DOJ official Bruce Ohr resigns from department amid disciplinary review
Bruce Ohr, the veteran Justice Department official whose connection with former British spy Christopher Steele was vetted and politically attacked by President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in the early days of the Russia investigation, resigned from the department late last month ahead of his expected resignation out, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday.
DOJ spokesman Kerri Kupec confirmed Ohr's resignation in a statement, saying he retired on Sept. 30 "after his attorney was informed that a final decision on a disciplinary review by senior career officials in the department was imminent."
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CBS News first reported Ohr's resignation.
PHOTO: In this Aug 28, 2018 file photo, Justice Department officer Bruce Ohr attends a closed hearing of the House Judiciary and Home Oversight Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)
The disciplinary examination against Ohr resulted from a referral of the investigation by DOJ General Inspector Michael Horowitz last year, in which the origins of the Russia investigation were examined.
Horowitz found that Ohr had acted inappropriately to not keep department heads or his superiors informed of his meetings with FBI officials and others when he hired them over a series of brutal allegations that Trump combined with Russian activists "Dossier" compiled by Steele.
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Horowitz admonished Ohr for what he called "consequential errors in the judgment". However, he also concluded that even though his wife, Nellie Ohr, was employed at Fusion GPS at the time, there was no ethical requirement for Ohr to contact the department's attorney prior to working on the Russia investigation, the research firm that first hired Steele to look into Trump's ties to Russia.
ABC News previously reported that Ohr's interactions with FBI officials on the dossier had little impact on the bureau's growing investigation into Trump and its staff's relations with Russia, and Horowitz's review separately revealed that the probe was properly launched.
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While Ohr continued to work in the department, Trump repeatedly attacked him and his wife for suspecting a political "witch hunt" targeting his campaign, and even threatened to withdraw his security clearance.
An attorney for Ohr declined to comment when reached by ABC News.
ABC News' Mike Levine contributed to this report.
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