Friday, August 16, 2019

Bruce Ohr Gave His Wife’s Fusion GPS Research To The FBI. Here Are The Documents

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Nellie Ohr kept tabs on dozens of Trump associates and Russian businessmen as part of her work for Fusion GPS, according to government documents released Wednesday.
Ohr’s husband, Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, provided the documents to the FBI for its investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
One of the documents is an Excel spreadsheet that tracked 80 different individuals with links to President Donald Trump and Tevfik Arif, a Kazakh-born real estate developer who has done business in the past with the Trump Organization. Another is a dossier on Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who was convicted for financial crimes related to his work in Ukraine.
Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group, obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Fusion GPS hired Nellie Ohr, a Russia expert, in late 2015 to conduct research on various Trump associates, including members of his family. Beginning in summer 2016, Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and dossier author Christopher Steele began corresponding with Bruce Ohr regarding their investigation of Trump. Steele, a former British spy, met with both Ohrs on July 30, 2016.
Fusion GPS was working at the time for the Clinton campaign and DNC.
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After the 2016 election, Bruce Ohr would serve as a back channel between Steele and the FBI after the bureau cut ties with the former spy over his contacts with the press.
Republicans have questioned the arrangement, and said they wanted to find out whether Steele and Simpson used the Ohr husband-and-wife team to bolster the dossier. Steele’s work has been all but debunked by the special counsel’s report, which found no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
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