Here’s some fascinating weekend reading for you: from the Daily Caller News Foundation, testimony that provides the first real link so far between a Presidential campaign and a foreign government. The foreign government is Ukraine, and the Presidential candidate is...Hillary Clinton.
According to former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr (married, of course, to Bruce Ohr of the Justice Department), who testified in a closed-door session before Congress last fall, Serhiy Leshchenko was providing source material to Fusion GPS.
Ohr’s testimony left many unanswered questions. Predictably, Fusion GPS did not reply to a list of questions about this Ukrainian source. But Ohr did make it clear that Leshchenko was providing the campaign information on Paul Manafort, including his “black ledger” that purported to show he had received millions in illicit payments from the then-President of Ukraine. Importantly, Leshchenko had sought to portray Donald Trump as a “pro-Russian candidate,” which fit in nicely with the narrative Fusion GPS was creating with the Steele dossier. The report of the ledger is what got Manafort fired from the Trump campaign, but according to the DCNF, the ledger itself has yet to be verified.
At a time when the Trump campaign remains accused of “colluding” with Russia, here’s some irony for you: A court in Kyiv, Ukraine, found in late 2018 that Leshchenko’s release of information about Manafort “led to interference in the electoral process of the United States in 2016 and harmed the interests of Ukraine as a state.” Leshchenko was working to defeat Trump and elect Hillary. It’s not known whether he pocketed any of Hillary’s campaign money to do this, but her law firm and Fusion GPS certainly did.