WHO REALLY ENGAGED IN “COLLUSION?”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 9, 2018) — In Thursday’s “Hannity” opening monologue, host Sean Hannity, focusing on newly-revealed emails and documents exchanged between Russia dossier author Christopher Steele and former DOJ “fourth-in-command” Bruce Ohr, illustrated that after the FBI stopped using Steele as a confidential human source (CHS), he remained in touch with Ohr in an apparent plan to thwart then-President-Elect Donald Trump.
Hannity then featured The Hill’s John Solomon, who broke the related story on Tuesday and subsequently reported that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson “gave Ohr a memory stick.”
Simpson paid Steele to procure the dossier from alleged Russian sources who reportedly possessed derogatory information about Trump’s activities while he visited Moscow several years ago.
“Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, who reported to Obama-era Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, maintained contact with Fusion — and, in particular, its primary source, former British spy Christopher Steele — before, during and after the election,” Solomon wrote in his column on Tuesday.
Solomon told Hannity that at this point, he does not believe it “responsible” to release Ohr’s handwritten notes.
Ohr has been demoted twice since Trump took office.
Ohr was reportedly feeding the dossier contents to the FBI, which used it to procure four surveillance warrants against Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page beginning in October 2016. In applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the FBI and DOJ failed to advise the court that the information in the dossier was unverified and obtained by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Fusion GPS and Steele.
Although Trump and his campaign aides are under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team for allegedly “colluding” with Russia before the 2016 election, Steele has now been found to have communicated with Ohr about advocating for a “Russian oligarch” to obtain a visa to enter the U.S., from which he had been banned in 2006.
Hannity suggested that Ohr and Steele engaged in “collusion” first to prevent, and later to foil, a Trump presidency while asking rhetorically why Mueller is not investigating the growing evidence of their attempted election interference.
Later in the program, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joseph DiGenova said that in his view, “the partisanship of the FBI and DOJ,” as evidenced by their machinations against Trump, belies Barack Obama’s claim of “not a scintilla” of corruption within his eight-year administration.
“This was in fact a plot to destroy Donald Trump with collusive, with fraudulent evidence,” DiGenova told Hannity, referring to the dossier, the secretive communications just now being made public, and the actions of Obama-era intelligence officials including John Brennan, James Clapper, and James Comey.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.