Last week, we learned that Bruce G. Ohr was fired from his senior position as Associate Deputy Attorney General, four doors down from Rosy Rosenstein, but is keeping his job as Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF). Why the demotion?
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 Carter Page, an adviser to the Trump campaign, had started more than two months prior.
That didn’t really explain a lot but, today, James Rosen unearthed a little more.
A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump “dossier” had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than have been disclosed, Fox News has confirmed: The official’s wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election.
Contacted by Fox News, investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) confirmed that Nellie H. Ohr, wife of the demoted official, Bruce G. Ohr, worked for the opposition research firm last year. The precise nature of Mrs. Ohr’s duties – including whether she worked on the dossier – remains unclear but a review of her published works available online reveals Mrs. Ohr has written extensively on Russia-related subjects. HPSCI staff confirmed to Fox News that she was paid by Fusion GPS through the summer and fall of 2016.
It’s still unclear what Ohr precisely did with the Steele reports. Did he leak them? Or disseminate them to other employees? Was he colluding with his wife in getting the reports out there? There are still a lot of questions. After the dust settles, Ohr probably won’t be the last person whose career in the DOJ has gone in, uh, a different trajectory.
While we’re on the subject of the Steele reports and company who hired Steele (Fusion GPS), the DDID has a little more on the secretive firm that engages in “journalism for hire”. I’m sure there are other firms like them, but they took money in exchange for dirt on Trump, so they’re in the spotlight.