Behold, another set of dogs which have not been barking. Nor have the lapdogs of the LSM been circling this cast of characters. Which Cast?
Anyone who has been following the FISA Abuse trail is familiar with this quintet (Priestap, Baker, Strzok, Page & Ohr), but it’s really a sextet, as Bruce Ohr’s wife Nellie is also a person of interest.
By Monica Showalter, the American Thinker
For a while there, it seemed that the Trump-hating FBI lovebirds, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, whose text messages sound like those of giggly teenagers, were sort of comically the most emblematic of the conflicts of interest that besmirch what should be detached professionalism among members of America’s intelligence community.
…Lovebirds united in their loathing of Trump repeatedly get into mischief. This shows the incestuousness of the Deep State, of course: first FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and his wife, then FBI counterintelligence big Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, and now Bruce and Nellie Ohr. Not a one of them was afraid of the consequences that ordinarily come of blatant conflicts of interest, and some, apparently such as Bruce Ohr, felt they could get away easily with lying.
I will quibble in that the “Deep State” is more of a self selected praetorian, but that is essentially semantic. As to what it is that has brought the Ohr’s into the spotlight today, that would be the Daily Caller.
By Luke Rosiak, the Daily Caller
- Justice Department official Bruce Ohr did not disclose Fusion GPS was paying his wife
- Ohr was demoted from his post after the information emerged
- Willfully falsifying government ethics documents can result in jail time
Bruce Ohr, the Department of Justice official who brought opposition research on President Donald Trump to the FBI, did not disclose that Fusion GPS, which performed that research at the Democratic National Committee’s behest, was paying his wife, and did not obtain a conflict of interest waiver from his superiors at the Justice Department, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.
The omission may explain why Ohr was demoted from his post as associate deputy attorney general after the relationship between Fusion GPS and his wife emerged and Fusion founder Glenn Simpson acknowledged meeting with Ohr. Willfully falsifying government ethics forms can carry a penalty of jail time, if convicted.
So that is three of our official quintet and four of our extended sextet who are in clear criminal jeopardy. But note that while we have seen their work products, texts, other documentation, and some limited quotes of testimony, we have not seen them testify before Congress. Nor have we seen them commenting in their own defense. Why is that?
By sundance, the Conservative Treehouse
On a Monday night (February 12th, 2018) episode of Tucker Carlson a democrat member of the House Intelligence committee said something interesting that almost everyone missed. Appearing on the show to joust with Tucker, HPSCI member Eric Swalwell stated: “the House Intel Committee has not interviewed a single witness in over a month”. [Video Here, quote @03:47] This statement is rather enlightening.
A month earlier, January 4th, 2018, an agreement was finally made between House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and DOJ Asst. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for complete disclosure of all unredacted documents AND a list of witnesses who Nunes wanted the HPSCI to question.
Included in those names was: FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who exchanged anti-Trump text messages during an affair and previously worked on the special counsel’s Russia probe; FBI general counsel James Baker, who was reassigned; FBI head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, whom ex-FBI boss James Comey testified made the decision not to brief Congress about the Russia case during last year’s election; and Bruce Ohr, a DOJ official reassigned after concealing meetings with figures involved in the dossier.
From there it is a matter of timelines. The quintet were to be available for testimony before the House Select Committee on Intelligence in January. The deal was struck on January 4th, and Bruce Ohr was scheduled to testify on the 17th as part of that agreement. On the 8th Ohr was demoted for the second time, and on the 9th the un-redacted classified documents were actually delivered to the SCIF in the Capitol basement. Examination of those documents resulted in the Nunes Memorandum and on the 16th, the postponement of testimony from Bruce Ohr.
Despite this we know that the quintet has been testifying, as we have seen snippets of their testimony in the Nunes Memo and other documents.
So the question becomes:
How does the exact testimony (including quotes) of Bruce Ohr, and Bill Priestap become part of the Nunes Memo if neither Bruce Ohr or Bill Priestap was ever interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee?
Now comes the speculation.
Here’s what is becoming transparently obvious. The fab-five are cooperating with the investigative unit of the OIG. All five of them.
The text message release was strategic. It was intended to substantiate the entire enterprise, put the ‘small group on notice’ and flush out the co-conspirators. The downstream exits of Kortan, Laufman, Rybicki, McCabe et al are evidence therein.
Additionally, the OIG (Horowitz) would want to keep the testimony of Page, Strzok, Ohr, Baker and Priestap away from the Democrat politicians, well known leakers, within the House Intelligence Committee (ie. Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff) until he was certain their usefulness as witnesses was exhausted.
The reason for this is transparently simple. The OIG is a division inside the Department of Justice. During an internal investigation if the IG becomes aware of unlawful activity he/she is obligated to inform the AG (Sessions) or AAG (Rosenstein). He can’t ignore it and he cannot delay notification of it. Unlawful activity must be reported.
The IG does not have legal or prosecutorial authority – the IG must immediately refer unlawful activity to the proper authority; essentially to his boss. A DOJ prosecutor is then assigned to work with the IG and essentially creates a parallel investigation focused only on the law-breaking part. [That prosecutor could, likely would, then begin a Grand Jury proceeding; no-one outside the AG, AAG, and that prosecutor’s office would know.]
The prior testimony/statements to the IG by the fab-five would explain why AAG Rod Rosenstein was negotiating with Devin Nunes, and why Nunes came away from those negotiations with wind in his investigative sails.
The DOJ (Rod Rosenstein) needs to wall-off the politics (Devin Nunes) from the ongoing investigation (DOJ-OIG-Prosecutor) to preserve the integrity of his advancing and assembling case (including witness testimony). Understanding this, after a review of the FISA documents – Nunes dropped/postponed his demand for immediate testimony by the fab-five to the HPSCI. [A record is already established]
As a person familiar with such specific investigative measures recently shared:
“They are sat down, told to not do anything, say anything or discuss anything UNTIL they get an attorney. At which time, the attorney is handed a letter from the investigating unit. That letter says in essence, this is how screwed you are. If you want to be less screwed you will sign this letter of cooperation and assist us. When we don’t need you, you sit there. When we do we will call you and you will provide what we need. Any deviation from this agreement lands you in jail for the full term.”
This is certainly news I want to hear, which means I must take it with a grain of salt. On the affirmative side we know that this quintet has not been fired nor placed under arrest. We have seen quotes from their testimony taken by someone. We have seen the singular lack of interest from the LSM, and copious flop sweat from the dhimmocrats. And we have seen the investigations begin moving up the chain of command.
For an investigation with such naked political implications we are seeing virtually no leaks. Instead we are seeing the slow release of documents and evidence which are the foundations of one or more prosecutions.