Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe revealed Tuesday that the four FISA applications he reviewed did not disclose Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr’s work on the Christopher Steele dossier.
Ohr testified behind closed doors Tuesday with members of two congressional committees. The practice of holding behind-closed-door hearings is criticized sometimes by conservatives, but it seems like House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Goodlatte knew what he was doing with this hearing. Reports and sources widely claim that Lisa Page threw a wrench in the Robert Mueller investigation with her own recent behind-closed-doors testimony. Page reportedly fingered China as the source of the Hillary Clinton hack that the Deep State has long blamed on Russia, complicating the thin legal narrative that Mueller has used to justify his partisan investigation.
“In the four FISA applications I reviewed in their full, unredacted form, Bruce Ohr’s involvement with the Steele dossier was never disclosed,” Ratcliffe said.
This is yet another damning blow to the Mueller investigation, which exists in large part due to the FISA warrants that were fraudulently obtained. Rod Rosenstein signed off on the FISA warrants despite not disclosing on Senate forms his own interrogation of Hillary Clinton in the Whitewater case or the fact that his wife Lisa Barsoomian personally represented Bill Clinton.
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Bruce Ohr also covered up his own wife Nellie Ohr’s work for Fusion GPS on official documents.
The Mueller case is quickly falling apart, which is why anti-Trump conspirators are shifting focus to the Michael Cohen criminal case in New York, which does not implicate Trump in any wrongdoing.
That case is also rife with problems.
The Cohen prosecutor reportedly has a big conflict of interest.
The New York deputy U.S. Attorney who accepted Michael Cohen’s plea deal, Robert Khuzami, is married to a lobbyist whose Chicago-based clearing house is currently being investigated by President Donald Trump’s SEC director.
This clear conflict of interest taints the case being waged against Trump through Cohen, according to Washington insiders.
The anti-Trump conspirators are changing their strategy. Since Robert Mueller found no Russian collusion and his team is tainted by Clinton conflicts of interest and ethical breaches, the conspirators are now focusing on the Cohen case waged by the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York. Mueller is not going to score, so Democrats are banking on Khuzami instead.
Fired former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, whose former underlings are now running the ship on the anti-Trump case, is making the new strategy clear:
Practice note: Trump has no effective way to shut down any investigation being conducted by SDNY. That office is more insulated, enduring and “sovereign” than the Special Counsel’s Office. You can fire Mueller. You can fire the US Attorney. You can’t fire the SDNY.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) August 23, 2018
But Khuzami and his team are colored by their own conflicts of interest.
Khuzami was the general counsel of Deutsche Bank, which has taken a sizable hit due to Trump tariffs and the Brexit election, prompting the bank to advocate against protectionist trade policies. The Deutsche Bank CEO has spoken out against Trump’s policies and in favor of so-called “free trade.”
Khuzami’s wife Julie Bauer is senior vice president of Options Clearing Corporation since September 2016. She previously handled government relations for FINRA.
The Wall Street Journal report just this month: “The company tasked with curbing risk in the U.S. options market is under investigation by federal regulators for how it handled a recent period of market turbulence, according to people familiar with the matter. The probes from the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission include concerns that Options Clearing Corp. failed to accurately forecast how much cash would be needed to cover trading losses triggered by a spike in volatility last February, some of the people said.”