Top DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Continued Working with Fusion GPS/Christopher Steele After Election
Hundreds of pages of previously undisclosed FBI emails and memos show that the Democrat opposition research firm Fusion GPS, through former British spy Christopher Steele, worked closely with the FBI, and DOJ official Bruce Ohr, to take down Donald Trump before, during, and after the 2016 presidential election.
And even after the FBI officially stopped using the "dirty dossier" author as a confidential source (because he leaked to the media), they turned to then-associate deputy attorney general Ohr as a back channel to Steele.
Fusion GPS, which was hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to find dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump, has a long history of smearing Republicans for profit. In 2012, for instance, Barack Obama's presidential campaign hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, as well as his donors, to literally create an enemies list.
Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show that Obama for America (OFA) has paid over $972,000 to Perkins Coie, an international law firm, in an arrangement similar to the one that the Clinton campaign and DNC used in 2016.
Steele met with the FBI at least thirteen times during the election year of 2016 and eleven of those times resulted in payments to Steele, according to Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton in a recent interview on Fox News. However, by that November, the FBI no longer deemed Steele to be a useful confidential informant.
In January of 2018, Senator Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Graham (R-SC) referred Steele to the DOJ for criminal investigation.
“After reviewing how Mr. Steele conducted himself in distributing information contained in the dossier and how many stop signs the DOJ ignored in its use of the dossier, I believe that a special counsel needs to review this matter. The rule of Law depends on the government and all who work on its behalf playing by the rules themselves. I hope the Department of Justice will carefully review our letter and take appropriate action,” Graham wrote in their letter to the Justice Department.
Senator Grassley is also working on getting a copy of the video deposition that Steele gave in London on June 18, 2018, after he repeatedly dodged Congress's repeated requests to interview him.
In a new report at The Hill, John Solomon details how Ohr was working with Steele well into the early days of Trump's presidency, even after the FBI terminated its relationship with him.
Ohr, who reported to Obama-era Deputy AG Sally Yates, was demoted last December, but remains employed at the DOJ. Yates was fired by President Trump because of her insubordination over his travel ban.
Ohr’s own notes, emails, and text messages show that he was in contact with Steele just before the FBI opened its Trump-Russia probe in the summer of 2016, and continued to engage with him as a “confidential human source” (CHS) in the probe well after Trump took office.