DOJ official told lawmakers Russian Federation had Trump 'over a barrel'

Lawyer was told Russia had 'Trump over a barrel,' sources say

Beside the "over a barrel" remark, Ohr also told Congress that Steele told him that Page, a Trump campaign aide who traveled to Moscow that same month and whose ties to Russia attracted Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny, had met with more-senior Russian officials than he had acknowledged.

He argued she was paid a lot of money to gather opposition research on his campaign while she worked for Fusion GPS -the firm behind the discredited Steele dossier.

A Democratic aide on the House intelligence committee said no vote had been taken by that panel to allow the sharing or release of information provided by the Justice Department for Ohr's questioning.

The FBI's investigation was already under way by the time it received Steele's dossier. Ohr's lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment on Friday. Hayden cautiously said it's still a "single data point" and "raw information" that would be used as a "departure point" for an investigation, not the endpoint.

The people who discussed Ohr's interview spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the closed session.

Among the things Ohr said he learned from Steele during the breakfast was that an unnamed former Russian intelligence official had said that Russian intelligence believed "they had Trump over a barrel", according to people familiar with the meeting.

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Deripaska is a former business associate of Paul Manafort, who was convicted this month of financial wrongdoing charges related to his work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine that predated a stint as Trump's campaign manager.

A House Judiciary Committee aide said the documents addressed in the Democrats' letter were not part of the Judiciary panel's records and the committee did not provide any of the records to members. Trump has often criticized the special counsel probe as a "witch hunt" and has repeatedly attacked Ohr and Steele.

Who is Bruce Ohr, anyway?

In a tweet Thursday, the president claimed Nellie is a Russian Federation expert who can fluently speak the language. The Ohrs are experts on Russian organized crime, which is how they came in contact with Fusion and Steele.

Deripaska has claimed that he would speak to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, though whether he would do so absent an immunity deal has been in dispute.

A spokeswoman for House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said he never shared the documents.

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