Newly recovered documents show the FBI knew early on that the information used to launch the Trump/Russia investigation was coming from a passionate Trump opponent and being shared with the Clinton campaign, senior officials in the Obama administration, and the FBI.
The documents in question are "summaries of interviews" – known as 302s – that the FBI had with senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr (pictured). They were obtained by Judicial Watch, the source that has uncovered almost all the information about the genesis of the Trump/Russia investigation. JW alleges that Ohr was "corruptly used" by the FBI as a "conduit to Clinton spy Christopher Steele" – and that along with his wife, Nellie Ohr, and others in the DOJ, "was actively conspiring against President [Donald] Trump."
Judicial Watch attorney Lauren Burke details what her organization found. "Over a dozen times, the FBI agents met with Bruce Ohr and gained information about his continued communication with Christopher Steele, the author of the phony Russian dossier," she tells OneNewsNow.
"Bruce Ohr seems to be more than just … what everyone initially thought as a receiver of information," she continues. "He plays a much higher role in the conduit between the FBI and Christopher Steele himself."
Steele is the former British spy who the documents reveal to be "desperate that Donald Trump not get elected" and the presumed author of the dossier that contained scurrilous, false, and unverified accusations against President Trump.
Burke explains an important factor revealed by the 302s. "One of the things that this does show is that the FBI, having met with Bruce Ohr, had specific information in their hand at specific times that was not provided to or reported to the FISA courts when they obtained their warrants targeting Trump," she states.
In other words, the FBI knew its information was suspect and held back that critical information from a judge when it got permission to spy on the Trump campaign. Burke says it's like peeling back an onion.
"Every attempt [by the FBI] not to produce records in our requests reveals another layer that nobody even thought was possible," she adds.
Taken in total, says Judicial Watch, the just-obtained Forms 302 show "an unprecedented and irregular effort by the FBI, DOJ, and State Department to dig up dirt" on Trump using Ohr, his wife, and others.