Glenn R. Simpson, co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, arrives for a scheduled appearance before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
A Senior White House official told investigative reporter Sara Carter that President Trump has pulled the nomination of a candidate slated to become the US Ambassador to Albania. Carter reported that Trump took this action upon learning that former State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Ann Kavalec, had been in contact with dossier author Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and his employee Nellie Ohr, both before and after the 2016 election. She had also supplied information to DOJ official Bruce Ohr.
Kavalec’s confirmation hearing was cancelled in January after several senators on the Foreign Affairs Committee informed White House officials of these communications.
Kavalec, a supporter of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and a “long time State Department employee, worked under Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.”
The White House official told Carter that Kavalec “is a career foreign service officer who was nominated through the career process.”
The 2018 Congressional investigations revealed that Kavalec worked with Jonathan Winer, who had served as a close aide to former Secretary of State John Kerry. The two passed information they had received from Steele to Bruce Ohr.
On Monday night, Rep. Mark Meadows appeared on “Sean Hannity” to discuss how “sitting ambassadors were involved in part of this with the FBI and DOJ.” My colleague, Bonchie, posted on this story earlier today here.
Carter reviewed emails which show the flow of information between Kavalec and (Bruce) Ohr. According to Carter:
On Nov. 21, 2016, Kavalec and Ohr exchanged multiple emails. She references a former Russian businessman, who came to the United States, by the name of “Simon Kukes,” whom Kavalec had met in 2014. She also mentions Serge Millian, who is a central figure in collecting information used by Steele in the dossier.
According to former Trump policy advisor George Papadopoulos, Millian, a Belarus-born businessman, became an unwitting source of Steele. Papadopoulos believes Millian was working with the FBI and therefore was trying to build a relationship with him, as reported in The Washington Post.
“Just re-looking at my notes from my convo with Chris Steele, I see that Chris and Kukes has some connection to Serge Millian, an emigre who is identified by FT as head of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce,” Kavalec told Ohr in the Nov. 21, 2016 email.
“According to what Chris said to me in early October, Millian has apparently disappeared,” i.e., left the U.S. and hasn’t been seen recently. I don’t know anything about Millian, but he is referenced in the FT story: https://ig.ft.com/sites/trumps-Russian-connections/
Ohr noted that the two had met regarding Steele’s information, which was later passed to the FBI.
“Kathy – thank you for taking the time to meet with us,” said Ohr in an email exchange on that day. “I really hope we can get something going here.”
Ohr was responding to an email Kavalec sent earlier in the day. Kukes “had left Russia because he said he was concerned he might be investigated – as I recall he said had gotten a summons to court on some issue.”
She also referenced several stories in Mother Jones and OpenSecrets.org regarding then President Trump. She stated in one email, that “on this campaign donation story, I just wondered what, assuming this is true, the original source of the funding might have been. Best, Kathy.”
The Mother Jones September, 2016 article referenced Carter Page, a Trump campaign advisor, suggesting he was removed from his position with the campaign because of his ties with Russian oligarchs. Carter called the story “complete garbage.”
The story stated that Page “left the campaign amid allegations that he held meetings with Russian government officials and discussed possibly lifting US sanctions in the event of a Trump presidency.”
Kavalec also referenced her meeting with Steele in the back and forth email exchange. She told Ohr about information Steele had shared on Millian.
Given Kavalec’s support of Obama and Clinton, as well as her closeness with Weiner, one really has to wonder why Trump nominated she to become an ambassador in the first place.
Perhaps it’s because, in his experience as a businessman, he had never encountered a corporation where a large group of employees worked to undermine, and ultimately destroy, the CEO. Most employees perform the job they’re hired for, if not to the best of their ability, then at least adequately. And if they don’t, sooner or later, they’ll find themselves out of a job.
Every day, we learn that the tentacles of the Deep State reach even further than originally thought. As tired as we have all become of Mueller’s never-ending Special Counsel investigation, the appointment of a new Special Counsel may be a necessary to determine the extent to which our government has been corrupted.
When an old oil tank is pulled from the ground and a leak has been discovered, a soil remediation contractor must come in, dig out the contaminated soil as well as a good margin surrounding it. Then, after the polluted soil is removed, transported to a specially approved area and dumped, the site is filled in with fresh soil.
If we consider the polluted soil to be the Deep State, the conspirators need to be routed out, transported to a specially approved area (such as a prison) and dumped. Then, after downward adjustments in size, the now-decontaminated agencies can be filled with fresh employees.
This should have been done on day one.