OPINION: TOP DOJ OFFICIAL DISCUSSED GETTING STEELE BACK INTO FBI, MUELLER PROBE
Well, this is interestimg. But first, about the author;
John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and veterans in drug experiments, and numerous cases of political corruption. He is The Hill’s executive vice president for video.
IMO, he’s a credible source but YMMV. He does provide backup for his claims.
Months after being dismissed from the FBI’s Russia probe for misconduct, British intelligence operative Christopher Steele discussed being reinstated with a senior official working for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, so Steele could assist special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Whenever convenient, I would like a chat, there’s a lot going on and we are frustrated with how long this re-engagement with the Bureau and Mueller is taking,” Steele texted Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr on Aug. 6, 2017. “Anything you could do to accelerate the process would be much appreciated.”
Spokesmen for Rosenstein and Mueller declined to tell me Wednesday if their bosses knew about Steele’s overture or if Steele provided further assistance to the Russia probe after Mueller took over.
Yet, in a private letter to Congress, shown to me, Rosenstein declared he was unaware of Ohr’s activities with Steele. Ohr was “not assigned to the Russia investigation and he was not in the chain of command,” Rosenstein wrote. “Any involvement Mr. Ohr had in this matter was without my knowledge.”
For example, when Congress got the first documents that revealed some of the substance of Steele’s work for the FBI, the former Clinton-funded muckraker wrote back to Ohr. “Very concerned about this,” he texted on Oct. 26, 2017. “Peoples (sic) lives may be endangered. I shall also reach out to my other (SC) contacts on this issue tomorrow.”
Investigators believe the “SC” stands for "special counsel" but aren’t sure if the follow-up messages refer to Mueller or to then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who dealt with the Russia case and also held the title of special counsel in the bureau.