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by Sharon Rondeau

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(Oct. 20, 2019) — In an interview with Maria Bartiromo of “Sunday Morning Futures,” House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes said that the origins of the Russia “collusion” investigation which consumed Washington, DC for more than two years and accused Trump campaign members of coordinating with Russian operatives to win the election lie in the country of Ukraine.

The “collusion” probe, assumed from the FBI in May 2017 and concluded in March this year, ultimately found insufficient evidence to support the contention that anyone on the campaign, or any American, conspired with the Kremlin to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

On September 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced an “impeachment inquiry” into President Trump as a result of a “whistleblower” report claiming that in a July 25 phone call, Trump had attempted to enlist Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s assistance in procuring negative information about 2020 Democratic primary contender Joseph R. Biden.

Her declaration set off a flurry of subpoenas and closed-door meetings led by Democrats, who hold the majority in the House of Representatives, with Republicans claiming that they have been barred from reading the transcripts and, in some cases, from attending the meetings at all.

The whistleblower complaint is dated August 12, 2019 and was directed to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA28) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC).  In it, the whistleblower, who reportedly worked with Joe Biden during the Obama years, alleged that second-hand information conveyed to him convinced him that “the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

Hours later after Pelosi made her announcement, the White House released a transcript of the call produced by “The White House Situation Room” covering a number of subjects, including Trump’s statement to Zelenskiy, “I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike…I guess you have one of your wealthy people…The server, they say Ukraine has it.  There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation.  I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people.  I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it…”

On the following page of the transcript, Trump is noted to have said, “…The other thing, There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.”

At a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in early 2018, Biden claimed responsibility for the firing of Ukraine’s then-chief prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, by threatening then-Ukrainian president Petro Poroschenko with the withholding of $1 billion in U.S. aid were he to fail to take action.

Within “six hours,” Biden said, the remaining time he was scheduled to spend in Ukraine at the time, Shokin was fired.  “I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a *****. (Laughter.) He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,” Biden said.

As The Post & Email reported, the mainstream media has shown no curiosity in Trump’s belief that at least one of the DNC’s servers, said to have been breached by Russians in the Mueller “collusion” report, is in Ukraine.  Rather, various outlets have stated that the “conspiracy theory” has been “debunked” or “discredited” without stating how that occurred.

Former FBI Director James Comey testified that the “server,” one of the key elements in the Mueller probe’s examination of Russian influence on the 2016 election, was not examined by the FBI “directly.”

Crowdstrike produced a report for the DNC claiming that Russians were culpable for breaching the server and conveying thousands of emails to WikiLeaks, which published them in the months leading up to the 2016 election.  Some believe that the release of the damaging emails cost Clinton the election.

“Is this impeachment inquiry and Ukraine tied to the origins of the Russia probe?” Bartiromo asked Nunes, acknowledging that he might not be able to divulge information from the recent closed-door hearings.

Nunes responded that his Democrat counterparts have selectively leaked certain information from the hearings to their “favorite reporters” while telling Republicans the information must be safeguarded.

“So you asked Ambassador [to the EU Gordon] Sondland a question about the origins of the Russia probe and Ukraine’s involvement,” Bartiromo said declaratively, to which Nunes replied, “Yeah, so this is the problem.  If you really look at it, what was Rudy Giuliani doing in Ukraine? It’s very clear why Rudy Giuliani was in Ukraine.  His client, the president of the United States, had been dirtied up by Ukrainians.  So people forget.  Ukraine is all over the Steele dossier…”

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has been representing Trump in the “collusion” matter and conducted his own investigation into Ukraine’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, he said in several interviews.  Giuliani has claimed that he gathered evidence showing that Biden improperly pressured Poroschenko to fire Shokin and that he himself interviewed Shokin and others as to Biden’s role.  Shokin was reportedly probing the business dealings of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, which hired Biden’s son, Hunter, to serve on its Board of Directors at $50,000/month while Joe Biden served as the Obama regime’s liaison between the two countries.

The “Steele dossier” is a compilation of essays produced by British former intelligence agent Christopher Steele under contract with an American company, Fusion GPS, paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC. The dossier became fodder for the Trump-Russia collusion probe, and although its contents were never verified, it also served as the basis for which four FISA warrants were issued to the FBI to conduct surveillance on former Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page.

A January 11, 2017 Politico report supports Nunes’s contention that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. election with the purpose of aiding Democrats and hurting Trump.  The article begins:

Donald Trump wasn’t the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country.

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 in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

“So for the president to be upset with Ukraine, upset about the corruption, because he knows — don’t forget, the Ukrainian ambassador here in the United States in August 2016 wrote a nasty hit piece on President Trump — well, then-candidate Donald Trump before the election,” Nunes told Bartiromo.  “There’s plenty of reasons why the president would be over in Ukraine – having his lawyers in Ukraine to try to get to the bottom of the Russia probe.”

According to Politico on Sunday, “Democrats are zeroing in on Rudy Giuliani to impeach Trump.”

In a rhetorical question to Bartiromo, Nunes expressed incredulity that his Democrat counterparts on the Intelligence Committee and other House committees “don’t know that the dirt that they paid for — they paid Fusion GPS to send a British spy to Ukraine to dig up this dirt, and now all of a sudden they pretend like this doesn’t exist?”

“We’re going to hold them accountable, and we’re going to ask the questions every time about the Democrats’ ties to Ukraine…it appears like more and more evidence out there that there were a lot of operatives for the Democratic Party, not just Fusion GPS, that were coordinating with Ukrainians to dirty up this president.”

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  1. “I would like you to do us a favor …”

    Funny thing is – Chris Christie said before the call transcript was released that Trump could only get into trouble if he said something like “do me a favor”