Ukrainian Prosecutor Launches Probe into Plot to Rig 2016 Election for Hillary
Top official opens investigation into the 'real collusion' in Clinton's campaign
As the Russia probe comes to an end after millions of tax dollar being spent, the focus on Trump is now shifting towards Hillary Clinton after newly-unearthed evidence suggests a foreign influence was working to help her "win" the 2016 election.
A senior Ukrainian prosecutor told The Hill that he is launching an investigation into his own government members over an alleged conspiracy to help Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Ukrainian official General Yuriy Lutsenko said: "Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give a legal assessment of this information."
Yuriy said that the investigation would look into whether Ukraine intentionally leaked financial records during the election regarding the then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
"Lutsenko is probing a claim from a member of the Ukrainian parliament that the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Artem Sytnyk, attempted to the benefit of the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of Hillary Clinton."
"According to the member of parliament of Ukraine, he got the court decision that the NABU official conducted an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign," Lutsenko said.
"It means that we think Mr. Sytnyk, the NABU director, officially talked about the criminal investigation with Mr. [Paul] Manafort, and at the same time, Mr. Sytnyk stressed that in such a way, he wanted to assist the campaign of Ms. Clinton."
According to a report from Politico in 2017:
Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office.
They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election.
And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.
A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.
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Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign - "quietly working to boost Clinton." So where is the investigation A.G. @seanhannity— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Alexandra Chalupa said in 2017:
"When it was announced that the Trump campaign hired Manafort, many Ukrainian-Americans were alarmed and concerned it was an early signal that Putin was trying to influence the US election."
"At that time, I flagged for the DNC the significance of his hire based on information in the public domain."
But The Hill fails to mention Sytnyk released Manafort's Black Book with Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko.
[T]he chief spokesman for these accusations was Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian politician and journalist who works closely with both top Hillary Clinton donors George Soros and Victor Pinchuk, as well as to the US Embassy in Kyiv.
James Comey should be asked about this source that Leshchenko would not identify. Was the source someone connected to the US government, either the State Department or the Department of Justice?
The New York Times should also explain why they didn’t mention that Leshchenko had direct connections to two of Hillary Clinton biggest financial backers.
Victor Pinchuk, the largest donor to the Clinton Foundation at a staggering $8.6 million also happened to have paid for Leshchenko’s expenses to go to international conferences.
George Soros, who also founded the International Renaissance Foundation that worked closely with Hillary Clinton’s State Department in Ukraine, also contributed at least $8 million to Hillary affiliated super PACs in the 2016 campaign cycle. -Lee Stranahan via Medium
Trump tweeted about the report several months later, implying that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions should look into it.
"Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign - 'quietly working to boost Clinton,'" Trump tweeted.
"So where is the investigation A.G."