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A U.S. Department of Justice official been demoted because of connections with the people who concocted the infamous Trump “dossier.”

Fox News reported Thursday former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr has been booted out of his office on the fourth floor of main Justice Department building:

Until Wednesday morning, Bruce G. Ohr held two titles at DOJ: associate deputy attorney general, a post that placed him four doors down from his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a program described by the department as “the centerpiece of the attorney general’s drug strategy.”

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.”

While Fox News reported Justice Department officials said Ohr was going back to having one job as the head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, Ohr’s demotion from associate deputy attorney general might have had to do with his ties to the discredited opposition research dossier.

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Fox News reporter James Rosen said sources told him Ohr met with the man behind what former FBI Director James Comey characterized as the “salacious and unverified” Trump dossier during the 2016 election. The dossier was constructed by the Fusion GPS opposition research company, along with former British spy Christopher Steele:

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.”

It turns out Ohr was friends with the spy and the head of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson. According to Fox News, the two had a post-election pity party to lament Trump’s election win:

Additionally, House investigators have determined that Ohr met shortly after the election with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS — the opposition research firm that hired Steele to compile the dossier with funds supplied by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

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According to congressional sources, Simpson and Ohr met sometime around Thanksgiving last year, when President-elect Trump was in the process of selecting his Cabinet, and discussed over coffee the anti-Trump dossier, the Russia investigation, and what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory.

The House Intelligence Committee has demanded documents from the top-tier officials at the Justice Department over the dossier.

Fox News reported the head of the panel, California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, is preparing contempt of Congress charges against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, and he has subpoenaed all documents on Ohr.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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