BRUCE OHR KEPT NOW-MUELLER TEAM MEMBER “IN THE LOOP” ON RUSSIA DOSSIER WHILE AT DOJ
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 30, 2018) — At 9:37 p.m. EDT, Judge Jeanine Pirro, sitting in for Sean Hannity, announced that DOJ demoted official Bruce Ohr testified Tuesday that he was in regular communication with one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors of the Trump-Russia “collusion” investigation which has been ongoing for more than two years and 15 months under Mueller.
Ohr’s contacts with prosecutor Andrew Weissmann reportedly occurred when Weissmann led the Justice Department’s “criminal fraud” unit prior to his assignment to the Special Counsel’s investigation into whether or not Trump or his campaign aides “colluded” with Russia in 2016.
Pirro cited the work of FNC’s Catherine Herridge as having discovered the revelation that Ohr kept Weissmann “in the loop” about the dossier. According to earlier FNC reportage and public records, Weissmann has a questionable history as a prosecutor.
According to The New York Times, Weissmann was Mueller’s general counsel when Mueller was FBI director. In an article dated October 31, 2017, The Times reported, “It was Mr. Weissmann, more recently, who oversaw the predawn raid of Mr. Manafort’s Virginia residence in July, when federal agents picked his lock and prosecutors communicated their intention to indict him.”
Text messages released earlier this month show that Ohr was also in constant communication with dossier author Christopher Steele, who had expressed an animus toward a potential Trump presidency and was hired to compile the opposition research on Trump by Fusion GPS. In turn, Fusion was paid by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign through the law firm Perkins Coie.
Ohr’s wife Nellie also worked for Fusion on the dossier while Ohr funneled its contents to the FBI.
Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett told Pirro in response to her question about possible crimes with which Bruce Ohr might be charged that he sees four statutes Ohr could have violated. According to Hannity on Wednesday night, Ohr knew that the dossier’s contents were unverified even as he shared it with FBI officials and DOJ cohorts.
Many Americans have criticized the Mueller investigation as having a bias given the makeup of its prosecutors, most of whom have donated to Democrats over the years, and two of whom have connections to the Clintons. In February, the Los Angeles Times said that Weissmann’s “expertise in uncovering perjury, obstruction of justice and complex financial crimes — now could pose a mortal threat to Trump’s presidency.”
Jarrett additionally opined that with Herridge’s discovery, Mueller should immediately close his probe into whether or not anyone in the Trump campaign “colluded” with the Kremlin.