Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have pointed out on numerous occasions during this week’s sham impeachment hearings that the Ukrainian government was actively involved in opposing President Donald J. Trump’s candidacy during 2016, which their Democrat colleagues, deep state allies, and DNC lemmings in the media have dismissed as a “conspiracy theory.”
“Once you understand that Ukrainian officials were cooperating directly with President Trump’s political opponents to undermine his candidacy, it’s easy to understand why the president would want to learn the full truth about these operations and why he would be skeptical of Ukraine,” Rep. Devin Nunes (D-CA) said during this week’s proceedings.
Thursday, deep state operative Fiona Hill, called before the Committee to testify, actively rebutted Nunes’ point.
“I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative that the Ukrainian government is a U.S. adversary, and that Ukraine – not Russia – attacked us in 2016,” she said. “These fictions are harmful even if they are deployed for purely domestic political purposes.”
But the proof is in the pudding. In 2017, the media weren’t exactly gun shy about reporting the connections between Ukraine, the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign, and how the seeding of the Russian “collusion” hoax ran through a “Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee” who “met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia.”
That quote is from a January 2017 Politico piece, written by Ken Vogel, now of The New York Times, whose lede reads “Donald Trump wasn’t the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country.”
Almost three years ago, Politico was openly reporting what the leftist media are today calling a “conspiracy theory.”
Alexandra Chalupa, the aforementioned “Ukrainian-American operative,” a lawyer who worked for the Clinton administration before becoming a DNC consultant from 2004 to 2016, was investigating former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s connections to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.
In fact, she became deeply invested in her investigation into Manafort. She was at the center of seeding the narrative that Trump “colluded” with Russia via Manafort, who was aligned with Yanukovych when Yanukovych fled to Russia after his government collapsed.
“A daughter of Ukrainian immigrants who maintains strong ties to the Ukrainian-American diaspora and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, Chalupa, a lawyer by training, in 2014 was doing pro bono work for another client interested in the Ukrainian crisis and began researching Manafort’s role in Yanukovych’s rise, as well as his ties to the pro-Russian oligarchs who funded Yanukovych’s political party,” according to the Politico story.
“In an interview this month, Chalupa told Politico she had developed a network of sources in Kiev and Washington, including investigative journalists, government officials and private intelligence operatives,” Vogel’s piece continued.
Chalupa told Politico that she “occasionally shared her findings with officials from the DNC and Clinton’s campaign.” She even met to discuss Manafort and Russia in March of 2016 with Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S., Valeriy Chaly, and a tope aide, Oksana Shulyar at the Ukrainian embassy.
When Trump hired Manafort days after her embassy meeting, Chalupa was called upon informally brief the DNC’s communications staff on Trump, Manafort, and Russia.
While the embassy denies working with Chalupa in any official capacity to the detriment of Trump’s campaign, Chalupa and other Ukrainian officials have been very open about the work she did on their behalf.
Vogel’s story in Politico reads:
But 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. “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, adding “Oksana was keeping it all quiet,” but “the embassy worked very closely with” Chalupa.
Some of Chalupa’s emails with DNC staff and reporters were made public during WikiLeaks’ infamous 2016 dump. At a Library of Congress event, she was invited to speak specifically about Paul Manafort, according to emails revealed by WikiLeaks. Those emails showed that she was close to anti-Trump activist-masquerading-as-Yahoo-reporter Michael Isikoff, too.
From Vogel and Politico:
In the email, which was sent in early May to then-DNC communications director Luis Miranda, Chalupa noted that she had extended an invitation to the Library of Congress forum to veteran Washington investigative reporter Michael Isikoff. Two days before the event, he had published a story for Yahoo News revealing the unraveling of a $26 million deal between Manafort and a Russian oligarch related to a telecommunications venture in Ukraine. And Chalupa wrote in the email she’d been “working with for the past few weeks” with Isikoff “and connected him to the Ukrainians” at the event.
Chalupa and Isikoff attended a reception together at the Ukrainian embassy after the Library of Congress event.
“Chalupa further indicated in her hacked May email to the DNC that she had additional sensitive information about Manafort that she intended to share ‘offline’ with Miranda and DNC research director Lauren Dillon, including ‘a big Trump component you and Lauren need to be aware of that will hit in next few weeks and something I’m working on you should be aware of,'” the report said.
Vogel even admits in the piece that Ukraine was behind “one of the more damaging Russia-related stories for the Trump campaign.”
That story highlighted cash payments to Manafort from Yanukovych, and was used as a bludgeon by the Clinton campaign against Trump. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, tied Manafort, Russia, and Ukraine together in a statement, saying that the payments to Manafort represented “more troubling connections between Donald Trump’s team and pro-Kremlin elements in Ukraine.”
Still, The Washington Post published a piece Friday that described Chalupa only as a “DNC staffer who asked officials at Ukraine’s embassy if they knew what work Manafort had done.”
The ties between Ukrainian operatives and the DNC are important in the current timeline for two reasons.
First, Trump was rightfully suspicious of Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelensky, given the fact that under former president Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian officials were digging up dirt against his campaign. In that context, his phone call with Zelensky, which is the pretext for the current impeachment inquiry, is even more innocuous. Second, it shows that the Democrats were interested in maligning Trump for his ties – however slim – to both Russia and Ukraine as far back as early 2016.
Now that Trump himself is noting both of those things, the media are turning a blind eye and downplaying their own coverage in order to salvage their narrative.
The Rundown News reached out to Vogel and Politico for comment. Neither immediately returned our requests.