Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley – Did the DNC break the law?
The DNC is alleged to have worked with Ukrainian officials to influence the outcome of the 2016 election by damaging Trump. This isn’t getting as much attention as the Russia story but let’s face it, nothing does.
Republicans in Congress are taking an interest, however.
Brooke Singman reports at FOX News:
Trump’s not alone: Congress digging into DNC-Ukraine connection
Republicans in Congress have joined the White House in asking questions about the extent to which a Democratic Party consultant may have worked with Ukrainian officials to hurt then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential bid last year.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote a letter earlier this week to the Justice Department asking whether the Democratic National Committee broke the law. Grassley, R-Iowa, specifically asked if the DOJ was investigating Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian-American DNC consultant who allegedly had meetings at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., to discuss incriminating information about Trump campaign officials.
President Trump, trying furiously to tamp down the controversy over alleged Russian coordination with his associates, has questioned why the same scrutiny is not being applied to the Democrats’ alleged Ukraine connection.
In a Tuesday tweet, he complained about the lack of an investigation into Ukraine efforts to “sabotage” his campaign.
Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – “quietly working to boost Clinton.” So where is the investigation A.G. @seanhannity
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
This short video from FOX goes over the basic facts:
Trump administration lawyer Jay Sekulow addressed this issue in a recent appearance on CNN.
Partial transcript via Real Clear Politics The key exchange comes at the end:
Sekulow: Democrats “Actually Exchanged Documents With Foreign Government” In Ukraine
SEKULOW: Well, the Ukrainians — you know, I go back to the Ukrainian example. I know you don’t want to discuss it because you say it’s not being investigated, which raises the question.
But, here, in the Ukrainian situation, they actually exchanged documents from a foreign government. So…
TAPPER: Because Paul Manafort did work — because Paul Manafort did work in Ukraine, people in Ukraine wanted the United States to know.
TAPPER: But that was all from a legal and public hearing.
SEKULOW: Well, wait a minute — well, wait.
TAPPER: I don’t…
SEKULOW: He was running — but, Jake, he was running the campaign at the time.
So, I mean, when we’re acting like this is some kind of one-off thing that never happens in campaigns, and you just stated the evidence of exactly what took place there, right.
TAPPER: No. Nobody from — nobody from the Ukrainian government met with the Clinton campaign. Again, as I said…
SEKULOW: That’s not true. There were representatives at the Ukrainian Embassy. The Politico report was clear. Go ahead. TAPPER: Again, I know you want to change the subject.
Here’s the video:
Jake Tapper sure does seem reluctant to discuss the issue, doesn’t he?
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