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August 08, 2018

Chuck Ross: Christopher Steele Was "Concerned" About Senate Inquiries Into The Dossier, Text Messages Show

Why should such a straight-arrow boyscout of a truth-telling professional have any concerns about inquiries into his conduct?

You'd think he'd be proud. I've been assured by the left and the NeverTrump Rump (but I repeat myself) the sun beams out of this guy's immaculate asshole.

* Text messages between dossier author Christopher Steele and Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr have been released.

* Steele said in one message that he was "concerned" by a Senate Committee on the Judiciary request for records about the dossier.

* Ohr and Steele met in Washington, D.C., before the FBI opened its investigation of the Trump campaign.

Christopher Steele expressed concern last year at a Senate committee's request for information about the former British spy's anti-Trump dossier, according to text messages recently provided to Congress.

"Would it be possible to speak later today please? We're very concerned by the Grassley letter and it’s possible implications for us, our operations and our sources. We need some reassurances," Steele wrote in a March 7, 2017 text message to Bruce Ohr, who then served as deputy assistant attorney general.

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Grassley's letter also posed a question that hit directly at the relationship between Steele and Ohr.

“Were any other government officials outside of the FBI involved in discussing or authorizing the agreement with Mr. Steele, including anyone from the Department of Justice or the Obama White House? If so, please explain who was involved and provide all related records," Grassley wrote.

Remember, the FBI had fake-fired Christopher Steele in November, 2016 by breaching, allegedly, the requirements that he not speak to the press about his alleged research. He was also told that he was to no longer gather alleged information for the FBI.

The reason I say "alleged" so many times is that now I'm not sure the FBI really fired him. Steele continued working with the DOJ after his firing for cause/for his lack of integrity, in a system probably set up by Sally Yates whereby Bruce Ohr would act as a cut-out to pass Steele's continuing bullshit to the Obama Administration. Despite his alleged "firing" and bar from continuing his operation on behalf of the government.

I begin to wonder if Steele actually talked to reporters with the tacit or explicit approval of Obama Administration officials, and then was only fake-fired because they knew what he'd done violated government policy, and that even though they'd authorized that violation of government policy, they would have to fake-fire him to make it look, as they say, "by the book."

Also remember: The Hillary camp was desperate to get this bullshit narrative talked about in the press, and so of course would want Steele to try to do just that; one can imagine Obama Administration partisans joining her in such a project.

But that theory aside, let me quote from that second article linked, by Deb Heine, excerpting from John Solomon's recent report as well as others.

Hundreds of pages of previously undisclosed FBI emails and memos show that the Democrat opposition research firm Fusion GPS, through former British spy Christopher Steele, worked closely with the FBI, and DOJ official Bruce Ohr, to take down Donald Trump before, during, and after the 2016 presidential election.

And even after the FBI officially stopped using the "dirty dossier" author as a confidential source (because he leaked to the media), they turned to then-associate deputy attorney general Ohr as a back channel to Steele.

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In a new report at The Hill, John Solomon details how Ohr was working with Steele well into the early days of Trump's presidency, even after the FBI terminated its relationship with him.

Ohr, who reported to Obama-era Deputy AG Sally Yates, was demoted last December, but remains employed at the DOJ. Yates was fired by President Trump because of her insubordination over his travel ban.

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Steele asked Ohr on Jan. 31 if he could continue to feed information to the FBI: "Just want to check you are OK, still in the situ and able to help locally as discussed, along with your Bureau colleagues."


"I'm still here and able to help as discussed," Ohr texted back. "I'll let you know if that changes."

A lot of people are very curious as to who "our guy" is in the below text:

Steele replied, "If you end up out though, I really need another (bureau?) contact point/number who is briefed. We can’t allow our guy to be forced to go back home. It would be disastrous."

According to Solomon, House investigators don't know who Steele was referring to when he said "our guy," but they're keen on finding out.


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