Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called Sunday for a special counsel to investigate the “unethical” role of former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr in the FBI’s probe of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Ohr’s wife, Nellie, was an employee of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm used by 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign to obtain negative allegations against Trump from sources linked to Russian interests.
“Bruce Ohr was at least unethical. We need a special counsel to look at all things Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI when it came to the Trump investigation, particularly the counterintelligence investigation,” Graham (pictured above) said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
Fusion GPS was paid by Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which she then controlled. The payments were made through Perkins Coie, a law firm that specializes in representing Democratic candidates and causes.
Fusion GPS in turn used former British spy Christopher Steele to compile the negative information in what became known as the “Steele Dossier,” used by the FBI to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court approval to spy on former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page.
Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary that oversees the DOJ, said a special counsel should look into Bruce Ohr and his work on the “biased” and “unethical” investigation into Trump’s campaign.
“Both campaigns were investigated by the FBI and the Department of Justice in 2016,” Graham said, pointing to the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private home-brew email server to conduct official U.S. diplomatic business as secretary of state between 2009 and 2013.
She was absolved by former FBI Director James Comey in July 2016 even though the bureau found that hundreds of highly classified information and documents were compromised by Clinton’s actions.
“When it came to the Clinton campaign, she got a pass. The criminal investigation of the Clinton campaign was a joke,” Graham insisted. “When it came to the Trump campaign, it was corrupt, it was biased and I think unethical. Mr. Ohr should not have had any role in investigating the Trump campaign because his wife worked at Fusion GPS.”
House Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is preparing to subpoena Ohr to testify before his committee.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that there should be “an investigation into these top-level people as to …