The Daily Caller has just confirmed that a Justice Department official who was demoted last month after he was found to have links to the Trump dossier has left a second high-level position at the agency.
At the beginning of last month, Bruce Ohr held two positions at DOJ: associate deputy attorney general and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF).
Fox News first reported on Monday that Ohr will no longer lead OCDETF. A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed Ohr’s separation from that division but it was not confirmed if Ohr resigned or was removed from the position.
Ohr’s job as associate deputy attorney general put him just a few office doors down from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential campaign.
Ohr was removed from that position earlier last month after it was revealed that in 2016, he met separately with Christopher Steele, the author of the now infamous Trump dossier, and with Glenn Simpson, the founder of the opposition research firm that commissioned the salacious document.
Fox News first reported that Ohr met with Steele, a former M16 agent, before the election. He met just after the election with Simpson, who operates Fusion GPS. Ohr’s wife, a former CIA employee and Russia expert named Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS to investigate Trump during the campaign.
Simpson, who is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, told House Intelligence Committee in November that he had met with Ohr.
Fox News has reported that the Justice Department was not aware of Ohr’s links to Fusion GPS and the dossier.
Ohr is slated to meet with the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, agreed last week to make Ohr and several other DOJ and FBI officials available for interviews with the House panel.