In this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo, Justice Department official Bruce Ohr arrives for a closed hearing of the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. A former British spy told Ohr, a senior Justice Department lawyer, at a breakfast meeting on July 30, 2016, that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel,” according to multiple people familiar with the encounter. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Yesterday, more major news broke in regards to not only FISA abuse, but also where the information for the Steele dossier came from. RedState reported on it here, citing Catherine Herridge sharing newly declassified documents requested by Sen. Ron Johnson.
…In addition, in late December 2016, Department Attorney Bruce Ohr told SSA 1 that he had met with Glenn Simpson (Fusion GPS) and that Simpson had assessed that Person 1 was a RIS (Russian intel) officer who was central in connecting Trump to Russia.” @CBSNews #MyHighlighter pic.twitter.com/xJxv04zPSI
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) April 10, 2020
The implications of this are just stunning. Bruce Ohr, a DOJ official, was meeting with a partisan political operative in Glen Simpson who was then sharing information from a Russian intelligence officer. There wasn’t even any ambiguity here. Ohr knew exactly where this information was coming from. These supposed “professionals” who we are told we must trust were feeding Russian disinformation, not even attempting to verify it, into FISA warrants. It’s like something out of a movie.
Ponder also the fact these 2 political operatives getting fake Trump/Russia info from a Russian intelligence officer are also
1) being paid by the Clinton campaign for this!
2) Steele was also being PAID BY THE FBI as a CHS to give them this same fake info!
— Brian Cates //Flynn & Breitbart's Army! (@drawandstrike) April 11, 2020
But while others like James Comey and Andrew McCabe have rightly been fired for the malfeascence that went on, Bruce Ohr continues to garner a government check. In fact, Ohr was given a massive raise and a bonus throughout the Russia investigation scandal. I guess it pays to be a conduit for Hillary Clinton’s Russian disinformation.
Think about how ridiculous this all is. The entire basis of the investigation was based on the notion that Donald Trump was secretly communicating with the Russians. Yet, at the exact same time that allegation was being pursued with everything the FBI had, the DOJ themselves were colluding with a Russian intel officer. That bad information was then used to get an illegal FISA warrant, and Bruce Ohr, the guy at the center of facilitating all this bad information from hostile sources, only got “demoted.”
Despite all of this, there are people who still insist the DOJ and FBI did nothing wrong, that this was all just an avalanche of “mistakes.” To be frank, one would have to be an absolute idiot to believe that at this point. You don’t meet with and take information from a partisan operative by Glen Simpson by mistake. You don’t then use that unverified information in FISA warrants by mistake. You don’t continue to pursue the investigation after knowing it was Russian disinformation by mistake. All of this was purposeful. They were looking for something to use to take down Donald Trump and if it was garbage from the Russians, they were willing to use it.
Someone tell me how this isn’t worse than Watergate by many magnitudes?
Meanwhile, your tax dollars keep paying Bruce Ohr and others who were part of this scheme. It’s incredibly perverse and leaves only one option left to be taken – this system has to be destroyed. The FISA system has no business existing after this. The FBI as it currently sits needs to be completely revamped, with stipulations of criminal liability put in place for future abuses. The DOJ, which has simply become an institution for partisan careerists to make lots of money, has to be reformed.
Slapping a few wrists and putting up some new procedures doesn’t even begin to fix this problem, but nothing will happen if Donald Trump is defeated in November. It’ll simply be back to business as usual. The American people have to wake up and make sure that doesn’t happen.