"Journalism for rent": Inside the secretive firm behind the Trump dossier

But a 2010 Justice Department report shows that Ohr worked at that time as a researcher for Open Source Works, the CIA's in-house open source research shop.

Remember, the big question is this: Did the Federal Bureau of Investigation (which is part of the Justice Department) use the fake Trump dossier compiled by Fusion GPS, and paid for by the Clinton campaign, to convince the FISA court to approve wiretaps on Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Carter Page?

As the Washington Examiner's Byron York put it, "with news of Ohr's contacts with Steele and Simpson, Republicans on Capitol Hill - and perhaps some Democrats, too - will wonder just how far the Obama Justice Department officials went in the effort to stop Trump". House Republicans are now preparing contempt charges against the FBI and Department of Justice, and, according to the Washington Examiner, some of the charges are related to the FBI withholding key information about its investigation into Russian meddling.

Bruce was the associate deputy attorney general of the department under the Obama administration.

In addition to his meeting with Simpson, Bruce Ohr also met past year with dossier author Christopher Steele. You've got a top Justice official who is meeting with Fusion GPS but hiding that fact from his colleagues at Justice, and it also turns out that his wife works for Fusion GPS in some capacity. Fox News reported that she worked for the oppo firm during the presidential campaign.

Journalist sources told The Washington Times that Fusion founder Glenn Simpson pushed the idea of a close relationship between Mr. Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting sex from an underage girl.

Why would Ohr have been so comfortable hanging out with Simpson and Steele? The House Intelligence Committee does have oversight authority over all this, and if Wray and others continue to refuse to answer questions or provide documents, they can be ordered to do so by their superiors at the DOJ, or by President Trump himself, who is after all the chief law enforcement officer of the United States.

The issuance of the subpoena has already had some results.

The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website funded by anti-Trump Republican Paul Singer, revealed that it had hired Fusion GPS in October 2015 to investigate Trump. Elias was an attorney with the Hillary Clinton campaign.

When the existence of the now-discredited dossier first came to light, it was described simply as information compiled by a former British intelligence operative with a high degree of credibility in the spy community. "Senate and House committees demanded that Fusion produce representatives for hours of closed-door testimony". He was interviewed by that panel on August 22.

The FBI has not been forthcoming about some of the details of the Russian Federation investigation.

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