Another senior Justice Department official has been removed from his post. Bruce Ohr came under scrutiny after it was revealed that he had contacts with the research firm that produced the infamous “dossier” on President Trump.
Ohr was actually pulling double duty at the Department of Justice (DOJ), something that a source there says is very unusual. Ohr was the associate deputy attorney general and the director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF).
Ohr will remain as the director of OCDETF, a program described as “the centerpiece of the attorney general’s drug strategy.” However, he has been stripped of the much higher title.
Fox News is reporting that according to evidence collected by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA), Ohr met with Christopher Steele during the 2016 campaign.
Steele was the former British spy who compiled the dossier on then-candidate Trump. He was hired by Fusion GPS to do the dirty work. The Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign hired Fusion GPS.
In addition, investigators discovered that Ohr also met with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, after the election. At that point, the FBI had the dossier and was already beginning surveillance on people close to President Trump.
When former FBI Director James Comey testified before the House earlier this year, he called the dossier a collection of “salacious and unverified” accusations. Representative Nunes has been leading the investigation into whether the DOJ, at the direction of then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, used the dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant for Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
This demotion marks the second time in just a couple of months that the Justice Department and the FBI have disciplined senior officials. Both those men were connected to the Trump-Russia collusion case in some way.
Source: Fox News