A top official at the Department of Justice (DOJ) was demoted this week after it was discovered that he withheld information from his superiors about his prior contacts to Fusion GPS — the “opposition research” firm that created the salacious and unverified Trump-Russia dossier.
Fox News’ Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen reported in an exclusive on Thursday that Bruce G. Ohr — who held two titles at the DOJ — was demoted after an ongoing investigation into his contacts revealed that he was connected to Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and to the author of the Trump-dossier, Christopher Steele.
Ohr, whose boss is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, served as an associate deputy attorney general and the director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF).
Evidence gathered by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) showed that Ohr met with Steele during the 2016 presidential campaign and then met with Simpson shortly after the presidential election. The dossier from Fusion GPS, created by Steele, was financed by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Ohr’s connections to Fusion GPS are made even more significant by the simple fact that he did not disclose his contacts with Steele and Simpson to the HPSCI.
Initial evidence suggests that Simpson and Ohr came to know each other through Steele, who is believed to have known Ohr for over a decade. Ohr met with Simpson around the time of Thanksgiving in 2016 to discuss the “anti-Trump dossier, the Russia investigation and what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory.”