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Indictment of Giuliani’s Helpers Dominates Coup News

Oct. 10, 2019 (EIRNS)—Way back on Jan. 3, 2017, Sen. Charles Schumer confided to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that the President was being “dumb” to go after the intelligence community because “they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”

The arrest of two U.S. citizens, born in Ukraine and Belarus, respectively, and two others last night at Dulles International Airport, represents a significant unfolding and acceleration of the coup against the President. The two featured characters, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, have been working with Rudy Giuliani in his investigation of the Ukrainian part of the Russiagate coup against President Donald Trump, and the Bidens’ activities in Ukraine. The indictment makes clear that the doings of these two have been on the federal radar and tracked since 2018.  Despite their U.S. citizenship, the media scandal machine uniformly drilled down on “two Soviet-born individuals” in their headlines.

In March 2018, the two made a $325,000 contribution to America First Action, the superpac associated with Donald Trump, and began contributing to Republican politicians using funds which, it seems to turn out, were not their own and were foreign. One of these contributions went to Pete Sessions, the former Texas Congressman and current candidate for the House, it is alleged, to engage in efforts to remove the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch—efforts which the indictment says were backed by unnamed Ukrainian officials.  The two also contributed to Ron DeSantis’ campaign for Governor in Florida and to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.  The indictment also claims that the two used funds from an unidentified Russian to attempt to buy into Nevada marijuana ventures.  Attorney General William Barr was briefed on the federal investigation when he took office in February 2019 and, according to Justice Department statements, supported it. President Trump was at pains this evening to distance himself from them, saying that although there may be pictures of him with the two, he does not know them.

The indictment makes clear that none of the candidates or political action committees which received the apparently illicit contributions knew that they were foreign sourced or illicit. America First Action did not spend the money, but sequestered it, once the FEC complaint was filed.

An investigative journalism project by BuzzFeed and the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project has been following and publishing the doings of the two throughout 2018 and 2019. OCCRP has also published entire parts of the faux whistleblower’s complaint well before he drafted it using their materials.  OCCRP has been associated with Nellie and Bruce Ohr, Christopher Steele, and other players in the coup in the past.  BuzzFeed, as most know, was the entity selected to publish Christopher Steele’s dirty dossier.  The two have a trail of failed business dealings and claims of fraud, precisely the types of unsavory backgrounds favored for intelligence assets or FBI informants.

Marie Yovanovitch is scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Oct. 11, and is still a State Department employee.  It is unclear whether executive privilege will be invoked.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the new President of Ukraine, reiterated today that no pressure had been placed on him by President Trump to do anything.

This is a developing and open investigation which we will continue to pursue as the facts develop.

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