We now have a much clearer idea of what Nellie Ohr, while working under contract as a Hillary Clinton campaign operative, was doing for both Fusion GPS and the Obama Justice Department.
Judicial Watch has finally obtained 330 pages of documents in which Bruce Ohr –- then fourth in command at the Justice Department, though not part of the “Russia” team –- discusses anti-Trump information obtained through his wife Nellie Ohr, a Russian specialist who reportedly speaks fluent Russian. One of these is a spreadsheet that tries to show “alleged linkages” between Donald Trump and members of his family to about 80 criminal figures, many of whom were Russians. “It’s like an insane version of ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,’” Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch said to Mark Steyn on Wednesday’s TUCKER CARLSON. “If you saw it on a wall somewhere...you’d say, ‘Who’s the crazy person who created this?’”
It seems incredible, doesn’t it? This is the dregs of “oppo” research garbage --- yet it ended up at the FBI.
According to Judicial Watch, these alleged contacts include a Russian involved in a “gangland killing,” an Uzbek mafia don, a former KGB official suspected in the murder of Paul Tatum, a Russian who “buys up banks and pumps them dry,” a Russian money launderer for Sergei Magnitsky, a Turk accused of shipping oil for ISIS (I am not kidding), a couple who lent their names to Trump University to promote “get-rich-quick” schemes, a man who poured him a drink (?), and others. Bruce Ohr emailed himself this spreadsheet on December 5, 2016, which it should be noted was after the election but while the “Trump/Russia” conspiracy theory was being pushed.
On the same day, Bruce Ohr also emailed himself a document called “Manafort Chronology,” also by Nellie Ohr for Fusion GPS (and Hillary), which detailed Paul Manafort’s interactions with Russians and other officials.
And, yes, we know that Bruce Ohr passed all this information, WHICH HAD BEEN CREATED FOR THE HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN AND THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE, to the FBI. We know because last week, Judicial Watch received the reports from FBI debriefings of Bruce Ohr on December 5 (the day chronicled above), 12 and 20 of 2016. Judicial Watch also has text messages from Nellie Ohr to Bruce Ohr that she’d sent to her “colleagues”; these colorfully refer to the Steele dossier as the “yellow rain dossier” and the “yellow showers dossier.”
Thanks to Judicial Watch, we also know that the “Fusion GPS” header was stripped of the information given to Ohr by his wife.
We already knew that Kathleen Kavalec, then-deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (how does that even fit on a business card?), had, in October of 2016, found serious problems with British ex-spy and Fusion GPS contractor Christopher Steele’s credibility and had informed the FBI about that. Now we know that in spite of those doubts, four months later, in February of 2017, Kavalec forwarded Bruce Ohr a Huffington Post article touting one claim in the Steele dossier, involving an alleged deal between Russian oil company Rosneft and Trump supporter Steve Schwarzman, as a “high crime of treason worthy of impeachment.” That same day, Ohr forwarded Kavalec’s communication to the FBI’s Washington Field Office. I’m sure they were giddy.
As early as May 23, 2016, DOJ prosecutors were emailing Bruce Ohr to see if he would connect them with his wife Nellie, as she could be a “great resource” for them. (No kidding.) Ohr writes back, “I’m sure Nellie would be delighted to speak with them. I’m pretty sure there is no conflict of interest SINCE THEY AREN’T PAYING HER OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.” (Emphasis mine.) Nellie Ohr has since told Congress that she had no role in DOJ investigations; that seems very misleading to me if not an outright lie. Define “no role.”
We’ve also learned that in January of 2018 when Bruce Ohr was preparing for his testimony before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, he wrote to a lawyer about “possible ethics concerns.” (Hahahahahaha.) He forwarded this letter to his wife.
Of course, we already knew that after Steele was terminated as a source by the FBI, Bruce Ohr remained in regular contact with him. The FBI debriefed him a dozen times after the meetings they had. We also knew that Nellie Ohr had emailed her husband to tell him she was deleting emails sent to her from his DOJ email account.
One other tidbit; make of it what you will: Judicial Watch has learned that during the “Trump/Russia” probe, Bruce Ohr received a total of $42,520 in “performance bonuses.” In November of 2015, he received $14, 520; in November of 2016, that amount nearly doubled to $28,000.
Tom Fitton sums it up well: “These documents show a crazed DOJ-FBI effort to use the Clinton spy ring at Fusion GPS, namely Nellie Ohr, to smear President Trump --- even before he was sworn in as President. Clinton campaign operative Nellie Ohr may as well have had a desk at the Justice Department.”
One other thing, and I hope that if you need blood pressure meds, you’ve already taken them for today. According to FOX News’ Catherine Herridge, former members of the Mueller team are having an easy time obtaining “cushy jobs” with prominent law firms and universities.
They’re also landing major book deals. The notoriously shady Andrew Weissmann has already announced a deal with Random House; it’s not known how much his book will have to do with the “Russia” probe. Maybe it's a "how-to" book on how to railroad innocent people. Weissmann has returned to academia as well, as a distinguished senior fellow with the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law (CACL), where he previously worked. I wonder if they have any classes on hiding exculpatory evidence that he can teach.
These people put in two years of their time with the special counsel and still didn’t come up with anything to pin on President Trump, but they must have known their efforts to do that wouldn’t go unrecognized. Sickening, I know. But they better save their money, as some of them will likely end up needing high-priced lawyers of their own.
According to the FOX News report, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page haven’t landed anywhere yet. Really, would you hire these two?