Documents show DOJ and State Department officials discussing plans
Political watchdog Judicial Watch has uncovered documents containing email conversation threads between top Department of Justice and State Department officials, in which they discuss “targeting” President Trump with Steele Dossier material.
Four pages of documents from the U.S. Department of Justice have been released by Judicial Watch.
The docs show a conversation between former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European, former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, and Eurasian Affairs Kathleen Kavalec, discussing using material from the unverified dossier to target Donald Trump.
The officials discuss a meeting with the potential source for a Mother Jones article that accuses Trump’s presidential campaign of taking money from a Russian-American oil magnate, along with dossier author Christopher Steele’s connection to that source.
Kavalec emails Ohr citing the accusatory Mother Jones article, to which Ohr responds saying, “I really hope we can get something going here.”
According to the watchdog group’s president, Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch obtained the records through our August 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the Justice Department after it failed to respond to a May 29, 2018, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-01854)) for some key documents:
- All records from the Office of the Deputy Attorney General relating to Fusion GPS, Nellie Ohr and/or British national Christopher Steele, including but not limited to all records of communications about and with Fusion GPS officials, Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele.
- All records from the office of former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce G. Ohr relating to Fusion GPS, Nellie Ohr and/or British national Christopher Steele, including but not limited to all records of communications (including those of former Associate Deputy Attorney General Ohr) about and with Fusion GPS officials, Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele.
- All records from the office of the Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force relating to Fusion GPS, Nellie Ohr and/or British national Christopher Steele, including but not limited to all records of communications (including those of former Organized Crime Task Force Director Bruce Ohr) about and with Fusion GPS officials, Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele.
In a November 21, 2016, email exchange Kavalec thanks Bruce Ohr for “coming by” to discuss the work of the OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force).
Ohr responds, “I really hope we can get something going here.… We will take another look at this.”
Kavalec then replies to Ohr, saying that she had just reviewed the notes from her October 2016 meeting with Steele stating, “I see Chris [Steele] said [Simon] Kukes has [sic] some connection to Serge Millian.”
Millian is a Belarus-born businessman who was an alleged source for the anti-Trump dossier.
He developed a relationship with Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos in 2016.
Kavalec recently came to national attention when her notes from her October 11, 2016, meeting with Dossier author Steele were revealed.
In her notes, Kavalec said Steele told her of “a technical/human operation run out of Moscow targeting the election.”
In Kavalec’s notes, she disputes some of the details asserted by Steele—indicating these were both researched and disproven.
Kavalec reported her findings directly to the FBI.
“These documents are a shocking example of the Deep State plotting against President Trump – just weeks after he was elected,” Fitton concludes.
“There’s now no doubt that Bruce Ohr and the Obama State Department were working the Clinton gang to target President Trump.”