‘We learned several employees of the Special Counsel’s Office are affiliated with political opponents of President Trump…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Two prominent House Republicans want answers about why high-ranking prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller were communicating with a senior Department of Justice official about the now-debunked “Steele dossier” in 2016—long before Mueller’s Russian collusion investigation began.
“We learned several employees of the Special Counsel’s Office are affiliated with political opponents of President Trump,” the two Freedom Caucus members wrote in a letter to newly confirmed Attorney General William Barr on Friday.
Jordan and Meadows were investigating potential wrongdoing by the Obama administration, intelligence community and FBI prior to the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives in January.
Now, they are the ranking members on the Democrat-controlled Committee on Oversight and Reform and Government Operations Subcommittee, respectively, though they apparently have no intention of backing off.
“Since beginning our investigation in October 2017, we have obtained evidence of political bias and self-described ‘unusual’ conduct within the Department raising questions about the independence of the Special Counsel’s Office,” they wrote, while requesting more information about Special Counsel prosecutors Andrew Weissmann and Zainab Ahmad.
The Steele dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign. In 2016, the campaign paid the Democratic super-law firm Perkins Coie to contract the anti-Trump opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which then hired former British spy Christopher Steele to compile a dossier alleging an outlandish conspiracy against then-candidate Trump.
Weissmann and Ahmad were in contact with Bruce Ohr, a senior DOJ official, about Steele and his dossier during the period. At the same time, Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was working for Fusion GPS. Steele was also vehemently opposed to Trump becoming president.
“In 2016, prior to the presidential election, both Weissmann and Ahmad were part of a small group of Justice Department officials communicating with then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr about the anti-Trump dossier information collected by an FBI source, Christopher Steele,” the letter states.
“According to Ohr, Steele was ‘desperate’ to prevent then-candidate Donald Trump from becoming President—a bias Ohr communicated to the FBI. Ohr testified he also conveyed Steele’s information to Weissmann and Ahmad in 2016, well before Special Counsel was appointed.”
Jordan and Meadows further explained in their letter that having DOJ members who were tied to the anti-Trump dossier effort, now investigating Trump only undermines the integrity of the Mueller investigation—which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said was of paramount importance when he appointed Mueller in May 2017.
“Weissmann’s and Ahmad’s receipt of biased information before their appointment to the Special Counsel’s Office puts into question their impartiality, the very reason for establishing an independent Special Counsel investigation,” they said.