Newsweek: Donald Trump is leading ‘Campaign of Smear and Intimidation’ Against Bruce Ohr’s Wife Nellie, Democrat Says
Newsweek: Donald Trump is leading 'Campaign of Smear and Intimidation' Against Bruce Ohr's Wife Nellie, Democrat Says
Donald Trump once said it’s “a dangerous thing” to have a wife who works. That turns out to be especially true for civil servants.
House Republicans are reportedly preparing to subpoena the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr: they have questions related to her private sector employment at an investigative firm involved in scrutinizing then-candidate Trump’s Russian connections. Nellie Ohr is the third partner of a U.S. government civil servant targeted in the ongoing effort to root out “deep state” anti-Trump civil servants in the federal law enforcement agencies. Besides Ohr, emergency room pediatrician and one-time Democratic candidate Jill McCabe, the wife of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, mistress of former FBI senior counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, have also drawn presidential tweets and conservative attacks.
Ohr’s husband gave closed-door testimony to the House Oversight and Judiciary committees this week about his email communications with a key figure in the Russia probe, British spy Christopher Steele. Nellie Ohr is a Russia expert who has worked at Fusion GPS, the DC detective agency that first hired Steele, although a source familiar with the issue told Newsweek she was not involved with the so-called Steele dossier that, among other things, contained outrageous allegations about Russian “kompromat” video of Trump with Russian prostitutes.
The president has named each one of the women in numerous tweets, sometimes commenting on their looks as well. He targeted Nellie Ohr again Thursday morning in a tweet suggesting she was plotting against him: “She worked for Fusion GPS where she was paid a lot. Collusion!” …
“I don’t recall ever seeing a president going so vociferously after the spouses of civil servants,” said Stephen Spaulding, with the non-partisan good government organization Common Cause. “On the Hill, disclosure rules might apply to an immediate family member. Nothing we have seen in the past is comparable to what we are seeing with Trump and especially out of the White House. And these are absolutely smear tactics. You see a pattern of behavior where he is absolutely willing to go after spouses of people.”