Over the last 18 months, democrats have been fond of saying that the walls are closing in on Donald Trump. So much so, that David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon put together a hilarious montage of it:
Well, the walls are closing in. On Bruce Ohr and the deep state. The conspiracy is being ripped from the clutches of the FBI and the DOJ and pushed into the light of day. Yesterday Devin Nunes has some very interesting things to say. He asserted that exculpatory evidence was left out of the FISA app on Carter Page:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes claimed Monday that the FBI and Justice Department failed to include exculpatory evidence in surveillance warrant applications against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“There is exculpatory evidence that we have seen, of classified documents that need to be declassified,” Nunes said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“Exculpatory in nature in what way? Exculpatory in what way?” Hannity asked.
“In that the Carter Page FISA when the judges should have been presented with this exculpatory evidence that the FBI and DOJ had,” Nunes replied.
Then he went on to leave a teaser:
Nunes also told Hannity that the committee is interested in learning more about Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s role in the Trump-Russia investigation.
Ohr, the former associate deputy attorney general, met with Steele before and after the 2016 presidential election. The post-election meetings were held after the FBI ended its relationship with Steele because of the former British spy’s contacts with the media.
As Nunes noted, though the FBI severed ties with Steele, Ohr provided information from his 12 meetings with Steele back to the FBI. Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, also worked during the campaign for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired Steele in June 2016.
“Bruce Ohr is going to become more and more important in this investigation, and I think people should pay close attention to it,” Nunes told Hannity.
Today John Solomon provided much insight into what Nunes was hinting at- the obama DOJ was weaponized in the 2016 election in an effort to destroy Donald Trump. One of the chief conspirators was Bruce Ohr.
But a close review of these new documents shows just how closely Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, who reported to Obama-era Deputy AG Sally Yates, maintained contact with Fusion — and, in particular, its primary source, former British spy Christopher Steele — before, during and after the election.
Ohr was the conduit between Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS, his wife Nellie Ohr and the FBI. Ohr and wife Nellie ( a Fusion GPS employee) met with Steele on July 30, 2016.
Ohr scheduled a call with Steele over Skype a few days later. But then the two men met in Washington on July 30, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel.
Ohr brought his wife, Nellie, who was working at Fusion GPS on the Trump-Russia research project.
“Great to see you and Nellie this morning Bruce,” Steele wrote shortly after their breakfast meeting. “Let’s keep in touch on the substantive issues/s (sic). Glenn is happy to speak to you on this if it would help.”
The very next day Peter Strzok opened a counterintelligence investigation into Donald Trump.
Ohr continued to use Steele as a source even after he was terminated by the FBI for unauthorized disclosures to the media in early November 2016. In violation of its own rules, the FBI continued to use Steele as a source, again with Ohr as the conduit.
Ohr’s notes from that meeting indicate that FBI officials told him they “may go back to Chris” — an apparent reference to Steele — just 20 days after dismissing him.
In all, Ohr’s notes, emails and texts identify more than 60 contacts with Steele and/or Simpson, some dating to 2002 in London. But the vast majority occurred during the 2016-2017 timeframe that gave birth to one of the most controversial counterintelligence probes in American history.
(documents at the link)
Now we are left to question how much of Steele’s “theories” were used in the ongoing FISA app’s used to spy on the Trump staff with Carter Page as the pigeon. It seems reasonable to think that without Steele’s continued input no further FISA warrants would have been granted.
Yes, Virginia, there is a deep state- and it’s at the State Department.
Personally, I think Trump already knows all this. I think that up to now he’s been content to allow liberals to mouth off and stake out positions that he can (and certainly will) use to beat them over the head. You can bet that the FISA app will be declassified before election day. Nunes said that it makes the FBI look very bad.
Without any doubt.