Clinton Campaign Colluded with Ukraine to Sink Trump
New reports detail Democratic plotting with Eastern European government in 2016
To hear liberals tell it, the 2016 election saw the campaign of President-Elect Donald Trump effectively collude with the Russian government to defeat Hillary Clinton.
While the notion of American presidential campaigns colluding with Eastern European governments may seem the stuff of Cold War spy novels, it turns out it’s true.
“It was clear that [Poroshenko’s government was] supporting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.”
However, as an article published in Politico on Wednesday reveals, it was the Clinton campaign that was colluding with an Eastern European country to sink Trump’s efforts. Figures at high levels in the Democratic Party, it turns out, colluded with Ukraine.
Ukrainian government agents not only “tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office” and disseminated “documents implicating a top Trump aid in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter” — they also “helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers,” wrote Politico reporters Kenneth P. Vogel and David Stern.
According to the report, Ukrainian-American political operative Alexandra Chalupa, who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee, met with Ukrainian officials in order to coordinate efforts to tar former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, and Trump himself, by exposing their alleged ties to Russia.
A “former DNC staffer and the operative familiar with the situation agreed that with the DNC’s encouragement, Chalupa asked embassy staff to try to arrange an interview in which Poroshenko might discuss Manafort’s ties to Yanukovych,” Vogel and Stern reported.
While this request was rejected, the Ukrainian embassy in Washington, D.C. did begin to work with Chalupa. The point person in these efforts on the Ukrainian side was apparently a woman named Oksana Shulyar, one of Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly’s top aides.
“Andrii Telizhenko, who worked as a political officer in the Ukrainian Embassy under Shulyar, said she instructed him to help Chalupa research connections between Trump, Manafort and Russia,” reported Vogel and Stern.
“‘Oksana said that if I had any information, or knew other people who did, then I should contact Chalupa,’ recalled Telizhenko, who is now a political consultant in Kiev. ‘They were coordinating an investigation with the Hillary team on Paul Manafort with Alexandra Chalupa,’ he said.”
The Politico report also suggeststhe Ukrainian government may have intentionally released damning documents to damage Manafort and the Trump campaign. A Ukrainian government agency released ledgers which appeared to show $12.7 million in kickbacks earmarked for Manafort by former Ukrainian president and Putin ally, Viktor Yanukovych.
Reports of the documents were seized eagerly by the Clinton campaign. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian politician, Serhiy Leshchenko, held a press conference and called on American law enforcement to “aggressively” investigate. At the time, Leschenko admitted he was motivated by a desire to undermine Trump.
“For me, it was important to show not only the corruption aspect, but that he is [a] pro-Russian candidate who can break the geopolitical balance in the world,” Leshchenko reportedly told the Financial Times soon after his press conference.
Since Trump’s victory, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has distanced his administration from Leshchenko’s efforts and denied any role in the release of the documents. “But an operative who has worked extensively in Ukraine, including as an adviser to Poroshenko, said it was highly unlikely that either Leshchenko or the anti-corruption bureau would have pushed the issue without at least tacit approval from Poroshenko or his closest allies,” reported Vogel and Stern.
“It was clear that [Poroshenko’s government was] supporting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy,” Andriy Artemenko, a Ukrainian politician associated with an opposition party, told Politico. “They did everything from organizing meetings with the Clinton team, to publicly supporting her, to criticizing Trump.”