The Dossier: Congress scrutinizing Trump-Russia dossier firm Fusion GPS

· September 17, 2018  
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Nellie Ohr to testify on Fusion GPS, Trump-Russia dossier

At some point this week, former Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr, wife of top DOJ official Bruce Ohr, will testify in front of Congress, the Daily Caller reports.

Ohr worked for Fusion GPS prior to the 2016 election, while the opposition research firm was compiling the infamous dossier for the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC. Many congressional leaders allege that by hiring Nellie Ohr, Fusion maintained easier access to Bruce Ohr, who worked with the people responsible for creating the dossier. Both Bruce and Nellie Ohr have a long-standing relationship with former British spy Christopher Steele, who was paid over a million dollars to draft the dossier.

Not a single Trump-Russia-related allegation in the dossier has been corroborated.

According to the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross: “Republicans want to know why Fusion GPS hired Nellie Ohr as well as why Bruce Ohr was used to pass information to the FBI.”

WikiLeaks founder Assange sought Russian visa in 2010

The Associated Press dropped a big exclusive this morning, providing leaked documents showing that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attempted to obtain asylum in Russia in 2010.

U.S. intelligence agencies have long alleged that WikiLeaks has a cozy relationship with Russian intelligence. Some claim that WikiLeaks in its entirety is a Kremlin front. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, then CIA director, described the organization as a “hostile intelligence service helped by Russia.” WikiLeaks maintains that it is fully independent.

Anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland, following Nazi-Soviet pact

Today marks the anniversary of the 1939 Soviet invasion of Poland, which was pursued in accordance with the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, a neutrality agreement between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

The agreement — which played a role in the succeeding deaths of millions of innocents — continues to be litigated in the press. Last week, the Associated Press issued a controversial correction on its reporting of the agreement, after Moscow demanded clarification on the issue.

Israeli-American hero killed by Palestinian terrorist

Ari Fuld, a U.S.-born Israeli and 45-year-old father of four, was murdered over the weekend by a Palestinian assailant. Despite his severe wounds, Fuld was able to chase down, then shoot and kill his attacker before the jihadi got away, preventing the terrorist from continuing his onslaught. Fuld succumbed to his wounds shortly thereafter.

Fuld was remembered as a passionate advocate for the state of Israel and the U.S.-Israel alliance.

“I met tonight the wonderful parents and brothers of the wonderful hero of Israel, Ari Fuld,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “I embraced them in the name of all the people of Israel during their terrible grief. We’re alive, thanks to heroes like Ari. We will always remember him.”

Putin has no intention of retiring any time soon

In a meeting with billionaire Chinese businessman Jack Ma, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is 65 years old, made it pretty clear that he has no intention of retiring any time soon.

“I’d like to ask that young man sitting over there eating Russian snacks, Jack Ma, you are still so young, why are you retiring?” Putin joked with Ma, who is retiring from the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Putin then added, according to his press secretary: “I’m not going to resign, and I have no such intentions.”

Putin has been recognized as the ultimate authority in Russia since the turn of the century.

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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for CRTV. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.