President Donald Trump said recently that he’s been “very unhappy” with the performance of Attorney General Bill Barr. Who could blame him? After years of foot-dragging by everyone at the Department of Justice and the FBI, a group of co-conspirators who committed sedition and possibly treason – right on live, televised hearings in front of all of us – is still walking around breathing free air. Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department lawyer who was a key player in the conspiracy against a sitting president, was just allowed to resign from his job the day before he was about to be fired.
The collusion hoaxers encountered a big problem back during the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton had hired a former foreign spy – Christopher Steele – through Fusion GPS to fabricate the collusion hoax. Steele was leaking allegations from his fake Russian collusion “dossier” to the media and collecting a paycheck from the FBI at the same time. Steele’s misinformation was being published by the media and then James Comey’s crew at the FBI – “the right people,” as Barack Obama would call them in a meeting a few months later – used the media reports as “evidence” to spy on members of the Trump campaign.
Steele got sloppy and he got caught leaking. Again, the FBI didn’t mind Steele leaking his fake reports to the press. They needed that to happen. But when Steele got caught, the FBI was forced to fire him and kick him off the payroll. This presented a problem for Hillary Clinton, the FBI and Fusion GPS. They still wanted Steele’s fake Russian potty dossier contents, but Steele could no longer walk them through the front door at the FBI.
That’s when Bruce Ohr came into the picture, according to Ohr’s own closed-door testimony before the House. His wife, Nellie Ohr, was already working at Fusion GPS, furiously trying to dig up dirt on Donald Trump’s children. It sounds like a joke, but Nellie Ohr really was investigating young Barron Trump to see whether he was shaking other kids down for lunch money at school or passing along information to shady Russians.
Steele worked at for the same employer as Nellie Ohr and they were working together on the “Trump project,” plus Steele had been an acquaintance of Bruce Ohr’s for years. (All of this is public record after the transcripts of their House interviews were declassified last year.)
So, Christopher Steele got together with the Ohrs for dinner one night in July of 2016 and hatched another part of the plot against the president. Christopher Steele couldn’t give his fake Trump “intelligence” to the FBI any longer, but Bruce Ohr could take Steele’s info and hand-deliver it to the FBI. Which Bruce Ohr proceeded to do, over and over again, during the runup to the 2016 election.
Keep in mind that Bruce Ohr’s work really had nothing to do with intelligence gathering. But he was allowed by the Department of Justice and the FBI to take Steele’s Russian potty dossier files into the FBI and say, “Oh, hey guys, I just happened to stumble upon some Russian intelligence and here it is.”
Even though Christopher Steele had been fired by the FBI and it was known that his information was phony, it still made its way into the FBI offices thanks to Bruce Ohr. That fake “intel” was ultimately included in the FISA warrants against Trump campaign staffers.
Bruce Ohr made it happen for his team. He probably had fun doing it. The geeky lawyer probably felt like he was in a James Bond movie, sneaking files into the FBI under everyone’s noses.
Ohr admitted to his role in the coup attempt against President Trump. His behavior was so outlandish that he was about to be fired this week – at long last – due to the findings in the Inspector General report last year. But the DOJ gave him plenty of notice that he was going to be fired, so Ohr resigned. Ohr won’t be charged with a crime, he’ll get to keep his taxpayer-funded pension and he won’t even have to put the fact that he was fired on his resumé.
The House Oversight Committee sent a criminal referral to the DOJ more than a year ago, related to Nellie Ohr. They believe she lied to Congress under oath. More than a year ago – and still, nothing has happened.
We should brace ourselves for more of these non-events related to the criminal conspiracy against our president. At this point, it seems futile to hold out hope that US Attorney John Durham or Attorney General Bill Barr plan to charge any of the co-conspirators. No wonder the president is “very unhappy” with Barr.