Bruce Ohr, a veteran Justice Department official whose ties to British former spy Christopher Steele led to his 2017 demotion, resigned from the department while awaiting the results of a “disciplinary review,” a department spokesperson said Wednesday.
“Mr. Ohr retired after his counsel was informed that a final decision on a disciplinary review being conducted by department senior career officials was imminent,” the statement continued.
The dossier compiled by Mr. Steele is full of unverified, salacious allegations tying President Trump to Russians who meddled in the 2016 election.
Mr. Steele authored the dossier for research firm Fusion GPS as opposition research for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Mr. Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS at the time.
Despite having dumped Mr. Steele as a confidential source in November 2016, the FBI team investigating links between Mr. Trump and Russia received information from him through Mr. Ohr, the inspector general concluded. Mr. Ohr met with the FBI on 13 occasions to pass along information from Mr. Steele.
Mr. Ohr said he could not recall the FBI asking him to take a specific action, but was told to let the FBI know when he received information from the spy, Mr. Horowitz said.
In 2018, he also lost his position as director of the Organized Drug Enforcement Task Force and removed as a counselor for international affairs in the Criminal Division.
“Is it really possible that Bruce Ohr, whose wife Nellie was paid by Simpson and GPS Fusion for work done on the Fake Dossier, and who was used as a Pawn in this whole SCAM (WITCH HUNT), is still working for the Department of Justice????? Can this really be so?????” Mr. Trump tweeted in 2018.
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