While the Associated Press is reporting on senior Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr's testimony as containing details damaging to Team Trump, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh had a very different take: Ohr's testimony Tuesday was devastating to Obama's FBI, the Democrats' collusion narrative, and Robert Mueller's investigation.
Limbaugh began the discussion by providing some background on Ohr and his wife, both of whom played a role in the creation of the Steele dossier which helped start the Trump "Russian collusion" investigation.
"So Bruce Ohr and his wife, Nellie, have both got extensive ties to Fusion GPS," Limbaugh said. "That’s the firm founded by Glenn Simpson, used to be a Wall Street Journal reporter. Fusion GPS sets itself up now as pretty much a research and consulting organization, and they are primarily hired by Democrats. In this case, Fusion GPS was hired by Hillary Clinton to get the ball rolling on the creation of an opposition research piece on Donald Trump. That led to Fusion GPS hiring Steele because Glenn Simpson and Steele are buddies of long-standing. To keep the Clinton campaign out of this, the money paid to Steele was funded through a law firm, Perkins Coie, called a cutout, and this is why for the longest time nobody knew that the Clinton campaign and the DNC had anything to do with this because the dossier was originally presented as legitimate intel produced by this guy Steele, who was a retired MI6 agent."
Steele, said Limbaugh, had developed many contacts with Russians over his long career and "got hold of these old Russian buddies, and they gave him this scoop on Trump. And it led to the dossier and the golden showers story."
"We know that the FBI has known everything I just told you," said Rush. "The FBI and everybody involved in this has known from the beginning that the Steele dossier is not a collection of legitimate intel on the comings and goings of Donald Trump."
Limbaugh then summarized reports on Ohr's testimony Tuesday:
Well, Bruce Ohr, O-h-r, figures prominently all through this story. He was brought up to Capitol Hill to testify, and it was on Tuesday. And he told members of a House committee that the FBI doubted the credibility of the dossier. The FBI. He was in the FBI. He still is! He was like number four down from the director! And he told members of the House that the FBI doubted the credibility of the Trump dossier even as they were using it to get a warrant to spy on Trump from the FISA court.
“‘Not only did the FBI know the dossier was unverified, but they also knew there were real credibility issues where it would never end up in a courtroom,’ said Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican.” It was obviously the thinking because nobody thought Hillary was gonna lose. Sara Carter reports Bruce Ohr, FBI knew about the bias before getting a FISA warrant on Carter Page.
Bruce Ohr testified that prior to obtaining the FISA warrant, the FBI was aware that Christopher Steele was biased against Trump. Ohr also stated the FBI knew that his wife, Nellie Ohr, was working for Fusion GPS. In other words, everybody knew what was going on here! They lied to us and everybody else in the aftermath!
Saying he was "stunned" that Ohr was so honest about all of this devastating information, Limbaugh added, "The FBI had to know about Steele’s bias. They worked with the guy for years. They ended up having to fire him because he was refusing to obey their instructions and stopped talking to the media!"
Rush then noted that perhaps the "biggest reveal" in Ohr's testimony, which Democrats didn't bother attending, was "Ohr’s admission that he still hasn’t been interviewed by Robert Mueller."
"Mueller and his team of Democrat inquisitors ... hasn’t even interviewed Ohr, and neither has Huber, who is Sessions’ appointed guy," said Limbaugh. "And also not a single Democrat attended the hearing that Bruce Ohr appeared at and answered questions. So the Democrats have no interest in getting to the literal truth of this. This has now become, as you know, its own narrative, its own agenda. And it has one singular purpose, and that is getting rid of Donald Trump."
Unsurprisingly, AP's coverage of the Ohr testimony is quite different; however, it does acknowledge some of the points Limbaugh made, including that Ohr had developed a decade-old relationship with Steele, and Ohr's wife hired Steele for her Democrat-funded oppo-research for Fusion GPS:
One of the meetings described to House lawmakers Tuesday was a Washington breakfast attended by Steele, an associate of his and Ohr. Ohr’s wife, Nellie, who worked for the political research firm, Fusion GPS, that hired Steele, attended at least part of the breakfast.
AP also acknowledges that the Steele dossier played a key role in the investigation into Trump's Russia connections, though the agency stresses that it did not initiate the investigation:
Trump and some of his supporters in Congress have also accused the FBI of launching the entire Russia counterintelligence investigation based on the dossier. But memos authored by Republicans and Democrats and declassified this year show the probe was triggered by information the U.S. government received earlier about the Russian contacts of then-Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos.
The FBI’s investigation was already under way by the time it received Steele’s dossier, and Ohr was not the original source of information from it.
AP notes that Ohr also admitted to lawmakers that he didn't inform his superiors about his meetings with Steele "because he considered the information inflammatory raw source material."
Transcript via RushLimbaugh.com.