Nellie Ohr, wife of former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, informed him that she was deleting emails sent from Bruce Ohr’s Department of Justice email account, according to redacted records obtained by the government watchdog organization Judicial Watch.
The Ohrs, both major players in efforts to formulate the Trump–Russia collusion narrative, remain under investigation for their ties to Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, the author of the salacious, unverified dossier that the FBI used to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Bruce Ohr was the highest-ranking career official at the Justice Department, an associate deputy attorney general and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force for the DOJ. Nellie Ohr was a Russia specialist and CIA contractor. In 2016, Nellie Ohr was hired by Fusion GPS the opposition research firm that was paid by the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to deliver information that would be damaging to rival candidate Donald Trump, including the Steele dossier.
Judicial Watch obtained the records through a March 2018 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Justice Department.
Nellie Ohr assured Bruce Ohr that she would delete their correspondence in an email threat with the subject line, “Analyst Russian Organized Crime – April 2016.”
“Thanks!” Ohr wrote. “I’m deleting these emails now.”
Nellie Ohr informing her husband about deleting the emails demonstrates a pattern of destroying evidence of a scheme against Trump, argues Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.
“This email is disturbing and suggests documents relevant to the improper targeting of President Trump were destroyed,” Fitton argued in a statement.
The correspondence also includes exchanges between the Ohrs, an aide to Bruce Ohr named Lisa Holtyn and Stefan Bress, a first secretary at the German Embassy. According to the emails, the group organized a meeting to discuss Russian organized crime, which included the proposed agenda “the Impact of Russian influence operations in Europe (‘PsyOps/InfoWar).” They also discussed setting up a dinner for the German delegation in the exchange.
Judicial Watch previously released emails proving Bruce Ohr worked as an unofficial liaison between the FBI and Steele. He was demoted after it was revealed he met with Steele and Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the Fusion GPS.
Ohr also admitted during a congressional hearing that his wife shared a thumb drive with him to give to the FBI.
Earlier this month, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) referred Nellie Ohr for prosecution on the basis of several statements she made during her congressional testimony that he claims are “demonstrably false.”
“Documents and information reviewed by our committees raise concerns Ms. Ohr knowingly provided false testimony in violation of 18 U.S.C. [Section] 1001,” the May 1 referral reads.
Attorney General William Barr testified to the Senate in April that he believes that Trump’s campaign was being spied on and said he plans to review “both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016” to learn whether the surveillance was “adequately predicated.”
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