A Top Russia Hoax and Steele Dossier Pusher Finally Leaves the DOJ

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)

 

Many of the characters behind the Trump-Russia investigation have left their respective positions over the years. But one has stubbornly hung on despite being at the epicenter of the Steele Dossier, including having meetings with Steele himself and Fusion GPS. That would be Bruce Ohr.

As I wrote back in April, we’ve already known enough for years now to wonder how he still had a job (see After Major New Revelations of Russia Investigation Abuse, How Bruce Ohr Still Has a Job Remains a Mystery)

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.

Apparently, disciplinary action was finally coming down the pike, as a new report from Catherine Herridge reveals that Ohr resigned before being fired.

Here’s more on that.

As per our usual arrangement, Ohr will likely pay no price for anything he did. Despite peddling the dossier, including seeking to build it up behind his superior’s backs at times, Ohr gets to resign and keep his retirement. Like those before him, such as Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe, it’s unlikely the DOJ will be pressing any charges going forward either.

In the end, the deep state won. The Senate stonewalled until it as too late, the DOJ has produced nothing, and those who helped perpetuate a scandal much larger than Watergate ever dreamed of being will end up with book deals and more cable news hits. Ohr should be going to jail for what he did, but we don’t live under a just system at this point. It is what it is.

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