The move, according to the news site Axios, comes at the behest of House GOP members of the Intelligence and Judiciary committees. In recent hearings, they have heard evidence that suggests the FBI ran a shoddy, politicized and possibly illegal internal campaign to get permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to spy on Page.
For the record, using the powerful investigative and surveillance powers of the federal government for partisan purposes is a federal crime punishable by time in prison. It’s not a joke.
“They (GOP House members) allege that (former Associte Deputy Attorney General) Bruce Ohr played an improper intermediary role between the Justice Department, British spy Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS — the opposition research firm that produced the Trump-Russia dossier, funded by Democrats,” Axios noted.
“Improper intermediary role” is an understatement.
Bruce Ohr’s wife, the Russophile former CIA employee Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS and actually helped compile the now infamous Steele dossier.
Steele was on the FBI’s payroll, until he decided to make his dirty dossier on Donald Trump public via selective release to friendly media sources.
But Steele’s firing by the FBI shortly before the 2016 election didn’t matter, because he continued to talk to Bruce Ohr. And, of course, Ohr’s wife Nellie served as a conduit from Hillary Clinton-funded Fusion GPS for information, tainted or otherwise, about Trump.
Which explains why Ohr, the FBI’s fourth-highest official, never included the information about his wife working for Fusion GPS on federal conflict-of-interest forms he had to fill out, which is itself a violation of the law.
The Steele dossier is at the heart of this flap, since it was used extensively four times in 2016 and 2017 in applications to FISC to justify spying on Carter Page.
Even Trump foe James Comey, former head of the FBI, called the contents of the dossier “salacious and unverified.” If so, why did the Justice Department and FBI use it so extensively in their investigation?
The only answer that appears reasonable is that it was never really an investigation at all, but rather a partisan maneuver to get Democrat Hillary Clinton elected using the nation’s national security apparatus.
If you want to talk about “high crimes and misdemeanors,” this is it.
A recent piece by John Solomon in The Hill outlined the growing evidence against Ohr in the collusion investgation:
“Ohr’s own notes, emails and text messages show he communicated extensively with Steele and with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson,” Solomon wrote. “Those documents have been turned over in recent weeks to investigative bodies in Congress and the DOJ, but not reviewed outside the investigative ranks until now.
“They show Ohr had contact with Steele in the days just before the FBI opened its Trump-Russia probe in summer 2016, and then engaged Steele as a “confidential human source” (CHS) assisting in that probe.
“They also confirm that Ohr later became a critical conduit of continuing information from Steele after the FBI ended the Brit’s role as an informant.
” ‘B, doubtless a sad and crazy day for you re- SY,’ Steele texted Ohr on Jan. 31, 2017, referencing President Trump’s firing of Sally Yates for insubordination.
“Steele’s FBI relationship had been terminated about three months earlier. The bureau concluded on Nov. 1, 2016, that he leaked information to the news media and was “not suitable for use” as a confidential source, memos show.
“The FBI specifically instructed Steele that he could no longer ‘operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI,’ those memos show.”
Astounding. As American Thinker founder Thomas Lifson put it, “The weaponization of the FBI’s counterintelligence operations on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy is the greatest political scandal in American history.”
As the evidence of massive collusion to subvert an American presidential election emerges, it increasingly appears it wasn’t the Russians who were behind it, but virulently anti-Trump activists burrowed deeply within the FBI, Justice Department and CIA.
Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller has reported, “Sources familiar with Ohr’s testimony before the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Ohr informed Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page about his interactions with Steele and (Fusion GPS founder Glenn) Simpson. He also informed Justice Department prosecutor Andrew Weissmann about his dossier-related work.”
Let that sink in for a minute. Weissmann is a top operative in Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Trump-Russian meddling in the 2016 election. So everyone was “in the loop,” so to speak on what appears to be an illicit effort to dig up dirt on a single presidential candidate — all funded by his political opponent, Hillary Clinton, and by the taxpayers.
And emails of those officials named in Ross’s reporting show an almost pathological hatred of Trump. They suggest FBI and Justice officials were willing to subvert the law to keep Trump out of the White House — or to have him removed once he won.
Worse still, the media, with reams of damning evidence virtually dumped in their laps, have chosen to ignore what’s going on.
Even without the media, the FBI’s and Justice Department’s story is coming apart. With a possible dump of classified information used in putting together the FISA applications, we’ll soon see just how corrupt their “investigation” is.