Cooperating witnesses who are ticked off that their retirement is in danger are going to be the death of the Mueller probe. Hopefully.
On Thursday, a bombshell revelation came out of the closed door testimony of twice demoted Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr. The reality is that one of the lawyers on the Mueller team knew all about the dossier that had been put together by the team between the FBI and DOJ. Ohr told him about it.
Embattled Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had contact in 2016 with then-colleague Andrew Weissmann, who is now a top Robert Mueller deputy, as well as other senior FBI officials about the controversial anti-Trump dossier and the individuals behind it, two sources close to the matter told Fox News….
Weissmann was kept “in the loop” on the dossier, a source said, while he was chief of the criminal fraud division. He is now assigned to Special Counsel Mueller’s team.
No, no conflict of interest to see here. Move along. The other FBI officials are names anyone following the story knows. No need to rehash that here.
And that was just the tip of the iceberg according to not just sources leaking information out of the committee hearings, but also from Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio who claims that the FBI withheld information when they went to get the FISA warrants to spy on members of FISA warrants team.
“When they went to court, the FBI knew three important things. And they did not disclose this to the court,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said. “They knew the Ohrs’ involvement in the production of the dossier. They knew that Chris Steele had this extreme bias against the president. And they knew who paid for the dossier. And they did not disclose these key facts to the court when they went there to get the warrant to spy on Carter Page and the Trump campaign.”
As for Bruce Ohr, he is busy rolling over to save himself. The investigation has turned up evidence that he was a key player in the whole Steele dossier scandal.
A Republican-authored House Intelligence Committee memo released in February said that Steele “maintained contact” with Ohr “before and after” the government fired the ex-British spy as a source. “Shortly after the election, the FBI began interviewing Ohr, documenting his communications with Steele,” the memo said. “For example, in September 2016, Steele admitted to Ohr his feelings against then-candidate Trump when Steele said he ‘was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.'”
In addition, Ohr’s handwritten notes, reviewed by Fox News, showed that two weeks after the election, on Nov. 21, he made a list including Page, Strzok and the FBI agent – which may have been a reference to a meeting. “No [prosecution] yet. Push case ahead on M. May go back to Chris,” he wrote. Congressional investigators told Fox News they believe the “M” likely refers to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who recently was convicted on tax and bank fraud charges in Virginia, and the “Chris” is Christopher Steele.
The group didn’t think Hillary Clinton would lose so they got sloppy. All because the group wanted to keep Donald Trump out of office.
The big question is why that is the case.