Trump says DOJ official should be fired over role in Russia probe

 
In a tweet calling for Ohr's firing, Trump also took a swipe at Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says he was interviewed by Mueller CNN hires former DOJ spokesperson under Sessions as editor on 2020 campaign MORE, suggesting he does not have the resolve to ax Ohr. Sessions has recused himself from the Russia probe.
 
"Will Bruce Ohr, whose family received big money for helping to create the phony, dirty and discredited Dossier, ever be fired from the Jeff Sessions  'Justice' Department? A total joke!" Trump tweeted.
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The president's latest attack came days after he said he planned to pull Ohr's security clearance and called him a "disgrace" over his ties to an opposition research firm that compiled a dossier during the 2016 campaign about Trump's ties to Russia.

Revoking Ohr's clearance could severely hamper his ability to do his job and would amount to derailing his career at the Justice Department. But Trump's comments show he may want the department's leadership to go even further.

Ohr has come under fire from Republicans for his links to Fusion GPS, the firm behind the controversial dossier. Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to compile the document about Trump during the campaign.

Ohr was demoted late last year after it was revealed he had contacts with Steele. Ohr's wife, Nellie, also worked for Fusion GPS during the campaign. Trump and his GOP allies have used those ties to argue the special counsel's Russia probe is tainted by bias.

"'Bruce Ohr is at the center of FALSE ALLEGATIONS which led to a multi-million dollar investigation into what apparently didn’t happen.' Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaThe Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles Senate throws hundreds of Trump nominees into limbo MORE, House Oversight. We can take out the word 'apparently,'" Trump said in a subsequent tweet, citing the Republican congressman's comments on Fox news.

Trump has targeted Ohr as part of a broader effort to retaliate against key figures involved in the Russia probe, which is examining ties between his campaign and Moscow's interference in the 2016 election.

The president has already revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea Intel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff with Trump MORE, who briefed Trump on the dossier's findings and later became a vocal Trump critic.

In a series of morning tweets, Trump dared Brennan to sue him over the revocation and blasted special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's team of investigators as a "national disgrace."

Trump is lashing out at a time when he is feeling intense pressure over the Russia probe.

His former campaign manager, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrump has publicly criticized Russia probe more than 1,100 times: NY Times Judge orders Stone to appear in court after he shared photo of her with crosshairs Roger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case MORE, is facing more than a dozen financial fraud charges brought by Mueller and a verdict could come at any moment. Longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen is likely to be charged soon over alleged bank fraud, according to a New York Times report. And the Times revealed over the weekend White House counsel Don McGahn has been cooperative with Mueller than previously thought.

--This report was updated at 11:30 a.m.