SARA CARTER: Congress Seeks to Question Nellie Ohr After Explosive Testimony by Bruce Ohr
Congress is seeking to question Nellie Ohr just one day after her husband Bruce Ohr testified to the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees.
Congress is also seeking to obtain text messages and emails Bruce Ohr exchanged with top FBI brass (McCabe, Strzok, Page), according to investigative Sara Carter.
Nellie Ohr was paid multiple large payments by Fusion GPS, the oppo research firm that commissioned dossier author Christopher Steele.
Sara Carter reported:
Numerous congressional sources are telling SaraACarter.com that after Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr’s explosive closed-door testimony on Tuesday, lawmakers are gearing up to call his wife, Nellie Ohr, in for questioning regarding her work with the now-embattled research firm, Fusion GPS. Congress is also seeking access to Bruce Ohr’s text messages and emails with top FBI officials.
Nellie Ohr, a Russia expert who was hired by Fusion GPS in 2016 to investigate the Trump campaign, received multiple large sum payments from the research firm, according to a U.S. official, with direct knowledge of the payments.
The U.S. official did not disclose the amount of money paid to Bruce Ohr’s wife through Simpson’s firm, but said it “was not chump change, that much I can say.”
Lawmakers are also seeking all communications – texts and emails – between Bruce Ohr and top officials at the FBI. During Ohr’s testimony, he disclosed that he was communicating with former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Attorney Lisa Page and former FBI Special Agent Peter Stzrok, which was confirmed by Ohr’s handwritten notes obtained by lawmakers, as first reported by this outlet. McCabe was fired from his role at the FBI earlier this year by Attorney General Jeff Sessions after it was discovered by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz that he leaked information to the media and lied multiple times to investigators. Page left the FBI earlier this year and her lover, Strzok, was fired by the new FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich earlier this month.
Bruce Ohr never disclosed to the Justice Department his wife, Nellie Ohr was being paid by Fusion GPS, a legal violation of DOJ regulations.
Not only did Bruce Ohr fail to disclose that Fusion GPS was paying his wife, but it appears he did not fully report the nature of the work performed in financial disclosure reports as required under Justice Department regulations. Willfully filing a false government report constitutes a crime under federal law – specifically 8 U.S.C. (United States Code) 1001, said Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett.
He [Bruce Ohr] was legally obligated under Justice Department regulations to recuse himself from any investigation in which his wife was involved,” said Gregg Jarrett.
Bruce Ohr actually omitted his wife worked for Fusion GPS and never sought a waiver. This is grounds for termination, however; Bruce Ohr is still employed at the Justice Department.
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted, “How the hell is Bruce Ohr still employed at the Justice Department? Disgraceful! Witch Hunt!”
How the hell is Bruce Ohr still employed at the Justice Department? Disgraceful! Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
GOP lawmakers said Tuesday afternoon that Bruce Ohr was being cooperative and answering questions at the closed-door deposition.
The former Associate Deputy Attorney General told Congress the FBI knew his wife, Nellie Ohr worked for oppo research firm Fusion GPS yet failed to disclose that information to the FISC [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court].