Lawyer was told Russian Federation had 'Trump over a barrel,' sources say

Justice Department official Bruce Ohr arrives for a closed hearing of the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. A former British spy told Ohr a senior Justice Department lawyer

Justice Department official Bruce Ohr arrives for a closed hearing of the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. A former British spy told Ohr a senior Justice Department lawyer

Ohr also provided new details about the Justice Department's move to reassign him after his Steele ties emerged.

"Bruce was a boss at the Department of Justice and is, unbelievably, still there!"

The letter was the latest salvo in a fight between the political parties as Republicans have criticized the propriety of the FBI's probe of ties between Moscow and Trump aides and whether they coordinated during the 2016 US election campaign.

Earlier this week, Bruce Ohr testified before House Republicans over his ties to the dossier and its author Christopher Steele.

The President and some House Republicans who are vocal critics of the Russian Federation investigation have also seized on Ohr and Steele's connection as proof of an untoward association between government officials and the roots of the special counsel's investigation.

Mr Ohr is linked to the dossier of allegations of possible collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

The FBI's investigation was already under way by the time it received Steele's dossier.

Ohr described his relationship with Steele during a House interview Tuesday.

Ohr first began discussing Deripaska during a November 21, 2014 meeting in Washington, DC.

The comments from Steele reflect what he wrote in his dossier, which Republicans charge was political opposition research inappropriately used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

In the interview, Ohr acknowledged that he had not told superiors in his office, including Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, about his meetings with Steele because he considered the information inflammatory raw source material. Ohr's wife, Nellie, was also a contractor for Fusion GPS.

"Absolutely", Hayden said. "And I don't know Mr. Ohr, but in anticipation of our conversation tonight, I kind of sent a note out to folks I know who might know him, and the description I got back from him was competent, thorough, and honest".

Republicans say Ohr strayed beyond his chain of command by meeting with Steele, including after his termination as an Federal Bureau of Investigation source, and then feeding information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He met again soon after with one of the officials, who told him Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not believe he could continue in his position as head of a drug grant-distribution program.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment.

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