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A key anti-Trump researcher for dossier orchestrator Fusion GPS told Congress she would shy away from conducting similar Russia research into Hillary Clinton, according to an interview transcript.
“Because I favored Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate,” Nellie Ohr testified in October before a special House Judiciary-Oversight task force.
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Ms. Ohr is the wife of Bruce Ohr, a former associate deputy attorney general. He turned out to be the messenger to the FBI for ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who wrote the dossier, and Fusion, which paid Mr. Steele with money from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Ms. Ohr, whose transcript was released by Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, told of how Fusion used her Kremlin expertise to investigate ties between President Trump and various Russians.
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“I would probably have been less comfortable doing opposition research that would have gone against Hillary Clinton,” said Ms. Ohr, a Harvard- and Stanford-educated Russian historian.
She testified that she provided her Trump research to a Fusion handler and later the information would show up in the news media.
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Republican questioners focused on a critical breakfast meeting she attended at the Mayflower Hotel on July 30, 2016 with her husband and Mr. Steele. Mr. Steele would return to Washington in September and October to provide his anti-Trump allegations to a bevy of reporters.
Mr. Steele showed a page of his dossier to the Ohrs. From that meeting, Mr. Ohr then met with Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and his counsel, Lisa Page.
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It was the beginning of Mr. Ohr’s unofficial role as a messenger to make sure the FBI received Mr. Steel’s and Fusion’s opposition research as it opened a probe on July 31 into the Trump campaign and possible election collusion with the Kremlin.
“My understanding was that Chris Steele was hoping that Bruce...
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