Just a few days ago, Congressman Trey Gowdy ripped the FBI and the Department of Justice for stonewalling Congress. Now at least one possible reason for their obstruction is coming to light. An Obama holdover at the DOJ and his wife were working with the firm behind the Trump dossier.
Last week, Justice Department brass demoted Bruce Ohr from his senior position at the top law enforcement agency. Prior to his demotion, Ohr served as associate deputy attorney general and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces. He still retains the latter position.
Ohr lost his job as associate deputy after House investigators found he met with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson. Fusion created and shopped the salacious Trump dossier, which was funded in large part by Hillary Clinton and the DNC.
Additionally, Ohr also met with ex-British spy Christopher Steele. Steele provided Fusion GPS with the information contained in the dossier. The file was subsequently used by then-attorney general Loretta Lynch, to obtain surveillance warrants for Trump campaign officials.
Speaking to Fox News, a DOJ official downplayed Ohr’s demotion. “It’s unusual for anyone to wear two hats as he has done recently,” said the official. “This person is going to go back to a single focus—director of our organized crime and drug enforcement unit.”
A Family Affair
If that isn’t bad enough, the investigation took another shocking turn this week. It turns out that Ohr’s wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS during the presidential election. The exact nature of her position with the opposition research firm remains unclear.
Nevertheless, it does pose important questions. What we do know for certain is that Mrs. Ohr is considered an “expert” on matters related to Russia by the Wilson Center. She worked briefly at the Washington think-tank a decade before taking the job with Fusion.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence committee, suggested that Republicans are questioning the dossier for political reasons. “I think there’s a hope that if they can impeach Christopher Steele, and they can impeach the FBI and DOJ, maybe they can impeach the whole Russia investigation,” he told MSNBC.
Schiff declined to comment on Ohr’s demotion or his possible connection to the dossier.