90 Miles From Tyranny : Judicial Watch: Trove Of Docs Exposes How Senior DOJ, FBI And Private Contractors Targeted Trump

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Judicial Watch: Trove Of Docs Exposes How Senior DOJ, FBI And Private Contractors Targeted Trump

Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr used his position to funnel information produced by his wife on the now debunked dossier to target President Donald Trump and his campaign, according to more than 330 pages of documents obtained by Judicial Watch.

Ohr was demoted from his position as U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General in December 2017, after Justice Department officials discovered his wife’s role with the embattled research firm Fusion GPS. The firm was hired by Trump’s political opposition: the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The research hired Ohr’s wife to investigate any links between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. Moreover, former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson, who founded Fusion GPS, hired ex-British spy Christopher Steele to compile the now infamous unverified dossier.
Justice Department Attorney General William Barr appointed Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Trump and Russia. Over the past few years, more than a dozen senior FBI officials have either been fired, demoted or forced to retire after documents exposed bias, leaking and other malfeasance during the Russia probe.

“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,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Clinton campaign operative Nellie Ohr may as well as have had a desk at the Justice Department.”

Ohr’s wife Nellie, who was hired by Simpson because she is a Russia analyst, was also compiling her own dossiers on Trump. She used her husband to deliver the information to the FBI, as the documents suggest. Further the documents show that Nellie Ohr informed her husband that she was deleting emails sent from his DOJ email account.

In one email exchange between Steele and Ohr on July, 30, 2016, Steele asks if Ohr wants to speak to Simpson on ‘substantive issues/s.’

“Great to see you and Nellie this morning Bruce. Let’s keep in touch on substantive issues/s. Glenn is happy to speak to you on this if it would help,” writes Steele, who had visited with Ohr and State Department officials on a trip to the United States.

According to other documents, the information Nellie Ohr delivered to her husband in “included anti-Trump dossier materials, including a spreadsheet that tries to link President Trump to dozens of Russians.”

First, on Dec. 5, 2016, “Bruce Ohr emailed himself an Excel spreadsheet, seemingly from his wife Nellie Ohr, titled “WhosWho19Sept2016.”

The spreadsheet, which is available to the public through the Freedom of Information Act, attempted relationship descriptions and “linkages” between Donald Trump, his family and criminal figures, many of whom were Russians.
Nellie Ohr Targeted Trump and Manafort

This list of individuals allegedly “linked to Trump” include: a Russian involved in a “gangland killing;” an Uzbek mafia don; a former KGB officer suspected in the murder of Paul Tatum; a Russian who reportedly “buys up banks and pumps them dry”; a Russian money launderer for Sergei Magnitsky; a Turk accused of shipping oil for ISIS; a couple who lent their name to the Trump Institute, promoting its “get-rich-quick schemes”; a man who poured him a drink; and others.

The spreadsheet wasn’t the only document Ohr sent to deliver to the bureau from his wife on Dec. 5, 2016. He also emailed himself a document titled “Manafort Chronology.” The document focused on Paul Manafort, who was charged last year for not filing a FARA for his work with...

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