Senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr told lawmakers in a closed-door interview this week that Russia believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel” during the 2016 presidential election, according to a Friday report by The Associated Press.
> The official, Bruce Ohr, says he learned that information during a July 2016 breakfast with former British spy Christopher Steele. Steele conducted Democratic-funded research into Trump’s ties to Russia during the campaign.
> Trump and Republican lawmakers have attacked Steele’s research as phony and have sought to discredit him and Ohr.
> The details of the exchange were confirmed to The Associated Press by multiple people. They weren’t authorized to discuss it and spoke on condition of anonymity.