Rachel Maddow just can’t stop worrying about the Russians.
The liberal political commentator and host of “The Rachel Maddow Show”— who last month said it “feels very palpable” to her that President Donald Trump is a foreign agent, as The Daily Wire reported — now thinks the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) won’t be able to properly investigate Russian intelligence operations or Russian organized crime if Bruce Ohr is fired.
Ohr, a DOJ official, appeared behind closed doors on Tuesday with congressional investigators who questioned him about his contacts with Fusion GPS.
That’s the firm that worked with former British spy Christopher Steele to put together and distribute a file about Trump’s relationship with Russia, known as the Steele dossier.
Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS.
“[Ohr] was creating demand for his wife’s consulting services, so that’s an obvious conflict of interest. It’s also a violation of the government’s rules not to disclose that,” Harmeet Dhillon, founder of the Dhillon Law Group Inc. and Republican National Committeewoman for California, told Laura Ingraham Tuesday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
Maddow did not acknowledge any of this — but instead lashed out at Republicans’ alleged zeal to bring Ohr down.
“Republicans literally came back from summer vacation early to spend the day trying to destroy Bruce Ohr,” Maddow claimed on her show Tuesday.
“When they went after Peter Strzok [former FBI counterintelligence agent], they were going after the top counterintelligence official at the FBI, with experience in breaking up Russian intelligence operations on U.S. soil,” she exclaimed. “In going after Bruce Ohr today, they are trying to take out one of American law enforcement’s top experts on Russian organized crime.”
Maddow failed to mention an inspector general report investigating politically charged text messages made by Strzok — who has since been fired — calling Trump an “idiot” and vowing to “stop” Trump from being elected.
Maddow said, in a very somber tone, “I don’t know exactly what these targeted attacks by the White House and congressional Republicans will ultimately do to the capabilities of the Justice Department and the FBI when it comes to fighting things like Russian intelligence operations in the United States, and Russian organized crime and Russian money laundering through American real estate.”
Then she went into full Russian collusion-propaganda mode.
“But you can imagine how satisfying a day like today must have been for a guy like Semion Mogilevich [a Russian mobster] to see Bruce Ohr get his turn in the barrel like this, right,” said Maddow.
“You can imagine how delightful that was for the Russian Mafia,” she went on. “You can imagine what a nice turn of events today must have been when viewed from the perspective of the Kremlin.”
See Maddow’s musings in the video below.