The Left continue their full-frontal deception. And the Ohrs try to play the Clintons in this latest political sitcom.
Testifying before a congressional task force investigation the FBI’s handling of the infamous steel dossier former Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr invoked spousal privilege.
Nellie Ohr is married to embattled Justice Department official Bruce Ohr. Republicans on the task force, which consists of members of the House Judiciary and House Oversight & Government Reform Committees, intended to ask Ohr to detail her conversations with her husband regarding Fusion GPS and the salacious anti-Trump dossier. The committee wanted to know how the dossier got into the hands of the FBI.
Authored by former British spy Christopher Steele and commissioned by Fusion GPS, the dossier was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign through law firm Perkins Coie.
The document included salacious and unverified allegations about Trump’s visit to Russia before he was president. The document became a central focus as lawmakers investigate the origins of the Russia collusion theory.
By invoking marital privilege, Ohr was able to limit what information she provided the task force and limit the line of questions from House Republicans.
A Russia expert, Ohr received over $40,000 compensation as a contractor for Fusion GPS from late 2015 until just after the 2016 election. In her role, Ohr dealt with both Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele.
On July 30, 2016, both Nellie and Bruce Ohr met with Steel in Washington D.C., a day before the FBI opened its investigation into the Trump campaign.
Simpson told the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 14, 207 that he did not meet Ohr after the 2016 election. Bruce Ohr testified however that he met Simpson twice: August 2016 and again in December 2016.
To avoid facing the task force questioning inconsistencies in his and Bruce Ohr’s testimony, Simpson pleaded the Fifth on Tuesday.
After Nellie Ohr’s position as a Fusion employee was exposed, Bruce Ohr was demoted from his position as assistant deputy attorney general in December.
Clearly, the Ohrs played a role in the attempted derailing of the Trump campaign.
Who knows what it will take to expose their dirty deeds? Emails, perhaps text messages?
The Ohrs understand their predicament. They live in dangerous times, as high-ranking people could go down should the Ohrs choose to cooperate. But the clock is ticking.
Nellie Ohr was scheduled to appear before the task force last month, but backed out at the last minute. Then, she appeared and pleaded the Fifth. A small, but significant step. Pleading the Fifth indicates that she doesn’t want to get herself in trouble. In this case, both Ohrs are knee-deep in bad rubbish.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R – Ohio) has suggested that Ohr was hired to serve as a contact point to the Justice Department. At this point, we can only wait and see. And after the Republicans keep the House, expect the Ohrs to understand where the new power base lies.