90 Miles From Tyranny : DNC Opposition Researcher Working With Ukrainians Visited Obama White House Often

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

DNC Opposition Researcher Working With Ukrainians Visited Obama White House Often

Paul Manafort arrives at a hearing at District Court in Washington on Jan. 16, 2018. Alexandra Chalupa
worked to dig up dirt on Manafort in Ukraine. (Reuters/Yuri Gripas/File Photo)
WASHINGTON—Alexandra Chalupa, a contracted opposition researcher working in 2015 and 2016 for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) with extensive Ukrainian sources, met with multiple officials in President Barack Obama’s administration in the White House, according to visitor logs examined by Judicial Watch.

Chalupa approached the Ukrainian embassy in Washington in 2016 seeking information about Paul Manafort, then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign manager, and about Trump’s possible ties to Russia.

Investigative reporter John Solomon reported earlier this year that Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly told him that “at the time of the contacts in 2016, the embassy knew Chalupa primarily as a Ukrainian-American activist and learned only later of her ties to the DNC. He says the embassy considered her requests an inappropriate solicitation of interference in the U.S. election.”

Chalupa’s efforts to dig up dirt about Trump and Manafort were first reported in 2017 by Politico’s Kenneth Vogel, who said she “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.”

Vogel said Chalupa was part of an effort in which Ukrainian officials “tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the...

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