Bruce Ohr’s FBI 302 reports show us that the State Department, the FBI, Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, the Hillary Clinton campaign and Bruce and Nellie Ohr were “all involved in a triangulated relationship to get Trump with dirty intelligence.” That is the assessment of investigative reporter John Solomon who has followed this story from the very beginning.
All of these entities played a role in the deception and worked together, both before and after the 2016 election to undermine Donald Trump. None of them worried if they had to bend, or even break, the rules to do their part. I posted about the newly released documents here.
Dan Bongino published a book entitled “Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump” in October 2018 in which he laid out the entire story. As information about this conspiracy comes out, he has been proven correct over and over again.
He appeared on “Fox & Friends” this morning to discuss Ohr’s 302s. Interestingly, much of the communication between Ohr and Steele occurred after Steele had been fired by the FBI? Co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Bongino why does it matter so much that the two remained in contact after the firing?
In order to gain a better understanding, Bongino said, “you have to look at this as an information laundering system from the start.”
There was an operation to target the Trump team with information that was factually inaccurate, that he was colluding with the Russians. So, if I was going to target Brian Kilmeade for a robbery he didn’t do and fabricate a story, you have to ask yourself, how would I give that story credibility and teeth?
I would do it by having multiple people talk about the robbery you committed even though you didn’t do it. This is what happened here. You have Christopher Steele as the front…Why was Steele used as a front for the false dossier? Because Steele had been a credible source in the past…in other words, they could present Steele in front of a judge as a legitimate source for false information which made the Brian Kilmeade story sound legit, even though it was made up.
It’s simple, but at it’s most basic level, that’s precisely what happened.
Next, Bongino said something surprising:
Steele may not even have written the dossier. Now we know [from the 302s] that Nellie Ohr may have written part of it. We know that Nellie Ohr wrote a dossier – on Manafort. Which begs the question, if Steele’s name is on the dossier because he’d worked with the FBI in the past and was found credible, did he even write it? If he didn’t, is the lie that much worse that you slapped his name on political information to make it seem legitimate?
Kilmeade points out that Ohr and Steele were communicating through “WhatsApp” (an application which encrypts messages). He brings up a story from last month about Steele had wanted to talk to the FBI. It was reported he was afraid they were planning to throw him under the bus. He asked Bongino to comment.
Bongino brought up his “movie script” theory. Christopher Steele’s name was used on this. And this is what I think he means by being thrown under the bus. On this dossier, information he did not create, Christopher Steele acknowledged on sworn depositions he hadn’t been to Russia during this time period.
What I mean by the “movie script” theory, if you go back to 2007, not 2017, but 2007, there is a Wall Street Journal article written by Glenn Simpson. I encourage you to read that article today and compare it to the dossier. It IS the dossier. It’s the same thing.
(Note: The article is “How Lobbyists Help Ex-Soviets Woo Washington.” It was written by Simpson and his wife, Mary Jacoby, on April 17, 2007.)
They took a movie script from 12 years ago, slapped Christopher Steele’s name on it, changed a few of the names to Donald Trump. The cast of characters, Paul Manafort, Dimytro Firtash, they are all in that article Glenn Simpson wrote, it’s devastating.
Brian Kilmeade didn’t rob a bank. Donald Trump didn’t collude with Russia. The only source is Steele.
That’s interesting Dan, but what does that have to do with Ohr and Steele maintaining contact after Steele was fired?
We knew previously that Steele had leaked to the media as well and that he was the source for Yahoo!News’ Michael Isikoff’s article, published on September 23, 2016, which broke the news of the dossier. (By the way, the FBI used this article to corroborate the dossier in their FISA application. This is called circular reporting.)
At any rate, Steele lied to the FBI about leaking and once the FBI had submitted their application to the FISA Court which was based on the information contained in the dossier, he was fired. Steele’s FBI file indicates he is “not suitable for use.”
Yet, Bruce Ohr is encouraged by the FBI to remain in touch with Steele. Why?
Because there, in footnote 5 at the bottom of page fifteen of the FISA application, signed off on by James Comey, on October 21, 2016, it says Steele’s “reporting has been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings” and the FBI has determined him to be “reliable” and was “unaware of any derogatory information pertaining” to their informant.
And Steele knows where all the bones are buried.
Have we reached the point where they all start turning on each other? Christopher Steele was questioned for hours by Durham’s team.
There is so much more information that is known by insiders, lawmakers and other government officials that has not yet been made public. Before closing, I wanted to mention what I heard from two insiders on Thursday night.
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani called into the Hannity Show. Giuliani ended his remarks by telling Hannity that no one will believe what’s coming.
Lindsey Graham, whose committee is privy to a great deal of classified information said, “This is the tip of the iceberg. I know personally there’s a lot more out there.”
I take both of those statements to mean that Attorney General William Barr, prosecutor John Durham and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz are on it.
Watch the clip which starts at 11:00.