Giuliani Targeted Ukrainian President Zelenskys Top Aide

Rudy Giuliani didnt just push the Ukrainian government to announce investigations that would boost President Donald Trumps political prospects. The former New York mayorwho is not part of the U.S. governmentalso raised concerns to Ukrainian officials about a senior aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to American and Ukrainian sources familiar with his comments. That aide, Andriy Bohdan, previously worked for an oligarch who had sparred with Giulianis then-allies Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. Giulianis comments led Ukrainian officials to believe he was pushing for the aides ouster. A Zelensky administration official familiar with the discussions said he was not aware of Giuliani explicitly requesting Bohdans removal. Giulianis communications with Ukrainian government officials and efforts to influence their decisions are …

Why Are Republicans So Anxious to Play Putins Game on Ukraine?

When secret room.Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of Russias foreign affairs committee,have plenty to say, and most of it benefits the Kremlin. Indeed, the Republicans of Donald Trumps regime and the Russians of Vladimir Putins often sing in amazing harmony. When Kennedy was interviewed Sunday by Chris Wallace on Fox News, he gave us a striking example of synchronicity. Kennedy, who was educated at Vanderbilt, the University of Virginia, and Oxford Universitys Magdalen College, and ought to know better, readily echoed a fable spawned by the Russian security services. Who do you believe was responsible for hacking the DNC [Democratic National Committee] and [Hillary] Clinton campaign computers, their emails? Ukraine?To which Kennedy replied, I dont know, nor do you, nor do any …

Witness Intimidation: Trump Slimes Ambassador During Impeachment Hearing

As Marie Yovanovitch outlined the smear campaign that President Trumps allies successfully used to oust her as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Trump decided to add to it. Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad, the president tweeted, insisting on his absolute right to appoint ambassadors. Yovanovitch had just finished describing the vague threat she felt from the president himself, months after his allies derailed a diplomatic career notable for fighting corruption in Ukraine. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the point person for the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, stopped a line of questioning to ask Yovanovitch what the effect would be on her and future impeachment witnesses. I cant speak to what the presidents trying to do, said Yovanovitch, …

‘Its revenge’: Ukraine’s ex-central banker blames oligarch for attacks

Accusations levelled by Valeria Gontareva against Ihor Kolomoiskiy provide test for Ukraines new president It is possible that when a car drove into Valeria Gontareva at a pedestrian crossing in Knightsbridge, central London, in late August it was merely an accident. But soon after, while Gontareva was recovering in hospital, her sons car was set on fire back home in Kyiv. A few days after that, her family home in the Ukrainian capital was also burned down. For Gontareva there is no doubt that the attacks are part of a disturbing pattern. Its revenge, she said, appearing for an interview in a wheelchair in the lobby of the luxury central London apartment block where she now lives. Gontareva made a …

Ukrainian Official: Trump Looking for Dirt To Discredit Biden

KYIVUkraine is ready to investigate the connections Joe Bidens son Hunter had with the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings, according to Anton Geraschenko, a senior adviser to the countrys interior minister who would oversee such an inquiry. Geraschenko told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview that as soon as there is an official request" Ukraine will look into the case, but currently there is no open investigation. Clearly, said Geraschenko, Trump is now looking for kompromat to discredit his opponent Biden, to take revenge for his friend Paul Manafort, who is serving seven years in prison. Among the counts on which Manafort was convicted: tax evasion. We do not investigate Biden in Ukraine, since we have not received …