REVEALED: Wife of Top DOJ Official Worked For Fusion GPS During the 2016 Election
New details have emerged surrounding the demotion of a leading Justice Department official after reports broke last week that he had been in contact with Fusion GPS. Fox News‘ James Rosen and Jake Gibson reveal the wife of Justice Department official Bruce G. Ohr worked for the opposition research firm during the 2016 presidential election.
Fox News reports:
A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump “dossier” had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than has been disclosed, Fox News has confirmed: The official’s wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election.
Contacted by Fox News, investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) confirmed that Nellie H. Ohr, wife of the demoted official, Bruce G. Ohr, worked for the opposition research firm last year. The precise nature of Mrs. Ohr’s duties – including whether she worked on the dossier – remains unclear but a review of her published works available online reveals Mrs. Ohr has written extensively on Russia-related subjects. HPSCI staff confirmed to Fox News that she was paid by Fusion GPS through the summer and fall of 2016.
In a statement to Fox News, a Justice Department spokesperson said, “It is unusual for anyone to wear two hats as he has done recently. This person is going to go back to a single focus—director of our organized crime and drug enforcement unit. As you know, combatting transnational criminal organizations and drug trafficking is a top priority for the Attorney General.”
Over the weekend it was reported Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson sought to smear then-candidate Donald Trump by linking him to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
In a statement to the Washington Times, journalist Ken Silverstein, who penned a piece for VICE (poorly) linking Trump and Epstein, admitted that Fusion GPS intel isn’t always 100% accurate.
“I have gotten tips from them and stories from them. And every time I do, I go out and re-report … because I assume it is for a client and it is not 100 percent accurate. And I’ve never gotten anything from them that was 100 percent accurate. Not because they were slanting or lying or twisting. Every time I’ve gotten something from them, ‘This is a report. You’ve got to check it out.’ I have a great relationship with those guys,” Silverstein told the Washington Times.