Mark Meadows files criminal referral to DOJ after the reveal of Nellie Ohr’s ‘Hi Honey’ emails

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On Wednesday House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows submitted a criminal referral to Attorney General Bill Barr asking that Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, be investigated for allegedly lying to Congress regarding her work for Fusion GPS.

Two months ago the watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained 339 pages of records from the Department of Justice as per a Freedom of Information Request lawsuit filed last year.

Included among the records were emails exchanged between Nellie Ohr and Bruce Ohr during the height of the 2016 presidential election. These emails, some of which begin with the seemingly innocuous words “Hi Honey,” show Nellie transmitting politicized “intelligence” to her husband.

This “intelligence,” some of it reportedly open-source, was obtained as per her work for Fusion GPS, the disreputable firm hired by then-GOP presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee in 2016 to dig up sensational dirt on then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“Hi Honey, if you ever get a moment you might find the penultimate article interesting — especially the summary in the final paragraph,” she wrote in a July 6, 2016, email in which she shared an article that reportedly suggested that Trump was Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stooge.

Other emails show her sharing “intelligence affecting Russian figures she told Congress she had tried to connect to Trump or Manafort,” “research on an oligarch named Rinat Akhmetov, a Ukrainian that Nellie Ohr told Congress she was researching for Fusion for possible ties to Trump” and “open-source information, such as news articles and academic research, that would later surface as evidence of alleged collusion between Trump and Russia,” according to investigative reporter John Solomon.

As noted by Solomon in a report for The Hill, this content was “overt[ly] political” and suggests that she’d been aware of and essentially trying to assist the DOJ’s in its own investigation of Trump.

This presents a concern because when Nellie testified to Congress last year, she claimed she’d been unaware of the DOJ’s work and denied helping the agency in its anti-Trump efforts.

“However, documents reviewed by our committees raise concerns Ms. Ohr not only had knowledge of an ongoing DOJ investigation, but that she shared information and research on Russian organized crime to assist DOJ, in direct contradiction with her testimony,” Meadows noted in his referral to Barr.

Meadows added that according to the documents obtained by Judicial Watch, it appears Nellie had also been in contact with her husband’s peers at the DOJ for reasons that remain unclear.

It was almost as if she had her own desk at the DOJ, as noted by Judicial Watch Founder Tom Fitton.

“For example, in March 2016, DOJ official Lisa Holtyn sent Bruce Ohr an email asking if Nellie would be able to speak with Ivana Nizich and Joe Wheatley to discuss her research as part of an ongoing investigation as she was told ‘Nellie might be a great resource.’ When Mr. Ohr checked if Nellie would feel comfortable speaking with DOJ, Nellie emailed ‘Sure!'” Meadows explained in his referral.

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These discoveries raise a litany of questions.

Was the DOJ collaborating with Fusion GPS? If so, why? Were then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and then-President Barack Hussein Obama aware of this collaboration? And why, furthermore, did Nellie lie to Congress about her contacts with the DOJ? What had she been trying to hide? And what about Clinton, who paid Fusion GPS for the infamous Steele dossier? What did she know?

“Taking these communications into account, in addition to other information we have reviewed, Ms. Ohr misled the committees when she testified she would not have any knowledge of what was going on in an ongoing DOJ investigation, and that she had not shared her research outside of Fusion GPS, her husband, and Christopher Steele,” Meadows’ referral continues.

“Truthful witness testimony is crucial to the integrity of investigations conducted by the House of Representatives. Ms. Ohr violated her oath to tell the truth by making demonstrably false statements during her testimony before the Committee. Accordingly, I am referring Nellie Ohr to the Department of Justice for investigation of potential violation(s) of 18 U.S.C.”

See his referral letter below:

According to Solomon, Meadows and his peers believe that Nellie’s emails may be relevant to determining why exactly special counsel Robert Mueller’s unfruitful investigation into alleged Russian collusion was launched in the first place. They may specifically explain what had led DOJ investigators to fall for what has turned out to be one of the greatest conspiracy theories of the 21st century.

“Whatever transpires, it is clear Nellie Ohr was no ordinary spouse during the 2016 election. She was a robust source of Russia information for her husband and his colleagues inside the DOJ, at the same time her employer was trying to smear Trump. And that should concern us all,” Solomon concluded.

Social media users have some theories of their about what exactly happened:

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