Bruce Ohr, the Justice Department official who was demoted last month for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump “dossier,” has been ousted as head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
According to a report in Fox News, the Justice Department is expected to comply with demands from the House Intelligence Committee to make Ohr available for an interview. He is scheduled to visit the committee on Jan. 17, sources said.
The story first broke on December 13 that Ohr had been demoted from the position of associate deputy attorney general after it came out that he had conducted undisclosed meetings with dossier author Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS. In addition, we learned that his wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, specifically on research related to the dossier.
According to the report, “At the time of his demotion, DOJ officials told Fox News that Bruce Ohr had been ‘wearing two hats,’ and would fall back to his other title and portfolio – as head of OCDETF.”
Now, former deputy director Thomas Padden has been tapped to take Ohr’s place. Ohr is still an employee with the Department of Justice, but now they’re making jokes about him. According to one DOJ insider, Ohr might end up in “one of those offices without a phone.”
As the head of OCDETF, Ohr was directly involved with Project Cassandra, the inter-agency investigation spearheaded by the DEA that tracked a massive international drug and money laundering scheme allegedly run by Hezbollah.
According to Fox News:
The project recently was the subject of a critical and lengthy Politico report looking at how the Obama administration may have hampered the investigation. Those closest to Project Cassandra, including Derek Maltz, the now-retired supervisory DEA agent who was a major player in the operation, claim 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 historic nuclear deal with Tehran in 2015.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement last month, “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.”
Session was reportedly made aware of Ohr’s role in Project Cassandra and is personally involved in the review.