Whoa Nellie – The Woman behind the Trump Take Down

Bruce Ohr made headlines this past week for his revelations during his closed door testimony with the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. The Associated Press reported that during these hearings the thirty-year DOJ veteran revealed that GOP opposition dossier author Christopher Steele told him during a July 2016 breakfast that Russian intelligence had then presidential candidate Donald Trump “over a barrel”.  Ohr is the most recent person to be on the hot seat in the Russian collusion plot to take down President Trump, an elaborate scheme which involves a broad sweeping cast of characters from the FBI, the DOJ and of course Fusion GPS, the DNC funded opposition research firm where Ohr’s wife Nellie was a contractor.

Bruce Ohr, who has been described as the “conduit” between Fusion GPS and the DOJ, was the director of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the fourth ranking official in the agency (prior to his recent demotion in the wake of the scandal).  Ohr, who also received his law degree from Harvard,has spent the lion share of his career overseeing gang and racketeering cases including Russian organized crime. Up until a few months ago, Ohr had been enjoying a prestigious but low profile professional life.  This of course begs the question. Why would he risk his long standing career and reputation to get involved in compromised opposition research? The roots of Ohr’s cross over to the dark side can be traced back to Harvard University where he first met the woman who would become his wife Nellie Hauke

Nellie Hauke Ohr received her undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1983, one year ahead of Bruce Ohr.   Dr. Ohr is a fluent Russian speaker who received her Ph.D. in Russian History from Stanford in 1989. While the media has referenced her PH.D.,  her Russian language fluency and her experience living in the USSR, the topic of her Ph.D. thesis has received very little coverage. In February 2018, Diana West published in  The American Spectator     an article about Dr. Ohr’s thesis  “Collective farms and Russian peasant society, 1933-1937: the stabilization of the kolkhoz order”. West defines kolkhoz as collective farm order and postulates that Ohr’s 418 page thesis reveals her to be a Stalin apologist who perceived a “silver lining after six million or more people were killed by Stalin’s state-created famine, mass deportations, and general war of “de-kulakization.”

Dr. Ohr described the purging of these individuals as representing “to some degree a center-periphery conflict in which the ‘state-building’ central government tried to bring headstrong local satraps under control.” Said another way, she perceived the systemic elimination of extraneous “headstrong” individuals as a way to re-establish stability in society.  Ohr was not only a Stalin supporter, but also a proponent of eugenics. Over the course of her academic career as a professor at Vassar College and the DC based Wilson Center, she continued to promote a curriculum which borrowed elements from this thesis and advanced a Marxist philosophy and a propensity for revisionist history. In fact, at the Wilson Center, she spearheaded a project entitled “Collective farmers of Russia’s Western Region after collectivation and under German Occupation”.  Dr. Ohr also continued to propagate her political ideology in her non-academic career including her involvement with The National Institute of Justice’s Expert Working Group on International Organized Crime, an alliance with representation from the FBI, DOJ, the State Department, various universities and technology companies, which dates back to 2010. Her husband Bruce Ohr and Glenn Simpson, her future associate at Fusion GPS, were among the participants.

So where does Dr. Ohr’s Ph.D. thesis intersect with her motivation to use her husband as a means to bring down President Trump? I maintain that Nellie Ohr believes and has indoctrinated others including her students, colleagues and yes, her husband to believe that anyone who is not an elitist is expendable. While President Trump grew up in a wealthy household and graduated from The University of Pennsylvania (an Ivy League institution) as did three of his children (Donald Jr., Ivanka and Tiffany. Eric graduated from Georgetown University), he is clearly not an elitist nor are the majority of his supporters (even the wealthy and/or well educated ones). Perhaps that is why Hillary Clinton famously said in 2016 that “you could put half of Donald Trump’s supporters in a “basket of deplorables” and described them as being “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamaphobic”.

Perhaps Nellie Ohr took a page from Hillary Rodham Clinton who back in May 1969 when she was a student at Wellesley College penned a senior thesis entitled “There is only the Fight: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model” and then later went on to Yale Law School where she made the acquaintance of William Jefferson Clinton, the future president who would become her vehicle to make her socialist vision a reality.

Did Nellie Hauke handpick Bruce Ohr as her “conduit” to political power in the same way  that Hillary Rodham recruited Bill Clinton? Is this complex scheme to take down a president rooted in a man being seduced by a woman’s ideology? It is something to think about.

Leonora Cravotta is the Director of Operations for The American Conservative and Co-Host for the Scott Adams Show airing Live on Red State Talk Radio Weekdays at 8am.

 

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