DOJ official told lawmakers Russian Federation had Trump 'over a barrel'

Former associate deputy U.S. attorney general Bruce Ohr arrives to testify behind closed doors before the House Judiciary and

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

"Ohr's wife was financially benefitted by Ohr, a DOJ official, advancing the Steele phony dossier".

Steele assembled a dossier on Trump for research firm Fusion GPS, which was hired by Democratic Party lawyers and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign.

It was not clear from Ohr's interview whether Steele was directly told that or had picked that up through his contacts, but the broader sentiment is echoed in Steele's dossier.

Two lawmakers made the charge in a letter to the Republican chairmen of the U.S. House of Representatives judiciary and government oversight panels, which on Tuesday questioned Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr about his ties with former MI6 officer Christopher Steele.

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

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President Trump often complains bitterly on Twitter about the Mueller "witch hunt", and of late, has been singling out Ohr and his wife Nellie, who worked for Fusion GPS in 2016, for special scorn.

In addition to the July 30 meeting, Ohr and Steele spoke multiple times in 2016 and into 2017, and Ohr reported those conversations back to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The newspaper added that the effort did not seem to have had any successes; Deripaska told USA investigators he disagreed with them on Russian organized crime and ideas about possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, a person familiar with the exchanges told the Times. Now, one pattern that the president follows with his attacks is often going after people who might be witnesses against him...

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.

Who is Bruce Ohr, anyway?

Sessions and Rosenstein, Ohr was told, didn't want him in the post because it entailed White House meetings and interactions, the people said.

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