|Associate Deputy Attorney General|
From: ??? - December 2017
|Successor||removed December 2017|
Bruce G. Ohr (b. March 16, 1962) held two titles at the Obama Department of Justice: Associate Deputy Attorney General, a post that placed him four doors down from 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 held the number 4 position in the Justice Department during the time of Obama administration illegal spying on Donald Trump and associates, behind Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, John Carlin, and later Mary McCord.
In November 2016 Glenn Simpson, founder of FusionGPS and Bruce Ohr had a meeting while President-elect Donald Trump was in the process of selecting his cabinet. FusionGPS was employed by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic party. Ohr and Simpson discussed the Clinton campaign's Steele dossier, the Russia meddling investigation, and what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory. The manufactured evidence of the Clinton-Steele dossier was given to the FBI some five months earlier, and the Obama Justice Department knowingly misrepresented Hillary Clinton's opposition research to hoax the FISA court into authorizing a foreign surveillance warrant (FISA) against the Trump campaign two months earlier.
Ohr was demoted in December 2017 when Inspector General Mike Horowitz reported that Ohr withheld from "superiors" his secret contacts with Christopher Steele, author of Hillary Clinton's opposition research Clinton-Steele dossier, and with Glenn Simpson. Neither did Ohr disclose that his wife, Nellie Ohr, was employed by FusionGPS and helped write the false evidence in the Clinton-Steele dossier presented to the FISA court.
Ohr was directly involved with Project Cassandra, the interagency investigation spearheaded by the DEA that tracked a massive international narcotics and money laundering scheme allegedly run by Hezbollah. The project and its potential prosecutions were sidelined by senior Obama administration officials who didn't want to upset Iran in the lead-up to the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement: "While I am hopeful that there were no barriers constructed by the last admission to allowing DEA agents to fully bring all appropriate cases under Project Cassandra, this is a significant issue for the protection of Americans. We will review these matters and give full support to investigations of violent drug trafficking organizations."
In December 2017 Ohr initially retained his position as Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. In January 2018 Ohr was stripped of his directorship of OCDETF as well.
FISA abuse scandal
- Main article: FISA abuse
Bruce Ohr was the lynchpin between the Attorney General, the FBI and FusionGPS. Ohr’s wife Nellie worked for FusionGPS on the Clinton-Steele Dossier.On October 26, 2016 the FISA court issued a decision that revealed that the upper echelon of the FBI and others deliberately gave unlimited and unsupervised access to the most private raw FISA data to FusionGPS. NSA Dir. Mike Rogers personally informed the FISA court of the Obama administration's violations of Sec. 702(17) of the FISA Act (electronic surveillance of US citizens) after he suspected DOJ/FBI abuses and ordered a compliance audit. The FISA court noted that on March 9, 2016
“DOJ oversight personnel conducting a minimization review of the FBI’s *** [redacted] learned that the FBI had disclosed raw FISA information, including but not limited to Section 702-acquired information....certain *** [redacted] contractors had access to raw FISA information on FBI storage systems. ***[redacted] the ***[redacted] contractors had access to raw FISA information that went well beyond what was necessary to respond to the FBI’s requests.”According to the court, the
“FBI discontinued the above-described access to raw FISA information as of April 18, 2016.”The court continued, noting
“Restrictions were not in place with regard to the *** [redacted] contractors; their access was not limited to raw information for which the FBI sought assistance and access continued even after they had completed their work in response to an FBI request."Page 83 of the court ruling read, the
"FBI gave raw Section 702–acquired information to a private entity [FusionGPS] that was not a federal agency and whose personnel [Simpson, Steele, Nellie Ohr] were not sufficiently supervised by a federal agency for compliance minimization procedures [protecting the Fourth Amendment rights of US persons]."Footnote 68 of the court’s decision includes the statement that
“the government acknowledges that those disclosures were improper for other reasons.”In Footnote 69 the decision reads that
“improper access granted to the * * *[redacted] contractors . . . * * *[redacted] . . . seems to have been the result of deliberate decision-making. * * *[redacted] access to FBI systems was the subject of an interagency memorandum of understanding (presumably prepared or reviewed by FBI lawyers), no notice of this practice was given to the FISC until 2016.”
In the closed door hearing before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Obama administration lawyers admitted to routinely violating American citizens' privacy protections for the past five years. More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011.
Simultaneously with the October 2016 FISA court ruling Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, made a payment of $365,275.33 to FusionGPS.
Former Deputy Asst. Attorney General Bruce Ohr is the most exposed official on the DOJ-NSD side of the Obama administration illegal operation. Bruce Ohr was been questioned at least 12 times about his involvement by FBI internal Inspection Division (INSD) and Inspector General investigators. Ohr was demoted twice as an outcome of those sessions yet remained employed, implying he is a cooperating witness. Ohr was likely the central Main Justice official for illegally gathering FISA intelligence and sharing it with Fusion-GPS and Christopher Steele.
Bruce’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was also a participant and was hired by Fusion-GPS in May 2016 during the apex of opposition research into Donald Trump and the campaign team. With Nellie Ohr’s subject matter expertise of Russian spy and trade-craft, together Bruce and Nellie were the central figures in the creation of, and laundry for, the Clinton/Steele dossier to mske it appear the Obama administration's illegally gathered FISA information originated outside government. The larger Russian narrative originated with this operation.
Bruce Ohr remains employed within DOJ-NSD in some function and is likely a cooperating witness along with his wife.