By Cristina Laila
August 9, 2018
New emails obtained by investigative journalist Byron York show Christopher Steele may have been working on behalf of Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska at the same time he was compiling his dossier in 2016–and Obama’s Justice Department, along with Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson may have been a part of the conspiracy.
It’s important to note the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley has been trying to find out if Christopher Steele was working on behalf of Oleg Deripaska.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton, a member of the Senate Intel Committee also asked FBI Director Christopher Wray in a February 14 hearing if Steele was working on behalf of the Russian oligarch Deripaska, and of course Wray replied with his usual vague, “That’s not something I can answer.”
The emails between Steele and Ohr begin in January of 2016 when Steele sent Ohr an email about the US revoking Oleg Deripaska’s visa.
For the first few months of 2016, Ohr and Steele discuss the Russian oligarch Deripaska and the rehabilitation of his US visa.
In July of 2016, the two begin to discuss Donald Trump as he’s preparing to accept the Republican nomination for president.
Via Byron York of the Washington Examiner:
There are no emails for more than three months after March 17. Then, on July 1, came the first apparent reference to Donald Trump, then preparing to accept the Republican nomination for president. “I am seeing [redacted] in London next week to discuss ongoing business,” Steele wrote to Ohr, “but there is something separate I wanted to discuss with you informally and separately. It concerns our favourite business tycoon!” Steele said he had planned to come to the U.S. soon, but now it looked like it would not be until August. He needed to talk in the next few days, he said, and suggested getting together by Skype before he left on holiday. Ohr suggested talking on July 7. Steele agreed.
Ohr’s phone log for July 7 notes, “Call with Chris Steele” from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. eastern time.
On the morning of Friday, July 29, Steele wrote to say that he would “be in DC at short notice on business” later that day and Saturday. He asked if Ohr and wife Nellie were free for breakfast on Saturday morning. They were, and agreed to meet for breakfast at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington.
Ohr’s log of contacts with Steele lists a meeting with Steele on July 30. Steele finished installments of the dossier on July 19 and 26.
On Aug. 22, Ohr received an email from Simpson with the subject line “Can u ring.” There was no message beyond a phone number. Ohr’s log lists some sort of contact — it’s not specified what — with Simpson on Aug. 22.
Steele dated three installments of the dossier on Sept. 14. On Sept. 16, Steele wrote Ohr to say that he would be back in Washington soon “on business of mutual interest.” Ohr said he would be out of town Sept. 19-21. On Sept. 21, Steele wrote to say he was in Washington and was “keen to meet up with you.” The two agreed to have breakfast on Sept. 23. Meeting on that date would be “more useful,” Steele said, “after my scheduled meetings” the day before. It’s not clear what those scheduled meetings were. Ohr’s log lists a meeting with Steele on Sept. 23.
On October 18, Steele emailed Ohr at 6:51 a.m. with a pressing matter. “If you are in Washington today, I have something quite urgent I would like to discuss with you, preferably by Skype (even before work if you can).” Steele wrote. Ohr suggested they do it immediately. “Thanks Bruce. 2 mins,” Steele replied. Ohr’s log lists a call with Steele on Oct. 18.
Steele finished dossier installments on Oct. 18, 19, and 20. The installment on Oct. 18 was the infamous Russians-offer-Carter-Page-millions-of-dollars allegation, and the ones on Oct. 19 and 20 concerned Manafort’s alleged role in an alleged collusion scheme.
Ohr’s phone log indicates that he called Simpson on Dec. 8 to set up a meeting for coffee the next day, Dec. 9.
There is not another email until Dec. 11. Simpson sent Nellie Ohr a link to an article in the left-wing ThinkProgress headlined, “Why has the NRA been cozying up to Russia?” The article focused on now-indicted Russian agent Maria Butina and Russian Alexander Torshin. Nellie Ohr responded, “Thank you!” to which Simpson, the next day, answered, “Please ring if you can.” Nellie Ohr forwarded the Simpson message to Bruce Ohr, saying, “I assume Glenn means you not me.”
Ohr’s phone log on Dec. 13 said, “Glenn Simpson. Some more news. Yesterday 9:27 a.m. Spoke with him.”
Steele dated a dossier installment Dec. 13.
On Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration day, Bruce Ohr received an email from Simpson that said simply, “Can you call me please?”
“The emails raise a clear question of whether Steele was working, directly or indirectly, with Oleg Deripaska at the same time Steele was compiling the dossier — and whether the Justice Department, along with Simpson and Fusion GPS, was part of the project. Given Deripaska’s place in the Russian power structure, what that means in the big picture is unclear,” Byron York said.
Read Byron York’s full report here.
Emails raise clear question of whether Steele was working with/for Russian oligarch Deripaska at same time Steele was compiling dossier–and whether Justice Department, along with Simpson, Fusion GPS, was part of the project.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 9, 2018
Other Bruce Ohr docs dropped Wednesday.
Investigative reporter, Sara Carter said new Bruce Ohr notes mentioning former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and her lover former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok raises serious questions.
Monday evening Nunes told the Hannity to pay close attention to Bruce Ohr.
“Bruce Ohr is going to become more and more important in this investigation and I think people should pay close attention to it,” Nunes said.
Here we go–It’s about to blow up in their faces, said Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday evening to Hannity.
President Trump is set to declassify a tranche of Bruce Ohr and Carter Page FISA documents this month.