On Tuesday, former associate deputy attorney general and employee of the Department of Justice Bruce Ohr gave a closed-door testimony to House investigators that revealed even more corruption in the ranks of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in their behavior and actions regarding the surveillance of then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) tweeted out on Tuesday, “Bruce Ohr CONFIRMED in his interview today: after the FBI terminated their relationship with Chris Steele for leaking to the media, the FBI privately reengaged with him and continued receiving his info. This was after suggesting to the American public they had cut Steele off.”
Bruce Ohr CONFIRMED in his interview today: after the FBI terminated their relationship with Chris Steele for leaking to the media, the FBI privately reengaged with him and continued receiving his info. This was after suggesting to the American public they had cut Steele off.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) August 29, 2018
Ohr, who was the former director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, also appeared to drop another bombshell.
In another stunning admission, Ohr reportedly told the committee that the FBI lacked confidence in the Steele dossier — yet still used the largely unconfirmed document to obtain permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“Not only did the FBI know the dossier was unverified, but they also knew there were real credibility issues where it would never end up in a courtroom,” Meadows said as quoted by the Washington Times.
Further, Ohr reportedly told lawmakers that the FBI was aware of Steele’s bias against then-candidate Trump before applying for a warrant to surveil Page. “When it comes to the dossier, the hours of testimony from Bruce Ohr only further confirm how wrong the FBI operated,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told investigative journalist Sara Carter.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), another Republican lawmaker who attended Tuesday’s interview, said that, thus far, Ohr’s interview and others have shown an “excessive reliance” on the dossier. “And if the dossier truly is the rotten foundation upon which the Mueller church is built, I think that’s an important revelation,” he said.
We also know that Bruce Ohr continued to receive information from Christopher Steele after the FBI allegedly cut him loose.
However, now, we have someone inside the Justice Department who is claiming the FBI really didn’t believe the Hillary Clinton-paid for dossier, but went forward with it anyway. Well, of course, they didn’t believe it! That’s why they leaked fake news out to the useful idiots in the corporate, state-controlled media. See how that works?
Appearing on the Fox News Channel’s Hannity, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) revealed that Ohr identified “half a dozen senior FBI and Department of Justice officials that he told of his involvement, his wife’s involvement, all of the details of their interactions with Christopher Steele, with Glenn Simpson, with the payment.” Ratcliffe, troubled by the embattled Justice Department’s interview, offered sober advice to the Ohr family: “I’d retain a really good lawyer.”
“As a former federal prosecutor, I gotta tell you,” the House Judiciary member continued, “what I heard today in Bruce Ohr’s testimony was shocking, alarming and disappointing. These kinds of things did not happen in the Justice Department where I worked.”
The Hill’s John Solomon told Hannity Tuesday evening that neither Bruce nor Nellie Ohr has been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. “Many of the members I talked to said that they thought that was one of the most important revelations today, that Bruce Ohr said he has never heard, nor has his wife, ever heard from special counsel Mueller,” Solomon said.
Appearing on the Fox News Channel’s The Story with Martha MacCallum the prior evening, Ratcliffe said both Bruce and Nellie’s communications with Steele were not mentioned in the four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications used to obtain permission to surveil Page. “You had folks like Sally Yates, and Jim Comey, and Andy McCabe, and Rod Rosenstein all swear to the court that they were giving full and complete information about the dossier,” said Ratcliffe. “And I can tell you, having seen the unredacted FISA applications, that Bruce Ohr and his involvement and Nellie Ohr and her involvement was never disclosed in any of the four applications.”
What will be the result? I’m sure nothing. This is all going to be political theater for as long as needed and will only intensify leading up to November, but don’t hold your breath that anyone listed here will actually face justice. That would require that the politicians in DC actually perform their jobs instead of using this for political gain.
However, President Trump has said he would move “very quickly” to revoke Ohr’s security clearance and others at the DOJ who are using that access to sensitive information for profit. “Will Bruce Ohr, whose family received big money for helping to create the phony, dirty and discredited Dossier, ever be fired from the Jeff Sessions ‘Justice’ Department? A total joke!” the president tweeted on August 20.
Will Bruce Ohr, whose family received big money for helping to create the phony, dirty and discredited Dossier, ever be fired from the Jeff Sessions “Justice” Department? A total joke!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2018
It’s been eight days, Mr. President. We waited a year and a half to get John Brennan’s security revoked. Hillary and her minion’s security clearance is still in place. How long is “very quickly” going to be regarding Bruce Ohr?