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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman Retires From Army After Promotion Allegedly Blocked

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a “star witness” in the Democrats’ impeachment farce against President Trump, is retiring from the US Army because he has determined that his future in the military “will forever be limited,” CNN reported Wednesday.

Vindman’s attorney, Amb. David Pressman, told CNN that the former National Security Council (NSC) aide endured a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” that was “spearheaded by the President” after he testified in the impeachment inquiry last year.

Vindman, who listened in on Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy in July of 2019, told Democrat House investigators last fall that the president abused his office by withholding vital aid from Ukraine until it announced investigations into his political opponents. The former NSC aid is widely believed to be the primary source for so-called “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella.

His public testimony was slammed by multiple war heroes who called him “prissy,” a “disgrace,” and “an operative with an agenda.”

The suspected leaker and his twin brother Yevgeny were removed from their NSC posts and escorted out of the White House last February.

“He was very insubordinate, reported contents of my ‘perfect’ calls incorrectly, & was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgement, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information,” Trump tweeted a day after the White House dismissed Vindman.

According to Vindman’s lawyer, the White House also blocked Vindman’s military promotion to the rank of colonel.

“The President of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career. Between protecting his promotion or the promotion of his fellow soldiers,” Pressman said in a statement to CNN.

“These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it,” he added, while claiming that Vindman “did what the law compelled him to do; and for that he was bullied by the President and his proxies.”

Top Pentagon leaders, including Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, have insisted that Vindman is not being targeted for political reasons, but a source familiar with his decision said military officials have communicated to Vindman that the White House has sought to become involved in the promotion process.

In response, Vindman was told that that there have been discussions within the Department of Defense about sending his name forward on a “list of one” or holding his name back until after the election to avoid impacting the promotions of other service members, the source said.

According to CNN, the “bullied” Vindman faced “a wave of unfounded attacks from the President and his allies” during the  impeachment farce.

During oral arguments in the Senate trial in late January, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, attacked Vindman in multiple tweets over several hours, going so far as to question the Purple Heart recipient’s patriotism.

Blackburn was referencing allegations made by retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Jim Hickman last fall that called Vindman’s alleged “patriotism and honesty” into question. Despite CNN’s claim, these “attacks” on Vindman’s character were not “unfounded.”

Hickman came forward to share his recollections of the then-Major when he served with him in Grafenwoher, Germany in 2013.

The retired officer told American Greatness that he “verbally reprimanded” Vindman after he heard him “talking up” then-President Barack Obama and making derisive remarks about America and Americans in front of Russian military officers. “Do not let the uniform fool you,” Hickman wrote on Twitter: “He is a political activist in uniform.”

Hickman said that Vindman, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Ukraine, made fun of the United States to the point that it made other soldiers “uncomfortable.” For example, Hickman told American Greatness that he heard Vindman call Americans “rednecks”—a word that needed to be translated for the Russians. He said they all had a big laugh at America’s expense.

Hickman is a wounded warrior who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq and received multiple combat medals—including the Purple Heart. He took medical leave from the service in 2017 due to complications from his injuries.

Thomas Lasch, Hickman’s boss at the time, corroborated his story to American Greatness, as did a General Services Employee with the Department of the Army.

After Vindman was removed from his NSC post, Hickman said he was pleased, but more needed to be done to hold him accountable, including possibly a court martial.

“To simply move LTC Vindman as part of a larger drawdown, without holding him accountable for the court martial worthy offenses he committed, will have immediate ramifications on good order and discipline in the Army,” Hickman told American Greatness via a text message.

“If officers are permitted to directly disobey lawful orders from the CINC, because they have political policy opinion differences, well, where are we now with precedent? I suppose lying to congress too will go without any consequence, I mean why bother being held to a higher standard in the military?” he asked.

“What exactly are we teaching young Soldiers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Officers, if LTC Vindman just moves duty stations without being held accountable?” Hickman lamented at the time.

 

 

 

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Ousted Ukraine Ambassador Yovanovitch Given ‘Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy’ Award

After testifying against President Trump in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch has been rewarded with a prestigious diplomacy award from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) at Georgetown University.

Yovanovitch became a Senior State Department Fellow at ISD in the spring of 2019. Now she’s receiving the J. Raymond “Jit” Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy there, investigative journalist Sara Carter reported.

The ceremony will be “moderated by former Deputy Secretary of State Ambassador William J. Burns, who is now the President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,” Carter reported.

At the urging of his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, President Trump recalled Yovanovitch in May of 2019. “I forced her out because she’s corrupt,” Giuliani bluntly told Fox News host Laura Ingraham back in December. “I came back with a document that will show unequivocally that she committed perjury,” he added.

The longtime diplomat retired from the State Department a few weeks ago, but could remain on the payroll for months, according to Fox, because she was assigned to Georgetown University through the Department.

During her testimony in the second hearing in the House impeachment inquiry, Yovanovitch stated that she “shocked and devastated” when she first read the memorandum of Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.  Trump had told Zelensky that she was “going through some stuff,” which deeply troubled the former ambassador.

“A person who saw me actually reading the transcript said the color drained from my face,” Yovanovitch recalled.

In 2016, the Ukraine ambassador to the U.S. wrote a an anti-Trump oped in the Hill, criticizing him for his stance on Russia and Crimea.

Trump’s impeachment defense team argued that the op-ed showed that Ukrainian officials supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign. Additionally, they said the ambassador had “said some nasty things” about Trump in the op-ed and on Twitter.

Yovanovitch recently wrote another opinion piece—this time for The Washington Poststating that she had “no regrets” about her decision to testify.

“When civil servants in the current administration saw senior officials taking actions they considered deeply wrong in regard to the nation of Ukraine, they refused to take part,” Yovanovitch wrote. “When Congress asked us to testify about those activities, my colleagues and I did not hesitate, even in the face of administration efforts to silence us.”

She added: “because it is the American way to speak up about wrongdoing. I have seen dictatorships around the world, where blind obedience is the norm and truth-tellers are threatened with punishment or death.”

Giuliani, however, has argued in interview after interview that Yovanovitch is hardly an innocent nonpartisan professional she pretends to be.

“There are at least five Ukrainian officials who are willing to testify against her, not anonymously, like their whistleblower, not hearsay, like their first two witnesses — this may be hard for Adam Schiff to take — but they would actually give real testimony. And what they would say basically is that she was very, very pro-Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election,” Giuliani told One America News in November.

“There are five witnesses who say that she instructed the prosecutor general of the Ukraine to dismiss four cases,” he added. “Two of those cases involved Ukrainian collusion with Democrats to hurt Donald Trump. One of them involved a company owned by George Soros. There are five witnesses who are willing to testify to that. None of them were called. None of them were interviewed.”

In December, Giuliani told Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk that “Saint” Yovanovitch “quashed” a corruption investigation into the disappearance of foreign aid because the Obama Administration was funneling the money to non-governmental organizations run by Soros.

Giuliani told Kirk that in 2017, the Ukrainian Accounting Authority did a study which revealed that $5.3 billion in foreign aid during the Obama/Biden years was not properly accounted for. So the agency started an investigation.

“All of a sudden, members of the U.S. Embassy, under the control of Marie Yovanovitch—I call her Saint Marie Yovanovitch—comes and tells them, ‘there’s no need to do that. We’re okay with the spending. There’s no need to,’” he said.

In another highly partisan and possible illegal move, Yovanovitch, while ambassador of Ukraine,  allegedly ordered subordinates to monitor prominent conservative figures, journalists and persons with ties to President Donald Trump.

Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch obtained information in October indicating that Yovanovitch ordered embassy staffers in Ukraine to target certain U.S. persons online using the following search terms: “Biden, Giuliani, Soros and Yovanovitch.”

According to Judicial Watch, she had created a list of individuals who were to be monitored via social media and other means, and Ukraine embassy staff submitted the request to the Washington D.C. headquarters office of the department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.After several days, the bureau got back to Yovanovitch’s staff, informing them that the request was illegal.

“This is not an obscure rule, everyone in public diplomacy or public affairs knows they can’t make lists and monitor U.S. citizens unless there is a major national security reason,” a senior State Department official told Judicial Watch.

The conservative figures allegedly unlawfully monitored by the State Department in Ukraine at the request of Yovanovitch include:

Jack Posobiec
Donald Trump Jr.
Laura Ingraham
Sean Hannity
Michael McFaul (Obama’s ambassador to Russia)
Dan Bongino
Ryan Saavedra
Rudy Giuliani
Sebastian Gorka
John Solomon
Lou Dobbs
Pamella Geller
Sara Carter

“No wonder both @realDonaldTrump and President Zelensky of Ukraine agreed Ambassador Yonacovitch was a real problem,”  Giuliani wrote on Twitter on Oct. 14. “I wonder if Shiftless asked her about this? Will there be an investigation or is she another “Protected Person” like Biden & Hillary.”

Judicial Watch in January filed two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the “State Department for documents tied to the alleged monitoring of President Trump’s family, lawyer, and journalists,” as ordered by Yovanovitch.

Attorney General this week confirmed that the Justice Department is reviewing information supplied by Giuliani about Ukraine corruption. The review is reportedly being handled by Scott Brady, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

 

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U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh Handling DOJ Review of Giuliani’s Ukraine Corruption Info

Attorney General William Barr said Monday that the Justice Department is reviewing information President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others gathered about corruption in Ukraine, including allegations involving Joe Biden and his son.

The review is reportedly being handled by Scott Brady, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

“The DOJ has the obligation to have an open door to anybody who wishes to provide us information that they think is relevant,” Barr said during a press briefing. “But as I did say to Senator Graham, we have to be very careful with respect to any information coming from the Ukraine. There are a lot of agendas in the Ukraine, a lot of cross currents. And we can’t take anything we received from the Ukraine at face value.”

During an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Graham said Barr told him that the DOJ had “created a process that Rudy could give information and they would see if it’s verified.”

“Rudy Giuliani is a well-known man,” Graham added. “He’s a crime fighter. He’s loyal to the president. He’s a good lawyer.”

Barr confirmed to reporters on Monday that the information provided by Giuliani was being scrutinized. “We had established an intake process in the field so that any information coming in about Ukraine could be carefully scrutinized by the department and its intelligence community partners, so that we could assess its provenance and its credibility,” the AG explained. “And that is true for all information that comes to the department relating to the Ukraine, including anything Mr. Giuliani might provide.”

According to CBS News’ Catherine Herridge, Brady’s review has been “quietly underway for several weeks.”

During the premiere episode of Steve Bannon’s radio show and podcast War Room: 2020, Giuliani described how three Ukrainian officials were asked to solicit “information on the Trump Campaign” during a White House meeting with Obama-era National Security Council officials in January 2016.

Now that the DOJ is actively reviewing Giuliani’s information, those former corrupt NSC employees—including possibly so-called whistleblower Eric Ciaramella—and DNC operatives like Alexandra Chalupa, should finally start feeling the heat they so richly deserve.

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Shock Development: Mueller Alumnus Abruptly Leaves Stone Case Under Cloud

On Tuesday February 11, 2020, Special Assistant United States Attorney Aaron S.J. Zelinsky filed a notice of withdrawal from the criminal case against Roger Stone. Zelinsky stayed on with the Department of Justice after the Mueller probe disbanded to continue prosecution against Roger Stone, one of Mueller’s targets.

Zelinsky originally joined the Mueller team from the District of Maryland where he once worked for then-U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein. This filing came within hours of the Department of Justice disavowing a 9-year sentencing recommendation filed in the Roger Stone criminal case. Fox News reported that the Department of Justice issued a statement repudiating the Zelinsky recommendation stating, “The Department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation in the filing in the Stone case last night. The sentencing recommendation was not what had been briefed to the Department.”

In the early hours of Tuesday, the president weighed in via Twitter, writing, “This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!”

According to Twitter-sleuth Techno Fog, Zelinsky also resigned “effective immediately” as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Zelinsky’s exit from the Stone’s case comes on the heels of the latest government filing in the Michael Flynn case (also pending sentencing) in which Mueller holdover Brandon Van Grack’s name was conspicuously absent fueling speculation that the Department of Justice has decided to purge Mueller alumni from highly sensitive prosecutions that spun off from the Mueller probe.

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Vindman Twins Removed from NSC Posts, Escorted from White House

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a “star witness” in the impeachment farce against President Trump, and his twin brother Yevgeny were removed from their National Security Council posts and escorted out of the White House on Friday, Politico reported.

The president told reporters earlier Friday that he was “not happy” with suspected leaker Alexander Vindman and suggested that he would be dealt with soon.

Trump made his preference crystal clear later on when he retweeted posts calling for Vindman to be fired “ASAP.” It is assumed that Alexander Vindman will go back to his post at the Department of Defense.

The White House is reportedly considering repercussions for other administration officials who defied the White House’s orders to not testify in the Democrats’ illegitimate inquiry.

Vindman, who listened in on Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy, told Democrat House investigators that the president abused his office by withholding vital aid from Ukraine until it announced investigations into his political opponents. The former NSC aid is widely believed to be the primary source for so-called “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella.

One of Vindman’s lawyers complained that the NSC aide’s ouster was political retribution for his role in the impeachment inquiry.  “There is no question in the mind of any American why this man’s job is over, why this country now has one less soldier serving it at the White House,” David Pressman said in a statement. “The truth has cost LTC Alexander Vindman his job, his career, and his privacy,” Pressman added.

Vindman’s attorney indicated that the Iraq War veteran’s twin brother Yevgeny, who serves as a senior lawyer on the NSC, was also removed from his post and exited the White House alongside his brother. Yevgeny Vindman was not a witness in the impeachment process. His lawyer didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The unceremonious removal of the Vindmans was quickly denounced by Democrats as an act of retribution against those who testified against Trump, one foreshadowed by a White House that has warned of “payback” for Trump’s detractors. Several GOP lawmakers, most notably Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) have defended Alexander Vindman against attacks on his patriotism, calling criticism of his role “shameful.”

“He was not ‘fired’ per se as he remains an active duty Army officer and will be reassigned elsewhere,” Vindman’s lawyer Mark Zaid wrote in a tweet. “And let’s also not overlook the fact he may very well be relieved to be out of the WH! Could you blame him!”

Politico goes on to report: “Vindman’s removal from his post came amid three months of relentless attacks by Trumps allies in Congress, the White House and on Fox News, questioning the Iraq War veteran’s patriotism and honesty.”

Indeed, Vindman’s “patriotism and honesty” was called into question after a fellow soldier came forward to share his recollections of the then-Major when he served with him in Grafenwoher, Germany in 2013.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Jim Hickman told American Greatness that he “verbally reprimanded” Vindman after he heard him “talking up” then-President Barack Obama and making derisive remarks about America and Americans in front of Russian military officers. “Do not let the uniform fool you,” Hickman wrote on Twitter: “He is a political activist in uniform.”

The retired officer said that Vindman, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Ukraine, made fun of the United States to the point that it made other soldiers “uncomfortable.” For example, Hickman told American Greatness that he heard Vindman call Americans “rednecks”—a word that needed to be translated for the Russians. He said they all had a big laugh at America’s expense.

Hickman is a wounded warrior who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq and received multiple combat medals—including the Purple Heart. He took medical leave from the service in 2017 due to complications from his injuries.

Thomas Lasch, Hickman’s boss at the time, corroborated his story to American Greatness, as did a General Services Employee with the Department of the Army.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) shared Hickman’s account about Vindman in a series of tweets during the impeachment trial.

In response to the news that Vindman had been removed from his post, Hickman said he was pleased, but more needed to be done to hold him accountable, including possibly a court martial.

“To simply move LTC Vindman as part of a larger drawdown, without holding him accountable for the court martial worthy offenses he committed, will have immediate ramifications on good order and discipline in the Army,” Hickman told American Greatness via a text message.

“If officers are permitted to directly disobey lawful orders from the CINC, because they have political policy opinion differences, well, where are we now with precedent? I suppose lying to congress too will go without any consequence, I mean why bother being held to a higher standard in the military?” he asked.

“What exactly are we teaching young Soldiers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Officers, if LTC Vindman just moves duty stations without being held accountable?”

“The civilian world can be polarized politically right now, and write things off to that, but not the United States Armed Forces. If you’re still wearing the uniform, then damn it, you better hold people accountable to regulations, and ensure they follow orders. Lives depend on us doing this right in combat and peace time operations. Take the hard right!” Hickman said.

The former officer was not optimistic that anything more would be done.

“They will throw phrases around like he lost his job, career, etc… then in a couple of months he’ll show up at the War College with an eagle on,”  he lamented.

The silver eagle insignia would indicate that he’d been promoted to colonel.

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Report: Missing $1.8 Billion in Aid Linked to Corrupt Oligarch Who ‘Bankrolled’ Ukraine Revolution

In a live video presentation, Thursday night, conservative radio host Glenn Beck accused the Obama administration of funneling $1.8 billion in taxpayer dollars to Ukraine in order to fund the Ukrainian revolution against Russia.

Calling the scandal bigger than the Reagan-era “Iran Contra” scandal, The Blaze founder said that his research team made the discovery while looking into the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky, which spurred the Democrats’ now-failed impeachment charade.

Beck explained that there were “things in the phone call that just didn’t make sense to us” and that prompted them to do a deep dive into what happened to the $1.8 billion in aid that went missing in PrivatBank, the largest commercial bank in Ukraine, which is owned by the corrupt oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky.

After former president Barack Obama made then-Vice President Joe Biden his “point man” in Ukraine, the Veep sent $3 billion in aid to Ukraine, and Burisma Holdings—where his son Hunter sat on the board—was implicated in the disappearance of $1.8 billion of that money.

The notoriously corrupt Burisma has been under investigation on and off for years for various financial crimes.

Blaze TV scrutinized a Feb. 26 letter from the Latvian government to the Ukrainians, which, according to Beck, led his team to follow the money to Kolomoisky, whose firm, Privat Group, also happens to be the controlling shareholder of Burisma.

Investigative journalist John Solomon reported on the Latvian law enforcement letter in December, 2019:

The Feb. 18, 2016 alert to Ukraine came from the Latvian prosecutorial agency responsible for investigating money laundering, and it specifically questioned whether Vice President Joe Biden’s younger son and three other officials at Burisma Holdings were the potential beneficiaries of suspect funds.

“The Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity … is currently investigating suspicious activity of Burisma Holdings Limited,” the Latvian agency also known as the FIU wrote Ukraine’s financial authorities.

The letter identified “a series of loan payments totaling about $16.6 million that were routed from companies in Belize and the United Kingdom to Burisma” through Kolomoisky’s PrivatBank between 2012 and 2015.

The flagged funds were “partially transferred” to Hunter Biden, a board member at Burisma since May 2014, and three other officials working for the Ukrainian natural gas company, the Latvian memo said.

The letter asked Ukrainian officials for any evidence about whether the funds were involved in corruption and whether Ukrainian officials were investigating Burisma and the recipients of the money.

The U.S. State Department placed Kolomoisky on a visa ban list prohibiting him from entering the country due to allegations that he had ordered murders and beheadings.

Allegedly, the oligarch”hired rowdies armed with baseball bats, iron bars, gas and rubber bullet pistols, and chainsaws” to intimidate rival companies. Beck pointed out that all this was known when Hunter Biden joined the board at Burisma, yet incredibly, shortly thereafter, the visa ban was lifted and Kolomoisky was allowed admittance in the U.S.

“Why would you do that?!” Beck exclaimed. “The guy is Tony Soprano. He will kill you with a chainsaw!”

Beck said that he wanted an answer to that question because it “looked like the Bidens were legitimizing a billionaire thug.”

The Daily Beast reported last April that the FBI had been investigating Kolomoisky for “potential financial crimes, including money laundering” for quite some time.

During the hostilities with Russia, Kolomoisky reportedly funded his own private army of 20,000 men to fight the so-called separatists. He is known in international circles as “the oligarch who bankrolled Ukraine’s war.”

Beck said he couldn’t prove it, but it was entirely plausible that the $1.8 billion in missing aid went toward that effort.

The Obama administration refused to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons to fight Russian-backed separatists, apparently out of deference to Russia, but did offer a range of other military and security aid in addition to “blankets,” according to the AP.

By March 2015, the Obama administration had provided more than $120 million in security aid for Ukraine and promised $75 million worth of equipment, including counter-mortar radars, night vision devices and medical supplies, according to the Defense Department. The U.S. also pledged 230 Humvee vehicles.

If The Blaze’s theory is correct, Obama provided Ukraine with a whole lot more, only under the table to avoid agitating Russia.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to admit as much recently when he defended Biden’s firing in 2016 of Viktor Shokin, the top prosecutor who was investigating Burisma.

Kerry argued that everyone in the Obama administration wanted Shokin fired. “We knew that if Ukraine was going to survive and win the revolution in the end—the Maiden—they had to get rid of that prosecutor,” he said. Why would they have to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma in order to win a revolution?

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Pam Bondi Blows a Hole in the Democrats’ First Article of Impeachment Against Trump

Trump defense lawyer Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi went on the offense at the Senate impeachment trial Monday, focusing on the Biden family‘s shady dealings in Ukraine.

“When the House managers gave you their presentation, when they submitted their brief, they repeatedly referenced Hunter Biden and Burisma … they referenced Biden or Burisma over 400 times, she said. “And when they gave these presentations they said there was nothing to see, it was a sham. This is fiction.”

Bondi blasted a massive hole in the Democrats’ first article of impeachment against Trump [that the president abused power when he asked Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelinskiy to investigate the Bidens in Ukraine] when she argued that—contrary to the the Democrats’ impeachment narrative—the Bidens’ role in Ukraine was so deeply corrupt, it warranted investigation.

Bondi argued that the reason House managers dismissed the president’s legitimate concern about the corruption, was because any serious examination of the facts would make their entire case crumble.

To buttress her point, she pointed out that unlike the Democrats, multiple media reports, including ABC News, the Washington Post, the New York Times,  Kyiv Post, as well as Ukrainian law enforcement and the Obama State Department itself, have raised questions about Hunter Biden’s lucrative gig at Burisma Holdings.

Bondi laid out in meticulous detail the Burisma scandal timeline and named the multiple players involved, starting with the firm’s notoriously corrupt founder Mykola Zlochevsky.

And she pointed out that the under-qualified and scandal-plagued Hunter Biden ended up on the board of Burisma shortly after his father—then vice president—was appointed to be the “point man” in Ukraine and paid $83,333 a month by the oligarch Zlochevsky.

“Burisma was so corrupt that [State Dept. official] George Kent said he intervened to prevent USAID from cosponsoring an event with Burisma,” Bondi told the senators.

She detailed the various investigations of Zlochevsky and Burisma for corruption, and Joe Biden‘s efforts in Ukraine, including getting the Ukrainian government to fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin when he was investigating the firm.

Bondi defended Trump words to Ukraine President Zelinskiy in the July 25 phone call that sparked the Ukraine scandal and the Dems’ impeachment efforts.

“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution, and a lot of people want to find out about that. So whatever you can do, with this attorney general would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it, it sounds horrible to me.”

Bondi pointed out that Hunter Biden stayed on the board at Burisma until April of 2019.

She accused Democrats of being disingenuous in claiming that all the accusations of corruption involving Burisma and the Bidens have been debunked.

“You’ve heard from the House managers that there is not anything to see here; that all of this is baseless,” Bondi concluded. “All that we are saying is that there was a basis to talk about this, to raise this issue. And that is enough.”

Even CNN legal analyst and dedicated Trump resister Jeffrey Toobin had to admit Bondi’s exposition detailing the Bidens’ “sleezy” activities in Ukraine was effective:

Her arguments were so damaging to the impeachment effort, all big 3 networks tuned out of Bondi’s presentation Monday afternoon, said RealClearInvestigation’s Paul Sperry.

Monday night, President Trump retweeted Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) call for the Bidens, Schif and the whistleblower to testify if the senate decides to call witnesses.

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NYT Quashed Story About 2016 WH Meeting with ‘Whistleblower’ and Ukrainians on Burisma

In an exclusive report, Wednesday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham revealed that the New York Times last May quashed a story about a White House meeting in January of 2016 between Obama administration officials—including the so-called whistleblower—and Ukrainian officials that addressed Hunter Biden’s problematic position at Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings.

Ingraham said she obtained a chain of State Department emails between NYT journalist Ken Vogel and State Department official Kate Schilling centering on the reporter’s request for comment on the story.

Hunter Biden, 49, the scandal-plagued son of Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden, is a central figure in the Ukraine scandal due to his high-paid no-show job at Burisma, a position he secured despite having no relevant experience in that field.

Democrats say the president withheld military aid from Ukraine until he could get a guarantee from the Ukrainian President Zelensky that the Bidens would be investigated. However, a document unearthed last October shows that Ukrainian officials had actually opened a new probe into Burisma months before President Trump’s July 2019 phone call with the Ukrainian president.

Some Republicans have called for Hunter Biden to testify in the Senate impeachment trial.

Ken Vogel is the reporter who wrote the oft-cited January 2017 piece in Politico titled: Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire. Subtitled: “Kiev officials are scrambling to make amends with the president-elect after quietly working to boost Clinton.”

Media reports referring to Ukraine’s involvement in the 2016 election did not become controversial until Biden announced his candidacy for president in April of 2019. Then, as President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani conducted his very public investigation into the matter throughout 2019, Democrats and their allies in the media started characterizing the claim that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election as a “conspiracy theory.”

In Vogel’s May 1, 2019 email to Schilling about the Obama White House meeting, the reporter reportedly mentioned the name of the CIA analyst widely believed to be the anti-Trump whistleblower, whose complaint against the president sparked the Democrats’ impeachment efforts.

Ingraham did not reveal his name because Fox News hosts are banned from doing so until the identity is confirmed, but she was likely was referring to Eric Ciaramella, who has been outed in conservative media as the whistleblower.

In the email, Vogel wrote, “We are going to report that (State Department official) Elizabeth Zentos attended a meeting at the White House on 1/19/2016 with Ukrainian prosecutors and embassy officials as well as … [redacted] from the NSC … the subjects discussed included efforts within the United State government to support prosecutions, in Ukraine and the United Kingdom, of Burisma Holdings … and concerns that Hunter Biden’s position with the company could complicate such efforts.”

“The State Department eventually declined to comment,” Ingraham said.

The Fox host noted that the email was forwarded to Schilling’s colleagues Zentos and diplomat George Kent, who has apparently been a source for Vogel in the past.

Kent, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, told House investigators last November that he had expressed concerns in 2015 that Hunter Biden’s position with Burisma raised the possibility of a perception of a conflict of interest. He testified that he reported his concern to the Office of the Vice President and nothing came of it.

The names Zentos and Ciaramella also came up during a hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee about Puerto Rico’s debt on Oct. 22, 2019.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asked Natalie Jaresko, Ukraine’s former finance minister, who is currently executive director of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, whether she had any knowledge of the pair’s meeting with a Ukrainian official at a DC restaurant in 2016.

Gohmert told the Washington Examiner, “Specifically, I asked about an April 12, 2016, meeting between Ukrainian parliamentarian Olga Bielkova and Liz Zentos and Eric Ciaramella of the National Security Council, in which energy issues were discussed. I thought it was prudent to ask Ms. Jaresko on the record and under oath about this meeting, since the time frame and subject align with the concerning reports of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.”

Bielkova met with Ciaramella and his colleague, Liz Zentos, then the director for Eastern Europe on the National Security Council, on April 12, 2016, at Le Pain Quotidien, on 17th Street N.W., a block from the White House. The same day, Bielkova also met with State Department official Michael Kimmage and, separately, with Kramer of the McCain Institute. Kramer figures prominently in the Trump-Russia saga — he met with Steele in December 2016 at Heathrow Airport to obtain a copy of the British ex-spy’s unverified dossier and provided information from it to over a dozen journalists after the presidential election.

Ingraham said her team was able to corroborate details of the January 2016 meeting mentioned in Vogel’s email by perusing archived Obama White House visitor logs. She reported that the logs confirmed that a number of Ukrainian officials were checked into the White House by the whistleblower [Ciaramella], who was at the time the Ukraine director on the NSC. This was the day Vogel claimed there was a meeting between Obama administration officials and Ukrainians to discuss “the complications of Hunter Bidens sweetheart gig” at Burisma, as Ingraham put it.

Vogel’s explosive story, which would have broken about a week after Joe Biden announced his candidacy, was never published.

Ingraham said she reached out to both the New York Times and Vogel to ask why the story was quashed. She said that Vogel never replied, but the Times’ director of communications simply stated that Vogel’s request for comment was consistent with their news-gathering process.

Ingraham’s scoop shows that once again, due to the corporate media’s obsequious desire to assist Democrats, another important story was smothered.

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Giuliani: ‘Saint Marie Yovanovitch’ Quashed Ukraine Probe Into Missing $5.3 Billion in Foreign Aid

Rudy Giuliani alleged Monday that former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch “quashed” a corruption investigation into the disappearance of foreign aid because the Obama Administration was funneling the money to non-governmental organizations run by left-wing billionaire George Soros.

Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, recently returned from a fact-finding mission in Ukraine, and discussed his findings in an interview with Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk for his podcast. 

The former mayor of New York City told Kirk that in 2017, the Ukrainian Accounting Authority did a study which revealed that $5.3 billion in foreign aid during the Obama/Biden years was not properly accounted for. So the agency started an investigation

“All of a sudden, members of the U.S. Embassy, under the control of Marie Yovanovitch—I call her Saint Marie Yovanovitch—comes and tells them, ‘there’s no need to do that. We’re okay with the spending. There’s no need to.'”

Giuliani said the Ukrainian Accounting Authority at first insisted that they had to conduct an investigation, but later, “somehow it came down from the top—don’t investigate.”

He said the reason the probe was quashed was because instead of giving the money to the government, the U.S. Embassy was giving it to NGOs (nonprofit organizations that operate independently of  government) run by left-wing billionaire George Soros and his children.

“Left-wing, further left-wing, socialist, communist, anarchist—you couldn’t even find a moderate one among them!” he said of the Soros clan.

“They keep half the money, and if the government is lucky, they keep half the money,” he continued. “A completely corrupt scheme.”

Having been kicked out of Hungary, Soros and his network of NGOs have reportedly been “deeply involved in Ukrainian politics since the 2014 Maidan Revolution.”

Allegedly hacked documents in 2015 showed Mr. Soros appointing himself “a self-appointed advocate of the new Ukraine,” and detailed the billionaire’s intricate involvement with the Obama State and Treasury Departments in the push for weapons and billions of dollars in assistance for the Poroshenko government.

Yovanovitch was appointed ambassador to the Ukraine by President Obama in 2016 and recalled by Trump in April 2019 after the president caught wind of some of her questionable activities.

Giuliani told Kirk he has notified the President Trump of his findings which he argued “totally justifies that first part of his conversation with Zelensky about the unaccountability of the spending of the money.”

“People in Ukraine told me to thank the president for being the first president to challenge the corruption,” Giuliani added. He went on to say that the Ukrainians appreciate that Trump has described the issue of corruption as “our problem” and not “your problem,” meaning that the U.S. has some cleaning up to do, too.

“Joe Biden, the big phony who was corrupt himself, was going there saying, ‘your corruption, your corruption.’ President Trump described this as ‘our problem.”

Giuliani said that the reason the liberal establishment is fighting this so hard is because the Bidens aren’t the only ones who cashed in.

“We’ve got Democratic politicians in this country who have made a fortune—it isn’t just Joe Biden,’ Giuliani explained. “The reason they’re fighting this so hard is because a couple of their sons and husbands are taking in millions—more than millions.” He said they have the money go to family members because they don’t have to report the earnings on financial disclosure forms.

“This is monetizing public office,” the former prosecutor told Kirk.

Guiliani’s speech to the Turning Point USA group is below:

 

 

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Senate Republicans Request Interview With Alexandra Chalupa on Ukrainian Election Meddling

As Democrats and their allies in the media dismiss charges that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election as a conspiracy theory, three top Republican Senators are working to prove them wrong just in time for the impeachment trial in the Senate.

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced Friday that they are requesting records from and interviews with Alexandra Chalupa, a Democratic consultant and Ukrainian-American activist who met with Ukrainian embassy officials throughout 2016, allegedly on behalf of the DNC. The trio are also seeking records from Andrii Telizkhenko, a former Ukrainian political officer who told Politico that Oksana Shulyar, a top aid to the Ukrainian ambassador, instructed him to assist Chalupa with research to connect Trump and Manafort to the Russians.

According to the Daily Caller, the request is a continuation of Grassley’s 2017 inquiry into possible coordination between the DNC and the Ukrainian embassy to dig up dirt on the Trump campaign.

Chalupa met throughout 2016 with Ukrainian embassy officials, and sought to trade information related to Manafort, who worked through 2014 for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, on Jan. 11, 2017, Politico reported. Telizhenko told Politico he was directed by his bosses to help Chalupa in the effort.

In addition to Chalupa’s efforts, multiple Ukrainian government officials spoke out against Trump during the 2016 campaign.

One official scrutinized by Republicans is Serhiy Leshchenko, a former Ukrainian parliamentarian who gained international attention in August 2016 for helping publicize the so-called “black ledger” that detailed payments that the Ukrainian Party of Regions allegedly made to Manafort.

Manafort denied receiving the payments, but was forced off the Trump team following reports of the “black ledger.” He was convicted in the special counsel’s investigation of financial crimes related to income from his Ukraine work.

Citing the Politico report in his July 2017 letter to the DOJ, Grassley—then the chairman of the Judiciary Committee—wrote that Chalupa’s actions appeared to show that “she was simultaneously working on behalf of a foreign government, Ukraine, and on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign, in an effort to influence not only the U.S voting population but U.S. government officials.”

The Iowa senator wrote in the July 24, 2017 letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that Chalupa’s activities in Ukraine constituted a possible Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) violation.

Indeed, Telizhenko recalled that Chalupa told him and Shulyar, “[i]f we can get enough information on Paul [Manafort] or Trump’s involvement with Russia, she can get a hearing in Congress by September.”[7] Later, Chalupa did reportedly meet with staff in the office of Democratic representative Marcy Kaptur to discuss a congressional investigation. Such a public investigation would not only benefit the Hillary Clinton campaign, but it would benefit the Ukrainian government, which, at the time, was working against the Trump campaign. When Politico attempted to ask Rep. Kaptur’s office about the meeting, the office called it a “touchy subject.”

Aside from the apparent evidence of collusion between the DNC, Clinton campaign, and Ukrainian government, Chalupa’s actions implicate the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). As you know, the Committee is planning a hearing on FARA enforcement. Given the public reporting of these activities in support of a foreign government, it is imperative that the Justice Department explain why she has not been required to register under FARA.

A Kyiv court in December of 2018 ruled that Leshchenko and Ukrainian “anti-corruption” official Artem Sytnyk interfered in the U.S. presidential election by publishing the black ledger documents.

Additionally, Nellie Ohr, a former contractor for Fusion GPS, and wife of DOJ official Bruce Ohr, told lawmakers in October of 2018 that Leshchenko was a source for Fusion, which commissioned the infamous Steele dossier.

Leshchenko has denied that he ever knowingly met with anyone from Fusion GPS however, telling the Caller that he met with Chalupa at least once in 2016 at an event held for the Ukraine diaspora.

Politico reported on Monday that the Senate Intelligence committee, led by Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, conducted its own investigation into the matter and found no evidence that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election, however, Burr refused to confirm the “Fusion” Natasha Bertrand story in an interview with NBC.

“If I investigated I wouldn’t even tell you” he told NBC reporter Frank Thorp.

Chalupa reportedly denied serving as an intermediary between the DNC and Ukrainian Embassy during her testimony and also alleged that “a Russian active-measure campaign had targeted her.”

The DNC paid Chalupa $412,000 for consulting work from 2004 through June 2016, according to the Daily Caller, although they claim that she communicated with the Ukrainian Embassy on her own accord.

She also worked briefly with a convicted domestic terrorist-turned-activist known as the “Speedway Bomber” while she was digging up dirt on Trump in late 2016, the Caller reported in March of 2017.

The liberal activist was identified as one of nine witnesses Republicans wanted to testify publicly in the House impeachment proceedings.

Chalupa told Politico last month that she was “itching” to testify in the House’s public impeachment hearings “to beat back Republican assertions that Ukrainian officials used her as a conduit for information in 2016 to damage Donald Trump.”

In a statement Friday, Johnson, the chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, criticized the media for dismissing the possibility that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.

“Contrary to the popular narrative in the ‘main stream media’ that Ukrainian involvement in the 2016 election has been debunked, or ‘no evidence exists,’ there are many unanswered questions that have festered for years,” Johnson said.

Grassley, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said the DNC-Ukraine link has not yet been “sufficiently examined.”

“While there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, we know that Russia meddled in our democratic processes. However, certain reports of collusion and interference involving Ukrainian officials have not been sufficiently examined, and the few answers that have been given are inadequate,” the Iowa Republican said.

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Nunes Predicts CNN and Daily Beast Will ‘Run for Cover’ Rather Than Face Him in Court

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is suing CNN and The Daily Beast after the two networks published stories claiming he met with a Ukrainian prosecutor to “dig up dirt” on former Vice President Joe Biden. Nunes said on Fox News Monday night that he intends to conduct “discovery” in court and predicted that the two news outlets would “run for cover.”

“Discovery” is the pre-trial phase in a court case where each party can obtain information and facts in preparation for trial, and he predicted that the two news outlets would “run for cover.”

A lawyer for Lev Parnas, a recently indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, peddled the story to a number of outlets that Nunes met with former Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, in Vienna late last year to discuss the Biden dirt. Parnas was indicted in October for conspiring to violate the ban on foreign donations.

According to the CNN report, the attorney, Joseph A. Bondy, said that Shokin told Parnas that he met with Nunes last December. The Daily Beast reported that Parnas said he also “helped connect Nunes to Ukrainians who could provide information on Biden and Democrats in Ukraine.”

On Friday, a left-wing outside group filed an ethics complaint against Nunes with the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) based on the smear.

The Democratic Coalition, which was co-founded by Scott Dworkin, a shameless Democrat operative who peddled outrageous Russia conspiracy theories on Twitter for years, alleges that Nunes violated House rules by having a conflict of interest in the impeachment inquiry.

“Rep. Nunes is currently engaged in overseeing an investigation which it appears he is a fact witness, and which may examine his own activities meeting with foreign officials,” the Democratic Coalition wrote in its complaint.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) was mum when asked about the allegations against Nunes on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday but said that it could be “an ethics matter.”

“We have had discussions with the Southern District of New York in terms of Mr. Nunes’s conduct. If he was on a taxpayer-funded [congressional delegation] — and I say if — seeking dirt on a potential Democratic candidate for president, Joe Biden, that will be an ethics matter. That’s not before our committee,” Schiff said, declining to go into specifics.

On Fox News, Nunes called the stories “totally false,” and “the mother of all fake news stories,” vowing that he would hold both outlets “accountable.”

“I understand the last week and a half, it was a it was a disaster for them. It was a train wreck for them,” Nunes said on “Hannity.”

“So what did they have to do? They had to come out and say, well, look, Devin Nunes was actually the one that was meeting with all of these Ukrainians. So sorry, CNN. It’s totally false.”

Vicky Ward, the reporter who wrote the story for CNN, tweeted on Saturday that Bondy told her that his client would not have made the claims unless he had “text messages” to back them up. Ward has apparently not even seen the alleged text messages, which supposedly show evidence that Nunes was in Ukraine “digging up dirt” on Biden.

After the stories broke on Friday, Nunes immediately put out a statement calling the reports “demonstrably false” and threatening legal action. He told host Sean Hannity that five other media outlets were also tipped to the hoax story but declined to run it.

“For all of the last three years, including the Russia hoax to the Ukraine hoax, this is the mother of all fake news stories. There is not one bigger than this,” Nunes said.

“And so next week, we are going to take them to court. They will have an opportunity to come to court so that we can subpoena each other. We can get discovery. We can set people down for depositions. And I have a bet for you, Sean. CNN and The Daily Beast are going to run for cover. They’re going to fight this. They’re not going to show up in court. They’re not going to accept service.”

Nunes vowed to track them down and hold the fake news outlets accountable because “this has gone on for too long.” He added, “this is the only way we’re going to be able to to get retribution and get in and be able to seek fairness and transparency in the media is by holding them accountable.”

On a fake news scale of 1 to 100, Nunes rated the CNN and Daily Beast stories as a 1,000.

“I don’t know how to describe it better,” he told Hannity. “I made a clear statement on Friday night: demonstrably false and scandalous fake news.”

 

 

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Ukraine Prosecutor Expands Probe Against Burisma Founder Who Has Gone Missing

Ukraine’s top prosecutor announced Wednesday that the country is widening its investigation into the founder of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm where Hunter Biden held a lucrative role on the board while his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, was leading Ukraine policy and “anti-corruption” efforts for the Obama administration.

Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka said Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky—whose whereabouts are currently unknown—is suspected of “theft of government funds on an especially large scale,” according to a Reuters report on Wednesday.

Zlochevsky has been under investigation for funneling government contracts to his businesses when he served as minister of ecology and natural resources from 2010 through 2012. The allegations include “tax violations, money-laundering and licences given to Burisma during the period where Zlochevsky was a minister,” according to Reuters.

Ryaboshapka made the announcement after a document from the general prosecutor’s office was leaked at a separate press conference by three members of Ukrainian parliament earlier on Wednesday. The lawmakers were demanding that the U.S. and Ukraine investigate allegations of financial crimes by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

According to Reuters, the document showed that former Ukraine prosecutor Kostiantyn Kulyk suspected Zlochevsky of using his official position to embezzle the equivalent of $33 million from the central bank.

Andriy Derkach, one of the lawmakers at the press conference, alleged that the $16.5 million Hunter Biden received as payment from Burisma was stolen from Ukrainian citizens.

The investigation is reportedly on hold because Ukrainian authorities have been unable to locate Zlochevsky.

Ryaboshapka told reporters that he launched an audit of fifteen criminal cases—thirteen of which involved Zlochevsky and Burisma—when he assumed the post of Ukraine’s prosecutor general in late August.

“Currently we are reviewing the criminal cases that have been previously pursued by the Prosecutor General’s Office,” Ryaboshapka said in October, according to the Kyiv Post. “The sphere you’re talking about features (Burisma owner and former Ecology Minister Mykola) Zlochevsky, (Yanukovych ally and tycoon Serhiy) Kurchenko and other people and companies – there are about 15 such cases.”

Most of the corporate media is either characterizing the scandals as “conspiracy theories,” or are completely ignoring them, leaving it to investigative journalists like John Solomon room to the public on new developments.

Solomon on Wednesday published a detailed timeline of key events in the Ukraine scandal, complete with the corroborating evidence.

Here are some key events on the timeline:

April 13, 2014:

Devon Archer, the business partner of Hunter Biden, son of the VP, and Christopher Heinz, stepson of Secretary of State John Kerry, is named an independent director of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.

May 13, 2014

Hunter Biden announced as a board member for Ukraine’s largest natural gas company Burisma Holdings, which is run by Mykola Zlochevsky, a former Cabinet official for ousted president Victor Yanukovych.

May 13, 2014

Christopher Heinz, business partner to Devon Archer and Hunter Biden and stepson to John Kerrysends email to Secretary of State’s top aides distancing himself from Archer, Biden appointments to Burisma Holdings board, according to FOIA released to Citizens United.

May 15, 2014

Burisma Holdings makes two equal $83,333.33 payments totaling $166,666.66 to the Morgan Stanley account of Hunter Biden’s and Devon Archer’s firm Rosemont Seneca Bohai, according to the company’s official ledger and Rosemont Seneca Bohais bank records obtained by the FBI. Similar payments are made every month for more than a year.

Rosemont Seneca records seized by FBI: https://www.scribd.com/document/404001731/Rosemont-Seneca-Partners-Court-File

May 20, 2014

David Leiter, former chief of staff to John Kerry, hired as a lobbyist for Burisma Holdings, Senate lobbying records show. The firm is paid $90,000 in 2014 to lobby Congress and the State Department.

May 25, 2014

Poroshenko wins the Ukraine presidential election

July 5, 2014:

Burisma Holdings pays $250,000 retainer to Boies Schiller law firm where board member Hunter Biden also works.

In August of 2014, Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin’s office opened a criminal investigation of Burisma Holdings and Mykola Zlochevsky.

Less than two years later, a representative from Burisma met with the Obama State Dept. officials in Washington DC and lobbied to have the investigation halted. In March of 2016, VP Biden called Ukrainian president Poroshenko about the U.S. loan guarantees. “It is believed in this call that Biden renews his demands that the president fire Prosecutor General Shokin, who is overseeing the Burisma prosecution, or risk losing the next $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees,” Solomon writes.

 Joe Biden told Fox News back in September that he never discussed his son’s foreign business dealings with him.

“I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Biden said. “I know Trump deserves to be investigated. He is violating every basic norm of a president. You should be asking him why is he on the phone with a foreign leader, trying to intimidate a foreign leader. You should be looking at Trump.”

Additionally, Hunter Biden told The New Yorker over the summer that he and his father had spoken “just once” about Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine.

However, a photo obtained by Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” shows former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter golfing in the Hamptons with Devon Archer, then the independent director of Burisma Holdings.

Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky– in which he pressured Ukraine to launch investigations Ukraine election meddling and the Biden/Burisma scandal– prompted a whistleblower complaint and the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry in the House.

The president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Reuters that while he was on a fact-finding mission, he met with Kostiantyn Kulyk in Paris where the former prosecutor told him about the allegations against Burisma. During the first half of 2019, Giuliani echoed what he had learned in numerous media appearances. Biden, in turn, has slammed Giuliani for peddling “false, debunked conspiracy theories.”

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‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Received Updates on George Soros’ 2016 Ukraine Activities, Emails Show

Alleged Ukraine “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella was among a handful of other Obama foreign policy officials who received a flurry of emails and phone calls from George Soros’s Open Society Foundation in 2016 offering guidance on Ukraine policy, State Department memos show.

The emails, made public in August of 2019 as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the conservative group Citizens United, reveal that left-wing mega donor George Soros had access to President Obama’s national security team and apparently had influence on the administration’s Ukraine policies

The FOIA request was unrelated to Ciaramella, who has since been identified as the anti-Trump complainant whose allegations against the president spurred congressional Democrats’ to launch an impeachment inquiry. The emails informed team Obama about Soros’s objectives and activities in Ukraine.

Ciaramella was a primary recipient of the Open Society emails in 2016, along with then-Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who was instrumental in disseminating the Steele dossier throughout the Obama State Department. While Nuland was working with then-special envoy Jonathan Winer to get the anti-Trump dossier in front of then–secretary of state John Kerry, she was also receiving updates on Ukraine issues from dossier author Christopher Steele and George Soros.

In June of 2016, Jeff Goldstein, the senior policy analyst for Eurasia at the Open Society Foundations, sent an email to Nuland and Ciaramella about Soros’s meeting with the European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Aaron Klein of Breitbart News reported.

I wanted to let you know that Mr. Soros met with Johannes Hahn in Brussels earlier today. One of the issues he raised was concern over the decision to delay the visa liberalization for Georgia and the implications for Ukraine.

The email revealed that “GS” – meaning Soros – “is also meeting [Georgian] President [Giorgi] Margvelashvili today and speaking with PM Groyman,” referring to Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

The email stated that Soros told Hahn “that Ukrainian civil society is concerned that without reciprocity from the EU for steps Ukraine has taken to put in place sensitive anti-corruption and anti-discrimination legislation and institutions it will not be possible to continue to use the leverage of EU instruments and policies to maintain pressure for reforms in the future.”

Soros also “urged Hahn to advocate with member states to move ahead with visa liberalization for Ukraine,” according to the email.

“I’m sure you’ve been working this issue hard; if you have any thoughts on how this is likely to play out or where particular problems lie I’d appreciate if you could let us know,” the email concluded.

Nuland wrote in reply that she would prefer to speak by phone and they scheduled a time. Goldstein wrote that Soros specifically asked that an employee from his “personal office” join the call with Nuland.

Johannes Hahn is deeply involved with the Atlantic Council, a Washington D.C.-based think tank that works in partnership with, and is partially financed by Burisma Holdings, the notoriously corrupt Ukrainian energy firm connected to Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

Last August, a staffer for House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) attended a meeting in Ukraine with Bill Taylor, the Chargé d’Affaires, of the United States Embassy in Kyiv, that was organized by the Atlantic Council. Taylor was one of Schiff’s star witnesses in the impeachment inquiry. Thomas Eager, the staffer who met with Taylor, has a “close relationship” with the organization as well.

Ciaramella and Nuland reportedly worked very closely together on Ukraine policy during the Obama years.

 

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Dems’ ‘Star Witness’ Never Had Direct Contact with Trump, Had ‘Concerns’ About Ukraine Phone Call

As part of the House’s impeachment “inquiry,” an active duty officer on the National Security Council testified Tuesday that he’d had concerns about the July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and reported his concerns to the NSC’s lead counsel.

Appearing at a closed door deposition before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman said that he “listened in on the call in the Situation Room with colleagues from the NSC and the office of the Vice President.”

Vindman made a point of saying that the American people already have the most important piece of evidence, the transcript of the phone call.  “As the transcript is in the public record, we are all aware of what was said,” he noted.

Vindman also admitted that he’d never had any contact or communication with President Trump, about Ukraine or anything else.
“I have never had direct contact or communications with the President,” he said.

In his testimony, Vindman noted that the president made the call at the behest of the NSC after Zelenskyy’s party won the Parliamentary elections in a landslide victory, undermining allegations that the call was part of a “quid pro quo” conspiracy.

“The NSC proposed that President Trump call President Zelenskyy to congratulate him,” Vindman said.

He told lawmakers that he was concerned about Trump’s request that Zelensky look into allegations of corruption involving Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine,” Vindman said.

He added, “ I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.” After stating that he was primarily concerned about the political optics, he went on to say that the “partisan play” would “undermine U.S. national security.”

“Following the call, I again reported my concerns to NSC’s lead counsel,” he said. The top NSC lawyer is 52-year-old John A. Eisenberg, who has emerged as a central figure in UkraineGate.

Democrats opened their impeachment inquisition against the president after an anti-Trump “whistleblower” alleged that Trump pushed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter as part of a quid pro quo. Since then, a parade of witnesses have testified behind closed doors about the president’s alleged effort to pressure Ukraine, and Intel Chairman Adam Schiff has leaked details deemed helpful to the Dems impeachment efforts to the media.

Meanwhile, the White House and the president’s allies maintain there was no such quid pro quo and Trump disclosed everything anyone needed to know when he released the transcript of his July phone call with Zelensky.

“We had a very good conversation with the Ukrainian president. The conversation was — was perfect. They don’t ever talk about the conversation. It started with a whistleblower. Now they don’t want the whistleblower. Then they had a second whistleblower. Now they don’t want the second whistleblower,” Trump said Monday.

The Federalist’s Sean Davis suggested in a tweet that Vindman may have maliciously leaked details about the Trump-Zelensky phone call to help spark the “inquiry.”

Meanwhile, ahead of his testimony on Capitol Hill, a few conservative pundits focused on the fact that Vindman immigrated to the U.S. from the Ukraine as a child and speaks fluent Ukrainian and Russian.

“Here we have a U.S. national security official who is advising Ukraine, while working inside the White House, apparently against the President’s interest, and usually, they spoke in English,” Fox News host Ingraham said on her show Monday night.  “Isn’t that kind of an interesting angle on this story?!”

Her guest John Yoo, replied: “You know, some people might call that espionage.”

On Fox & Friends, Tuesday morning, co-host Brian Kilmeade noted that Vindman had “an affinity to the Ukrainian people” and that “he tends to feel simpatico with Ukraine.”

New CNN analyst Sean Duffy, a former Republican congressman used similar language to describe Vindman during a spot on CNN’s New Day Tuesday morning. “It seems very clear that he is incredibly concerned about Ukrainian defense. I don’t know that he’s concerned about American policy … we all have an affinity to our homeland where we came from … he has an affinity for the Ukraine,” he said.

These mild remarks have caused the corporate media to go into hyper overdrive to protect their latest deep state hero:

Much of the hyperventilating revolved around the unfounded implication that Vindman could be a Russian or Ukrainian spy, which is rich since the media has been smearing the president, his staff and his supporters as Russian agents for the past three years.

Former NSC chief-of-staff Fred Fleitz noted on Twitter that there is nothing wrong with questioning Vindman’s motives, but chastised conservatives for “needlessly and wrongly” smearing him.

“Is Alexander Vindman wrong in the allegations he has made to the House or acting for partisan reasons? I don’t know, but it is legitimate to ask these questions. They’re not off the table just because Vindman is an Army officer,” Fleitz tweeted.

“However, I strongly agree with @Liz_Cheney that is is wrong to question Vindman’s patriotism. There are many legitimate reasons why the Dem impeachment process is a fraud. The president’s supporters are hurting their case by needlessly and wrongly smearing Vindman,” he added in a follow-up tweet.

While Fleitz is certainly correct, it’s always good to point out the gross hypocrisy of the corporate media.

 

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Impeachment Witness and Schiff Staffer Meeting in Ukraine Organized by Burisma-Funded Think Tank

A staffer for House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) attended a meeting in Ukraine last August with the acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine that was organized by a Burisma-funded think tank linked to the Steele dossier, investigative journalist Aaron Klein reported at Breitbart on Thursday.

The Atlantic Council is a Washington D.C.-based think tank that works in partnership with, and is partially financed by Burisma Holdings, the notoriously corrupt global energy firm connected to Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

The lucrative partnership is worth as much as $250,000 a year and has paid for “lavish conferences in Monaco,” Consortium News reported.

The Ukraine-centric think tank is also funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundation, Google, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc., and the U.S. State Department, according to Breitbart.

Google, Soros’s Open Society Foundations, the Rockefeller Fund, and an agency of the State Department each also finance a self-described investigative journalism organization repeatedly referenced as a source of information in the so-called “whistleblower’s” complaint alleging Trump was “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country” in the 2020 presidential race.

Both acting Ambassador Bill Taylor and Schiff’s staffer, Thomas Eager, reportedly have a close relationship with the Atlantic Council,  Breitbart reported.

Taylor has been tapped by Democrats to provide a closed-door deposition to House investigators next week as part of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In the past, he has written numerous analysis pieces published on the Atlantic Council’s website and has served as a featured speaker for the organization’s events, Breitbart reported.

He also served for nine years as senior advisor to the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, which has co-hosted scores of events with the Atlantic Council.

As Breitbart News reported, Thomas Eager, a staffer on Schiff’s House Intelligence Committee, took a trip to Ukraine in August billed as a bipartisan “Ukraine Study Trip” in which ten Congressional staffers participated.

Eager is also currently a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Congressional Fellowship, a bipartisan program that says it “educates congressional staff on current events in the Eurasia region.” The pre-planned Ukraine trip was part of the fellowship program.

Burisma in January 2017 signed a “cooperative agreement” with the Council to specifically sponsor the organization’s Eurasia Center, the same center that sponsored Eager’s Ukraine trip.

A closer look at the itinerary for the August 24 to August 31 trip shows that the delegation’s first meeting upon arrival in Ukraine was with Taylor.

Eager’s trip to Ukraine was sponsored by the Burisma-funded Atlantic Council and began twelve days after the so-called “whistleblower” officially filed his August 12 complaint, according to Breitbart.

Taylor, who replaced ousted Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch last June, is being deposed by House Democrats to explain text messages that show him expressing concern about Trump’s requests for an investigation into potential corruption surrounding the Bidens and Burisma.

Joe Biden, who hopes to unseat President Trump in 2020, once famously boasted on camera that when he was vice president and spearheading the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy, he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor at the center of the Ukraine controversy.

The Atlantic Council is one of the entities that pushed a narrative last month suggesting that the entire international community—not Biden—was behind the firing of Shokin.

“Everyone in the Western community wanted Shokin sacked,” Anders Aslund, an Atlantic Council senior fellow told the Wall Street Journal, last month. “The whole G-7, the IMF, the EBRD, everybody was united that Shokin must go, the spokesman for this was Joe Biden.”

However, the testimony of George Kent, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, directly contradicts the “international community” narrative, the Federalist’s Sean Davis reported on Wednesday, based on tips from congressional sources.

“Kent told lawmakers on Tuesday that the Obama administration spearheaded the efforts to have Shokin removed from his position as the top federal prosecutor in Ukraine,” Davis reported. “Kent said the international community — namely the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Western nations within the European Union — were deferential to U.S. directives on the matter.”

When Taylor was dispatched to Ukraine last June, the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC)—which is also linked to the Atlantic Council— authored a piece in the Kyiv Post welcoming him. Taylor is no stranger to the USUBC, having served as a senior adviser there for the last nine years.

Another senior adviser to USUBC is David J. Kramer, a long-time adviser to late Senator John McCain, who served at the McCain Institute for International Leadership as senior director for human rights and democracy. Kramer, it should be remembered, played a major role in disseminating the anti-Trump dossier, which the Atlantic Council allegedly helped cobble together. Kramer commented on Taylor’s new ambassador position in the USUBC piece.  “He’s a great choice for now,” he said.

On June 26, just nine days after arriving in Ukraine as ambassador, the USUBC already hosted Taylor for a roundtable discussion about his new position.

Vadym Pozharskyi, adviser to the board of directors at Burisma Holdings, was also previously hosted as a USUBC featured speaker.

Geysha Gonzalez, the Atlantic Council officer listed on the Congressional disclosure form for Eager’s trip to Ukraine, is also one of eleven members of the rapid response team for the Ukrainian Election Task Force, which says it is working to expose “foreign interference in Ukraine’s democracy.” Kramer is also a member of this team.

Kramer revealed in testimony that he held a meeting about the anti-Trump dossier with a reporter from BuzzFeed News, who he says snapped photos of the controversial document without Kramer’s permission when he left the room to go to the bathroom. That meeting was held at the McCain Institute office in Washington, Kramer stated.

BuzzFeed infamously published the Christopher Steele dossier on January 10, 2017, setting off a firestorm of news media coverage about the document.

Schiff and his office have offered seemingly conflicting statements on the timeline of the California Congressman’s initial contact with the so-called “whistleblower.”

Speaking on September 17, Schiff told MSNBC, “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to.”
Schiff’s spokesperson, Patrick Boland, was quoted on October 2 saying, “At no point did the committee review or receive the complaint in advance.” Boland said Schiff’s committee received the complaint the night before it publicly released the document.

On Oct 2, however, the New York Times reported that Schiff received some of the contents of the complaint through an unnamed House Intelligence Committee aide initially contacted by the so-called “whistleblower,” described as a CIA officer.

The Times reported the aide “shared some of what the officer conveyed to Mr. Schiff.”  The referenced officer refers to the so-called “whistleblower.”

The newspaper also reported:

By the time the whistle-blower filed his complaint, Mr. Schiff and his staff knew at least vaguely what it contained

Speaking to CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Schiff conceded that he was not clear enough about his contact with the so-called “whistleblower.”

“I should have been much more clear,” Schiff said.

Schiff signed a post-travel disclosure form documenting the visit to Ukraine and it was filed, as required, with the House Committee on Ethics.

The form signed by Schiff says that Eager’s trip to Ukraine was paid for by the “Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center.”

The form bearing Schiff’s signature (above) describes the visit thusly:

Series of meetings and visits with gov’t officials, party officials, civil society and private sector reps in Ukraine to learn about ongoing political and military issues, including conflict in the East.

The costs for Eager’s visit listed on the form are $2202.91 for transportation, $985.50 for lodging, and $630.15 for meal expenses.

Speaking to Breitbart News, Gonzalez confirmed that Eager started his one-year fellowship with the organization in January and that Eager is still a fellow.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) released a report in July that appears to be the precursor for a lot of the so-called “whistleblower’s” own claims, Breitbart News has documented.

The so-called “whistleblower” claimed that “multiple U.S. officials told me that Mr. Giuliani had reportedly privately reached out to a variety of other Zelensky advisers, including Chief of Staff Andriy Bohdan and Acting Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov.”

Giuliani was supposedly following up on Trump’s call with Zelensky, according to the anti-Trump complainant’s narrative, in an attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Biden corruption allegations.

Even though the statement was written in first person –  “multiple U.S. officials told me” – it contains a footnote referencing a report by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

That footnote reads:

In a report published by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) on 22 July, two associates of Mr. Giuliani reportedly traveled to Kyiv in May 2019 and met with Mr. Bakanov and another close Zelensky adviser, Mr. Serhiy Shefir.

The complainant’s account went on to rely upon that same OCCRP report in three other ways, according to Breitbart.

  • Write that Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko “also stated that he wished to communicate directly with Attorney General Barr on these matters.”
  • Document that Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani “had spoken in late 2018 to former Prosecutor General Shokin, in a Skype call arranged by two associates of Mr. Giuliani.”
  • Bolster the charge that, “I also learned from a U.S. official that ‘associates’ of Mr. Giuliani were trying to make contact with the incoming Zelenskyy team.” The so-called “whistleblower” then relates in another footnote, “I do not know whether these associates of Mr. Giuliani were the same individuals named in the 22 July report by OCCRP, referenced above.”

The OCCRP report repeatedly referenced by the whistleblower turns out to be a “joint investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and BuzzFeed News, based on interviews and court and business records in the United States and Ukraine.”

BuzzFeed was also on the ground floor of the Russia hoax, infamously publishing the “salacious and unverified” anti-Trump dossier alleging collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia in January of 2017.  The dossier, we later learned, was the product of a DNC/Clinton Campaign opposition-research effort to defeat Trump.

The OCCRP and BuzzFeed both published similar lengthy pieces on July 22 claiming that Giuliani was attempting to use his connections to pressure Ukraine into investigating Trump’s political rivals.

The “whistleblower’s” complaint, however, only mentions the largely unknown OCCRP, Breitbart notes, and ignores BuzzFeed, which has faced major criticism over its reporting on the Russia hoax.

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Report: Obama Admin, Not International Community, Pushed for Ukraine Prosecutor’s Firing

A top U.S. diplomat shot down a favorite anti-Trump talking point yesterday when he told Congress that the Obama administration, led by then–Vice President Joe Biden, orchestrated the firing of the controversial Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating a notoriously corrupt energy firm connected to the Biden family.

Never-Trumpers on the right and left have repeated ad-naseam for weeks that the entire international community was pushing to have Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired.

The Atlantic Council, a globalist think-tank headquartered in Washington D.C., was one of the entities pushing this narrative.

“Everyone in the Western community wanted Shokin sacked,” said Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council last month. “The whole G-7, the IMF, the EBRD, everybody was united that Shokin must go, the spokesman for this was Joe Biden.”

However, the testimony of George Kent, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, directly contradicts the “international community” narrative, the Federalist’s Sean Davis reported on Wednesday, based on tips from congressional sources.

“Kent told lawmakers on Tuesday that the Obama administration spearheaded the efforts to have Shokin removed from his position as the top federal prosecutor in Ukraine,” Davis reported. “Kent said the international community — namely the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Western nations within the European Union — were deferential to U.S. directives on the matter.”

Allies of Biden, who is currently vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, have defended the former vice president from charges of improperly taking official actions that could financially benefit his son by claiming that the international community, rather than Biden and the Obama administration, were behind the efforts to get rid of Shokin. Kent’s testimony, however, indicates it was Biden and the Obama administration who were running the show, not the so-called international community.

Shokin was reportedly investigating Burisma Holdings, a global energy company long suspected of corruption and money laundering when he was forced out of his position. From April 2014, when he joined the board of Burisma, until early 2019, Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden reportedly received compensation of up to $50,000 a month.

The younger Biden had no experience in the natural gas industry when he joined the firm and has admitted to being addicted to cocaine and alcohol, as well as frequenting prostitutes.

Kent, whose testimony was supposed to be helpful to the Democrat’s impeachment effort, also told lawmakers that concerns about corruption within Burisma “were openly voiced long before Trump became president,” according to the Federalist.

According to Kent, he personally raised red flags about a 2016 initiative between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Burisma due to concerns the company was tied to government corruption in the country. Kent testified that USAID was gearing up for an event with Burisma that involved children, and that he felt uncomfortable seeing children used as photo op props for a company with a reputation for corruption and graft.

According to Democrat leaks, Kent also told impeachment inquisitors that “he and others who typically handled U.S.-Ukraine policy affairs” felt like they had been “effectively sidelined by the Trump administration.”

Those officials were replaced by the so-called “three amigos” according to the recounting of Kent’s testimony by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who sits on the House Oversight committee. As NPR reported, Connolly told reporters Tuesday that the personnel moves were agreed upon after a May 23 meeting called by acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

The three amigos consisted of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland; Kurt Volker, an envoy to Ukraine who has since resigned; and Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

Of course, President Trump can assemble whatever team he wants to handle U.S.-Ukraine policy affairs, so there’s no scandal there whatsoever.

But if Joe Biden was leading the Obama administration and the international community to go along with a scheme to fire a prosecutor who was about to uncover corruption involving his family—that’s a scandal. And the media’s refusal to cover that scandal is a scandal in and of itself.

 

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Judicial Watch Releases List of Journalists and Trump Allies Ukraine Ambassador Allegedly Targeted

Ousted U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch may have violated laws and government regulations by ordering subordinates to monitor prominent conservative figures, journalists and persons with ties to President Donald Trump, conservative watchdog Judicial Watch reported on Monday.

Judicial Watch has obtained information indicating that Yovanovitch, an Obama appointee, ordered embassy staffers in Ukraine to target certain U.S. persons online using the following search terms: “Biden, Giuliani, Soros and Yovanovitch.”

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) first raised the possibility that conservative journalists were being monitored last Wednesday on Fox News, telling host Sean Hannity that Yovanovitch had made a number of “strange” and “irregular” requests to monitor their communications.

He said that a number of Ukrainians and officials in the State Department had raised concerns about the ambassador which is why Trump ordered her removal.

According to Judicial Watch, she had created a list of individuals who were to be monitored via social media and other means, and Ukraine embassy staff submitted the request to the Washington D.C. headquarters office of the department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

After several days, Yovanovitch’s staff was informed that the request was illegal and the monitoring either ceased or was concealed via the State Department Global Engagement Center, which has looser restrictions on collecting information.

“This is not an obscure rule, everyone in public diplomacy or public affairs knows they can’t make lists and monitor U.S. citizens unless there is a major national security reason,” a senior State Department official told Judicial Watch.

If true, Yovanovitch’s brazen behavior suggests that in the past, a less scrupulous administration allowed or even encouraged such improper snooping.

The conservative figures allegedly unlawfully monitored by the State Department in Ukraine at the request of Yovanovitch include:

Jack Posobiec
Donald Trump Jr.
Laura Ingraham
Sean Hannity
Michael McFaul (Obama’s ambassador to Russia)
Dan Bongino
Ryan Saavedra
Rudy Giuliani
Sebastian Gorka
John Solomon
Lou Dobbs
Pamella Geller
Sara Carter

“No wonder both @realDonaldTrump and President Zelensky of Ukraine agreed Ambassador Yonacovitch was a real problem,”  President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani wrote on Twitter. “I wonder if Shiftless asked her about this? Will there be an investigation or is she another “Protected Person” like Biden & Hillary.”

By “Shiftless,” Giuliani was, of course, referring to House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Yovanovitch on Friday testified behind closed doors to the House impeachment inquiry against Trump, and someone leaked her “secret” testimony to the New York Times while the hearing was ongoing.

The former ambassador claimed in her opening statement that she was removed from office because of unfounded and “false claims by people with questionable motives,” according to the Times. And she reportedly blamed Giuliani for her removal.

Yovanovitch was recalled by the State Department in May and remains a State Department employee in Washington D.C.

 

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Report: Anti-Trump Whistleblower Tied to Former Vice President Joe Biden

According to multiple media reports, the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) told the House Intelligence Committee last month that the anti-Trump “whistleblower” is a registered Democrat who has a significant professional tie to a 2020 Democrat candidate.

Now it has been revealed that the 2020 candidate is none other than former vice president Joe Biden, who is himself mired in a Ukrainian corruption scandal of his own involving his son, Hunter Biden.

The Washington Examiner reported on Thursday—based on tips from intelligence officers and former White House officials—that Biden must be the Democrat in question because the anti-Trump complainant is “a career CIA analyst who was detailed to the National Security Council at the White House and has since left.”

On Sept. 26, the New York Times reported that he was a CIA officer. On Oct. 4, the newspaper added that he “was detailed to the National Security Council at one point.”

Michael Atkinson, the Intelligence Community’s inspector general, told members of Congress that the whistleblower had a “professional tie” to a 2020 Democratic candidate. He had written earlier that while the whistleblower’s complaint was credible, he had shown “some indicia of an arguable political bias … in favor of a rival political candidate.”

A retired CIA officer told the Washington Examiner, “From everything we know about the whistleblower and his work in the executive branch then, there is absolutely no doubt he would have been working with Biden when he was vice president.”

As an experienced CIA official on the NSC with the deep knowledge of Ukraine that he demonstrated in his complaint, it is probable that the whistleblower briefed Biden and likely that he accompanied him on Air Force Two during at least one of the six visits the 2020 candidate made to the country.

A former Trump administration official told the Examiner that Biden’s work on foreign affairs at the White House had likely put him into close proximity with the whistleblower.

“This person, after working with Biden, may feel defensive towards him because he feels [Biden] is being falsely attacked. Maybe he is even talking to Biden’s staff,” the former official said. “Maybe it is innocent, maybe not.”

The whistleblower alleged last month that Trump improperly pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate potential 2020 election rival Joe Biden, whose son Hunter once sat on the board of Burisma Holdings, a notoriously corrupt Ukrainian energy firm. The allegation helped spark House Democrats to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into the president, who has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing.

However, according to documents obtained by investigative journalist John Solomon, Ukrainian officials opened a probe into Burisma months before President Trump’s phone call with Zelensky.

“The U.S. government had open-source intelligence and was aware as early as February of 2019 that the Ukrainian government was planning to reopen the Burisma investigation,” Solomon told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday. “This is long before the president ever imagined having a call with President Zelensky,” he added, noting Petro Poroshenko was still Ukraine’s president at that time.

According to Solomon, the reopening of the probe into Burisma involved, in part, “unusual transactions” in its accounts.

U.S. banking records show Hunter Biden’s American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts — usually more than $166,000 a month — from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia.

Biden reportedly made a half dozen trips to Ukraine during his eight years as President Obama’s “point man” on the Ukrainian crisis.

 

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Nunes: Former Ambassador to Ukraine Made ‘Strange’ and Irregular’ Requests to Monitor U.S. Journalists

The former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch made a number of “strange” and “irregular” requests to monitor the communications of American journalists, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) claimed on Fox News Wednesday night.

During an appearance on “Hannity,” Nunes said that he intended to ask Yovanovitch about these alleged efforts to monitor reporters during her scheduled testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday.

Yovanovitch, who was appointed ambassador to Ukraine by former President Obama in 2016, was recalled by the State Department in May, but remains a State Department employee.

Although it’s unclear whether the Trump administration will allow her to testify, Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, welcomes the opportunity to question her.

He told host Sean Hannity that a number of Ukrainians and officials in the State Department had raised concerns about Yovanovitch, which is why Trump ordered her removal.

 A former top Ukrainian official told investigative reporter John Solomon last spring that the U.S. embassy in Kiev had been refusing to provide Ukrainian law enforcement officials with visas so they can deliver their evidence of election meddling and corruption to Washington.

“We were supposed to share this information during a working trip to the United States,” Kostiantyn Kulyk—then the deputy head of the Prosecutor General’s International Legal Cooperation Department—told Solomon back in April.  “However, the [U.S.] ambassador blocked us from obtaining a visa. She didn’t explicitly deny our visa, but also didn’t give it to us.”

Nunes told Hannity that “concerns” had been raised that journalists were being improperly monitored. “That we don’t know, but we have people who have given us this information,” Nunes said, adding that he would be pressing the State department for more information ahead of Yovanovitch’s testimony on Friday.

Hannity said three sources had told him they “believe there is evidence that government resources were used to monitor communications” of  journalists—including Solomon, a Fox News contributor—and that Yovanovitch may have been involved.

Solomon has broken stories related to the Russia hoax and the ongoing Ukraine controversy that have contributed to Trump’s desire for a DOJ review of the origins of the FBI and special counsel investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“What I’ve heard — and I want to be clear — there’s a difference. What I’ve heard is that there were strange requests, irregular requests to monitor not just one journalist, but multiple journalists,” Nunes added. “Now perhaps that was OK. Perhaps there was some reason for that — that it can be explained away. But that’s what we know and that’s what we’re going to be looking into.”

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John Solomon, appearing on “Hannity” later Wednesday night told the host that about ten days ago he was tipped by “multiple contacts in the intelligence community” that there may have been some “inappropriate monitoring” of his communications.

Solomon said that it was not yet clear what was being monitored, but his sources had “raised the possibility that there were Privacy Act violations.”

“To date, my lawyers have not been able to get a full accounting of what happened,” he said. “It’s early, we should get to the bottom of it. As a journalist, it’s chilling to hear the possibility.”

Solomon told Hannity that this episode was not his “first rodeo” when it comes to being spied on by the government.

He said that in 2002 or 2003, then FBI Director Mueller—who would later become special counsel—and his team “had inappropriately intercepted my mail and kept it without a warrant.”

The journalist went on to tell Hannity that if he was indeed spied upon, “it is deeply troubling to me and it should be deeply troubling to all Americans.”

“I think we need to dig in more. Ambassador Yovanovitch should be given an opportunity and Secretary of State Pompeo should tell us what happened,” Solomon added.

 

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Sen. Cotton Calls Intel Community Watchdog ‘Evasive,’ ‘Insolent’ and ‘Obstructive’ in Scathing Letter

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) fired off a scathing letter to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Wednesday, calling his recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee “insolent and obstructive.”

ICIG Michael Atkinson is under fire for secretly altering intelligence community whistleblower complaint forms in September and backdating those changes to August when the anti-Trump “whistleblower” complaint was filed.

Under the new rules, whistleblowers are no longer required to provide first-hand information to support allegations of wrongdoing.

The ICIG admitted to lawmakers that the whistleblower forms and rules were changed in September, even though the new forms and guidance state that the changes were made in August. When asked to explain why the changes were backdated to August, Atkinson reportedly had no answer.

“Your disappointing testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on September 26 was evasive to the point of being insolent and obstructive,” Cotton, a Republican member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), wrote.

Cotton added that Atkinson refused to disclose to committee members why Atkinson determined the anti-Trump complainant had a partisan political bias against Trump.

“Despite repeated questions, you refused to explain what you meant in your written report by ‘indicia of an arguable political bias on the part of a rival political candidate,’” Cotton wrote. “This information is, of course, unclassified and we were meeting in a closed setting. Yet you moralized about how you were duty bound not to share even a hint of this political bias with us.”

“But now I see media reports that you revealed to the House Intelligence Committee not only that the complainant is a registered Democrat, but also that he has a professional relationship with a Democratic presidential campaign,” Cotton continued. “I’m dissatisfied, to put it mildly, with your refusal to answer my questions, while more fully briefing the three-ring circus that the House Intelligence Committee has become.”

As American Greatness reported on Tuesday, Atkinson allegedly told the House Intelligence Committee that the anti-Trump complainant is a registered Democrat and has a significant tie to one of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

In his letter, Cotton went to ask Atkinson to reveal the exact nature of the”whistleblower’s” political bias against the president, and whether he had coordinated messaging with CNN prior to his testimony.

Ahead of Atkinson’s testimony in the House, CNN’s Jake Tapper falsely asserted, citing a “source familiar with the investigation prompted by the whistleblower,” that the complainant’s voter registration was the sole evidence of the complainant’s political bias.

“Did you or anyone subject to your control or influence share with CNN that the ‘arguable political bias’ was merely that the complainant is a registered Democrat?” Cotton asked. He also directed Atkinson to disclose the anti-Trump Democratic presidential candidate with whom the complainant had a professional relationship.

“This information is also simple, unclassified, and personally known to you,” Cotton wrote. “Therefore please reply in writing no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11.”

“I look forward to your answers, even two weeks late,” Cotton concluded.

In a statement on Wednesday, lawyers for the anti-Trump complainant rejected claims that their client is politically biased.

The lawyers state that their client has “never worked for or advised a political candidate, campaign or party.” But of course, conservative media reports didn’t make that claim.

According to the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, Atkinson told lawmakers last Friday that the whistleblower once had a significant tie to one of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. That’s not the same thing as working for a “candidate, campaign or party.”

The whistleblower is represented by deep state lawyers Andrew P. Bakaj, a former CIA officer, and Mark S. Zaid, a prominent national security lawyer in Washington.

Bakaj is an anti-Trump partisan who once did counseling work on Capitol Hill for Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer, and Zaid is a frequent Trump critic on Twitter who has a history of sleazy deep state shenanigans.

Both anti-Trump lawyers run a group that offers financial aid to deep state officials who leak about the president, according to the Washington Examiner.