Transcript Shows Trump Asked Ukrainian President for ‘Favor’ on 2016 Foreign Meddling, Not Biden
Earlier today, a rough transcript of a conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was released to the public, and it showed that Trump asked a favor of Zelensky regarding Crowdstrike and the fraudulent Mueller report.
“I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it,” Trump said to Zelensky, according to the memo.
“I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it,” Trump continued.
Trump is referring to CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm that conducted the investigation into the DNC’s hacked servers. In a highly improper move, the FBI was denied access to the materials and made their determinations based on intel they received from the contractor that they never verified:
In perhaps the most startling detail currently known about the investigation into the emails, Comey explained to Congress in 2017 that the FBI “never got direct access to the machines themselves” during their investigation into the DNC’s servers after the information was released.
They instead relied on CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity contractor that was hired by the Perkins Coie, which also contracted the Fusion GPS firm responsible for the dubious Steele dossier. CrowdStrike has a suspect record, as they had to retract a claim that Ukrainian military hardware was hacked by Russian software. This is the same Russian software they would claim the GRU used to hack the DNC. Their founder Dmitri Alperovitch is a Russian National known for his intense hatred of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
CrowdStrike was also caught spreading disinformation about Russian hacking in the Ukraine to bolster the Russian electoral interference conspiracy in 2017 as well.
Trump did mention Vice President Joe Biden during the call, referencing Biden’s infamous comments when he bragged about threatening denial of $1 billion in funds to Ukraine unless they fired a prosecutor who was investigating a firm employing his son.
Joe Biden brags about how he threatened to pull $1 billion in loan guarantees from Ukraine if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
The prosecutor, who was fired, was leading a corruption investigation into a company that employed Biden's son, Hunter pic.twitter.com/xZd3vIMbuL
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 20, 2019
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it … It sounds horrible to me,” Trump said to Zelensky.
“Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament, the next prosecutor general will be 100% my person, my candidate, who will be approved, by the parliament and will start as a new prosecutor in September,” Zelensky responded. “He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue.”
“On top of that, I would kindly ask you if you have any additional information that you can provide to us, it would be very helpful for the investigation to make sure that we administer justice in our country,” Zelensky added.
“I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it,” Trump said. “I’m sure you will figure it out. I heard the prosecutor was treated very badly and he was a very fair prosecutor so good luck with everything.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that Democrats are starting a formal impeachment inquiry over Trump’s dealings with the Ukraine regarding Joe Biden. This rough transcript suggests that they have seriously miscalculated once again.