Tuesday's HOT MIC
Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley fired off a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last week requesting information regarding alleged collusion between the Ukrainian government and the Democrat party. The allegations are centered around Ukrainian-American operative Alexandra Chalupa, who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.
Grassley, citing a report in Politico last January wrote:
Reporting indicates that the Democratic National Committee encouraged Chalupa to interface with Ukrainian embassy staff to “arrange an interview in which Poroshenko [the president of Ukraine] might discuss Manafort’s ties to Yanukovych.” Chalupa also met with Valeriy Chaly, Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S., and Oksana Shulyar, a top aid to the Ukrainian ambassador in March 2016 and shared her alleged concerns about Manafort. Reports state that the purpose of their initial meeting was to “organize a June reception at the embassy to promote Ukraine.” However, another Ukrainian embassy official, Andrii Telizhenko, told Politico that Shulyar instructed him to assist Chalupa with research to connect Trump, Manafort, and the Russians. He reportedly said, “[t]hey were coordinating an investigation with the Hillary team on Paul Manafort with Alexandra Chalupa” and that “Oksana [Shulyar] was keeping it all quiet…the embassy worked very closely with” Chalupa.