I think I’ve discovered why Donald Trump hates Bruce Ohr so much.
Courtesy of WaPo:
A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel,” according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.
The lawyer, Bruce Ohr, also says he learned that a Trump campaign aide had met with higher-level Russian officials than the aide had acknowledged, the people said.
The previously unreported details of the July 30, 2016, breakfast with Christopher Steele, which Ohr described to lawmakers this week in a private interview, reveal an exchange of potentially explosive information about Trump between two men the president has relentlessly sought to discredit.
They add to the public understanding of those pivotal summer months as the FBI and intelligence community scrambled to untangle possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. And they reflect the concern of Steele, a longtime FBI informant whose Democratic-funded research into Trump ties to Russia 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 FBI and Justice Department.
The people who discussed Ohr’s interview were not authorized to publicly discuss details of the closed session and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Among the things Ohr said he learned from Steele during the breakfast was that an unnamed former Russian intelligence official had communicated that Russian intelligence believed “they had Trump over a barrel,” according to people familiar with the meeting.
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.
How the hell is Bruce Ohr still employed at the Justice Department? Disgraceful! Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Okay so for those who have wondered why Trump had such a hard-on for this Ohr guy, I think that this is a fairly good explanation.
Since Trump’s entire strategy for dealing with the Russia investigation is to attack the character and credibility of those involved, which currently includes James Comey, Robert Mueller, Peter Strzok, Christopher Steele, and Mueller’s team of investigators, it makes sense that even those who have had contact with Steele are also on his shit list.
At this point, I would think that it would be considered a badge of honor by those working in the FBI and Justice Department to be called out by name by Donald Trump.
That would be an absolute vindication of their hard work trying to keep this country safe from foreign invaders and their American puppets.