Timeline of alleged “sabotage” of Trump in 2016 by Democrats, Ukraine

  
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Timeline of alleged “sabotage” of Trump in 2016 by Democrats, Ukraine

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T


  • Republican senators request records related to reported Ukraine-Democrats’ role in 2016 anti-Trump efforts

  • Democrats deny both interference by Ukraine, and coordination between Ukraine and Democrats

  • Timeline of key allegations and events follows


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The heads of two Senate committees are asking the FBI and the Department of Justice for records related to a reported scheme by Democrats to get “dirt” on the Trump campaign from Ukraine in 2016.

According to reporting in   Politico   in 2017, the alleged efforts by   Democrats   and Ukraine to “sabotage” the Trump campaign in 2016 did impact the race, even though Trump won in the end.

Both Politico and Yahoo News   interviewed   a Democratic National Committee (DNC) consultant named Alexandra Chalupa.

Democrats have repeatedly claimed the reporting on Chalupa, her work for the DNC, her meetings with Ukrainians, and her meetings with reporters in Ukraine and the U.S., is “debunked” and a “conspiracy theory.” In public accounts since the original news articles, Chalupa has claimed her role and intentions have been misrepresented.

A Ukrainian-American, Chalupa reportedly   acknowledged   in a 2017 interview with Politico that she worked as a consultant for the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign to publicly expose Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort’s links to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

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Chalupa reportedly told Politico that she began researching   Manafort  in 2014.

In 2014, the FBI investigated, and then reportedly wiretapped, Manafort for allegedly not properly disclosing Russia-related work. FBI failed to make a case at the time, according to CNN, and discontinued the wiretap.

On March 25, 2016, according to Politico, Chalupa–who previously worked in the Clinton administration–met with top Ukrainian officials at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington D.C. in an effort to tarnish the Trump campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton by exposing “ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia.”

The Ukrainian embassy proceeded to work “directly with reporters researching Trump, Manafort and Russia to point them in the right directions,”  according to   an embassy official (though other officials later deny engaging in election-related activities.)

On March 30, 2016, Chalupa reportedly  briefed  Democratic National Committee (DNC) staff on alleged Russian ties to Manafort and Trump. It was the day after the Trump campaign hired Manafort to manage the July Republican convention.

With the “DNC’s encouragement,” Chalupa reportedly asked the Ukrainian embassy to arrange a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to discuss Manafort’s lobbying for Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych. The embassy reportedly declined to arrange the meeting but became “helpful” in trading info and leads, according to Politico’s reporting.

Ukrainian embassy officials and Chalupa “coordinat[ed] an investigation with the Hillary team” into Manafort, according to a source in Politico. This effort reportedly included working with U.S. media.

In April 2016, Ukrainian member of parliament Olga Bielkova reportedly  sought  meetings with five dozen members of U.S. Congress and reporters including former New York Times reporter Judy Miller, David Sanger of New York Times, David Ignatius of Washington Post, and Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt.

The week of April 6, 2016, Chalupa and the office of Rep. Mary Kaptur (D-Ohio), co-chair of Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, reportedly discussed holding a possible congressional investigation or hearing on Paul Manafort and Russia “by September.” Chalupa says she began working with reporter Mike Isikoff around this time.

On April 12, 2016, Ukrainian parliament member Olga Bielkova and a colleague  met  with Sen. John McCain associate David Kramer with the McCain Institute, according to government records. Bielkova also met with Liz Zentos of Obama’s National Security Council, and State Department official Michael Kimmage. (Kramer is an ex-U.S. State Dept. official   affiliated  with the anti-Russia “Ukraine Today” media organization. He and Sen. McCain would later retrieve the anti-Trump dossier from a source in London.)

On April 26, 2016, reporter Michael Isikoff  published  a story on Yahoo News about Paul Manafort’s business dealings with a Russian oligarch.

On April 28, 2016, Chalupa reportedly was invited to discuss her research about Manafort with 68 investigative journalists from Ukraine at the Library of Congress for the Open World Leadership Center, a U.S. congressional agency. Chalupa said she  invited  reporter Isikoff to “connect him to the Ukrainians.” After the event, reporter Isikoff reportedly accompanied Chalupa to a Ukrainian embassy reception.

On May 3, 2016, Chalupa  emailed   the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that she would  share  with them sensitive information about Paul Manafort “offline” including “a big Trump component…that will hit in next few weeks.”

Late July 2016, Chalupa reportedly left the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to work full-time on her research into Manafort, Trump and Russia; and she provided off-the-record guidance to “a lot of journalists.” This was the same time frame when FBI agent Peter Strzok opened a counterintelligence investigation based on Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

On Aug. 3, 2016 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr reportedly met with FBI official Andrew   McCabe and FBI lawyer Lisa Page  to discuss Russia-Trump collusion allegations relayed by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.

The next day, on Aug. 4, 2016, the Ukrainian ambassador to U.S.  wrote  an op-ed against Trump published in The Hill.

On Aug. 8, 2016, FBI attorney Lisa Page and FBI’s head of Counterespionage Strzok pledged, in text messages, that they would “stop” Trump from becoming president.

On Aug. 14, 2016, the New York Times broke a story about Manafort allegedly taking improper cash payments a decade before from pro-Russia interests in Ukraine. Ukraine’s so called “black ledger” showing the cash payments was publicized by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, which signed an evidence-sharing agreement with the Obama administration’s the FBI related to the Trump-Russia probe.

Ukraine had formed the National Anti-Corruption Bureau back in 2014 as a condition to receive U.S. aid.

On Aug. 15, 2016, CNN reported the FBI was conducting an inquiry into the Manafort payments from Ukraine.

On Aug. 19, 2016, Manafort resigned as Trump campaign chairman.

The same day, Ukrainian parliament member Sergii Leshchenko, a deputy of the ‘Petro Poroshenko Bloc’ political party,  held  a   news conference   to draw attention to Manafort and Trump’s “pro-Russia” ties. (The original link to a photo of the news conference was recently   cleared .)

At the news conference in Ukraine, Leshchenko was said to be exposing “a firm run by U.S. businessman and Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who reportedly directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway the American public’s opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government, during the presidential period of Victor Yanukovich, according to a report of the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency (UNIAN).”

Three days later, Justice Dept. official Bruce Ohr met with Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson, who reportedly identified several “possible intermediaries” between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Nov. 18-20, 2016, Sen. John McCain and his longtime adviser, David Kramer–an ex-U.S. State Dept. official–attended a security conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia where the former UK ambassador to Russia Sir Andrew Wood  tells  them about the Fusion GPS anti-Trump dossier. (Kramer is  affiliated  with the anti-Russia “Ukraine Today” media organization). They discuss taking steps to confirm that the info has reached top levels of  FBI for action.

On Nov. 28, 2016, Sen. McCain associate Kramer flew to London to meet Christopher Steele of Fusion GPS for a briefing on the anti-Trump research. Afterward, Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson reportedly gave McCain a copy of the “dossier.” Steele also  passed  the anti-Trump info a to top UK government official in charge of national security. McCain soon arranged a meeting with FBI Director James Comey.

On Feb. 22, 2018, Kramer invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify before House Intelligence Committee.

Meantime, Chalupa reported she believed she was targeted by a government-related cyberattack while working at the DNC. As a result, the FBI interviewed her and obtained forensic images of her laptop computer and phone.

That’s part of the new document request Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), head of the Homeland Security Committee; and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), head of Finance Committee. They wrote a letter this past week to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for records, including forensic images of Chalupa’s devices, related to the FBI investigation.


If this reporting [about the FBI and DOJ obtaining forensic images of Chalupa’s devices in 2016] is accurate, it appears that the DOJ and FBI have in their possession material relevant to our Committees’ ongoing investigation into collusive actions Chalupa and the DNC took to use foreign government sources to undermine the Trump campaign during the 2016 election .
Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in letter to DOJ and FBI

According to a news release from Senator Grassley, he “first  raised concerns in 2017  about Chalupa’s activity on behalf of the DNC to coordinate with a foreign government to sabotage the Trump campaign.”

In a September letter, Grassley and Johnson  asked the Justice Department  whether it was looking into Ukrainian coordination with Democrats or Hillary Clinton campaign officials in 2016.

The two senators are also seeking  records from the National Archives  to obtain White House visitor log records regarding any meetings between Chalupa, Ukrainians, and Obama officials.


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†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
1  seeder  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    3 weeks ago

When you are guilty it's important to blame your opposition of the same.

 
 
 
lib50
1.1  lib50  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @1    3 weeks ago

Well, well, well.  

Drinking from the Russian propaganda well.  Pushing LIES to try to let Russia off the hook (did Putin pay in vodka or rubles?).  Taking Russia's side over our own national security.  

These are LIES, fish.  You are retelling LIES to protect Trump and his goons.  Holding Putin's water.  Pushing Putin's bullshit.

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
1.1.1  seeder  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  lib50 @1.1    3 weeks ago

Oh gosh, here we go...Russia..Putin....the Russia Hoax continues. The only one who colluded with Russia was the Clitnon campaign aided by the Obama administration and you know it.

 
 
 
KDMichigan
1.1.2  KDMichigan  replied to  lib50 @1.1    3 weeks ago
Drinking from the Russian propaganda well.

But Russia......

Did you even attempt to try to read the article?

256

 
 
 
Colour Me Free
1.1.3  Colour Me Free  replied to  lib50 @1.1    3 weeks ago
Drinking from the Russian propaganda well.  Pushing LIES to try to let Russia off the hook (did Putin pay in vodka or rubles?).  Taking Russia's side over our own national security.   These are LIES, fish.  You are retelling LIES to protect Trump and his goons.  Holding Putin's water.  Pushing Putin's bullshit.

Sharyl Attkisson is now a Russian propaganda journalist?   .. Politico .. Yahoo News are also Putin 'puppet' publications?  Interesting...

CNN on the other hand...…….who knows

 
 
 
lib50
1.1.4  lib50  replied to  Colour Me Free @1.1.3    2 weeks ago

Hey, take a listen to Tucker.   He's happy to help Russia.  Deal with the FACTS that republicans are actually doing Putin's bidding now.  Making Russia stronger and more powerful,  making the USA less powerful, less influential, less respected, less honest, less reliable.........

You can laugh about Russia now, but history will be brutal to the party that led to the downfall of the USA as a world leader. 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/tucker-carlson-says-hes-rooting-for-russia-in-conflict-with-ukraine-then-claims-hes-joking

Carlson would go on to dismiss concerns over Trump pressuring the Ukrainian president to announce an investigation into his domestic political rivals by dangling military funding, wondering why it was something we should care about.

“Because people are dying on the front lines,” Goodstein exclaimed. Carlson, who has been a vocal skeptic that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and has repeatedly called the Russia investigation a “hoax,” quickly interrupted.

“Why do I care what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia?!” Carlson shouted without a hint of irony. “And I’m serious. Why do I care? Why shouldn’t I root for Russia? Which I am.”

The Fox News host would continue to mock Goodstein for expressing concern and alarm over Russia, repeatedly saying he doesn’t care what the country does or whether it attacks other nations.

By the end he scared the network and had to use the 'kidding' bullshit.  Like they all do when they go too far.  And gopers will be sorry they believed Trumpers on the Mueller report instead of actually reading it.

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2  Tessylo  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @1    3 weeks ago

'When you are guilty it's important to blame your opposition of the same.'

Talk about projection!

 
 
 
lib50
2  lib50    3 weeks ago

So here we have it, America.  Republicans are going to lie for Putin.  

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
2.1  seeder  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  lib50 @2    3 weeks ago

When you hire a foreign Intel operative to flirt with Russian oligarchs and get dirt on a campaign and they feed you purposeful disinformation and you know it yet feed it to the FBI, it's called collusion.

And you still couldn't get her elected? That's just called stupid.

 
 
 
lib50
2.1.1  lib50  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @2.1    3 weeks ago

When the fuck did I mention Clinton?  Must have found something else you can't answer to.  Squirrel!!

 
 
 
KDMichigan
2.2  KDMichigan  replied to  lib50 @2    3 weeks ago
Republicans are going to lie for Putin.  

Golly gee I kinda think she was a DNC consultant who worked for the Hillaryious Hillary campaign. 

But lets not let facts interfere with your talking points.

256

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2.3  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  lib50 @2    3 weeks ago

Maybe they can become a singing group...Putin and Puppettes.

 
 
 
WallyW
2.4  WallyW  replied to  lib50 @2    3 weeks ago

You make no cents..

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lib50
2.4.1  lib50  replied to  WallyW @2.4    3 weeks ago

You make gaslight.

 
 
 
Heartland American
3  Heartland American    3 weeks ago

It is difficult to get democrats to understand that both Russia and Ukraine meddled in our election.  No Americans colluded with the Russian effort according to Mueller.  Democrats did collide with Ukraine against Trump. The Russian effort to disrupt American democracy and seed discord in America has paid big dividends with the actions of the democrats.

 
 
 
katrix
3.1  katrix  replied to  Heartland American @3    3 weeks ago
It is difficult to get democrats to understand that both Russia and Ukraine meddled in our election.

There is no evidence that Ukraine meddled.

The Russian trolls in here are ridiculous.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
3.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Heartland American @3    3 weeks ago
It is difficult to get democrats to understand that both Russia and Ukraine meddled in our election.

And yet, Democrats want steps taken to safeguard our elections from interference, Republicans welcome and even encourage that interference.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3.2.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Ozzwald @3.2    3 weeks ago
Democrats want steps taken to safeguard our elections from interference,

Now THAT is absofuckinglutely hilarious.   

Need you be reminded of who and what exactly engaged foreigners in the 2016 election?   Can you say Clinton and the DNC?

 
 
 
Ozzwald
3.2.2  Ozzwald  replied to  XDm9mm @3.2.1    2 weeks ago
Need you be reminded of who and what exactly engaged foreigners in the 2016 election?   Can you say Clinton and the DNC?

I could say it, but I would be lying, so I won't.

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.2.3  Tessylo  replied to  XDm9mm @3.2.1    2 weeks ago

How fucking ludicrous.  

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
4  Dismayed Patriot    3 weeks ago

So when caught using hundreds of millions in congressionally approved aid to extort dirt on a political opponent from a foreign government, the Republican response is essentially "We don't care about that! We only care about the dirt! How dirty is it? Can we prove Democrats did something wrong this time? We tried over and over with the near dozen Benghazi investigations, the Hillary server investigations, the fast and furious investigation, the IRS investigation and still nothing! Not a single indictment or guilty plea! We need something to stick to the Obama area or we'll forever be flailing our arms in impotent fury! So we have to prove Biden was guilty of something even though we have ZERO evidence of any wrong doing... but the optics make it LOOK bad so that's what we're going with, our last hail Mary to see if we can finally prove all our bitter spite towards Democrats was warranted! Who cares if the President had to break the law to find the dirt, we want the dirt!!!...".

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1  Tessylo  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @4    3 weeks ago

We've even investigated the investigators and NOTHING!

 
 
 
It Is ME
4.2  It Is ME  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @4    3 weeks ago
So when caught using hundreds of millions in congressionally approved aid to extort dirt on a political opponent from a foreign government

When did that actually happen ?

Besides....I heard it was actually the simple "Quid-Pro-Quo".... But ….. jrSmiley_97_smiley_image.gifjrSmiley_89_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
4.2.1  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  It Is ME @4.2    3 weeks ago
Besides....

...semantics and stuff... don't dare to debate on substance as that's obviously a losing argument, so semantics it is...

 
 
 
It Is ME
4.2.2  It Is ME  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @4.2.1    3 weeks ago
semantics and stuff

He didn't ……

......…. "OH YES HE DID, because I heard from dads sisters aunts friend he did...… or …… I "Felt" the force that day." jrSmiley_103_smiley_image.jpg

Like that ? jrSmiley_97_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4.3  XDm9mm  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @4    3 weeks ago
So when caught using hundreds of millions in congressionally approved aid to extort dirt on a political opponent from a foreign government.....

How about when BRAGGING about using 1.5 BILLION of American aid to stop a prosecutors investigation into your drug addled loser son and then run for President as Democrats hope.

 
 
 
lib50
4.3.1  lib50  replied to  XDm9mm @4.3    2 weeks ago

How about going back and understanding the context in which those words were said.  As in who sent him to Ukraine and why.  I'm sorry so many don't understand the differences in circumstances and intentions.  But that talking point is bullshit because your entire premise is a lie.  The corrupt prosecutor was the one who was removed.  Who gives a shit about Hunter Biden's salary?  If we are going to get into all the kids who benefit off their political parents, fine, start with Randy Paul, the Trump spawn, the entire McConnell and Devos family trees, the Bushes......get the point?  The ONLY reason you care about Hunter Biden is because you are afraid of his dad.  I don't have a problem investigating political spawn.  But can't leave out the rest.  The freaking Trump's are all over their business AND the gov't at the same time, that should yield some interesting facts. 

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
5  seeder  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    3 weeks ago

The intercept ran a piece on this entire bogus narrative invented by democrats and how the US media lost their credibility knowingly participating in the hoax.

Really shameful to keep it going. Instead of retractions from our once trusted media, they sneakingly removed many of their never sourced articles.

 
 
 
lib50
5.1  lib50  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @5    2 weeks ago

Still trying to peddle that Russian lie?  

 
 
 
Tessylo
6  Tessylo    3 weeks ago

You are really desperate.  

 
 
 
JohnRussell
7  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

800

 
 
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