A senior Department of Justice official warned FBI leadership that the Steele dossier, which was the sole basis for the subsequent FBI investigation, was produced by operatives for the Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee.
Concerns about the inherent bias, were deliberately omitted from the FISA warrant applications that were used to launch the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign.
The Hill reports that Bruce Ohr, “the then-No. 4 Department of Justice (DOJ) official briefed both senior FBI and DOJ officials in summer 2016 about Christopher Steele’s Russia dossier, explicitly cautioning that the British intelligence operative’s work was opposition research connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and might be biased.”
At the time, Ohr was the associate attorney general. Yet his warnings about political bias were pointedly omitted weeks later from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that the FBI obtained from a federal court, granting it permission to spy on whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia to hijack the 2016 presidential election.
Ohr’s activities, chronicled in handwritten notes and congressional testimony […] provide the most damning evidence to date that FBI and DOJ officials may have misled federal judges in October 2016 in their zeal to obtain the warrant targeting Trump adviser Carter Page just weeks before Election Day.
Ohr had firsthand knowledge about the motive and the client: He had just met with Steele on July 30, 2016, and Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS, the same firm employing Steele.
“I certainly told the FBI that Fusion GPS was working with, doing opposition research on Donald Trump,” Ohr told congressional investigators, adding that he warned the FBI that Steele expressed bias during their conversations.
“I provided information to the FBI when I thought Christopher Steele was, as I said, desperate that Trump not be elected,” he added. “So, yes, of course I provided that to the FBI.” (The Hill)
A long list of officials have been fired or forced to resign as details of biased, political machinations within the FBI and DOJ have been revealed. Among them:
- FBI Director James Comey
- FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
- Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates
- FBI General Counsel James Baker
- FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki
- FBI Lead Investigator Peter Strzok
- FBI Attorney Lisa Page
* James Comey photo courtesy Rich Girard