Daily Archives: September 16, 2018
Investigative reporter Luke Rosiak, writing for our friends at the Daily Caller recently broke the story that three Muslim brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computer networks without permission.
Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group reported on Tuesday, February 7, 2016.
The brothers, and a fourth person, Hina R. Alvi (Imran Awan’s wife) are suspected of serious violations, including accessing members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress reported Rosiak. Alvi is a female House IT employee who works for many of the same members as the three brothers, as well as the House Democratic Caucus.
Abid, Imran and Jamal Awan have all shared a house in Lorton, Virginia, that is in Hina R. Alvi’s name.
PJ Media’s Debra Heine says Imran Awan, is a longtime House staffer who worked for more than two dozen Democrats since 2004.
The four Muslim employees worked for at least three members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues, information and documents, including those related to the war with radical Islamic terrorism.
Jamal Awan handled IT for Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who serves on both the intelligence and foreign affairs panels.
Imran Awan handled IT for Rep. Gregory Meeks, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.
Imran Awan also worked for Rep. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat and one of two Muslims in the House of Representatives, and Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat. Both are members of the intelligence committee.
Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who was previously the target of a disastrous email hack when she served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.
Security-sensitive jobs typically require background checks for credit and legal problems that can create pressures to cash in on access to secret information and documents. However, signs of trouble have long been visible in public records. The Congressional Credit Union repossessed Abid Awan’s car in 2009, and he declared bankruptcy in 2012, facing multiple lawsuits.
Luke Rosiak reports that despite the generous salaries, the four were involved in multiple suspicious mortgage transfers and a debt-evading bankruptcy. Abid Awan had more than $1 million in debts following a failed business and court documents filed claim that Abid had stolen money and vehicles from associates in those business.
Abid Awan’s record includes numerous driving- and alcohol-related legal problems, including driving with a suspended or revoked license, court records show. He was found guilty of drunk driving a month before he started at the House, and was arrested for public intoxication a month after his first day.
Imran Awan has also been convicted of driving offenses serious enough to rise to the level of criminal misdemeanors, as well as using an illegal radar detector and driving an unregistered vehicle reported Rosiak.
Chiefs of staff for dozens of Democratic lawmakers who employed the four were informed that a criminal probe was underway into their use of congressional information technology systems, including the existence of an external server to which House data was being funneled, and into the theft of and overbilling for computer equipment.
According to Politico, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Gregory Meeks are two Democratic lawmakers who have still not cut ties with the four. “At this time we are continuing to gather information from House officials and will determine the best approach to move forward once we have reviewed that information,” David Damron, communications director for Wasserman Schultz, said in an email when asked by POLITICO if Imran Awan was still working for the Florida Democrat.
Jack Langer, spokesman for the intelligence committee, said the committee office has its own IT staff and security measures and classified information from the panel is not allowed to be sent to members’ personal offices.
That policy was also in place for State Department computer networks, yet classified material still found its way onto Hillary Clinton’s private email server and Huma Abedin’s personal laptop.
All of this puts us in mind of something that was revealed after the October 25, 1983 invasion of Grenada.
What the Marines found in Grenada was astonishing as David Horowitz put it in his book The Great Betrayal.
The intelligence trove discovered after the invasion of Grenada revealed that Democrats were not just in communication with the communist government there, but that Democratic Rep. Ron Dellums and his staff were actively colluding with it.
Documents seized showed that Dellums had coordinated his domestic opposition to Reagan’s Grenada policy with the communist junta in Grenada, going so far as to provide draft reports for the regime to edit before being published by the House of Representatives.
Horowitz describes the materials found on Grenada by the Marines, including a letter from Dellums’ chief of staff Carlottia Scott. The letter to the communist dictator said Dellums was “really hooked on you and Grenada and doesn’t want anything to happen to building the Revolution and making it strong. . . . The only other person that I know of that he expresses such admiration for is Fidel.”
The emissary for these pro-communist efforts to undermine America?
Current Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13). “Another document liberated by the Marines contained the minutes of a [Grenadian] Politburo meeting attended by the Communist dictator and his military command. ‘Barbara Lee is here presently and has brought with her a report on the international airport that was done by Ron Dellums. They have requested that we look at the document and suggest any changes we deem necessary. They will be willing to make the changes,’” Horowitz documented in The Great Betrayal.
Rep. Dellums went on to serve as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, complete with the requisite security clearances.
And Barbara Lee?
She succeeded Dellums as Representative for California’s 13th Congressional District and now sits on the State and Foreign Operations and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee and employed Awan Abid as an IT professional.
Lisa Page testimony: Collusion still unproven by time of Mueller’s special counsel appointment
More than nine months after the FBI opened its highly classified counterintelligence investigation into alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, FBI lawyer Lisa Page said investigators still could not say whether there was collusion, according to a transcript of Page’s recent closed-door deposition reviewed by Fox News.
“I think this represents that even as far as May 2017, we still couldn’t answer the question,” Page said.
Page was responding to Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas, who wanted more information about a May 2017 text where Page, and her then colleague and lover FBI agent Peter Strzok discussed the merits of joining Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
Page sat for the transcribed interview before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees in mid-July as part of a joint congressional investigation into the Justice Department’s handling of the Russia and Clinton email probes.
According to the transcript, Page stopped mid-answer.”…sorry. Can I consult with counsel? I’m sorry. I need to consult with FBI counsel for a moment.”
Sections of the transcript reviewed by Fox show Ratcliffe pursued the line of questioning at least three more times, and Page provided varying answers.
I cannot provide the specifics of a confidential interview,” Ratcliffe told Fox News when asked for comment. “But I can say that Lisa Page left me with the impression, based on her own words, that the lead investigator of the Russian collusion case, Peter Strzok, had found no evidence of collusion after nearly a year.”
“Lisa Page left me with the impression, based on her own words, that the lead investigator of the Russian collusion case, Peter Strzok, had found no evidence of collusion after nearly a year.”
The May 18, 2017, text was highlighted by Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz in his recent report about the handling of the Clinton email probe by the FBI and the Justice Department. The day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment to the Russia probe on May 17, Strzok and Page discussed whether Strzok should join Mueller’s team.
“Who gives a f*ck, one more A(ssistant) D(irector)…(versus) (a)n investigation leading to impeachment?” Strzok texted on May 18, according to the IG report. Strzok later continues, “…you and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there’s no big there there.”
The transcript shows Ratcliffe read the text exchange nearly verbatim to Page, and asked her to explain it, specifically if the lead investigator on the Russia collusion case, agent Strzok believed “the odds were nothing and that he had a concern that there was no big there there regarding any collusion…”
Page said: “No, I don’t think so. I think it’s a reflection of us still not knowing…It still existed in the scope of possibility that there would be literally nothing, probably not nothing nothing, as we probably knew more than that by that point. But in the scheme of the possible outcomes, the most serious one obviously being crimes serious enough to warrant impeachment; but on the other scale that, you know, maybe an unwitting person was, in fact, involved in the release of information, but it didn’t ultimately touch any senior, you know, people in the administration or on the campaign. And so the text just sort of reflects that spectrum.”
During the deposition, Page said she was not trying to be “cagey,” but that there were restrictions on what she could reveal. “I’m not supposed to talk about the sufficiency of evidence, so that’s why I am weighing my words carefully.”
Page continued: “Investigations are fluid, right? And so at various times, leads are promising and leads fade away. And so I can’t — I can’t answer more his sentiment with respect to this particular text, but certainly at this point the case had been ongoing. We didn’t have an answer. That’s obvious. And I think we all sort of went back and forth about like what — what the answer was really going to be.”
May 2017 is a key month because FBI DIrector James Comey was fired by President Trump and Mueller was designated special counsel. In August, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, wrote the still-secret “scope memo” spelling out the boundaries for the special counsel investigation.
The texts, and Page’s response, congressional sources said, raise significant questions about the probe’s predicate and whether by the summer of 2017 it had largely shifted to an obstruction case, not Russia collusion.
Fox News asked Page’s lawyer to comment on the congressman’s assessment of the deposition, but there was no immediate response.
When Horowitz asked Strzok about the “no big there there” text, Strzok said: “My question (was) about whether or not this represented a large, coordinated conspiracy or not. And from that, as I looked at what would give me professional fulfillment, what I thought would be the best use of my skills and talents for the FBI and for the United States, whether to take, which path to take.”
University TA, Hosted by College Dems, Compared Whites to “Sociopaths”
But the right prejudice pays today. Aside from Frimpong having a place in the classroom, he was also recently invited to a UG Young Democrats meeting to discuss civil liberties.
While Frimpong’s Twitter feed is replete with anti-white and other radical messages, his August 13 tweet (below) really stands out.
(More on this in a moment.)
Frimpong’s profile lists his research interests as “Political Philosophy” and “Philosophy of Education,” which means that, since he’ll never be qualified for much but professorships, he’ll likely be indoctrinating young minds for years to come. And his instruction’s toxicity is apparent. As Campus Reform reported Thursday:
The TA said that civics classrooms designed to make students comfortable would be “white supremacist” and that he teaches students who receive “white family wealth” and think they earned it by working at Chic-fil-A.
… Osei-Frimpong also argued for normalizing jail sentences, particularly as they pertain to white women.
“All of these white women getting arrested is great,” Osei-Frimpong said. “We need to destigmatize jail, and just see it as something good people do from time to time, like a soldier going to battle. It’s not something you run to, but not something you run away from. (Paraphrasing Gandhi)”
The TA has also taken to Twitter to discuss religion to race, stating that he views Peter as “the whitest Disciple,” noting that Peter “stumbles through all four Gospels and still ends up Pope.”
Twitter is not the only platform through which Osei-Frimpong espouses his views. The TA compared President Donald Trump to an “old-timey chemo that kills the cancer and usually the host” and [criticized] “every suburban county in Georgia” by saying “they raise little white supremacists, but the test scores are good.”
While Campus Reform cites a student who labeled Frimpong a “racist,” his group-identity set has that covered. They define “racism” tendentiously so as to exclude any prejudice or behavior that advances their agenda. But that’s nothing new. Far more interesting is the matter of southern manners and sociopathy.
Now, Frimpong is perceiving something quite real that, tragically, he’s unable to correctly interpret. And it warrants an exposition.
The budding professor’s gripe appears to be that white southerners learn manners by rote, sort of like programming data into a robot. So it seems to him as if it’s all just on the surface, a pleasing façade hiding a soulless interior.
Of course, the ideal is to not only display consistently good manners, but for this to reflect a holy inner world, a pure mind and heart. Yet no one is perfect. What about when we’re in a bad mood or feeling under the weather? Should others endure sometimes undeserved rudeness as a consequence?
This will result if we simply react based on the moment’s feelings, a habit making us little better than animals. Manners are a uniquely human behavior set that, among other things, greatly increases the percentage of the time that people treat each other well; for this reason they help reduce conflict.
Yet manners also have transformative power, changing our minds and hearts. As ancient Greek Aristotle put it, “Virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions,” or, as philosopher Will Durant summed up, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit.” As we do right habitually, we often begin realizing something: It feels better to be good than to be bad. Then we may start to want to be good.
Moreover, how else can you teach children? Note that as with everyone else, southerners would “learn manners” as kids. Now, ironic here given Frimpong’s comments is that some have claimed, as a Cracked headline goes, “[All] Babies Are Sociopaths (According to Science).” This may or may not be true, but for sure is that babies are born uncivilized and must undergo moral formation. How is this accomplished?
Deep philosophical arguments mean nothing to toddlers. As famed psychologist Erik Erikson pointed out via his “stages of psychosocial development,” a child in an early stage of such development only understands that something is wrong if he gets punished for it. Not yet having much of a moral compass (if one at all), this new moral manchild must be built as is a structural-steel edifice: The framework is forged first; the more complex interior construction comes later.
That is to say, you inculcate the child — programming him, in a way — with proper behavior patterns. Manners are a big part of this. If you in addition set good examples, then over time it will help transform his heart and mind, as mentioned earlier.
Eighteenth-century Irish statesman and political theorist Edmund Burke made this point, and more, beautifully. He wrote:
Manners are of more importance than laws. Upon them in a great measure, the Laws depend. The Law touches us but here and there, and now and then. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in. They give their whole form and color to our lives. According to their quality, they aid morals, they supply them, or they totally destroy them.
Quite true. Yet given the above, perhaps it’s not surprising that as we destroy morals and manners, we’re replacing them with laws — and bad ones at that.
Analysis: CNN Ratings Sink to New Low
Viewers abandon CNN, leaving Fox and MSNBC to vie for the top spot.
News-junkies know the headline that CNN ratings are in the tank, but a closer examination of the statistics shows that the drop in viewership is unsustainable. Even advertisers like “The Clapper” and “Ginsu Knives” may find CNN is not worth an ad-buy these days. And ads equal revenue for all television enterprises as even the most casual observer knows.
According to Adweek Network the “most trusted name in news” hit the skids by 41% during the daytime period and fell 36% in the all-important primetime slot when compared to the same week last year. Meanwhile, FOX News “claimed 11 of the top 25 cable telecasts overall in total viewers last week, including Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Five, and The Ingraham Angle. In fact, Hannity made up three of the top 10 telecasts in all of basic cable,” Adweek reported.
Sliding into the Abyss
This rating survey places the hilariously nicknamed “Counterfeit News Network” in fifth place behind Nickelodeon. There’s some kind of irony in the fact that cartoons rate higher than CNN but I’ll leave that up to you to figure out. Here’s how the numbers work out regarding total viewers:
Basic Cable Top 10
- Fox News (1,426,000)
- MSNBC (1,145,000)
- ESPN (1,023,000)
- Nickelodeon (833,000)
- CNN (789,000)
- HGTV (750,000)
- Investigation Discovery (706,000)
- Hallmark Channel (628,000)
- USA (590,000)
- History (554,000)
An Unholy Mess
Since removing any semblance of objectivity from their network, CNN has experienced a clear slide down that slippery slope into a rating abyss. During the same week last year CNN carried wall-to-wall coverage of Hurricane Irma. Breaking news stories like Irma have traditionally been opportunities for Jeff Zucker’s network to excel, which may have contributed to the massive drop in ratings this year – but certainly cannot account for all of it.
Wondering if CNN has learned their lesson? Probably not. The cable news network has made some recent moves that show it may be doubling-down on what has become their unique brand of signature advocacy journalism. Jim Sciutto, who was involved in reporting the fake news story involving Lanny Davis and Michael Cohen, has been elevated to the position of morning co-host. Why give a guy who screwed up a promotion? You tell me.
But all is not lost for those on the left. A bright spot appears to be MSNBC which posted a 4% gain in total viewers. The Rachel Maddow Show had another strong rating performance, and MSNBC’s numbers look to be creeping up on Fox which slipped to number two behind ESPN during the Labor Day week – although the sports network’s jump in ratings seems to be the result of U.S. Open and the 2018 Women’s Tennis Championship Open.
As American news outlets become increasingly polarized in their reporting, these numbers demonstrate that those on the left tune into MSNBC and those on the right to FOX. But fewer and fewer on the left or right are tuning into CNN. And therein lies the network’s greatest dilemma. If the left doesn’t like them and the right can’t stand them, the question CNN executives have to ask themselves is where does that leave them?
Thus far the answer seems to be in the ratings tank.
Get the Defense Innovation Board OUT of the Pentagon
The August 20, 2018 resignation of retired Navy admiral William McRaven from a U.S. Defense Department advisory board begs the question why an Eric Schmidt-headed Defense Innovation Board (DIB) is still up and running in the Pentagon.
McRaven, who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, that some say gave President Barack Obama most of the credit, resigned from the DIB on Aug. 20, four days after he wrote in the Washington Post that President Donald Trump’s actions revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance “embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.”
But news of the McRaven resignation didn’t surface until Sept. 5, 2018.
McRaven was not the only DIB Trump Brutus. Other DIB members include the aforementioned former Google/Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt.
With video released by Breitbart on Sept. 12, 2018, it can be clearly seen that Google, which advocates for ‘Globalization’, is much more than the search engine we have come to rely on.
Has Google’s Globalization thrust already reached the U.S. Defense Department?
On the DIB until he wasn’t, former Obama Czar Cass Sunstein, married to Obama’s former UN Ambassador Samantha Power is no longer listed. There is no reason stated for his quiet disappearance on the DIB home page.
“Trump revoked Brennan’s clearance last month, saying he felt he had to do something about the “rigged” Russian election interference probe. (Fox, Sept. 16. 2018)
“The DIB, on which McRaven served, was created during the Obama administration by then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Its members include technology executives and others who are mostly from outside the military, such as Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt, author and physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson and journalist Walter Isaacson.
“Political donations by the panel’s members lean overwhelmingly liberal, with some $2.4 million contributed to Democrats and political action committees that support them, versus about $236,000 for Republican candidates, DefenseNews reported.
Long before throwing security clearance brickbats at Trump, McRaven was doing due diligence for Obama as Operation Director, letting the 2012 election meme ride that it was Obama and not the navy SEALs who took out bin Laden:
“Now that President Barack Obama’s former body man and still companion Reggie Love has let it out that Obama was playing cards during part of the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, can he tell us where the president was on the night four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens were killed in Benghazi? (Canada Free Press, Aug. 13, 2015)
“There is no established timeline as to when Obama was missing from the White House Situation Room.
“Love said that he and the president, along with White House photographer Pete Souza and Obama aide Marvin Nicholson, gathered in the private dining room to play a couple rounds of cards.
“A “couple of rounds of cards” in this case being “15 rounds”.
“[President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not, I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing’,” Love said. “We must have played 15 hands-15 games of Spades.”
“White House photographer Pete Souza and staffer Marvin Nicholson, who replaced Love as Obama’s body man, have known for two years that Obama was not always in the Situational Room on May 1, 2011.
“The big question now comes down to: Where was President Barack Obama on September 11, 2012 when American Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were left to die in Benghazi?”
Now that Obama’s out on the Midterm campaign trail stumping for Democrats, he ’s rewriting Benghazi history: (Fox, Sept. 11, 2018)
“In a brazen attempt to re-write history, President Barack Obama in a speech on Friday blamed “the politics of resentment and paranoia,” which he said had found a home in the Republican Party, for “wild conspiracy theories – like those surrounding Benghazi.”
Arrogant Obama is counting on public memory being short.
Meanwhile, the Resistance operating from within the accused Deep State have managed to set up an advisory board in the U.S. Defense Department.
The very security of America depends on Getting.Them. Out.
You’ll see at least one guard firing warning shots, hitting just feet away from the oncoming speedboat of Somali Pirates.
“Where they at, what’s their position?” one contractor shouts. As the first speedboat retreats, a second boat races toward the starboard of the ship.
“Second skip coming in,” security radios in.
Those pirates didn’t stand a chance! And what in the freaking world made them think they would?
From the NYTimes:
After years of quiet seas, undisturbed voyages and no major attacks, Somali pirates have waylaid four ships in the past month, raising fears that the pirate menace has returned to the Indian Ocean.
A Pakistani-owned cargo vessel carrying food was hijacked off the coast of central Somalia, Somali officials said on Tuesday, just days after an Indian cargo ship was commandeered and dragged to an infamous pirate den.
In the past, pirates have hit just about anything that floated: yachts, freighters, dhows, sailboats, mammoth oil tankers — even an American naval ship, by mistake. But the piracy heydays were thought to be over. Until now, the problem seemed to have disappeared.
Analysts said a number of factors had driven the resurgence in piracy, including drought, famine, corruption, a surge of smuggled weapons and the influence of the Islamic State.
“Puntland’s facing a lot of problems right now,” said Mohamed Mubarak, who runs a Somali anticorruption organization, Marqaati, which means “witness.”
“In many coastal towns, there is no government presence,” he said. “You can do whatever you want. Pirates and criminal gangs now have space.”
Sunspot Observatory closed: Alien conspiracy or Clinton collusion?
A “security issue” at the Sunspot solar observatory
The Albuquerque New Mexico Journal reported that the Sunspot Observatory is “addressing a security issue,” noting its personnel would “temporarily vacate the facility as a precautionary measure.” The observatory closed last Thursday.
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy added, “We have no further comment at this time.”
Otero County Sheriff Benny House told the media the FBI was on hand. But House refused to disclose the reason behind the observatory’s closure.
Needless to say, the sudden evacuation of the Sunspot observatory, the lack of information concerning the “security issue” and the FBI’s involvement quickly triggered a good deal of speculation.
Theories for the closure of Sunspot
Some believe the observatory staff contacted extraterrestrials. They think the government subsequently whisked them away to prevent information leaking out to the public. So the story goes, the government then escorted facility staffers to an undisclosed secure location for questioning by – who else – men in black.
Yet others speculate that the solar astronomers made a disturbing discovery regarding the internal workings of the sun and its potentially lethal impact on Earth.
Still others maintain the observatory detected a massive solar flare was heading our way. Charged solar particles can fry the circuitry of orbiting satellites. Related solar storms capable of causing widespread damage to earth’s electrical grid are known as Carrington Events.
But the most plausible theory of why the Sunspot observatory closed ventures that Chinese hackers breached the observatory’s antennae array and used it to monitor the US weapons testing range at nearby White Sands.
Bill Clinton, the DNC and Chinese collusion
And that reminds me of Peter Lee. He was a Chinese-born physicist who pleaded guilty in 1997 to passing American secrets to China. He worked, coincidentally, in New Mexico’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. Subsequently, he passed along plans for joint US and British microwave technology that enabled the tracking of nuclear submarines.
For his crimes, Lee served “one year in a community corrections facility, three years of probation, 3,000 hours of community service, and a $20,000 fine.” Counterintelligence News and Developments reported the sentence.
Republican Senator Arlen Specter criticized President Bill Clinton’s Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Washington Post. Specter said the nation’s allegedly chief law enforcement agency was far too lenient on Lee for crimes that clearly “merited the death penalty.”
Clinton-connected lobbyist Tony Podesta knew he was working with Paul Manafort on behalf of a Ukrainian politician
The indictment released ahead of an expected plea deal for Paul Manafort, says that as a part of his “lobbying scheme,” Manafort hired two lobbying firms back in February of 2012 to lobby on behalf of then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
“Various employees of Companies A and B understood that they were receiving direction from MANAFORT and President Yanukovych, not the Centre, which was not even operational when Companies A and B began lobbying for Ukraine,” reads the indictment released on Friday.
The head of Company B reported to be Tony Podesta, told his employees “to think the President of Ukraine ‘is the client.’”
The Centre is a reference to a Brussels-based non-profit organization ‘the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine,’ that the government says was used to support Yanukovych.
The indictment also references evidence that an employee of the Podesta Group found that the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine was actually being used as a cover for Yanukovych.
“An employee of Company B described the Centre as a fig leaf, and the Centre’s written certification that it was not related to the Party of Regions as ‘a fig leaf on a fig leaf,’ referring to the Centre in an email as the ‘European hot dog stand for a Modern Ukraine,’” the indictment reads.
“Company B wrote in an email to its team about a ‘potential representation for the Ukraine,’ having been contacted ‘at the suggestion of Paul Manafort who has been working on the current PM elections.’”
The indictment also says Paul Manafort, Gates, and “employees of both the Companies listed as A and B referred to the client in ways that made very clear they knew it was Ukraine, for example, they noted that the ‘client’ had an Embassy in Washington D.C.”
As per Paul Manafort’s direction, Mercury and the Podesta Group lobbied dozens of members of Congress, their staffers, and White House and Department of State officials regarding a whole host of issues related to Ukraine, including the validity of its own elections.
Paul Manafort frequently briefed Yanukovych on Mercury and Podesta’s lobbying activities. He also tasked the companies to prepare reports that he could provide to Yanukovych.