With all the gleefully obsessive media focus on whether or not President Trump will fire special counsel Robert Mueller (he won’t) and spark a Watergate-style Constitutional crisis (not gonna happen), some interesting developments got shoved to the wayside.
We’ve known for a long time of the existence of the husband-and-wife team of Bruce Ohr, who served as deputy associate attorney general during the 2016 campaign, and Nellie Ohr, who, unbelievably, worked for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired British ex-spy Christopher Steele to come up with a “dossier” salacious enough to convince a FISA court to let the FBI spy on Trump’s associates. To think that an official that high up in Obama’s DOJ was married to someone being paid by the firm that supplied dirt on Donald Trump during the campaign –- very fictional dirt that was funded by the DNC and Hillary Clinton and used by the DOJ to investigate Trump –- boggles the mind.
One hopes that Inspector General Horowitz has been able to connect the dots and put the whole picture together. But how can he accomplish this when he has no authority at all over any “dots” that lie outside of the Justice Department? He has probably questioned Bruce Ohr, but Nellie Ohr, like numerous others, remains out of reach.. This is why so many Republicans (including me) are finally calling for a second special counsel, as a matter of last resort, to look into biases, conflicts of interest and abuses of power at the FBI and Justice.
It may be a few more weeks till we see the IG’s series of reports, but in the meantime there’s one more link we can add to our chain of cozy connections between the high-level bureaucrats undermining our democracy and the low-down world of oppo research and spies.
Another Fusion GPS employee, Neil King, Jr., happens to be married to another high-level government official, this time a woman who was serving as a policy advisor to President Obama. Shailagh Murray had previously worked as deputy chief of staff and communications director for then-Vice President Biden. We’ve already discovered that Obama used the services of Fusion GPS before Hillary Clinton did, even paying them through the law firm Perkins Coie, just as Hillary Clinton did. And surely if Hillary had (shudder) been elected President, she would have kept right on paying them to dig up (or make up) God-knows-what on anyone she saw as a political threat. It's just her way.
All of these cozy connections go back years. Along those lines, able reporter Sara Carter has been looking into the backgrounds and relationships of Robert Mueller and the rest of this cast of characters, and what she’s found isn’t as pure and saintly as the mainstream media portray. To cite just one example, while Mueller served in Boston as Assistant U.S. Attorney and later as Acting U.S. Attorney, he reportedly played a role in covering up the FBI’s corrupt dealings with mobster and informant James “Whitey” Bulger. To protect another of their informants, the brother of a partner of Bulger’s, Mueller wrote letters to the parole board opposing clemency for four men who had been successfully prosecuted for murder by the FBI. In 2001, the men were finally exonerated by the courts, and it was discovered that evidence had been withheld that would have cleared them. From this story (more details at the link), the Boston office of the FBI when Mueller was there seems just about as corrupt as the Washington, DC, FBI of 2016.
We learn from this that Robert Mueller must have a pretty elastic definition of the terms “guilty” and “innocent,” or else just not really care. No, President Trump won’t fire him, but at this point Mueller really has no business doing what he’s doing, just as the spouse of an FBI official has no business working for a company digging up partisan dirt on someone they’re investigating.
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