Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson made the bombshell confession that his opposition research company did hire the wife of a senior Justice Department official to help investigate then-candidate Donald Trump last year.
Fox News reported on Wednesday morning that Simpson signed a declaration, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., admitting that Nellie Ohr, wife of Bruce Ohr, was indeed involved in the Trump research.
Bruce Ohr was demoted at the DOJ last week for concealing his meetings with Fusion GPS, which is the company known to have commissioned the anti-Trump “dossier” containing outrageous allegations about Trump before he took office.
Now concerned about objectivity at the Justice Department, many Republicans are calling for a separate special prosecutor.
Bank records show that Fusion GPS contracted with Nellie Ohr “to help [the] company with its research and analysis of Mr. Trump.”
Simpson also told the House intelligence committee that he met personally with Bruce Ohr, “at his request, after the November 2016 election, to discuss our findings regarding Russia and the election.”
Evidence collected by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), indicates that Ohr even met with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the “dossier,” during the 2016 campaign. Court filings also show that he met with Simpson after the election.
In the wake of news that the Fusion GPS dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, Republican lawmakers have since been investigating whether the debunked dossier served as the basis for the Justice Department and the FBI to obtain FISA surveillance last year on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
On Tuesday, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow called for the appointment of a separate special prosecutor to look into potential conflicts of interest involving Justice Department and FBI officials, according to the Fox News report.
Sessions told reporters that he’s already on the case. “I’ve put a senior attorney, with the resources he may need, to review cases in our office and make a recommendation to me … if things aren’t being pursued that need to be pursued, if cases may need more resources to complete in a proper manner, and to recommend to me if the standards for a special counsel are met,” he said, calling it the “appropriate” course.
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