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06/13/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/13/2019 13:59

Hypocrisy Alert: Dems Have Been Shopping For Oppo Around The World

The Facts

BEFORE THE 2016 ELECTION, THE DEMOCRAT NATIONAL COMMITTEE PAID A FORMER BRITISH SPY TO GATHER OPPOSITION RESEARCH ON PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

  • Before the 2016 election, the Democrat National Committee paid a former British spy, Christopher Steele, $160,000 dollars for opposition research on President Trump which he gathered from top Russian officials including a former spy chief and top Kremlin adviser.

ADDITIONALLY, THE DNC COLLABORATED WITH THE 'HELPFUL' UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT ON OPPOSITION RESEARCH TO UNDERMINE THEN-CANDIDATE TRUMP AND BOLSTER HILLARY CLINTON

  • The DNC worked with Ukrainian government officials, who at the time were working to bolster Hillary Clinton and undermine President Trump, and encouraged a DNC consultant to collaborate with the 'helpful' Ukrainian embassy on information and leads concerning potentially damaging connections between President Trump and Russia.

IN RECENT YEARS, NUMEROUS DEMOCRAT OFFICIALS HAVE OPENLY SOLICITATED OR ACCEPTED SUPPORT FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND FOREIGN NATIONALS

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) colluded with the Australian Labor Party (ALP) to have government sponsored ALP delegates flown to the United States and placed within the Sanders Campaign to plan campaign events and activities.
    • The FEC ruled the Sanders campaign had accepted about $25,000 in in-kind donations from Australia and ordered the campaign to pay a fine of $14,500.
  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) eagerly engaged with Russian comedians whom he thought possessed compromising information on President Trump and had his staff ask the comedians when his staff could pick up copies of their information from the Ukrainian embassy.
  • When the Russian Comedians told Schiff they possessed compromising information on President Trump, he responded 'Please, Go Ahead.'
    • Schiff : 'What's the nature of the kompromat?'
    • Schiff : 'Well, obviously we would welcome a chance to get copies of those records.'
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) had extensive contact with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch and repeatedly asked the man to give him access to British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele.
    • Warner over text: 'Can u talk tomorrow want to get with ur English Friend.'
    • Warner: 'Wud rather not have paper trail.'
    • Warner: 'Maybe I will just call directly.'

BEFORE THE 2016 ELECTION, THE DEMOCRAT NATIONAL COMMITTEE PAID A FORMER BRITISH SPY TO GATHER OPPOSITION RESEARCH ON PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

Before The 2016 Election, The Democratic National Committee Paid A Former British Intelligence Agent $160,000 To Compile Opposition Research On Then Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

In The Spring Of 2016, Orbis Business Intelligence, A Research Firm Run By Former M.I.6 Agent Christopher Steele, Was Contracted By The Intelligence Firm Fusion GPS To Do Opposition Research On Candidate Donald Trump. 'In the spring of 2016, Orbis Business Intelligence-a small investigative-research firm that Steele and a partner had founded, in 2009, after leaving M.I.6, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service-had agreed to do opposition research on Trump's murky relationship with Russia.' ( The New Yorker , 03/05/18)

Steele Had Spent More Than Twenty Years In Britain's M.I.6, With Most Of His Time Focused On Russia. 'Steele had spent more than twenty years in M.I.6, most of it focusing on Russia.' ( The New Yorker , 03/05/18)

Under The Arrangement, The Democrat National Committee Paid The Law firm Perkins Coie, Which Paid Fusion GPS, Which Paid Christopher Steele And Orbis Business Intelligence. 'Under the arrangement, Orbis was a subcontractor working for Fusion GPS, a private research firm in Washington. Fusion, in turn, had been contracted by a law firm, Perkins Coie, which represented both Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.' ( The New Yorker , 03/05/18)

  • Glenn Simpson, The Founder Of Fusion GPS, Testified That The Law Firm Of Perkins Coie Ultimately Paid Christopher Steele $160,000 Dollars For His Work On The Dossier. REP. GOWDY (R-SC): 'And how much did you pay Chris Steele?' SIMPSON: 'I think what we've told the committee from the bank records is that it was ultimately $160,000. That sounds right to me. I think probably the initial engagement was for 20 or 30 thousand dollars. There's, you know, currency differences between pounds and dollars, so I don't remember how it was denominated or exactly how it was priced.' REP. GOWDY (R-SC): 'Now, help me understand this. Would that payment for Steele have been expensed to the law firm, or would Fusion have paid that out of its own money that it received from the law firm?' SIMPSON: 'I believe, at least if things were running the way I hope they ran, it was expensed to the law firn.' REP. GOWDY (R-SC): 'So Perkins Coie paid Chris Steele? MR. SIMPSON: I think it was --1 mean, I think we billed them for it.' ( U.S. House Of Representatives , 11/14/17, p. 25)

The Research Compiled By Christopher Steele Was Not Only Unverifiable And Later Proven False But Was Provided By Top Russian Officials Including A Former Spy Chief And Top Kremlin Adviser

During His Testimony To Congress, The Founder Of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, Told The Senate Judiciary Committee, That 'He Made No Immediate Use' Of Christopher Steele's Research And Called The Information Contained In The Dossier 'Not Particularly Useful' Because It Did Not Contain 'Things You Can Prove.' SIMPSON: 'So when this arrived it was also right around the time I think - Trump had said weird things about the Russians and Putin and things that are very atypical for a Republican and that people found to be odd. So when this arrived, you know, we made no immediate use of it at all in terms of, you know, giving it to anybody. It was essentially used to inform our researcher, but because it was -and because it was human source intelligence and some of it was of a personal nature, it was not particularly useful for the kind of things that are, you know, useful in politics, which are things that you can prove, things that you can say, things that people will believe.' ( U.S. Senate, Testimony , 08/22/17, p.144)

Christopher Steele Later Identified Numerous Russians Including A Former Russian Spy Chief And Top Kremlin Adviser As Sources Of The Intelligence He Later Provided To Fusion GPS. ' Dossier author Christopher Steele identified a former Russian spy chief and a top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin as being involved in handling potentially compromising information about President Donald Trump, State Department notes show. In her notes, State Department official Kathleen Kavalec also referred to the two Russians - former Russian foreign intelligence chief Vyacheslav Trubnikov and Putin aide Vladislav Surkov - as 'sources.'' ( The Daily Caller , 05/16/19)

Even The New York Times Has Admitted That, With The Release Of The Mueller Report, The Dossier's Sensational Claims Appeared to Be False. 'But the release on Thursday of the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, underscored what had grown clearer for months - that while many Trump aides had welcomed contacts with the Russians, some of the most sensational claims in the dossier appeared to be false, and others were impossible to prove.' ( The New York Times , 04/19/19)

Democrats, The FBI And The Intelligence Community Used This Information Provided By Russian Officials As The Basis To Launch Investigations Into The Trump Campaign

In January 09, 2017, The Wall Street Journal Reported U.S. Intelligence Agencies And The Federal Bureau Of Investigation Had Been Spending Months Investigating The Claims In The Steele Dossier. 'U.S. intelligence agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have spent months trying to substantiate explosive claims, compiled by a former Western intelligence official, that Russian government operatives engaged in an extensive conspiracy with advisers to Donald Trump's presidential campaign and employees of his company, people familiar with the matter said.' ( The Wall Street Journal , 01/09/17)

On January 13, 2017, The Senate Intelligence Committee Additionally Announced It Would Look Into Allegations Of Links Between Russia And The 2016 Political Campaign. 'Senate Intelligence Committee leaders announced late Friday that they would look into allegations of links between Russia and the 2016 political campaigns as part of a broader review of the intelligence community's report on Russian hacking.' ( The Washington Post , 01/13/17)

At The Same Time, Democrats Also Pressed The FBI For An Investigation Into What 'Leverage' Russia Might Have Over President Trump. 'Pelosi and other Democratic leaders excoriated Comey for his stubbornness, but stopped short of calling for his head - pressing the FBI director to take up an investigation into what 'leverage' Russia might have over Trump, even as they questioned Comey's integrity.' ( The Washington Post , 01/13/17)

On February 2, 2018, The House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence Made Public A Committee Memo On Abuses Of The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 'The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence today made public a committee memo with information on abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.' ( House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence , 02/02/18)

The Memo Confirmed, The Discredited Christopher Steele Dossier Formed An Essential Part Of The FBI's Original FISA Application To Surveil A Member Of The Trump Campaign, Carter Page. 'The 'dossier' compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application. Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump's ties to Russia.' ( House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence , 02/02/18)

THE DNC COLLABORATED WITH THE 'HELPFUL' UKRAINIAN EMBASSY ON OPPOSITION RESEARCH TO UNDERMINE THEN CANDIDATE TRUMP AND BOLSTER HILLARY CLINTON

In January 2017, Politico Reported That Ukrainian Government Officials Tried To Help Hillary Clinton And Undermine President Trump In Advance Of The 2016 Election

In January 2017, Politico Reported Ukrainian Government Officials Tried To Help Hillary Clinton and Undermine President Trump By Publicly Questioning His Fitness For Office. 'Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office.' ( Politico , 01/11/17)

Ukraine Also Disseminated Documents Suggesting A Trump Aide Was involved In Corruption 'Only To Back Away After The Election.' '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.' ( Politico , 01/11/17)

Additionally, 'They Helped Clinton's Allies Research Damaging Information On Trump And his Advisers.' 'And they helped Clinton's allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.' ( Politico , 01/11/17)

Politico : 'The Ukrainian Efforts Had An Impact In The Race' Including 'Advancing The Narrative That Trump's Campaign Was Deeply Connected To Ukraine's Foe To The East, Russia.' '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.' ( Politico , 01/11/17)

A Democratic National Committee Consultant Also Collaborated With 'Helpful' Ukrainian Officials On Opposition Research Concerning Ties Between President Trump And Russia

A Democratic National Committee Consultant Met With Top Officials In The Ukrainian Embassy In Washington In An Effort To Expose Ties Between Then Candidate Trump And Russia. '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.' ( Politico , 01/11/17)

With The DNC's Encouragement, One Of Its Former Staffers Turned Consultant, Alexandra Chalupa, Tried To Arrange An Interview With The Ukrainian President To Discuss Possible Dirt On A Trump Campaign Staffer. 'Yet, the former DNC staffer and the operative familiar with the situation agreed that with the DNC's encouragement, Chalupa asked embassy staff to try to arrange an interview in which Poroshenko might discuss Manafort's ties to Yanukovych.' ( Politico , 01/11/17)

· Chalupa Was Paid $412,000 From 2004 To June 2016 By The DNC. 'Chalupa went on to work as a staffer, then as a consultant, for Democratic National Committee. The DNC paid her $412,000 from 2004 to June 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records, though she also was paid by other clients during that time, including Democratic campaigns and the DNC's arm for engaging expatriate Democrats around the world.' ( Politico , 01/11/17)

Officials At The Ukrainian Embassy Became 'Helpful' With Chalupa, 'Traded Information And Leads' And Also 'Provide[d] Guidance.' 'While the embassy declined that request, officials there became 'helpful' in Chalupa's efforts, she said, explaining that she traded information and leads with them. 'If I asked a question, they would provide guidance, or if there was someone I needed to follow up with.' But she stressed, 'There were no documents given, nothing like that.'' ( Politico , 01/11/17)

Politico Reported That A Staffer At The Embassy Was Directed To Help Chalupa Research Connections Between Trump And Russia. 'But Andrii Telizhenko, who worked as a political officer in the Ukrainian Embassy under Shulyar, said she instructed him to help Chalupa research connections between Trump, Manafort and Russia. 'Oksana said that if I had any information, or knew other people who did, then I should contact Chalupa,' recalled Telizhenko, who is now a political consultant in Kiev.' ( Politico , 01/11/17)

Politico: 'The Embassy Worked Very Closely' With Chalupa. ''They were coordinating an investigation with the Hillary team on Paul Manafort with Alexandra Chalupa,' he said, adding 'Oksana was keeping it all quiet,' but 'the embassy worked very closely with' Chalupa.' ( Politico , 01/11/17)

ADDITIONALLY, NUMEROUS DEMOCRAT CONGRESSMAN HAVE OPENLY SOLICITATED OR ACCEPTED SUPPORT FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND FOREIGN NATIONALS

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Paid A $14,500 Fine For Violating Campaign Laws By Illegally Allowing The Australian Labor Party Fly Volunteers To The U.S. To Help The Sanders' Campaign

Vice News: 'Bernie Sanders Colluded - With The Australian Labor Party' ( Vice News , 02/28/18)

In February 2018, The Federal Election Committee Confirmed Bernie Sanders' Presidential Campaign Illegally Accepted Contributions From The Australian Labor Party . 'While the Russia investigation continues to swirl around President Donald Trump and the members of his entourage, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has confirmed another instance of illegal meddling in the election: Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign illegally accepted contributions from the Australian Labor Party, which paid for volunteers to fly across the globe to volunteer on his campaign, according to a ruling filed earlier this month.' ( Vice News , 02/28/18)

According To The Agreement With The Sanders Campaign Committee, The Australian Labor Party (ALP) Asked And Received Permission From The Sanders Committee To Place Volunteers With The Campaign. 'According to the agreement with the Sanders campaign, the FEC found that in November 2015, the labor party asked the campaign committee 'to allow Australian delegates to be placed as volunteers with the committee. The committee agreed and proceeded to make arrangements for the arrivals of delegates to various campaign offices of the committee.'' ( WMUR , 02/28/18)

FEC: 'In November 2015, The ALP Asked The Committee To Allow Australian Delegates To Be Placed As Volunteers With The Committee. The Committee Agreed And Proceeded To Make Arrangements For The Arrivals Of Delegates To Various Campaign Offices Of The Committee.' ( FEC , 02-14-18)

The Volunteers Received $8,000 In Stipends From The Australian Government To Campaign For The Sanders' 2016 Election Campaign. 'The volunteers, who were participating in a government-funded education program, even got $8,000 in stipends from their native country to campaign for the popular Vermont senator in his 2016 run for the White House.' ( Vice News , 02/28/18)

In One Video, The Australian Volunteers Were Seen Tearing Down Campaign Signs Promoting Donald Trump For President. 'The youths were seen in videos tearing down campaign signs in New Hampshire that were promoting Donald Trump for president.' ( Vice News , 02/28/18)

The FEC Reported the Australians Engaged In Campaign Services Including Planning Events And Recruiting Volunteers. 'The findings say that the Australians 'engaged in hands-on activity typical of volunteers while placed with the committee, including encouraging voter attendance at campaign events, recruiting volunteers, canvassing with volunteers and planning events. These activities indicate that the delegates provided campaign services to the committee.' ( WMUR , 02/28/18)

'The FEC Ruled That The Sanders Campaign Accepted About $25,000 In In-Kind Donations From The Australians.' 'The FEC ruled that the Sanders campaign accepted about $25,000 in in-kind donations from the Australians.' ( Vice News , 02/28/18)

The Sanders Campaign Was Ordered To Pay A $14,500 Dollar Penalty By The FEC. 'Bernie's been ordered to fork over $14,500 in civil penalties for violating campaign law.'( Vice News , 02/28/18)

In February 2018, Then Ranking Member Of The House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Eagerly Engaged With Russian Comedians Whom He Thought Possessed Naked Photos Of The President

In February 2018, Ranking Member Of The House Intelligence Committee Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA) Was Pranked By Russian Comedians Who Offered to Give Him 'Compromising Dirt' On Donald Trump. 'The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee was the victim of a prank phone call by Russian comedians who offered to give him 'compromising' dirt on Donald Trump - including nude photos of the president and a Russian reality show star.' ( Daily Mail , 02/06/18)

When Russian Comedians Told Schiff They Possessed Compromising Information On President Trump, He Responded 'Please, Go Ahead .' RUSSIAN COMEDIAN: Hello Mr. Schiff, thank you for you time. REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D-CA): 'Thank you Chairman, I appreciate the opportunity to speak with you.' RUSSIAN COMEDIAN: 'I know that you work for the investigation regarding Trump and Russian government.' SCHIFF: 'Yes.' RUSSIAN COMEDIAN: 'We have some important information about it.' SCHIFF: 'And that is documented in materials you want to provide to us?' RUSSIAN COMEDIAN: 'Could I explain to you where we are?' SCHIFF: 'Yes, of course but again I would just caution that our Russian friends may be listening to conversations so I wouldn't share anything over the phone that you don't want them to hear.' RUSSIAN COMEDIAN: 'No I don't think it will impact our investigation.' SCHIFF: Well please go ahead then.' ( YouTube , 04/12/17)

Schiff : 'What's The Nature Of The Kompromat?' SCHIFF: 'What's the nature of the Kompromat?' RUSSIAN COMEDIAN: Well, there were pictures of naked Trump.' ( YouTube , 04/12/17)

Schiff: 'Well, Obviously We Would Welcome A Chance To Get Copies Of Those Recordings.' SCHIFF: Well, obviously welcome a chance to get copies of those recordings.' ( YouTube , 04/12/17)

After The Prank, Schiff's Staff Engaged In Correspondence With What He Thought Was A Ukrainian Politician To Try To Obtain The Classified Material. 'DailyMail.com can disclose that after the prank, his staff engaged in correspondence with what they thought was a Ukrainian politician to try to obtain the 'classified' material promised on the call.' ( Daily Mail , 02/06/18)

After The Call, Schiff's Aide Followed Up With The Comedians And Asked Them To Send The Materials To The Ukrainian Embassy So That One Of Schiff's Staffers Could Pick Up The Documents. 'Lexus said the congressman's aide also followed up with them by email after the call and asked them to send the materials to the Ukrainian embassy so that one of Schiff's staffers could pick up the documents.' ( Daily Mail , 02/06/18)

In February 2018, Ranking Member Of The Senate Intelligence Committee Sen. Mark Warner Had Extensive Contact With A Lobbyist For A Russian Oligarch Who Offered Warner Access To British Spy And Dossier Author Christopher Steele

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) Had Extensive Contact With A Lobbyist For A Russian Oligarch Who Offered Warner Accessed To Former British Spy And Dossier Autor Christopher Steele. 'Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who has been leading a congressional investigation into President Trump's alleged ties to Russia, had extensive contact last year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, according to text messages obtained exclusively by Fox News.' ( Fox News , 02/08/18)

The Lobbyist, Adam Waldman, Is Best Known For Signing A $40,000 Monthly Retainer To Work On Behalf Of Russian Billionaire Oleg Deripaska. 'Waldman, who did not return calls seeking comments, runs the Endeavor Group in Washington. Waldman is best known for signing a $40,000 monthly retainer in 2009 and 2010 to lobby the U.S. government on behalf of controversial Russian billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska. Deripraska had his visa revoked by the State Department in 2006 because of charges, which he has denied, that he has organized crime ties.' ( Fox News , 02/08/18)

Fox News Reported Warner Repeatedly Texted Waldman And Was 'Particularly Intent On Connecting Directly With [Christopher Steele] Without Anyone Else On The Senate Intelligence Committee Being In The Loop.' 'Throughout the text exchanges, Warner seemed particularly intent on connecting directly with Steele without anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee being in the loop -- at least initially.' ( Fox News , 02/08/18)

At One Point, Warner Told The Lobbyist 'Can U Talk Tomorrow Want To Get With Ur English Friend.' ( Fox News , 02/08/18)

Warner Asked To Do A Preliminary Call With Steele, The Lobbyist And No One Else Because He Did Not Want A Paper Trail. ( Fox News , 02/08/18)

Warner Expressed Frustration To Waldman That Steele Would Not Do A Call Between The Three Of Them And Said Maybe He Would Just Call Steele Directly. ( Fox News , 02/08/18)

Warner Also Probed The Lobbyist Concerning Whether Another One Of His Contacts Had Information On Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort. ( Fox News , 02/08/18)

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