Democrats in Bed with Ukraine

A phone call with the Ukrainian president could cost Donald Trump the US presidency. Newly uncovered audio, however, reveals more evidence that Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign cooperated extensively with Ukraine in their failed attempt to defeat arch-enemy, Donald J. Trump.

As the impeachment inquiry into President Trump barrels toward formal articles of impeachment — a widely believed forgone conclusion — new bombshells erupt in Ukraine’s meddling in the 2016 American presidential election. From the corridors of Kiev to the Democratic National Committee, shadowy political operatives channeled foreign opposition research to the Hillary Clinton election effort.

Conservative radio show host Glenn Beck (and former boss of this author) has newly uncovered incriminating audio of Artem Sytnik, the director of Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau. The good governance crusader can be heard privately discussing his surreptitious scheming on behalf of the Clinton campaign. Sytnik bluntly confesses, “I helped her.” He was personally oversaw the investigation into Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s shady wheeling and dealing in the former Soviet outpost. “We made the Manafort’s data available to the general public.” As a result, the slick Republican operator was sacked from Trumpland and ultimately imprisoned stateside for financial crimes.

But despite Sytnik’s shocking admissions, mainstream American media stubbornly refuses to report the blockbuster news. Beck, who opposed Trump in the 2016 election, is frustrated but unsurprised by the virtual blackout. He faults the media’s pervasive, chronic, and unrelenting liberal bias. He tells Die Weltwoche, “The [American] press is the biggest villain in this story. As bad as the corruption is with Ukraine, it pales in comparison to the corruption of the press. Their hatred of Trump is greater than their love of the truth.”

Lest the media shoulder all of the blame, the Democratic Party comes in for a drubbing, too. Beck contends that, “Everyone who has seen the evidence knows that if it were truly exposed, the party as Democrats know it would be over.” The New York Times confirms, “Cooperation was between DNC officials and officials from the Ukrainian government, not just some associate.” In a lengthy investigation published two months after Trump’s stunning victory, Politico uncovered deep meddling by Ukraine in service to the Clinton machine. The magazine reports that Ukrainian elites “tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office.” Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs, Arsen Avakov, blasted the real estate mogul on Twitter calling him a “clown” and “an even bigger danger to the US than terrorism.” Ukrainian officials also lent considerable investigative resources to be “with her.”

Veteran Democratic operative and Ukrainian American Alexandra Chalupa was a key figure digging up foreign dirt on the Trump team. The former Clinton White House Office of Public Liaison staffer tells Politico she maintained a “network of sources in Kiev and Washington, including investigative journalists, government officials and private intelligence operatives.” Chalupa set to work investigating the Trump operation in January of 2016. She claims she suspected “a Russia connection” — accusations Special Counsel Robert Mueller failed to substantiate after an exhaustive two year probe.

Similar to the debunked British spy “Steele Dossier” accusing Trump of colluding with Russia, the Clinton camp maintained layers of plausible deniability with operatives like Chalupa to distance themselves from direct ties to the helpful Ukrainian entities. Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, told the Times in 2017, “The Clintons were far more sophisticated in the use of surrogates and shields to protect the candidates” from potential scandal over their use of foreign government sources to drum up damaging intelligence on the Trump team.

Back in the thick of the 2016 election battle, the Ukrainian political establishment led by then-President Petro Poroshenko firmly backed the billion dollar Clinton juggernaut. After decades at the center of American politics, the former First Lady turned globe trotting, former secretary of state looked like the sure bet from across the Atlantic. In the audio recording, Sytnik reflects, “While Hillary, she is – how shall I put it? She belongs to the cohort of politicians who comprise the hegemony in the US. Both in the US and in the entire world. For us, it is sort of better.” Sytnik adds, “For the Americans, what Trump is doing is better for them.” Power has its privileges and attracts eager patrons and wily operators. Ukraine was aggressive in dispensing political favors to the Hillary team. After Hillary’s crushing defeat, the Ukrainian establishment raced to repair its contentious relationship with former rival and, now, American president, Donald Trump. Poroshenko was among the first world leaders to offer the victor a congratulatory, and he hoped conciliatory, call.

During the early days of the Trump transition, the Trump organization was reportedly cool to the Ukrainian administration — a reticence that Trump allies may wish had persisted during diplomatic phone calls.

As Washington boils in the cauldron of impeachment politics, Beck hopes Americans can grow past the toxic tribalism poisoning the Potomac.

Republicans hope to get past the current crisis. 


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