(Excerpt) The latest reason to be suspicious is Trump’s attacks on a formerly obscure Justice Department official named Bruce Ohr. Trump has repeatedly criticized Ohr and called for him to be fired. Ohr’s sin is that he appears to have been marginally involved in inquiries into Trump’s Russian links. But Ohr fits a larger pattern. In his highly respected three-decade career in law enforcement, he has specialized in going after Russian organized crime.
- The article presents the evidence that Putin’s leverage over Trump could be “the scandal that’s been staring us in the face all along: Illicit financial dealings — money laundering — between Trump’s business and Russia.” Trump seems to be trying to rid the government of experts in Russian organized crime.
- An earlier analysis by Natasha Bertrand in The Atlantic expanded on the same theme.
Trump’s attack on Ohr takes his lying demagoguery into a whole new dimension of using the power of the presidency to destroy an innocent person’s life. Trump lumped Ohr along with senior intelligence officials as someone whose security clearances might be withdrawn. The withdrawal of clearances from former officials like CIA Director John Brennan will have little direct impact on their lives.
The withdrawal of clearances from a serving federal employee like Ohr would destroy his career.
This is the level of depravity inflicted on America by the likes of Republicans like Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representatives like Karen Handel and Barry Loudermilk.
And their staffs.