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    DOJ official who concealed meetings with Trump dossier figures loses another job title

    Bruce Ohr to face questions from Senate on Fusion GPS ties

    Former associate deputy attorney general to testify about undisclosed meetings he had with the company that commissioned the anti-Trump dossier; Kevin Corke reports.

    A Justice Department official demoted late last year for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump “dossier” has been stripped of yet another title, Fox News has learned.

    Bruce Ohr is no longer head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

    Separately, sources familiar with the discussions tell Fox News that the Justice Department is expected to comply with demands from the House Intelligence Committee to provide Ohr for an interview. He is scheduled to visit the committee on Jan. 17, sources said.

    Fox News first reported in December that Ohr had been demoted from the position of associate deputy attorney general, after it was revealed he had conducted undisclosed meetings with dossier author Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that produced the salacious document.
    Fox News also reported that his wife Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, specifically on research related to the dossier.

    At the time of his demotion, DOJ officials told Fox News that Bruce Ohr had been "wearing two hats," and would fall back to his other title and portfolio – as head of OCDETF.

    Now, Ohr has been stripped of that role as well; former deputy director Thomas Padden is now acting director. It is unclear where Ohr has landed, only that he is still an employee with the Department of Justice.

    One DOJ insider joked that Ohr might end up in “one of those offices without a phone.”

  • #2
    Partisan politics in the DOJ, and interfering in the election.

    Bruce Ohr & Nellie Ohr: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    Bruce Ohr, an associate attorney general with the U.S. Department of Justice, was demoted in December 2017 because of contacts he allegedly had with the controversial Fusion GPS firm that hired the former British spy who developed the infamous “Trump dossier” on Russia. His wife, Nellie Ohr, has now become part of the controversy.

    Fusion GPS, a firm of former journalists, has been embroiled in national controversy since it emerged that the opposition research company hired Christopher Steele, the former spy who produced the dossier of salacious and unverified allegations about President Donald Trump. It was later revealed that Fusion GPS’ dossier funding came, in part, from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Trump has denied the allegations. According to Fox News, it’s now been revealed that Bruce Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, “worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election.” She has written on Russian-related subjects, according to Fox.

    Steele shared the dossier with the FBI and, reports CNN, the Justice Department relied on parts of it to obtain a FISA warrant to “to conduct surveillance on Trump associate Carter Page.” (Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is now investigating former Trump campaign officials, and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. His investigation has been challenged with claims of bias after an FBI agent, Peter Strzok, was removed from it after it was revealed that he allegedly exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Clinton messages with an FBI lawyer.) Top congressmen are trying to figure out to what degree the FBI relied on the dossier to get a warrant to monitor Page.

    Here’s what you need to know:

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    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to the U.S. Justice Department in March 2017 that alleged that “Fusion GPS, which was also involved in the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, was involved in the pro-Russia campaign to kill the Global Magnitsky Act around the same time.” Fusion GPS’ efforts to help defeat the act led one top Republican senator, Grassley, of Iowa, to accuse the firm of acting as an agent for Russia. Fusion GPS has denied the allegation.

    another point

    According to Fox News, citing Congressional sources, “Simpson and Ohr met sometime around Thanksgiving last year, when President-elect Trump was in the process of selecting his cabinet, and discussed over coffee the anti-Trump dossier, the Russia investigation and what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory.”

    Fox reported that it’s not clear how Simpson and Ohr first came into contact. “…initial evidence collected by the House intelligence committee suggests that the two were placed in touch by Steele, a former FBI informant whose contacts with Ohr are said by senior DOJ officials to date back to 2006,” reported Fox, which broke the story of Ohr’s demotion.

    According to the schedule online, Ohr once was on a panel at the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum with the topic being “Criminal Matters and Allegations of Crimes in International Arbitration.”


    Clinton & the DNC Were Exposed as Fusion GPS Funders

    In an exclusive report, The Washington Post reported that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee allegedly “helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier” that lobbed salacious allegations about President Donald Trump, Russia, and even so-called “golden showers” into the public debate. The firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, had steadfastly refused to release details of its funding sources.

    Citing anonymous people familiar with the situation, The Post exclusive reported that “Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research. After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to the people. Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the firm in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC.”

    However, the Post added that one source said that Clinton’s campaign and the DNC may not have been aware of the Fusion GPS role although the newspaper alleges that Elias received the Steele report. The newspaper added, “At no point, these people said, did the Clinton campaign or the DNC direct Steele’s activities. They described him as a Fusion GPS subcontractor.” Maggie Haberman, of the New York Times, shared the Post bombshell story and wrote on Twitter, “Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year.” Republicans funded Fusion GPS until Trump won the primary (and before the dossier’s collection.)


    • #3
      Woooooweeeeee! Talk about “collusion” and politicizing the DOJ. The arrogance of thinking one is above the law. Funny, they all seem to be Democrats. Lock ‘em up!!


      • #4
        Hearing questions revealed someone connected died


        • #5
          Originally posted by riderboy View Post
          Woooooweeeeee! Talk about “collusion” and politicizing the DOJ. The arrogance of thinking one is above the law. Funny, they all seem to be Democrats. Lock ‘em up!!
          It's pretty crazy. I'm thinking if anyone has done anything like this in the DOJ before now, I know nothing about it.


          • #6
            Pretty crazy indeed.

            But what makes me smile is that this situation is only the result of the Democrats trying to find dirt on Trump. They basically shot themselves, repeatedly, in both feet, legs, etc... "stop punching yourself!"