There has been some attention now paid to the Biden connections to Ukraine, and rightfully so.
But that’s not the only story out there involving the Democrats and Ukraine.
There’s the huge story hanging out there – what the Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s team allegedly did in soliciting Ukraine to undermine Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, Republican Congressional leaders are demanding answers as to the status of the investigation.
In a letter released on Monday morning, Republican senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin ask U.S. Attorney General William Barr if he’s trying to answer the lingering questions:
We write to follow up on Senator Grassley’s July 20, 2017 letter, which highlighted brazen efforts by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign to use the government of Ukraine for the express purpose of finding negative information on then candidate Trump in order to undermine his campaign. That letter also highlighted news reports that, during the 2016 presidential election, “Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump” and did so by “disseminat[ing] documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggest[ing] they were investigating the matter[.]” Ukrainian officials also reportedly “helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.”
It’s the height of hypocrisy for the past few years that Democrats have pushed the Russia collusion hoax without evidence of any conspiracy with Russia while there was this huge question of them getting information from Ukraine hanging out there.
The senators referenced reporting from Politico (not exactly a bastion of conservative thought), detailing what the Democrats allegedly did. Here’s more from the article:
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.
The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in the race, helping to force Manafort’s resignation and advancing the narrative that Trump’s campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine’s foe to the east, Russia. But they were far less concerted or centrally directed than Russia’s alleged hacking and dissemination of Democratic emails.
Now there have been reports that U.S. Attorney John Durham was looking into this matter.
Part of a DOJ statement released in the last couple of days also tries to answer that question.
From Wall Street Journal:
“A Department of Justice team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham is separately exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. While the Attorney General has yet to contact Ukraine in connection with this investigation, certain Ukrainians who are not members of the government have volunteered information to Mr. Durham, which he is evaluating.”
Michael Mukasey, himself a former U.S. Attorney General, who wrote that last WSJ piece, says he has confidence in Durham and he teases, “Stay tuned.”
Sounds like the show coming might be worth the wait…