Emails Show 2016 Links Among Christopher Steele, Bruce Ohr, Glenn Simpson and Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska (VIDEO)
JUST WHO WAS THE COLLUSION WITH?
From the Washington Examiner, emails in 2016 between former British spy Christopher Steele and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr suggest Steele was deeply concerned about the legal status of a Putin-linked Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, and at times seemed to be advocating on the oligarch’s behalf, in the same time period Steele worked on collecting the Russia-related allegations against Donald Trump that came to be known as the Trump dossier. Hmm. As John Solomon of The Hill (Video) states, “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 Attorney General Sally Yates, maintained contact with Fusion — and, in particular, its primary source, former British spy Christopher Steele — before, during and after the election. So just who was colluding with who? The individuals who were colluding and up to no good appear not to have been Trump, it was the deep state.
Byron York of the Washington Examiner talks about the link between Steele and DOJ official
Emails in 2016 between former British spy Christopher Steele and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr suggest Steele was deeply concerned about the legal status of a Putin-linked Russian oligarch, and at times seemed to be advocating on the oligarch’s behalf, in the same time period Steele worked on collecting the Russia-related allegations against Donald Trump that came to be known as the Trump dossier. The emails show Steele and Ohr were in frequent contact, that they intermingled talk about Steele’s research and the oligarch’s affairs, and that Glenn Simpson, head of the dirt-digging group Fusion GPS that hired Steele to compile the dossier, was also part of the ongoing conversation.
The emails, given to Congress by the Justice Department, began on Jan. 12, 2016, when Steele sent Ohr a New Year’s greeting. Steele brought up the case of Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska (referred to in various emails as both OD and OVD), who was at the time seeking a visa to attend an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in the United States. Years earlier, the U.S. revoked Deripaska’s visa, reportedly on the basis of suspected involvement with Russian organized crime. Deripaska was close to Paul Manafort, the short-term Trump campaign chairman now on trial for financial crimes, and this year was sanctioned in the wake of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
Steele also asked Ohr when he might be coming to London, or somewhere in Europe, “as I would be keen to meet up here and talk business.” Ohr replied warmly the same day and said he would likely travel to Europe, but not the U.K., at least twice in February.
Steele emailed again on Feb. 8 to alert Ohr that “our old friend OD apparently has been granted another official [emphasis in original] visa to come to the US later this month.” Steele wrote, “As far as I’m concerned, this is good news all round although as before, it would be helpful if you could monitor it and let me know if any complications arise.” Ohr replied that he knew about Deripaska’s visa, and “to the extent I can I will keep an eye on the situation.” Steele again asked to meet anytime Ohr was in the U.K. or Western Europe.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER AND THEY SHOW EXACTLY WHAT WE SUSPECTED …
On Saturday, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton announced documents related to the FISA warrants on Donald Trump’s former campaign advisor, Carter Page, were released by the FBI and received at the JW headquarters. This is a long time in coming. From JW, the pending document production comes in a February 2018 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed after the DOJ rejected a July 19, 2017, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00245)). The docs show exactly what many of us suspected since the outset. These documents are heavily redacted but seem to confirm the FBI and DOJ misled the courts in withholding the material information.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding today’s release of 412 pages of documents about FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrants targeting Carter Page, who had been a Trump campaign adviser:
These documents are heavily redacted but seem to confirm the FBI and DOJ misled the courts in withholding the material information that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC were behind the “intelligence” used to persuade the courts to approve the FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team. Given this corruption, President Trump should intervene and declassify the heavily redacted material.
The documents were due to Judicial Watch yesterday but were emailed around 5:30 pm today.
The warrants are controversial because the FISA court was never told that the key information justifying the requests came from a “dossier” that was created by Fusion GPS, a paid agent of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. The initial Carter Page warrant was granted just weeks before the 2016 election. Today’s document release supports criticisms by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee who released a memo that criticized the FISA targeting. The memo details how the “minimally corroborated” Clinton-DNC dossier was an essential part of the FBI and DOJ’s applications for surveillance warrants to spy on Page.
Fitton and others call for declassification of documents.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) Blasts Deputy AG Rosenstein & FBI Director Wray During House Judiciary Committee Hearing … Finish the Investigations ‘The Hell Up Because this Country is Being Torn Apart” (VIDEO)
REP. GOWDY BLASTED ROSENSTEIN AND WRAY ON THE DELAY TACTICS OF DOJ AND THE BIAS OF STRZOK …
This morning during the House Judiciary Committee Hearing with Deputy AG Rosenstein and FBI Director Wray, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) blasted both of them for their continual delay tactics, stone walling, and lack of producing documents. Gowdy questioned why the so-called “neutral and dispassionate” bias FBI agent Peter Strzok was talking about impeachment within 3 days of Special Counsel Mueller being appointed. That was quicker than the liberal MSM like MSNBC spoke of it.
Gowdy stated to both Rosenstein and Wray, “I realize that neither one of you were there when it happened, but you are both there now. Russia attacked this country. They should be the target. But Russia is not being hurt by this investigation right now, we are. This country is being hurt by it. We are being divided. We have seen the bias. We have seen the bias. We need to see the evidence. If you have evidence of wrong doing by any member of the Trump campaign present it to the damn grand jury. If you have evidence that this President acted inappropriate, present it to the American people. There is an old saying that justice delayed is justice denied. I think right now all of us are being denied. Whatever you got, finish it the hell up because this country is being torn apart.”
Watch Gowdy eviscerate Rosenstein and Wray.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., on Thursday excoriated Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray instead of asking questions in his first five minutes during the top law enforcement officials’ testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.
“If you have evidence of wrongdoing by any member of the Trump campaign, present it to the damn grand jury,” Gowdy, who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Thursday in reference to special counsel Robert Mueller’s federal Russia investigation.
“If you have evidence that this president acted inappropriately, present it to the American people,” he continued. “There’s an old saying that justice delayed is justice denied. I think right now all of us are being denied. Whatever you got, finish it the hell up because this country is being torn apart.”
IG Michael Horowitz Report: Strzok Texted Page Referring to Trump Becoming President … “No. No He’s Not. We’ll Stop It”
“No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it” … YOU CAN BET YOUR A$$, THERE WAS POLITICAL BIAS GOING ON IN THE FBI!!!
According to the Inspector General Michael Horowitz report (pg. 149), the IG revealed an incredibly damning message between FBI agent lovebirds Peter Strzok to Lisa Page. However, the majorly concerning aspect of this revelation was that the text message had been previously hidden from Congress.
A bombshell report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s inspector general includes new evidence that an FBI agent and an agency lawyer who were having an affair in 2016 were also plotting to keep President Donald Trump from winning the election.
In an email on August 8, 2016, Special Agent Peter Strzok reassured Page that she needn’t worry about Trump winning the White House.
Trump is ‘not ever going to become president, right? Right?!’ Page texted Strzok.
‘No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it,’ he responded.
WE’LL STOP IT?!? HOW IN THE HELL IS NOT NOT POLITICAL BIAS? Also, who is the “We’ll” that Strzok is referring to? Hmm, could that be a conspiracy among the Deep State? The Gateway Pundit asks, “Who deleted this second part of the message?” A very good question, but of course there is no political bias at the FBI.
From The Hill, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the firing of of the FBI’s top two former executives, FBI Director and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and warned that the forthcoming IG report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton probe could result in more people being fired.
On the eve of the release of a potentially explosive new report, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the termination of the FBI’s top two former executives and warned that the forthcoming report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton probe could result in more people being fired.
In an exclusive interview with The Hill’s new TV show “Rising,” which aired Thursday morning, Sessions defended the decision to fire ex-Director James Comey, who he said “made a big mistake” that belied a “serious breach of discipline.”
Sessions also made clear that he is open to firing more employees if the Justice Department inspector general’s soon-to-be-released report warrants it.
“I think it will be a lengthy report and a careful report,” he told “Rising” co-host Buck Sexton. “I think it will help us better fix any problems that we have and reassure the American people that some of the concerns that have been raised are not true.”
Everyone awaits the release of the IG’s report later today.