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According to the transcript of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr's closed-door interview, Ohr was clear that he could not vouch for the credibility of the anti-Trump dossier; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.
John Solomon reported in The Hill last week that then-senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr cautioned FBI and DOJ officials in July and August 2016 that former British Intelligence operative Christopher Steele’s Russia dossier was connected to the Clinton campaign and likely biased. Solomon’ s sources were from the House of Representatives, where Ohr testified last August, and where he brought contemporaneous handwritten notes to support his claims. Two key points emerge from Solomon’s expose:
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Second, House Democrats made false statements about Ohr’s testimony. Rep. Adam Schiff’s team, then in the minority on the House Intelligence Committee, issued a statement alleging that Ohr’s contacts with the FBI did not begin until “weeks after the election and more than a month after the Court approved the initial FISA application.” This claim was made to bolster the falsehood that the unverified dossier played no role in the decision to investigate an opposition political campaign, or in the court’s approval of the first wiretap authorization. “We started the investigations without the dossier. We were proceeding with the investigations before we ever received that information,” former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told CNN in March 2018, after being fired for “lack[ing] candor.”
But for those of us who have worked in the hierarchy of the Justice Department, Solomon’s reporting reveals perplexing facts – in addition to the false statements – that contravene standard protocol.
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Ohr claims he briefed a handful of officials but not his immediate boss Sally Yates. As Associate Deputy Attorney General, Ohr reported directly to Deputy AG Yates. It is inconceivable that Ohr did not include her, especially since she signed the...
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