B0MB ON THEM Judicial Watch Uncovers DOJ Records Showing
Numerous Bruce Ohr Communications with Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele
Ohr Repeatedly Thanked Steele for ‘Updates’ and Assures Steele he will ‘Pass this [Information]
along to my Colleagues’ (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced
today it received 339 pages of heavily redacted records from the U.S. Department of Justice
which reveal that former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr remained in regular
contact with former British spy and Fusion GPS contractor Christopher Steele after Steele
was terminated by the FBI in November 2016 for revealing to the media his position as
an FBI confidential informant. The records show that Ohr served as a go-between
for Steele by passing along information to “his colleagues” on matters relating to
Steele’s activities. Ohr also set up meetings with Steele, regularly
talked to him on the telephone and provided him assistance in dealing with situations
Steele was confronting with the media. Judicial Watch obtained the records through
a March 2018 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed after the Justice Department failed
to respond a December 2017 request Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00490)). The lawsuit seeks: All records of contact or communication, including
but not limited to emails, text messages, and instant chats between Bruce Ohr and any
of the following individuals/entities: former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele;
owner of Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson; and any other employees or representatives of Fusion
GPS. All travel requests, authorizations and expense
reports for Bruce Ohr. All calendar entries for Bruce Ohr. The timeframe for the requested records is
January 1, 2015, to December 7, 2017. The emails between Bruce Ohr and Steele were
heavily redacted, including some of the dates they were sent and received. On Friday, July 29, 2016, Steele emails Bruce
Ohr about a meeting that is to include Bruce’s wife Nellie Ohr, who then worked for Fusion
GPS, at the Mayflower Hotel: Steele: Dear Bruce, Just to let you know I shall be in DC at short
notice on business from this PM till Saturday eve, staying at the Mayflower Hotel. If you are in town it would be good to meet
up, perhaps for breakfast tomorrow morn? Happy to see Nellie too if she’s up for
it. Please let me know. Best, Chris Ohr: Dear Chris – Nice to hear from you! Nellie and I would be up for breakfast tomorrow
and can come into town. What would be a good time for you? Bruce Steele: Thanks Bruce. On me at the Mayflower Hotel, Conn Ave NW
at 0900 should work but I’ll confirm the time for definite this eve if I may. Looking forward to seeing you. Chris Ohr: Sounds good, but we won’t let you pay
for breakfast! I’ll wait for your confirmation on time. Bruce Steele: Let’s do 0900 then. See you in the lobby. Chris Ohr: Very good. See you at 900. On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Steele sends his
thanks to Bruce Ohr for the meeting, “Great to see you and Nellie this morning:” Ohr: Great to see you and Nellie this morning
Bruce. Let’s keep in touch on the substantive issues/s. Glenn [Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson]
is happy to speak to you on this if it would help. Best, Chris On Friday, September 16, 2016, Steele and
Ohr begin planning a meeting in the Capital Hilton: Steele: Dear Bruce, I hope you are well. I am probably going to visit Washington again
in the next couple of weeks on business of mutual interest. I would like to see you again in person and
therefore to coordinate diaries. So when are you planning to be in town please? Thanks and Best, Chris P.S. I don’t think I have up to date cell or
landline phone numbers for you. Grateful if you could send met them. Ohr: Hi Chris – It would be great to see you I DC. I’ll be out of town Sept 19-21 but should
be here the rest of the time. My numbers are office 202 307 2510 and cell
[Redacted] Let me know what works best for you. Steele: Dear Bruce, I have now arrived in DC and am staying at
the Capital Hilton, 1101 16th Street NW. I don’t know my client-related programme
yet but am keen to meet up with you. Might we provisionally say breakfast on Friday
morn or even tomorrow morn if necessary? Look forward to hearing back from you. Best, Chris Ohr: Hi Chris Would tomorrow for breakfast still work for
you? My calendar is pretty good tomorrow morning,
not so good on Friday. An early breakfast Friday, say 8 am?, would
work too. Should I come to your hotel? Bruce Steele: Thanks Bruce. 0800 on Friday would still be better for me,
at the hotel. More useful to all I think, after my scheduled
meetings tomorrow. Thanks, Chris Ohr: Chris – Perfect. I’ll see you Friday at your hotel at 8 am. Bruce Bruce Ohr’s December 8, 2016, phone log
shows he called Simpson for a meeting “tomorrow at 3.” Bruce Ohr’s December 13, 2016, phone log
shows he spoke with Glenn Simpson the day before and received “some more news.” The log also lists “Rod Rosenstein 5:48
pm.” A, exchange beginning December 11, 2016, between
Bruce Ohr and Simpson shows them discussing a Daily Beast and a Think Progress article
and setting up a phone call between them. The documents obtained by Judicial Watch show
a string of encrypted text messages from January to November 2017, well after the FBI had terminated
Steele, discussing a possible new point of contact should Ohr leave the FBI; a series
of appointments for phone calls; and assurance that Ohr shared information with his “colleagues”: On January 31, 2017, messages are exchanged
between Bruce Ohr and Steele regarding fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates: Steele: B, doubtless a sad and crazy day for
you re-SY [Sally Yates]. Just wanted to check you are OK, still in
situ and able to help locally as discussed, along with your Bureau colleagues, with our
guy if the need arises? Many Thanks and Best as Always, C Ohr: Bruce: Yes, a crazy day. I’m still here and able to help as discussed. I’ll let you know if that Changes. Thanks! Steele: Thanks. You have my sympathy and support. If you end up out though, I really need another
(Bureau?) contact point/number who is briefed. We can’t allow our guy to be forced to go
back home. It would be disastrous all round, though his
position right now looks stable. A million thanks. C Ohr: Bruce: Understood. I can certainly give you an FBI contact if
it becomes necessary. On March 6, 2017, Senator Grassley wrote a
letter to former FBI Director Comey regarding payments to Steele. On March 7, 2017, messages are exchanged between
Steel and Bruce Ohr about the Grassley letter: Steele: Would it be possible to speak later
today please? We’re very concerned by the Grassley letter
and it’s possible implications for our operations and our sources. We need some reassurance. Many thanks Ohr: Bruce: Sure Would 1:30 today, DC time,
work? Steele: Yes thanks it would…. I know you’ll appreciate why we are concerned. Ohr: Bruce: Of course. Ohr: Bruce: My Skype app is acting up. Can we use the Whatapp [sic] voice call? Ohr: Bruce: I think my skype is working now
if you want to call me. Steele: Thanks for that, old friend. Please do fight our cause and keep in touch. Really fundamental issues at stake here. Very Best Ohr: Bruce: Likewise, hang in there! An exchange beginning on March 18, 2017, tells
of apprehension regarding Comey’s scheduled March 20, 2017, testimony before Congress
and hopes that “important firewalls will hold”: Steele: Hi! Just wondering if you had any news? Obviously we’re a bit apprehensive given
Comey’s scheduled appearance at Congress on Monday. Hoping that important firewalls will hold. Many thanks, Ohr: Bruce: Sorry, no new news. I believe my earlier information is still
accurate. I will let you know immediately if there is
any change. Beginning on March 24, 2017, following Comey’s
testimony, Ohr and Steele discuss “our response:” Steele: Hi Bruce, … we understand an approach
from the Senate Intelligence Committee to us is imminent. I would like to discuss this and our response
with you in the next couple of days if possible. Please let me know when might suit? Many thanks and Best, Chris Ohr: We can chat this weekend if you are available. Would sometime on Sunday work for you? I’m pretty open. Steele: Thanks Bruce. Let’s speak on Sunday eve UK time, maybe
1400 or 1500 EST if that works for you? Best Ohr: Bruce: 1400 east coast time on Sunday
will work. Thanks and talk with you then. On March 30, 2017, Steele writes to Bruce
Ohr about concerns with Senate Intelligence Committee leaks: Steele: Hi Bruce, any news? The Senate Intel Committee is leaking like
a sieve [Redacted] Hopefully speak soon. Best, Chris Ohr: Chris, no news on this end, aside from
what I’m reading in the papers. Just amazing. [Redacted] Let me know if you would like to
talk. In May several messages are exchanged regarding
scheduling calls ending on May 15, 2017, with Bruce Ohr confirming that he spoke with the
FBI and will update Steele: Ohr: Bruce: thanks again. I chatted with my colleagues and can give
you an update when you have a minute. On July 16, 2017, Steele askes Bruce Ohr to
pass on information, and Ohr agrees: Steele: Hi Bruce, hope you’re enjoying the
summer. [Redacted] Please pass this on as appropriate. Crazy week over there just past! Best, Chris Ohr: Bruce: Hi Chris, it’s good to hear
from you. Hope all is well. I will pass this along to my colleagues. Thanks! On October 26, 2017, Steele says he’s “very
concerned” about documents the FBI intends to turn over to Congress “about my work
and relationship with them:” Steele: Hi Bruce. Can we have a word tomorrow please? Just seen a story in the media about the Bureau
handing over docs to Congress about my work and relationship with them. Very concerned about this. Peoples live may be engangered [sic]. [Redacted] Thanks, Chris On October 30, 2017, Steele writes that he
spoke to Simpson about information discussed with Bruce Ohr: Steele: Bruce, having spoken with Glenn [Simpson]
in London today, I now understand and appreciate what you were talking about on Saturday. Love and Best Wishes to you, Nellie and all
the family. On November 18, 2017, Steele and Ohr plan
to discuss “difficulties and uncertainty” via Whatsapp: Steele: Dear Bruce, I hope you and the family
are well. It’s been another tough week here under
the media spotlight and with legal pressures bearing down on us. I am presuming [redacted]. Also, we remain in the dark as to what has
been briefed to Congress about us, our assets and previous work. I know you understand the importance of all
this and have done your very best to support us, but we would be grateful if you could
continue to [Redacted]. Sincere thanks for everything you are doing
and I hope to speak to you again soon. Best, Chris Ohr: Chris, thanks for reaching out. I understand the difficulties and uncertainty
you are experiencing. I [redacted]. Let’s plan to talk early in the week – Bruce Steele: Hi Bruce, is there any chance we could
have a catch-up Whatsapp call this eve GMT, maybe around 1500 with you? Otherwise tomorrow eve GMT? Many thanks, Chris Ohr: Bruce: Chris – I have a meeting ending
at 1500 today that might spill over a few minutes. Would 1515 work for you? Steele: Yes, of course. C Ohr: Bruce: I will call you then. The documents also show that Nellie Ohr sent
numerous emails and reports to Bruce Ohr and other Justice Department officials on Russia
issues. “These smoking gun documents show that Christopher
Steele, a Hillary Clinton operative and anti-Trump foreign national, secretly worked hand-in-glove
with the Justice Department on its illicit targeting of President Trump,” said Judicial
Watch President Tom Fitton. “These documents leave no doubt that for
more than a year after the FBI fired Christopher Steele for leaking, and for some 10 months
after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, Bruce Ohr continued to act as a go-between
for Steele with the FBI and Justice Department. The anti-Trump Russia investigation, now run
by Robert Mueller, has been thoroughly compromised by this insider corruption.” Judicial Watch earlier released 412 pages
of documents about FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrants targeting Carter
Page, who had been a Trump campaign adviser, which 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. Judicial Watch uncovered that the Justice
Department (DOJ) admitted in a court filing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Court held no hearings on the FISA spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, a former
Trump campaign part-time advisor who was the subject of four controversial FISA warrants. Judicial Watch also uncovered documents showing
that Steele was cut off as a “Confidential Human Source” (CHS) after he disclosed his
relationship with the FBI to a third party. The documents show at least 11 FBI payments
to Steele in 2016 and document that he was admonished
for unknown reasons in February 2016.


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