Guest post Harry Cherry
Senior Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr told congressional investigators in August 2018 that his wife, Nellie Ohr, who worked for Fusion GPS and was tasked with obtaining opposition research against then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016, gave him a flash drive of her research on the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
Ohr admitted to investigators, “She provided me with a memory stick that included research she had done for Fusion GPS.” Bruce Ohr added, “The reason she provided that information to me is, my understanding was, it related to some of the same — it related to the FBI’s Russia investigation.”
Ohr said that he acted as an intermediary between his wife Nellie, a researcher at Fusion GPS, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
“And she gave me that stick to give to the FBI,” Ohr added.
The following round of questioning occurred between former Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Ohr.
Republican Doug Collins (R-GA) released the transcript on Friday.
Rep Collins said his patience with the DOJ had grown thin so he released the testimony.
Collins plans on releasing more testimony.
Gowdy: “Why would she not give it to the FBI?”
Ohr: “She wasn’t talking with the FBI. She gave it to me, and I provided it to the FBI.”
Gowdy: “I’m trying to figure out why Fusion GPS is investigating Russian oligarchs and potential criminality and how that might overlap with what you did at the Department.”
Ohr: “My understanding is that Fusion GPS was hired by private individuals to look into possible contacts between the Russian Government and the Trump campaign.”
Gowdy: “Who was handling Chris Steele, who at the Bureau?”
Ohr: “I don’t know who was officially his handler. I know one of the people he was talking with who may have been his handler was Special Agent Mike Gaeta.”
Since Ohr was previously a prosecutor, Gowdy asked Ohr whether he personally vetted the information given to him by Christopher Steele.
Gowdy: “What questions did you ask Glenn Simpson about the origin of his information? And I’m still — maybe it’s just me. I’m still struggling to figure out — now, if it was a conspiracy to access the DNC server, I’m interested. If it’s a conspiracy to access John Podesta’s email, I’m interested. I’m actually interested if it’s a conspiracy to disseminate what was taken even if they didn’t take it. But I doubt he met with a high-ranking DOJ official to say, someone in the Russian Government knows someone in the Trump campaign.”
Ohr: “Ohr: “I believe one of the things — again, I don’t remember if it was Glenn Simpson or Chris Steele that mentioned this — talked about — I’m going to get the names wrong, but somebody associated with the Trump campaign having advance knowledge of when information about the Clinton campaign that had been stolen and hacked, when it was going to be leaked.”
We know that is a lie. Roger Stone has been targeted by Robert Mueller and his Angry Democrats with the same falsehood.
Gowdy: “Who were Steele’s sources?”
Ohr: “I don’t know.”
Gowdy then asked Ohr if he vetted Chris Steele or Fusion GPS’s sources.
Gowdy: “How did you vet those — how did he vet those sources? How did Fusion GPS vet those sources?”
Ohr: “I think — I don’t know the specifics. The fact that my wife was looking at some of the same figures, like Sergei Millian, suggests that that was one way they were trying to vet the information.”
Gowdy then proceeded to open a new round of questioning, involving Ohr’s breakfast meeting with Chris Steele and the July 2016 opening of the Trump-Russia investigation.
Gowdy: “Now, some of my colleagues don’t believe in coincidences. I have not made up my mind yet on whether or not that’s possible, but you met with Simpson — I mean, with Steele, if I remember correctly, in late July?”
Gowdy: “At a breakfast with Mrs. Ohr?”
Gowdy: “Do you know what else happened in late July?”
Ohr: “I have seen in the papers that the FBI opened some kind of investigation in late July. I was certainly not aware of that at the time.”
Gowdy: “Who opened it?”
Ohr: “I’ve just seen something in the papers. I don’t know.”
Gowdy: “Oh, you can guess. What FBI agent opened it?”
Ohr: “I don’t know.”
Gowdy: “I’ll give you a hint. You mentioned his name already. Peter Strzok. How many times did you talk to Peter Strzok before July of 2016?”
Ohr: “None, I don’t think. I did not know Peter Strzok.”
Gowdy: “How did you meet him?”
Ohr: “At some point, I believe in the fall of 2016, I met with him and Lisa Page, as I told you before.”
Gowdy: “Why? Why did you meet with them?”
Ohr: “To pass the latest information that I had received.”
The transcript describes a Deep State Coup D’Etat to take down the duly elected President of the United States!