Bruce Ohr

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Bruce Ohr
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Associate Deputy Attorney General
From: ??? - December 2017
Successor removed December 2017
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Nellie Ohr

Bruce G. Ohr (born March 16, 1962) was a former Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Obama administration. Ohr's immediate supervisor was Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Ohr is a major player in the conspiracy against President Trump.

After Christopher Steele was fired by the FBI for violating the rules, Ohr acted as an informant to circumvent FBI regulations and continue feeding information to James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok from Steele. FBI interview reports and Ohr’s own notes, emails and text messages show he communicated extensively with Steele and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.

Obamagate conspiracy

Former Deputy Asst. Attorney General Bruce Ohr is the most exposed official on the DOJ-NSD side of the Obama administration illegal operation. Ohr was demoted twice as an outcome of those sessions yet remained employed, implying he is a cooperating witness. Ohr was likely the central Main Justice official for illegally gathering FISA intelligence and sharing it with Fusion-GPS and Christopher Steele.

Bruce’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was also a participant and was hired by Fusion-GPS in May 2016 during the apex of opposition research into Donald Trump and the campaign team. With Nellie Ohr’s subject matter expertise of Russian spy and trade-craft, together Bruce and Nellie were the central figures in the creation of, and laundry for, the Clinton/Steele dossier to make it appear the Obama administration's illegally gathered FISA information originated outside government. The larger Russian narrative originated with this operation.

Bruce Ohr remained employed within DOJ-NSD in some function and is likely a cooperating witness along with his wife.

Ohr told Congressional investigators:

Q: “So the record is clear, what the Department of Justice and the FBI was aware of prior to the first FISA application was your relationship with Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson, your wife’s relationship with Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson, Mr. Steele’s bias against Donald Trump, Mr. Simpson’s bias against Donald Trump, your wife’s compensation for work for Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS, correct?”
Ohr: “Right. So just, again, to reiterate, when I spoke with the FBI, I told them my wife was working for Fusion GPS. I told them Fusion GPS was doing research on Donald Trump. You know, I don’t know if I used the term opposition research, but certainly that was my—what I tried to convey to them. I told them this is the information I had gotten from Chris Steele. At some point, and I don’t remember exactly when, I don’t think it was the first conversation, I told them that Chris Steele was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected.”[1]

Yates and Rosenstein crony

Bruce Ohr held two titles at the Obama Department of Justice: Associate Deputy Attorney General, a post that placed him four doors down from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after President Trump took office; and Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a program described by the department as “the centerpiece of the attorney general’s drug strategy.” Ohr held the number 4 position in the Justice Department during the time of Obama administration illegal spying on Donald Trump and associates, behind Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, John Carlin, and later Mary McCord.

FISA abuse scandal

Main article: FISA abuse

Bruce Ohr was the lynchpin between the Attorney General, the FBI and FusionGPS. Ohr’s wife Nellie worked for FusionGPS on the Clinton-Steele Dossier.

On October 26, 2016 the FISA court issued a decision that revealed that the upper echelon of the FBI and others deliberately gave unlimited and unsupervised access to the most private raw FISA data to FusionGPS. NSA Dir. Mike Rogers personally informed the FISA court of the Obama administration's violations of Sec. 702(17) of the FISA Act (electronic surveillance of US citizens) after he suspected DOJ/FBI abuses and ordered a compliance audit. The FISA court noted that on March 9, 2016
“DOJ oversight personnel conducting a minimization review of the FBI’s *** [redacted] learned that the FBI had disclosed raw FISA information, including but not limited to Section 702-acquired information....certain *** [redacted] contractors had access to raw FISA information on FBI storage systems. ***[redacted] the ***[redacted] contractors had access to raw FISA information that went well beyond what was necessary to respond to the FBI’s requests.”
According to the court, the
“FBI discontinued the above-described access to raw FISA information as of April 18, 2016.”
The court continued, noting
“Restrictions were not in place with regard to the *** [redacted] contractors; their access was not limited to raw information for which the FBI sought assistance and access continued even after they had completed their work in response to an FBI request."
Page 83 of the court ruling read, the
"FBI gave raw Section 702–acquired information to a private entity [FusionGPS] that was not a federal agency and whose personnel [Simpson, Steele, Nellie Ohr] were not sufficiently supervised by a federal agency for compliance minimization procedures [protecting the Fourth Amendment rights of US persons]."
Footnote 68 of the court’s decision includes the statement that
“the government acknowledges that those disclosures were improper for other reasons.”
In Footnote 69 the decision reads that
improper access granted to the * * *[redacted] contractors . . . * * *[redacted] . . . seems to have been the result of deliberate decision-making. * * *[redacted] access to FBI systems was the subject of an interagency memorandum of understanding (presumably prepared or reviewed by FBI lawyers), no notice of this practice was given to the FISC until 2016.”[2]

In the closed door hearing before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Obama administration lawyers admitted to routinely violating American citizens' privacy protections for the past five years. More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011.[3]

Simultaneously with the October 2016 FISA court ruling Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, made a payment of $365,275.33 to FusionGPS.

Collusion on the coup plot

Main article: Deep State coup

In November 2016 Glenn Simpson, founder of FusionGPS and Bruce Ohr had a meeting while President-elect Donald Trump was in the process of selecting his cabinet. FusionGPS was employed by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic party. Ohr and Simpson discussed the Clinton campaign's Steele dossier, the Russia meddling investigation, and what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory. The manufactured evidence of the Clinton-Steele dossier was given to the FBI some five months earlier, and the Obama Justice Department knowingly misrepresented Hillary Clinton's opposition research to hoax the FISA court into authorizing a foreign surveillance warrant (FISA) against the Trump campaign two months earlier.

Ohr was demoted in December 2017 when Inspector General Mike Horowitz reported that Ohr withheld from "superiors" his secret contacts with Christopher Steele,[4] author of Hillary Clinton's opposition research Clinton-Steele dossier, and with Glenn Simpson. Neither did Ohr disclose that his wife, Nellie Ohr, was employed by FusionGPS and helped write the false evidence in the Clinton-Steele dossier presented to the FISA court.[5]

Bruce Ohr timeline

From November 1, 2015, to May 1st, 2016, thousands of illegal search queries were conducted. Nellie Ohr was employed by FusionGPS at the time this FISA abuse was detected.
See also: Obamagate timeline

Political opposition research was created by Fusion-GPS and then sent to Steele so he could launder the information and return it to the DOJ and FBI, through Bruce Ohr, as an official “intelligence” product.[6]

  • 20 July 2015. DOJ Dep. Attn. Gen. Sally Yates denies Inspector General oversight of the DOJ National Security Division.[7] DOJ IG Michael Horowitz raised concerns that his office would be required to seek the Department’s permission. That procedure is “inconsistent with the Inspector General Act, impairs the OIG’s independence, and fails to account for the over 20 year record of Department and FBI compliance with OIG document requests,” according to the OIG’s report.[8]
Spygate: DOJ redacted the word, "lures". "Lures" are infiltrators, provocateurs, or spies who offer bait, in this case Hillary Clinton's emails. Oconus = outside contiguous United States. The message from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page reads, "You get all our outside contiguous US spies approved?" It was sent after Sally Yates ended independent oversight of the DOJ-National Security Division, while FBI contractors conducted over 5,000 illegal FISA 702 "About queries," and before Adm. Rogers cutoff outside FBI contractor access to the FISA database. The primaries, Hillary's whitewash, and official counterintelligence investigation were yet to come.
  • September 2015. FusionGPS begins covert opposition research on Donald Trump;[9] Nellie Ohr was hired by Fusion in late 2015.[10]
  • 28 December 2015. Strzok texts Lisa Page:
"You get all our outside contiguous US spies approved?"
referring to Stefan Halper, Alexander Downer, and Joseph Mifsud. Note the "lures" where in place before the primary elections. The small group were ready to compromise whoever the GOP nominee was.
  • 12 January 2016. Christopher Steele emails Bruce Ohr:
"I heard from Adam WALDMAN [a Deripaska lawyer/lobbyist] yesterday that OD [ Oleg Deripaska ] is applying for another official US visa ice [sic] APEC [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation] business at the end of February."
Steele said Deripaska was being "encouraged by the Agency guys who told Adam [Waldman] that the USG [United States Government] stance on [Deripaska] is softening." Steele concluded: "A positive development it seems." Steele also asked Ohr when he might be coming to London, or somewhere in Europe, "as I would be keen to meet up here and talk business." Ohr replied warmly the same day and said he would likely travel to Europe, but not the U.K., at least twice in February.
  • 2 February 2016. Christopher Steele is already on the FBI payroll, receives "admonishments," or instructions in FBI Guidelines for Confidential Human Sources (CHS).[11][12]
  • 8 February 2016. Steele and Bruce Ohr exchange emails: "our old friend OD [Oleg Deripaska] apparently has been granted another official [emphasis in original] visa to come to the US later this month." Steele wrote, "As far as I'm concerned, this is good news all round although as before, it would be helpful if you could monitor it and let me know if any complications arise." Ohr replied that he knew about Deripaska's visa, and "to the extent I can I will keep an eye on the situation." Steele again asked to meet anytime Ohr was in the U.K. or Western Europe.
  • 21 February 2016. Steele emails Bruce Ohr, headlined "Re: OVD - Visit To The US." Steele told Ohr he had talked to [Adam] Waldman and to Paul Hauser, who was Deripaska's London lawyer. Steele reported that there would be a U.S. government meeting on Deripaska that week — "an inter-agency meeting on him this week which I guess you will be attending." Steele said he was "circulating some recent sensitive Orbis [Orbis Business Intelligence, Steele's company] reporting" on Deripaska that suggested Deripaska was not a "tool" of the Kremlin. Steele said he would send the reporting to a name that is redacted in the email, "as he has asked, for legal reasons I understand, for all such reporting be filtered through him (to you at DoJ and others)." Deripaska's rehabilitation was a good thing, Steele wrote: "We reckon therefore that the forthcoming OVD [Oleg V. Deripaska] contact represents a good opportunity for the USG." Ohr responded by saying, "Thanks Chris! This is extremely interesting. I hope we can follow up in the next few weeks as you suggest."
  • 17 March 2016. Steele wrote a brief email asking if Bruce Ohr had any update on plans to visit Europe "in the near term where we could meet up." Ohr said he did not and asked if Steele would like to set up a call. There are no emails for more than three months after March 17.
  • 18 April. FBI contractor (FusionGPS) access cutoff from FISA database. As a result of NSA Dir. Mike Rogers compliance review of FISA abuse queries by contractors authorized by Obama DOJ & FBI conspirators, contractor access to ongoing FISA intelligence was cut off.[13][14]
Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr and Glenn Simpson, longstanding collaborators with contractor access to the Obama intelligence community.

After being shut out by the FISA Compliance Audit, and contracted by the Clinton campaign, FusionGPS needed a back-door for continued access to FISA information. Nellie Ohr, wife of Dep. AG Bruce Ohr, worked with Christopher Steele as a Russian expert. Nellie, a part of the CIA network, could use Bruce’s high level DOJ-NSD access to continue gathering FISA-702 data; Nellie, Bruce and Simpson collaborated on other projects in the past.[15]

After Adm. Rogers cut off contractor access to the FISA database (referred to here as "the Patriot Act"), Agent Strzok had to turn to other methods of spying, among other things, the NSA's codename TEMPEST, or surveillance of leaking electro-magnetic emmissions (referred to as "wire carrying current").
  • 30 April. After Adm. Rogers cuts off contractor access, Strzok texts, "And now we’ve switched from the Patriot Act to a wire carrying current.” (See Tempest (codename))
  • 23 May. Nellie Ohr applies for HAM radio license, a communication tool that would allow Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele the ability to communicate outside the normal risk of communication intercepts.[17] Former Naval intelligence officer J.E. Dyer notes it significant that the cyber intrusion on the DNC email system was detected on April 29, 2016. Dyer writes, “one can obviously think of more than one reason why the use of amateur radio for communications with certain parties might have seemed like a good idea at that point, to at least some of the people involved.” Dyer says “only a fool would fail to look into it.”[18]
  • 30 May. Nellie Ohr sent an email to Bruce Ohr, Lisa Holtyn, Ivana Nizich, and Joe Wheatley—then both trial attorneys in the DOJ’s Organized Crime and Gang Section. Nizich had previously worked for Bruce Ohr. The email held a subject line that read “Reported Trove of Documents on Ukrainian Party of Regions’ ‘Black Cashbox.’” Within the email was the text from an article penned the day before by Nikolai Holmov, a blogger at Odessatalk, with the title bolded and enlarged. It also contained a link to the underlying article.
    “Documentation regarding that Party of Regions’ ‘chyornaya kasse’ has now seemingly found its way to NABU, the Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau,” the article stated.
    The article contained a tweet that led to another article, in Russian, from May 28, 2016, providing further details on the “chyornaya kasse” or black box ledger:
“On Saturday, published in the Weekly Mirror, Ukraine, an interview was made public with the former First Deputy Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Trepak, who claims that he handed over documents confirming illegal payments of cash by the Party of Regions to a number of former and current senior officials. According to him, we are talking about the so-called “black bookkeeping” of the Party of Regions with total payments of about $2 billion.”
Trepak reportedly claimed his information regarding the more than $2 billion fund implicated “officials of the highest level, ministers and heads of departments, people’s deputies, famous politicians, public figures, representatives of international organizations, judges, including the highest judicial instances.”[19]
Nellie Ohr (left) and Christopher Steele (right) collaborated on the Clinton-Steele dossier. Nellie Ohr is the wife of Obama Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr. Steele is a foreign citizen hired by Hillary Clinton to influence the outcome of the 2016 election and affect the removal of a sitting president.
  • 12 June 2016. FusionGPS hires Christopher Steele (former British Intelligence Officer) of Orbis Business Intelligence (Steele's London-based firm) to begin compiling the Clinton-Steele dossier alleging ties between Trump and Russia. Steele discloses this and his period of employment with FusionGPS (12 Jun 2016 through 30 Oct 2016) in court filings stemming from a lawsuit against him and the dossier.[20]
  • 30 July 2016. Bruce and Nellie Ohr had breakfast with Glenn Simpson and Chris Steele in Washington DC.
  • 31 July 2016. Strzok officially begins paperwork opening Operation Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence investigation on Trump and associates.
  • 30 October 2016. Christopher Steele suspended, and then terminated by the FBI for unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI in a Mother Jones article by David Corn.[21][22] Steele's reporting was deemed "unreliable," and Steele was ordered by the FBI not to obtain “any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI.”[23]
  • 21 November 2016. Bruce Ohr meets with Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Joe Pientka of the FBI. Ohr notes state that the FBI "may go back to Chris [Steele]" just 20 days after his firing for violating bureau rules.[24] In other words, the FBI had no other leads that would stand up in court other than Steele, supporting Strzok's May 19, 2017 statement "my gut sense and concern that there’s no big there there.”
  • 22 November 2016. Date of first of twelve FBI interview teports (Form 302) with Bruce Ohr; form report dated December 19, 2016.[25] The Ohr 302s serve as CYA memos - the paper trail for probable cause as required by the court.[26] Because of Steele's suspension, his reporting is deemed unreliable; Bruce Ohr, who is not assigned to the case, is serving as a backdoor for information coming to the FBI from Steele.
  • 31 January 2017. Steele emailed Ohr to see if he was “OK” after Trump fired Sally Yates. Steele writes:
“If you end up out … I really need another (Bureau?) contact point/number who is briefed."
  • 6 March 2017. Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley inquires by letter of the FBI's plan to pay FusionGPS operative Christopher Sterle for spying on the Trump during the campaign, sparking questions of the Obama administration’s use of federal authorities for political gain.[27][28]
  • 7 March 2017 Steele and Bruce Ohr exchange emails:
Steele: 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 reassurance. Many thanks

Ohr: Sure: Would 130 today, DC time. work?
Steele: Yes thanks it would. Sorry to bother you so early but I know you’ll appreciate why we are concerned.
  • 18 March 2017. Steele emails Bruce Ohr two days before Comey slated to testify:
“Hi! Just wondering if you had any news? Obviously, we’re a bit apprehensive given scheduled appearance at Congress on Monday. Hoping that important firewalls will hold. Many thanks."
  • 2 May 2017. Steele and Bruce Ohr exchange emails to arrange talking "over the next couple of days." The conversations appear to be Steele's proposal to reengae with the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation.
  • 9 May 2017. Comey fired; Steele emails Bruce Ohr:
"B, obviously it's chaotic with you over there right now but we should probably talk again over the next couple of days if you can.[29]
They spoke the next day May 10 at 7pm London time (1pm Washington time).
  • 10 May 3017. Steele calls Bruce Ohr. Ohr's handwritten notes state “Call with Chris." Steele is worried about Comey's congressional hearing, and is
“very concerned about Comey hearing, afraid they will be exposed."[30]
Steele is concerned about a letter from Sen. Grassley asking Comey 12 questions regarding the FBI and Steele’s relationship, and wanted all information on any agreements they had during the investigation into alleged Russia-Trump collusion. Grassley also wanted to know if the FBI ever verified any of the information in Steele’s reports. Steele is concerned about these three questions: (1) What info (information) did you give to the U.S. govt (government)? (2) What was the scope of yr (your) investigation? (3) Do you have any other info that would assist in our question?[31]
9:45 AM Steele - Having now consulted with my wife and business partner about the question we discussed on Saturday I'm pleased to say yes, we should go ahead with it. Best C.
1;31 PM Bruce Ohr - Thanks! I will let them know and we will follow up.
2:32 PM Bruce Ohr - Thanks again. I chatted with my colleagues and can give you an update when you have a minute.
No communication between Steele and Ohr until June 22. Steele evidently was anticipating a prolonged separation from his wife to be reengaged in the Trump-Russia investigation in Washington. The paper trail however still has Steele deemed "unreliable" and ordered not to gather any investigative information on behalf of the FBI for violating bureau rules. The lack of a response from the FBI, and later the Special Counsel office from this point on indicates the hoaxers in the DOJ were just stringing Steele slong right to the point of Ohr's demotion in December 2017.
"Hi Bruce, hope you're enjoying the summer. I spoke to my old colleagues last week and they assured me they would not stand in the way of our re-engagement with the Bureau."
Ohr appears to be dropped as the official go-between Steele and the FBI, as no more 302 interview reports are prepared after May 15.
"Whenever convenient, I would like a chat, there's a lot going on and we are frustrated with how long this re-engagement with the Bureau and Mueller is taking. There are some new, perishable, operational opportunities which we do not want to miss out on."[33]
"I am presuming you've heard nothing back from your SC [ Special Counsel ] colleagues on the issues you kindly put to them from mme. We have heard nothing from them either. To say this is disappointing would be an understatement! Certain people have been willing to risk everything to engage with them in an effort to help them reach the truth."

Project Cassandra

Ohr was directly involved with Project Cassandra, the interagency investigation spearheaded by the DEA that tracked a massive international narcotics and money laundering scheme allegedly run by Hezbollah. The project and its potential prosecutions were sidelined by senior Obama administration officials who didn't want to upset Iran in the lead-up to the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement: "While I am hopeful that there were no barriers constructed by the last admission to allowing DEA agents to fully bring all appropriate cases under Project Cassandra, this is a significant issue for the protection of Americans. We will review these matters and give full support to investigations of violent drug trafficking organizations."[36]

In December 2017 Ohr initially retained his position as Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. In January 2018 Ohr was stripped of his directorship of OCDETF as well.

See also


  2. [1]
  13. pp. 83-84
  15. Expert Working Group Report on International Organized Crime, John T. Picarelli, Discussion Paper Document No.: 230846, National Institute of Justice, June 2010, p. 30 PDF. Published by the United States Dept. of Justice.
  26. The FBI lied to the FISA court in warrant renewal applications.
    • In the FBI/DOJ renewal application to the FISA court for continued Title I surveillance of Carter Page, Obama operatives again address Christopher Steele's credibility. The FBI noted that it had suspended its relationship with Steele in October 2016 because of Steele's "unauthorized disclosure of information to the press." The FBI relayed to the court that Steele had been bothered by the FBI's notification to Congress in October 2016 about the reopening of the Clinton investigation, and as a result
    "[Steele] independently and against the prior admonishment from the FBI to speak only with the FBI on this matter, released the [Steele dossier allegations against Carter Page] to an identified news organization."
    However, the FBI continued to cite Steele's past work as evidence of his reliability, and stated that
    "the incident that led to the FBI suspending its relationship with [Steele] occurred after [Steele] provided"
    the FBI with the dossier information described in the application. The FBI further asserted in footnote 19 that it did not believe that Steele directly gave information to Yahoo News that "published the September 23 News Article". The FBI represented to the court that they believed Steele's claim that he had only provided the dossier information to the FBI and FusionGPS - and not to the media - prior to his October media contact that resulted in the FBI suspending the relationship. Accordingly, the FBI still deemed the information he provided prior to the October disclosure as reliable. After all, the FBI already believed Steele was reliable, he had previously told the FBI he had not shared the information with the press - and lying to the FBI is a crime.
    • In defending Steele's credibility to the FISA court the FBI had posited an innocuous explanation for the September 23, 2016 Yahoo News article, based on the assumption that Steele had told the FBI the truth about his press contacts. The FBI then vouched for him twice more, using the same rationale, in subsequent renewal applications filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in April and June 2017. However, public reports, court filings, and information obtained by the Senate Judiciary Committee indicate that Steele not only provided dossier information to the FBI, but also to numerous media organizations prior to the end of his relationship with the FBI in October 2016. In Steele's sworn court filings in litigation in London, he admitted that he
    "gave off the record briefings to a small number of journalists about the pre-election memoranda [i.e., the dossier in late summer/autumn 2016] In another sworn filing in that case, Steele·further stated that journalists from "the New York Times, the Washington Post, Yahoo News, the New Yorker, and CNN" were "briefed at the end of September 2016 by [Steele] and Fusion at Fusion's instruction." The filing further states that Steele "subsequently participated in further meetings at Fusion's instruction with Fusion and the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Yahoo News, which took place mid-October 2016." According to these court filings, "the briefings involved the disclosure of limited intelligence regarding indications of Russian interference in the US election process and the possible co-ordination of members of Trump's campaign team and Russian government officials."
    In his interview with the Committee, Glenn Simpson of FusionGPS confirmed this account by Steele and his company as filed in the British court. The first of these filings was pUblicly reported in the U.S. media in April 2017, yet the FBI did not subsequently disclose to the FISC this evidence that would suggest that Steele had lied to the FBI. Instead the application still relied on his credibility prior to the October media incident. The FBI received similar information from a Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, who maintained contacts with Simpson and Steele about their dossier work, and whose wife Nellie Ohr also worked for Fusion GPS on the Russia project.

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