Senior DOJ Official's Wife Worked At Oppo Research Firm That Produced "Trump Dossier"

In what looks to be another embarrassing blow to the FBI’s (already dubious) credibility, Fox News reported Monday night that the senior DOJ official who was demoted last week after allegedly trying to conceal his contacts with the firm that compiled the infamous “Trump dossier” has deep ties to the firm through his wife.

As it turns out, Nellie Ohr, the wife of disgraced DOJ official Bruce Ohr, was employed at Fusion GPS last year. Her term of employment overlapped with the period when the Trump dossier was being compiled. Though Fox was unable to discern the exact nature of her role at the firm, its reporters discovered that she has done extensive research on Russia-related topics for think tanks based in the Washington, DC area.

Ohr is the second senior DOJ official involved in the DOJ’s probe into Trump’s Russia ties to be demoted this year for suspected bias pertaining to the investigation. The other official, Peter Strzok, allegedly exchanged text messages expressing anti-Trump sentiments with another DOJ official with whom he was having an affair. And as if that weren’t enough to signal a conflict of interest, Strzok, it was revealed, possibly saved then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from prosecution by making a crucial change to the language in the now-infamous letter excusing Clinton for her suspected crimes. Specifically, Strzok changed language in Comey’s letter to "extremely careless" from the original language of "grossly negligent."

House Republicans – led by Intel Committee Chair Devin Nunes – have spent the better part of this year investigating how the dossier – which is loaded with salacious and unverified claims about Trump – played into the DOJ’s decision to launch the probe that eventually morphed into the Mueller investigation.

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.

In a statement, Nunes said his committee “is looking into all facets of the connections between the Department of Justice and Fusion GPS, including Mr. Ohr,” which suggests that more details fleshing out the exact nature of his wife’s involvement with the dossier could be forthcoming in the near future.

While the DOJ has refused to release any information about Ohr’s role in the investigation, it’s notable that he was demoted shortly after Fox began asking questions about his dual responsibilities: Not only was Ohr responsible for supervising the DOJ’s organized-crime prosecutions, but he also held the position of deputy attorney general. That position came with an office on “Main Justice” – a floor in the DOJ building where many senior officials have their offices.

According to Fox, Ohr's office was situated just a few doors down from Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, the official who is nominally in charge of supervising the Mueller probe. Rosenstein’s reluctance to provide information about the dossier to Nunes and his committee nearly led to him being subjected to a contempt of Congress order, along with FBI Director Christopher Wray, a Trump appointee who has nevertheless insisted that the bureau’s agents have acted fairly and professionally in carrying out their investigation into Trump and his associates’ ties to Russian entities.

Until Dec. 6, when Fox News began making inquiries about him, Bruce Ohr held two titles at DOJ. He was, and remains, director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force; but his other job was far more senior. Mr. Ohr held the rank of associate deputy attorney general, a post that gave him an office four doors down from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

 

The day before Fox News reported that Mr. Ohr held his secret meetings last year with the founder of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, and with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the dossier, the Justice Department stripped Ohr of his deputy title and ousted him from his fourth floor office at the building that DOJ insiders call “Main Justice."

 

The Department of Justice has provided no public explanation for Ohr’s demotion. Officials inside the Department have told Fox News his wearing of two hats was “unusual,” but also confirm Ohr had withheld his contacts with the Fusion GPS men from colleagues at the DOJ.

Nellie Ohr was described as a “Russia expert” at the Wilson Center, a Washington think tank where she was employed before joining Fusion.

A review of open source materials shows Mrs. Ohr was described as a Russia expert at the Wilson Center, a Washington think tank, when she worked there, briefly, a decade ago. The Center’s website said her project focused on the experiences of Russian farmers during Stalin’s collectivization program and following the invasion of Russia by Nazi forces in 1941. She has also reviewed a number of books about twentieth century Russia, including Reconstructing the State: Personal Networks and Elite Identity in Soviet Russia (2000), by Gerald Easter, a political scientist at Boston College, and Bertrand M. Patenaude’s The Big Show in Bololand: The American Relief Expedition to Soviet Russia in the Famine of 1921 (2002).

Unsurprisingly, Adam Schiff, the top-ranking Democrat on the committee refused to comment about Ohr specifically. Instead, he insinuated that Nunes was trying to deliberately discredit the DOJ, which, according to Schiff, did nothing wrong.

“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,” Schiff told MSNBC in September.

Of course, nearly every shred of information pertaining to the dossier that’s been publicly revealed in recent months would appear to counter this claim. Back in September, it was revealed that the dossier was jointly financed by the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Then it was revealed that Mueller had managed to interview Christopher Steele, the agent in charge of assembling the document. But apparently that interview did little to help the investigation verify its claims (if it had, we probably would’ve heard about it by now).

These revelations followed months of stonewalling by both the bureau and Fusion GPS, the firm that hired Steele, a former MI6 agent who worked in Russia for years.

All of this would seem to support the notion that the Mueller probe is hopelessly compromised, because many of the staffers who’ve worked on the investigation have anti-Trump leanings.

The only question now is: Will this be the final straw that prompts Trump to fire Mueller and put an end to his witch hunt. Though, as we pointed out, Mueller’s decision to secure a guilty plea from Michael Flynn might ultimately help salvage his investigation by providing much needed cover.

Regardless, one thing is clear: These repeated lapses in judgment have seriously damaged the bureau’s credibility, as Nunes and several of his Republican peers have suggested.

Comments

Giant Meteor Zer0head Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:08 Permalink

Well I believe it's probably safe to say, POTUS also has a few friends in the deep state machine ...Someone has access to the little black book, and aside from using it, they're using it to good effect ...My thesis has been everybody in the know, has got something on everybody else in the know, both teams ..It may simply come down to, who holds the better (blackmail) cards ...Christ, I thought it was going to be tough call .. 

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NoDebt Zer0head Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:05 Permalink

The wheels are ever so slowly coming off the Clinton/Obama era.  One by one, their minions are getting exposed as part of the giant cesspool of abject courruption they are.  Unfortunately, it's happening too slowly, I'm afraid.  If Trump has an 8 year presidency he'll still be picking this fly shit out of pepper the whole time.  The ratchet towards complete corruption only goes one way, never backwards  Eventually these fuckers and their spawn will win.  Maybe not this election cycle, maybe not the next, but they will win eventually.  When the moral center has been lost, this is the only outcome. The moral center has been lost.   

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DeadFred Bay of Pigs Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:12 Permalink

Fusion GPS is an FBI operation the way FaceBook is CIA. Back dated research is available for a FISA warrant any time they want. They can't admit it so all they can do is stonewall the subpoenas. Sooner or later they are toast but it isn't time to roll up the big fish yet. Wonder which agency told them she worked for Fusion GPS? I'm sure there's no such agency.

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Librarian DeadFred Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:49 Permalink

There's the NSA, the CIA, FBI and DOJ.Anyone who isn't suffering from a brain injury can easily search ZH, Reddit T_D and put all the names of the traitors together.They were counting on Trump being a bumpkin once he got into office.  Their own discount echo chamber had convinced them of their superiority and invincibility. They chose ...poorly.

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Giant Meteor Oliver Klozoff Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:02 Permalink

"The most immediate of Titor's predictions was of an upcoming civil war in the United States having to do with "order and rights".[9] He described it as beginning in 2004,[10] with civil unrest surrounding the presidential election of that year. This civil conflict that he characterized as "having a Waco type event every month that steadily gets worse"[10] would be "pretty much at everyone's doorstep"[9] and erupt by 2008."Ok, so he was off by a few years. Can hardly hold that against him!Obviously a malfunction in the flux capacitor ..

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Peterk_kk sheikurbootie Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:46 Permalink

Interesting you say that - on Dec 3 he tweeted ... " After years of Comey, with the phoney and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History!  But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness"   It is rather optimistic given the current circumstance and the question is "who comprise the we"?

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Billy the Poet GUS100CORRINA Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:35 Permalink

People who colluded with the Russians are looking high and low for any evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians. How Ex-Spy Christopher Steele Compiled His Explosive Trump-Russia Dossier Source A—to use the careful nomenclature of his dossier—was “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure.” Source B was “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.”https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/how-the-explosive-russian-dossi…

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dwboston Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:22 Permalink

"Demoted" - not fired, but "demoted".  Doesn't matter unless these idiots are fired, stripped of their pensions, and prosecuted for treason.

Blankone dwboston Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:35 Permalink

" He was, and remains, director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force; but his other job was far more senior. "

He had two positions and now only has one. And it is a senior director position. I doubt he sees any reduction in pay.

His main role in the other position was probably to go after Trump.

Anything less than fired or busted out of management and down to base officer just encourages more corruption.

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lew1024 sheikurbootie Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:33 Permalink

Some of those bureaucrats run the blackmail operation that runs the Congress.Remember Dennis Hastert, the pedophile that lead the Republican Congress under Shrub? And lasted a couple of years after a major magazine outed him as having paid blackmail? When at least 4 investigative agencies knew of him receiving suitcases of cash and little boys? Including the CIA's pimps that provided the boys on his many junkets?Accident, or design? 

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peippe Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:39 Permalink

I think Trump should be allowed to donkey-punch both the Ohrs on national TV.Maybe air it on PBS? I would watch that.EDIT: also, Hillary apologizing to Donald for her being a douchebag for the last seventy years.then she can drink some cyanide & die enroute to the hospital.

Bavarian Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:38 Permalink

It's stunning to me that after committing these criminal acts that they continue to work there completely confident that they cannot be caught up in the ongoing investigation of the past year.  Either arrogant or stupid, I can't decide which.  If it were me, I would've retired long ago to some far away land.  These cats are flaunting their illegality and deserve to get thrown into the gulag.  All one has to do is watch Hannity each night to see how much closer they are coming to connecting the dots to their doorstep.  I think stupid wins out here.  There will be many jailings. 

Giant Meteor Bavarian Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:20 Permalink

“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” -- Frank ZappaSeems like this the more likely outcome ..

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B1G mNy Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:42 Permalink

Burn it to the ground! Sick of these people like Mulky face Mueller thinking they can get away with it. Bring them to their knees! B$

booboo Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:59 Permalink

Efrem Zimbalist Jr played Inspector Lewis Irskin the the TV series “The FBI”. His father was a famous Russian violinist. I’m sure at this point there is a high level investigation going on right now to find out how this could have happened. /s

Philanthropocalypse Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:04 Permalink

Anyone else notice that the quality of articles penned by "the Tylers" has improved, maybe in the last few weeks?  Less grammar and spelling errors. More coherent, in general, and more directed...?