A veritable treasure trove of previously unreported government documents provides indisputable evidence that a research firm employed by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee to conduct opposition research on Donald Trump worked closely with the FBI, a high-ranking Justice Department official, and the intelligence community.
The underhanded collaboration continued into the early days of the Trump administration. (The Hill)
Fusion GPS’s work and its involvement with several FBI officials have been well reported.
But a close review of these new documents shows just how closely Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, who reported to Obama-era Deputy AG Sally Yates, maintained contact with Fusion — and, in particular, its primary source, former British spy Christopher Steele — before, during and after the election.
Yates was fired by President Trump over an unrelated political dispute. Ohr was demoted recently.
Ohr’s own notes, emails and text messages show he communicated extensively with Steele and with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson. Those documents have been turned over in recent weeks to investigative bodies in Congress and the DOJ, but not reviewed outside the investigative ranks until now.
They also confirm that Ohr became a critical conduit for relaying information, often unsubstantiated, months after the FBI terminated Steele’s role as an informant.
The Bureau itself concluded prior to Election Day 2016, that Steele leaked sensitive information to the press and was “not suitable for use” as a confidential source.
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