Ukraine, collusion, corruption and Democrats. The elite media for the most part either dances around this subject or simply straight up lies about it, just ask CNN.
The challenge in reporting this story is that it is long and rather complex. How do I present this story to you so that you get it, while keeping it and simple enough so that readers do not just click away in frustration because of the length?
This is the problem with reporting on organized crime, as those who are best at it are very good at keeping it covered up and making their web of corruption a near impossible narrative for reporters and columnists to report on briefly.
So far, The Hill, Politico, Fox News, Epoch Times, Newsweek and the New York Times have been reporting bits of the story. Here we are going to try and spell it out using bullet points with links. For those who want the nitty-gritty details you will have plenty of reading at the links provided.
In 2014 Ukraine was led by a Russian stooge named Viktor Yanukovych. The United States helped foment a revolution in Ukraine and replaced said Russian stooge with a new government ran by and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and President Petro Poroshenko (NOTE: In parliamentary systems their “President” is like the Secretary of State and the Prime Minister is more like our President).
Vice President Joe Biden and the Hillary Clinton State Department took point on the change of power in Ukraine. The Clinton’s, Biden’s and others saw a way to enrich themselves in the process and boy did they.
Prime Minister Yatsenyuk resigned in 2016 awash in corruption allegations for reasons in part listed below.
How did the Biden’s, Clinton’s and others in the Obama Administration enrich themselves from Ukraine?
The United States offered billions in loan guarantees to Ukraine in an effort to divorce itself from Russian capital and re-privatize it’s economy.
Vice President Biden and the State Department used its influence to get certain state run assets to certain wealthy oligarchs, such as Ukrainian Billionaire Victor Pinchuk, for bargain prices. In exchange, Biden, the Clinton’s and others would get a cut.
The Clinton’s got their cut through giving paid speeches in Ukraine and using the Clinton Foundation to launder donations. Victor Pinchuk and others who were friends of the Clinton State Department were heavy donors to the Clinton Foundation numbering in the tens of millions of dollars making Ukraine the top foreign contributor to the Clinton Foundation. Victor Pinchuk was even invited to have dinner with the Clinton’s at their home.
Vice President Biden got his cut via money sent to his son Hunter. Pinchuk’s political ally Nikolai Zlochevsky put Hunter Biden on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company in which Hunter Biden received monthly payments of over $166,000.
This is the same tactic that Biden used to accept money from the Chinese. Shortly after a trip China by Vice President Biden, the Chinese National Bank entered into a $1.5 billion private equity partnership with Hunter Biden. Also included in the deal was Senator John Kerry’s stepson Chris Heinz, and Devon Archer. They partnered with the politically connected Thornton Group from Massachusetts. Thornton Group is run by James Bulger, nephew of famed mafia hit-man “Whitey” Bulger, of which we are all sure is a complete coincidence.
President Trump has said that Democrats have been too soft on China. Ya think? The Chinese have given illegal campaign money to the Clinton’s since the early 1990’s in exchange for secret military technology. Russian influence on American policy is dwarfed by the Chinese influence.
Getting back to Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk, it seems that he spent millions getting the influence of the Clinton’s, Obama’s White House Lawyer Greg Craig, and others in getting the Obama Administration to help oust the pro-putin regime in Ukraine and replace it with a regime favorable to Obama, Biden and the Clinton’s going back at least as far as 2012. Part of that influence was in the creation of what is now knows as “The Ukrainian Report” which was written by Greg Craig and other allies of Victor Pinchuk that served to whitewash the corruption conviction of former anti-Putin Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a political ally of Pinchuk.
Did those in the administration involved register as foreign lobbyists revealing that they were doing work for a foreign interest? Nope.
Democrats: Hey Ukraine, We Could Use a Favor or Two…..
Corruption in Ukraine is rampant and something beyond complicated. Ukraine has a special agency designed to fight corruption which Joe Biden had a hand in creating, meaning that they would make sure investigations stayed away from himself or his friends.
When the Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin began to look at corruption involving Burisma, and the payments made to Hunter Biden, Vice President Biden intervened personally. Via The Hill:
In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden recalled telling Poroshenko.
“Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,” Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations event, insisting that President Obama was in on the threat.
In January 2016 the Democratic National Committee reached out to Ukrainian officials, via the Ukrainian Embassy asking if they had any dirt on anyone close to Donald Trump. At this time the only person close to Trump who had done consulting in Ukraine was Paul Manafort, After a meeting at the Obama White House Ukrainian officials close to the Democrats spun that data to make it look as if Manafort was working for Vladimir Putin, which resulted in his resignation from the Trump Campaign.
According to reporting from Politico, which is a pro-Clinton news outlet, a Ukrainian/American veteran Democratic Party operative, named Alexandra Chalupa, was paid $412,000 to coordinate Trump opposition research. Chalupa “had developed a network of sources in Kiev and Washington, including investigative journalists, government officials and private intelligence operatives.” “Chalupa said the (Ukrainian) embassy also worked directly with reporters researching Trump, Manafort, and Russia, to point them in the right directions.” During the campaign several Ukrainian officials made public statements attacking Trump.
This was not some oddball Russian coming to someone close to Trump claiming to have dirt as Democrats have accused. This is the Democrats and the Obama White House going to the Ukrainian government asking for dirt and help advancing Clinton Campaign spin and talking points….and getting it. That’s collusion.
In December a Ukrainian court ruled that the country had wrongfully meddled in the American 2016 election.