DOJ official Bruce G. Ohr, was demoted amid questions about his contacts with the opposition, which the research company.
EXCLUSIVE: a senior justice Department official was demoted this week in the midst of an ongoing investigation of his contacts with the opposition research firm responsible for the anti-trump “dossier,” the Department confirmed to Fox News.
Until Wednesday morning, Bruce G. the ear-holding two title at the DOJ: associate deputy attorney general, a post that described what it was four doors from his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a program of the Department as “the heart of the attorney general’s drug strategy.”
The ear retains its OCDETF title but was removed from his higher post and ousted from his office on the fourth floor of “Main justice.”
First of all, senior department officials were not the reason for the ear ‘ s downgrade, 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 the ear met during the 2016 campaign, with Christopher Steele, the former British spy, the author of the “dossier.”
Later, a Justice Department official told Fox News: “It is unusual for anyone to wear two hats,” as he has done recently. This person is to go back to a single focus—the Director of our organized crime and drug enforcement unit. As you know, the fight against TRANS-national criminal organizations and drug trafficking is a top priority for the attorney General.”
In addition, the house investigators have determined that the ear met shortly after the election, with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS – opposition research firm to compile the hired Steele to the dossier with funds provided by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. From this point, according to published reports, the dossier was in the hands of the FBI, under the auspices of the DOJ, for about five months, and the monitoring of the Carter-page, a consultant for the trump campaign, had begun more than two months before.
Glenn Simpson met with a top DOJ official, after the election, Fox News has learned.
The former FBI Director, James Comey, in front of the House in March, the dossier referred to testified as a collection of “lewd and unverified” allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump and the likes. The Nunes-panel spent investigating a majority of this year, whether or not the DOJ, under then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, used the dossier as a justification of a foreign surveillance warrant.
The contacts between the ear and the Steele, and between the ear and Simpson, were not announced to the public together with the HPSCI staff.
The Board has issued numerous subpoenas for documents and witnesses in connection with the dossier claimed, however, that the DOJ and FBI had “stonewalled”, a claim that the speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Members in a rare public statement in October.
While the agencies say they have cooperated intensively with Nunes and his team, including the provision of several hundred pages of secret documents related to the dossier, it was only last weekend that the DOJ and FBI agreed to make available to the Committee for questioning, and Peter Strzok, the high-ranking FBI official who was disciplined in July for the anti-Trump texts to a colleague while playing a crucial role in last year’s investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s private server.
Strzok has been removed from the staff of the Special Counsel, Robert Miller, who is probing allegations of collusion between the trump campaign and the Russian government, and relegated to a position on the FBI’s human resources division. The agencies’ decision to make Strzok available to the house, the investigators came on the same day that The New York Times and The Washington Post openly about the existence of the anti-Trump-text news and Fox News reported that Strzok behavior in the Clinton case was under examination by the FBI Office of Inspector General.
The downgrade of the ear marks the second time within a few months, that the Ministry of justice and the FBI have been disciplined for misconduct by a high-ranking official, in some form or fashion, the Trump-Russia case.
According to congressional sources, Simpson and ear met sometime around Thanksgiving last year, as President-elect, Trump was in the selection of his Cabinet, and discussed over coffee-the anti-Trump dossier, the Russia investigation and what is Simpson’s account of the worrying development of the Trump the victory.
How, exactly, Simpson, and the ear came to know each other is still being investigated, but initial evidence collected from the House intelligence committee that the two are placed in contact with Steele, a former FBI informant, whose contacts are said with the ear of senior DOJ officials, to date back to 2006.
Nunes, who has instructed HPSCI staff draft contempt-of-Congress citations against Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray – on groundwork for a vote as to whether the quotations that should be set to issued a fresh subpoena on Thursday explicitly to the ear and its files.
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