Backchannel Bruce: New Docs Show Obama FBI And State Department Worked Directly With Fusion GPS On Russia Collusion Hoax

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Investigative watchdog group Judicial Watch (JW) has released a trove of documents they obtained from the FBI via a FOIA request that confirm the suspicions of many: U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr took  his wife Nellie’s Fusion GPS research on the Trump family and associates directly to the FBI in an attempt to aid in a Russia collusion investigation.


Nellie Ohr, who was working with Fusion specifically researching foreign ties the Trump family and associates may have had, told congressional investigators six months ago at a closed-door hearing she would make her research available to them. As of early August, investigators were still waiting.

The new documents JW has released look to be at least referencing that information. Here’s Katie Pavlich of TownHall:

“On December 5, 2016, Bruce Ohr emailed himself an Excel spreadsheet, seemingly from his wife Nellie Ohr, titled ‘WhosWho19Sept2016.’ The spreadsheet purports to show relationship descriptions and ‘linkages’ between Donald Trump, his family and criminal figures, many of whom were Russians. This list of individuals allegedly ‘linked to Trump’ include: a Russian involved in a ‘gangland killing;’ an Uzbek mafia don; a former KGB officer suspected in the murder of Paul Tatum; a Russian who reportedly ‘buys up banks and pumps them dry’; a Russian money launderer for Sergei Magnitsky; a Turk accused of shipping oil for ISIS; a couple who lent their name to the Trump Institute, promoting its ‘get-rich-quick schemes’; a man who poured him a drink; and others,’ Judicial Watch released. “On December 5, 2016, Bruce Ohr emails himself a document titled “Manafort Chronology,’ another Nellie Ohr-Fusion GPS document, which details Paul Manafort’s travel and interactions with Russians and other officials.”

“FBI interview reports from December 5 and December 12, and December 20, 2017, show that Bruce Ohr ‘voluntarily’ gave these anti-Trump and Manafort materials, created for the Clinton campaign by Fusion GPS, to the FBI,” Judicial Watch found.


Additionally, the Obama State Department makes an appearance in the hundreds of documents released Wednesday:

“On February 14, 2017, former-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Kathleen Kavalec forwarded Ohr a Huffington Post article touting the Steele Dossier’s claim that an alleged deal between Russian oil company Rosneft and Trump supporter Steve Schwarzman constituted a ‘high crime of treason worthy of impeachment.’ Ohr forwarded the article to the FBI’s Washington Field Office the same day.”

It has long been speculated that Bruce Ohr may have served as a backchannel to Jim Comey’s FBI, carrying Russia collusion research even after former British spy Christopher Steele — author of the now-infamous dossier — was fired for talking to the press.

The JW documents would seem to support that speculation.

The Daily Caller has an interesting list of some of the names on Nellie Ohr’s spreadsheet and how they relate to President Trump, which reads like a wish list concocted by people looking for something — anything — that might implicate the president. In light of the fact that the Mueller report found no evidence of collusion, it makes the list appear even more desperate.

JW President Tom Fitton said the document dump also shows that the Justice Department and the FBI knew that Christopher Steele was “desperate” that Trump never see the inside of the Oval Office.


“These FBI notes show that the FBI, the Justice Department, and the State Department were working with the Clinton spy ring at Fusion GPS in what I would call a coup attempt against President Trump.”



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