Opinion | It has been reported that Kathleen Ann Kavalec, an official at the State Department, was waiting to be confirmed as a United States Ambassador to Albania when it was announced that she had previously been in contact with Christopher Steele, ex British spy and the author of the fictitious Trump “dossier.” It was also found that Kavalec provided top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr with information both leading up to and following the 2016 presidential election.
The Gateway Pundit reports, “Ms. Kavalec’s nomination was withdrawn recently by President Trump after emails surfaced showing she personally met with and communicated with the coup plotters, according to a senior White House official who spoke with investigative reporter Sara Carter.”
In 2012, Kavalec donated $250 to then-President Barack Obama and $250 to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Sara Carter reported:
Kavalec, as well as her colleague Jonathan Winer, a former assistant to former Secretary of State John Kerry, supplied information they had collected from Steele to Bruce Ohr, said sources familiar with the congressional investigations.
Ohr is a senior Department of Justice official who was used as a backchannel for the FBI after Steele was removed from the bureau for shopping his dossier to the media in 2016. His wife, Nellie Ohr, was working in 2016 as a contractor for Fusion GPS, who was hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC to compile the anti-trump dossier.
On Monday evening, Republican Representative Mark Meadows revealed that some sitting ambassadors took part in the coup in order to have Trump removed.
The Republican told Fox News host Sean Hannity, “There are players now, even ambassadors that are sitting ambassadors that were involved in part of this with the FBI and DOJ.”
Emails exchanged between Bruce Ohr and Ann Kavalec from November 21, 2016 were obtained by reporter Sara Carter.
“Kavalec referenced a Russian businessman by the name of ‘Simon Kukes’ and Sergei Millian, a man who was a central (and reportedly an unwitting source) of the phony Russia dossier,” reports the Gateway Pundit.
Via Sara Carter:
“Just re-looking at my notes from my convo with Chris Steele, I see that Chris and Kukes has some connection to Serge Millian, an emigre who is identified by FT as head of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce,” Kavalec told Ohr in the Nov. 21, 2016 email.
“According to what Chris said to me in early October, Millian has apparently disappeared,” i.e., left the U.S. and hasn’t been seen recently. I don’t know anything about Millian, but he is referenced in the FT story: https://ig.ft.com/sites/trumps-Russian-connections/
Ohr noted that the two had met regarding Steele’s information, which was later passed to the FBI.
“Kathy – thank you for taking the time to meet with us,” said Ohr in an email exchange on that day. “I really hope we can get something going here.”
Ohr was responding to an email Kavalec sent earlier in the day. Kukes “had left Russia because he said he was concerned he might be investigated- as I recall he said had gotten a summons to court on some issue.”
She also referenced several stories in Mother Jones and OpenSecrets.Org regarding then President Trump. She stated in one email, that “on this campaign donation story, I just wondered what, assuming this is true, the original source of the funding might have been. Best, Kathy.”
It was reported in January that Kavalec’s confirmation hearing was to be postponed pending the review of her own involvement with both Christopher Steele and Bruce Ohr by the Foreign Relations Committee.
This is the first time it has been reported that Kavalec’s nomination was withdrawn by Trump.