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DOJ Demotes Official Over Trump Dossier Contacts

08 Décembre 2017

Ohr was the associate deputy attorney general and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF).

A Justice Department official would not confirm that Ohr was demoted because of the meetings, but told 'It is unusual for anyone to wear two hats as he has done recently'. In an exclusive report from Fox News, they stated that Bruce G. Ohr had two titles at the Justice Department until Wednesday. As you know, combating transnational criminal organizations and drug trafficking is a top priority for the attorney general, ' said the official.

Ohr will retain his OCDETF title but has been stripped of his higher post and ousted from his office on the fourth floor of "Main Justice".

Initially senior department officials could not provide the reason for Ohr's demotion, but Fox News has learned that evidence collected by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., indicates that Ohr met during the 2016 campaign with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the "dossier".

Steele wrote the "dirty dossier" of compromising information on Trump, which included unverified salacious claims about his conduct in a Moscow hotel room as well as complex financial leverage that Russians were purported to hold over him.

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'This person is going to go back to a single focus-director of our organized crime and drug enforcement unit. Ohr, who worked in close proximity to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, had contacts previous year with dossier author Christopher Steele as well as with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS.

New information surfaced this week that FBI official Peter Strzok was removed from the investigation in July for anti-Trump text messages.

It is not known what comments Strzok made in those text messages. He also played a large role in making the decision on the investigation into Clinton's private server use.

The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee has been probing the origins of the dossier and how the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign ended up funding the research. The two were put in touch by Steele, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation informant, who has been a contact of Ohr's since 2006. When Ohr met with Simpson, the report was already in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 'Even the appearance of impropriety will devastate the FBI's reputation, ' said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Robert Goodlatte at a hearing Thursday.