The NYT's Strange [not strange but typical deception] Insistence That Bruce Ohr Is a Big Nobody

Bruce Ohr was an illegal conduit to the FBI to keep the Steele-Dossier type nonsense alive within the system so the coup attempt against the American system of government spelled out in the US Constitution could continue unabated and the FISA Court could be continually duped (if it was duped rather than being a witting participant in the conspiracy).

The following is an extended excerpt from Eric Felten's extended article about Bruce Ohr's true level within the US Justice Department and why it matters.

The employee, in such circumstances, must notify his supervisor. Ohr did not. An employee who has even just the appearance of a conflict can participate in an investigation only if he secures in writing a waiver in which his supervisor determines “after full consideration of all the facts and circumstances that: (1) The relationship will not have the effect of rendering the employee’s service less than fully impartial and professional; and (2) The employee’s participation would not create an appearance of a conflict of interest likely to affect the public perception of the integrity of the investigation or prosecution.” Bruce Ohr neither received nor even requested such a waiver.

Which brings us to the New York Times’s sanitized version of Bruce Ohr’s recent downward career trajectory, courtesy of reporter Katie Benner: “Mr. Ohr once ran the Justice Department’s organized crime and drug enforcement task force from the deputy attorney general’s office, but now works in the criminal division on smaller legal matters.” Somehow, Benner manages to describe Ohr’s fall without mentioning the height from which he fell—associate deputy attorney general, one of the most senior positions at DoJ. Give Benner this much, though: At least she acknowledged that Ohr “once ran the Justice Department’s organized crime and drug enforcement task force.” Compare that with the phony way Shear, Benner, and Fandos describe that same position two days later: Ohr is “a career law enforcement official who has worked on antidrug and antigang initiatives at the Justice Department.” Did we mention that he was little-known? At least if you read deep enough into the Shear, Benner and Fandos article you will finally find the admission that Ohr “was given a title demotion this year from his role leading the counternarcotics unit and”—here there’s a little recycling from Benner’s earlier piece—he now “works in the criminal division on smaller legal matters.”

As for that demotion, the Times does its best to make it sound as though Ohr has simply been moving around within the department. But that’s not what Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has said. He told the House Intelligence Committee in June that “To my knowledge, [Ohr] wasn't working on the Russia matter.” In other words, Ohr had kept his supervisor in the dark about his extracurricular activities. “When we learned of the relevant information, we arranged to transfer Mr. Ohr to a different office,” Rosenstein said. The unsanitized version is the true one: Bruce Ohr was stripped of his position because he failed to tell his supervisor about his meetings with Steele.

Beyond the DoJ ethics regs, there is 18 USC section 208, the federal ethics law that governs acts tainted by “personal financial interest.” The U.S. Office of Government Ethics explains: “the basic criminal conflict of interest statute prohibits an executive branch employee from participating personally and substantially in a particular Government matter that will affect his own financial interests, as well as the financial interests of his spouse…” The criminal penalties for violating 18 USC 208 are as many as five years in jail.


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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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