The longer the investigation into alleged Russia collusion with the Trump campaign goes on, the more information seems to surface tied to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, it seems.
The latest development comes from District Judge Reggie Walton, who ordered the Justice Department to begin to immediately hand over the communications records of Nellie Ohr, the wife of DOJ official Bruce Ohr.
She worked for Fusion GPS, the company funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign that created the “salacious and unverified” anti-Trump “dossier,” which helped fuel the launch of the Russia probe.
The FBI already is neck deep in scandal over its handling of the Clinton and Russia investigations. This week, Congress members rebuked officials in hearings for refusing to provide requested documents. And the recent inspector general report produced more evidence of bias by key FBI officials and investigators, including Peter Strzok, the lead investigator in the Clinton and Russia probes.
WND reported earlier this year that Judicial Watch had filed two Freedom of Information lawsuits against the Justice Department for refusing to provide information about Bruce and Nellie Ohr.
Now, Walton has rejected a DOJ request to begin producing documents six months from now. The department must begin handing over documents immediately on a rolling basis over the next two months.
Judge Walton also rejected DOJ’s efforts to restrict their search to only 2016.
His wasn’t sympathetic to the department’s excuses.
“I think if it’s been almost, since December when the initial request was made more should have been done by now. And it seems to me if you have someone who’s going to come into office and they say they’re going to be a disrupter, that they should appreciate there’s going to be a lot of FOIA requests and therefore, should gear up to deal with those requests. So I’m not real sympathetic to the position that you have limited staff and therefore, you can’t comply with these requests. So I think you’re going to have to get some more people,” he said.
The judge explained the importance of FOIA.
“I keep getting from the government, from various agencies, we can’t do this, we can’t do that because we don’t have the resources. I’m not real sympathetic to that. FOIA is important. Open government is important, and government has to comply with FOIA in order to make it an open government.”
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said he’s pleased another court rejected the Justice Department’s “inexcusable stonewalling on documents of intense public interest – Obama DOJ collusion with the Clinton campaign vendor Fusion GPS to target then-candidate Donald Trump.”
“How extraordinary it is that this Justice Department is now under court order to stop stalling on releasing records about potential corruption in the Obama Justice Department!”
In December 2017, Bruce Ohr was removed from his position as U.S. associate deputy attorney general after it was revealed that he conducted undisclosed meetings with anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson, principal of Fusion GPS. A House Intelligence Committee memo released by Chairman Devin Nunes on Feb. 2 noted that Nellie Ohr was “employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump” and that Bruce Ohr passed the results of that research, which was paid for by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign, to the FBI.
Judicial Watch pointed out that if the Democrats in the FBI passed along the “dossier” to a FISA court to support an investigation of Trump, there could be problems, since it’s illegal to submit unverified information to that court.