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Bruce Ohr warned the FBI the Russian dossier was opposition research and biased

January 17, 2019

  As we all know by now, the unconfirmed Russian dossier really just opposition research which was paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee but despite of that fact it was still used to gain FISA warrants on the Trump campaign. The FBI has been accused of misleading the FISA court in order to get the warrant and now, according to this story, we might just have the proof.

  It turns out that a Department of Justice official, Bruce Ohr, warned the FBI that the Russian dossier was opposition research and unreliable because it was most likely biased. Here is more:

When the annals of mistakes and abuses in the FBI’s Russia investigation are finally written, Bruce Ohr almost certainly will be the No. 1 witness, according to my sources.

The then-senior Department of Justice (DOJ) official briefed both senior FBI and DOJ officials in summer 2016 about Christopher Steele’s Russia dossier, explicitly cautioning that the British intelligence operative’s work was opposition research connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and might be biased.

Who was at this briefing? I am glad you asked, here is the answer:

Ohr’s briefings, in July and August 2016, included the deputy director of the FBI, a top lawyer for then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a Justice official who later would become the top deputy to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Ohr divulged his first contact with the FBI was on July 31, 2016, when he reached out to then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI attorney Lisa Page. He then was referred to the agents working Russia counterintelligence, including Peter Strzok, the now-fired agent who played a central role in starting the Trump collusion probe.

  Basically all the players we have come to know and love knew this was nothing more than opposition research and yet they still used the Russian dossier to gain the FISA warrant.

  Here is more:

Ohr’s activities, chronicled in handwritten notes and congressional testimony I gleaned from sources, provide the most damning evidence to date that FBI and DOJ officials may have misled federal judges in October 2016 in their zeal to obtain the warrant targeting Trump adviser Carter Page just weeks before Election Day.

  As the article I linked to continued; the FBI has been not so willing to admit when they found out the dossier was nothing more than opposition research but they did not mention this little fact to the court and it now looks like we have proof the FBI did know it at that time.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2019 8:17 am

    Which makes the Barr nomination for AG even more worrisome. He and his family are “very close friends with Mueller for over 20 years” said at the hearing and my heart sank as I heard it as I listened to it said.

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    • January 18, 2019 7:30 pm

      I am with you on that one! Even the Democrats don’t seem to be opposing Barr and that makes me concerned.

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