Report: Top DOJ Official Demoted for Meeting Trump Dossier Creators Before/After Campaign
Another shoe dropped today in the burgeoning mountain of evidence showing probable politicization of the United States intelligence apparatus in the 2016 election to assist the campaign of Hillary Clinton. Fox News published an exclusive report on the demotion of a senior Justice Department official for his contacts with the Fusion GPS, opposition research firm responsible for the infamous Trump dossier, and Chirstopher Steele, them man who’s research formed the basis for it.
Until Wednesday morning, Bruce G. Ohr held two titles at DOJ: associate deputy attorney general, a post that placed him four doors down from his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a program described by the department as “the centerpiece of the attorney general’s drug strategy.”
Ohr will retain his OCDETF title but has been stripped of his higher post and ousted from his office on the fourth floor of “Main Justice.”
Initially senior department officials could not provide the reason for Ohr’s demotion, but Fox News has learned that evidence collected by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., indicates that Ohr met during the 2016 campaign with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the “dossier.”…
Additionally, House investigators have determined that Ohr met shortly after the election with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS – the opposition research firm that hired Steele to compile the dossier with funds supplied by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. By that point, according to published reports, the dossier had been in the hands of the FBI, which exists under the aegis of DOJ, for some five months, and the surveillance on Page had been commenced more than two months prior…
The contacts between Ohr and Steele, and between Ohr and Simpson, have not been publicly disclosed nor shared with HPSCI staff…
The demotion of Ohr thus marked the second time within a matter of months that the Justice Department and the FBI have disciplined for misconduct a senior official connected in some form or fashion to the Trump-Russia case.
According to 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.
How exactly Simpson and Ohr came to know each other is still being investigated but 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.
This is but the latest evidence that might suggest collusion between members of the intelligence community and allies of the Hillary Clinton campaign. The dossier’s research was paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign’s, effectively as an opposition research. Why else would he be meeting with the author during the campaign, unless it was to coordinate the attack on Trump? And why meet with Simpson in the aftermath of the elections? What possible reasonable explanation can be given for a member of the DOJ meeting to discuss another parties opposition research?
The ongoing investigation into Trump and associates allegedly colluding with the Russians tracks with that documents compilation. The House Intelligence Committee continues to investigate whether or not it played the primary role in staring the investigation, but all signs and evidence to date shows no collusion between Trump and Russia, but an astounding amount of evidence that suggests the politicization of the intelligence apparatus to influence the elections, and to now conduct a coup de ta on the duly elected President.
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