Journalists have been going insane in response to a New York Times report which revealed that President Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., had a meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have damaging information on Hillary Clinton. The media seems to be forgetting, however, that the Democrats did the same thing, as Clinton allies coordinated with the Ukrainian government to try to secure the 2016 election.
Donald Jr. admitted to meeting the Russian lawyer in June 2016, along with campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump adviser Jared Kushner, though he claims that it “went nowhere.” He sarcastically tweeted, “Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent,” on Monday morning.
While Trump critics claim that this meeting proves collusion between Trump and Russia, this lone meeting is far less disturbing than the coordination that took place between Ukrainian government officials and DNC Clinton allies in the run up to the election.
While Ukraine officially denied any involvement, Andrii Telizhenko, a former Ukrainian embassy officer, admitted that he was assigned to work with veteran DNC staff and Clinton White House operative, Alexandra Chalupa.
“Oksana (Oksara Shulyar, aide to the Ukranian ambassador in the U.S.) said that if I had any information, or knew other people who did, then I should contact Chalupa,” Telizhenko said. “They were coordinating an investigation with the Hillary team on Paul Manafort with Alexandra Chalupa.”
“Oksana was keeping it all quiet,” reported Telizhenko, but added that, “the embassy worked very closely with” Chalupa.
The Daily Caller reports:
A veteran DNC operative who previously worked in the Clinton White House, Alexandra Chalupa, worked with Ukrainian government officials and journalists from both Ukraine and America to dig up Russia-related opposition research on Trump and Manafort. She also shared her anti-Trump research with both the DNC and the Clinton campaign, according to the Politico report.
Chalupa met with Ukrainian ambassador Valeriy Chaly and one of his aides, Oksara Shulyar, at the Ukrainian Embassy in March 2016 to talk about unearthing Paul Manafort’s Russian connections, Chalupa admitted to Politico. Four days later, Trump officially hired Manafort.
The DNC encouraged Chalupa to try to arrange an interview with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to talk about Manafort’s ties to the former pro-Russia president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, whom Manafort previously advised.
Like other DNC staffers, some of Chalupa’s emails were obtained by hackers and published by WikiLeaks. U.S. intelligence services have identified Russia as the culprit behind the hacking of the DNC. In one email released by WikiLeaks, Chalupa told Luis Miranda, then the DNC’s communications director, that she was working with Yahoo News reporter Michael Isikoff and “connected him to the Ukrainians.”