where Steele revealed to Ohr that he was very concerned over the Senate Judiciary Committee’s letter about his work and relationship with the FBI regarding the dossier.
In June 2017, Steele sent Ohr a message saying: “We are frustrated with how long this reengagement with the Bureau and Mueller is taking. Anything you can do to accelerate the process would be much appreciated. There are some new, perishable, operational opportunities which we do not want to miss out on.”
Steele voiced his concerns to Ohr again in Oct. 2017, saying he was concerned about media reports that the FBI was giving Congress documents related to his work on the dossier and Trump-Russia probe. Steele told Ohr that he was worried “about my work and relationship with them. Very concerned about this. People’s lives may be endangered.”
One month later, Steele wrote to Ohr that he had been attempting to work with Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘ on the Russia probe.
Steele told Ohr: “We were wondering if there was any response to the questions I raised last week.”
“I have passed on the questions (apparently to the special counsel) but haven’t gotten an answer yet,” Ohr responded.
Steele replied: “I am presuming you’ve heard nothing back from your SC (special counsel) colleagues on the issues you kindly put to them from me. We have heard nothing from them either. To say this is disappointing would be an understatement! Certain people have been willing to risk everything to engage with them in an effort to help them reach the truth. Also, we remain in the dark as to what work has been briefed to Congress about us, our assets and previous work.”
Steele being obviously terrified of Congress getting documents regarding his work with the bureau and the dossier is very telling, but it’s also important to note that Ohr is also under heavy fire for helping elevate the dossier to the highest levels of the government — which led to the appointment of Mueller.
Time will tell what happens next, but this could bust the entire Trump-Russia narrative wide open.