News flash: Nellie Ohr is the legal spouse of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr. Yes, we already knew that –- in fact, it represents a huge conflict of interest for her husband if he was involved in any way in the Russia probe, which he (unofficially) was –- but why is it especially important today? Well, that “piece of paper” came in very handy for Nellie at her long-awaited appearance Friday before congressional committees looking into the origins of the Trump/Russia probe. She and her attorneys pulled a fast one and invoked spousal privilege to avoid answering any questions regarding communications between her and her husband.
So, in the words of Emily Litella from Saturday Night Live (back when it was funny), “Never mind.” The hearing turned out to be so limited in scope that some in attendance have called it a waste of time. Not having been in the room, I’d be hesitant to go that far, as there are many other questions that might have been asked, but it certainly presents a challenge to committee members.
A word to the wise for all those power couples who work in Washington, DC: If you suspect you might ever be called to testify about your significant other –- or vice versa –- and you’re not legally married, you might want to think about putting a ring on it. I’m being facetious, of course, but look at how it has helped Bruce and Nellie and their attorneys, who are managing in these choppy legal waters to keep both “Ohrs” pulling in the same direction.
Nellie Ohr is the researcher/Russia specialist who worked for Fusion GPS, presumably on the phony Christopher Steele “dossier” that was fraudulently used as actual evidence by top FBI officials to get a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. All this corruption goes back to the Hillary Clinton campaign (shock!) and the Democratic National Committee (double shock!), whose funds were funneled through law firm Perkins Coie to Fusion GPS, which paid British ex-spy Christopher Steele to do what he almost certainly would have done for free: come up with salacious rumors about Trump and dress them up like official intel. Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson recently pleaded the Fifth. It all stinks like a dead skunk in the road.
Can you even imagine the furor in the media and in Congress if these characters who were trying to prevent (and, later, nullify) the election of a Presidential candidate were Republicans? Assuming there is life on other planets, it would be deafened by the nonstop screaming. Here on Earth, though, with Democrats clearly implicated in a scheme to take down Trump, it’s mostly crickets.
I guess you can tell that I’m fed up and thoroughly disgusted right now. My one hope concerns all those who want to stand up for the American system of justice, which as constructed was the envy of the world. It’s for those who can smell the swamp and know it needs to be drained if America is to endure as a free and fair nation. That would include the so-called Republican “base,” which a New York Times editorial has just described as having a “collective lizard brain,” and anyone else who cares about the survival of this country and the principles on which it was founded. GET TO THE POLLS just a little over two weeks from now. No election has been more important than this one.