Justice lawyer was told Russia had 'Trump over a barrel'

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And they reflect the concern of Steele, a longtime Federal Bureau of Investigation informant whose Democratic-funded research into Trump ties to Russian Federation was compiled into a dossier, that the Republican presidential candidate was possibly compromised and his urgent efforts to convey that anxiety to contacts at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department.

Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked at Fusion GPS, the company that paid Steele to put together the dossier. For him to be in the Justice Department and to be doing what he did, that is a disgrace. The FBI had stopped using Steele as a source shortly before the election after he shared information with Mother Jones magazine.

In questioning Ohr, lawmakers Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler said, Republicans were selective about his communications with Steele to create "a highly misleading narrative with factually inaccurate interpretations and conjecture" that they were discussing Trump. It's unclear if the official spoke directly to Steele. At the time of the 2016 presidential election, he was a high-ranking official in the deputy attorney general's office. Steele also reportedly said that a Trump campaign aide had more contact with Russian officials than had been revealed.

In the interview, Ohr acknowledged he had not told his superiors about his meetings with Steele because he deemed the information inflammatory raw source material. He said he didn't look at the information on them, according to the source.

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Trump has recently begun targeting Ohr, urging that he be removed from the Justice Department.

He said he met in late December 2017 with two senior department officials who told him they were unhappy he had not proactively disclosed his meetings with Steele.

The details of the exchange were confirmed to The Associated Press by multiple people.

"And if Jeff Sessions won't, he should step down and let someone do it".

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Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment. President Trump has questioned the reasoning behind keeping him on board in recent days.

Who is Bruce Ohr, anyway? "A total joke!", Trump tweeted on August 20.

Trump has called the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt" and has denied any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

"How the hell is Bruce Ohr still employed at the Justice Department? He should direct the Presiding Judge, Rosemary Collier, to hold a hearing, haul all of these people from the DOJ & FBI in there, & if she finds there were crimes committed, and there were, there should be a criminal referral by her", Mr Trump said in the Twitter post that misspelled the judge's name.

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