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He's been President Trump's latest target at the Justice Department and the subject of his angry tweets. Working as an intermediary, Steele helped arrange a meeting between Deripaska and USA officials, including Ohr, in 2015, during which Deripaska was asked about the connections between Russian organized crime and Russian President Vladimir Putin's government, the Times reported, citing a person familiar with the events. She worked for Fusion GPS where she was paid a lot. "A crime unless he has a written waiver from Obama's politicized DOJ which is possible", he added. And they reflect the concern of Steele, a longtime Federal Bureau of Investigation informant whose Democratic-funded research into Trump ties to Russian Federation was compiled into a dossier, that the Republican presidential candidate was possibly compromised and his urgent efforts to convey that anxiety to contacts at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department.

The lawyer, Bruce Ohr, also says he learned that a Trump campaign aide had met with higher-level Russian officials than the aide had acknowledged, the people said. At the time of the 2016 presidential election, he was a high-ranking official in the deputy attorney general's office.

Trump and some of his supporters in Congress have also accused the FBI of launching the entire Russian Federation counterintelligence investigation based on the dossier. Trump supporters accuse Ohr of cooperating with Steele on the dossier that outlined Russian financial ties and salacious personal details.

The letter was the latest salvo in a fight between the political parties as Republicans have criticized the propriety of the FBI's probe of ties between Moscow and Trump aides and whether they coordinated during the 2016 USA election campaign.

Ohr also told lawmakers and staff he didn't read any of his wife's work or the documents that were given to him from Steele, the source said. 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 officials, who spoke to the Times on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the classified effort, told the Times they were afraid that revealing the effort could undermine national security.

Weissman is a Democrat partisan who attended Hillary Clinton's election night party and thanked then-acting attorney general Sally Yates in January 2017 after she defied President Trump's travel ban order.