When I began what would turn into a 25-year career at DOJ, I, like all federal prosecutors, had to go through a lengthy security clearance investigation. Without a security clearance, a DOJ attorney is pretty much limited to planning the office Christmas party.
Imagine then, how much pressure can be brought to bear on someone working at DOJ if he is threatened with losing the one thing he needs to keep his job.
If the president revokes Bruce Ohr’s security clearance, Ohr’s done.
At some point, he would either be fired because he cannot perform his job or he would leave on his own accord because selecting new paint and carpet, as the chairman of DOJ’s redecorating committee, is not sufficiently fulfilling for an attorney who is trained to investigate and lead criminal prosecutions.
And, if this comes to pass, the man who made his name by sitting at the head of a reality TV table will have effectively discharged a longtime DOJ employee without uttering the two words for which he is most famous.