На слушаниях в Конгрессе о годовщине "революции достоинства" напомнил Дэвид Холмс, сотрудник американского посольства в Киеве. Слова Холмса послужили также напоминанием о том, что нынешняя процедура импичмента - не просто внутриамериканская политика, а урок, за которым следят многие народы мира, мечтающие о свободе и справедливости.
Today marks exactly six years since throngs of pro-Western Ukrainians spontaneously gathered on Kyiv's Independence Square to launch what became known as the Revolution of Dignity. While the protests began in opposition to a turn toward Russia and away from the West, they expanded over three months to reject the entire corrupt, repressive system that had been sustained by Russian influence in the country. <...>
We are now at an inflection point in Ukraine, and it is critical to our national security that we stand in strong support of our Ukrainian partners. Ukrainians and freedom-loving people everywhere are watching the example we set of democracy and the rule of law.
Из выступления Джо Байдена в украинской Раде в декабре 2015:
My father had an expression he repeated a thousand times growing up: Every man and woman is entitled to be treated with dignity. Everyone. That's what your new revolution was about: dignity.
And those martyrs still give voice to the timeless ideals and the timeless ideas, the universal values that unite free people all around the world. I visited every part of this world. There’s fewer than a handful of countries I’ve not been in. I’ve traveled over 1.3 million miles just since being Vice President. The whole world is watching you. That's a fact. They're watching you because their hopes for your success as you fight both the unrelenting aggression of the Kremlin and the cancer of corruption will impact on them.
In both these struggles you have the unwavering support of the United States of America and the American people -- including nearly 1 million proud Ukrainian Americans. You have the united support of Europe -- Western, Central, and Eastern Europe -- all invested in your democratic success because your success goes to the heart of an enduring commitment to a Europe whole, free, and at peace. If you fail, the experiment fails. It is no exaggeration to say that the hopes of freedom-loving people the world over are with you because so much rides on your fragile experiment with democracy succeeding.
It’s equally important, by the way, for aggressors around the world to understand that they can't use coercion, bribery, sending tanks and men across a border to extinguish the dreams and hopes of a people. For if you succeed, that message is sent around the world.
Можно вспомнить, что, накануне украинской революции одной из претензий к Януковичу было политически мотивированное уголовное преследование Юлии Тимошенко и других членов оппозиции. Над преодолением этой претензии неутомимо работал Пол Манафорт, размещая заказные статейки в американской прессе.
Несмотря на усилия Манафорта в ноябре 2013, за неделю до событий на Майдане, Сенат США единогласно принял межпартийную резолюцию с призывом освободить Тимошенко.
Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) calls on the Government of Ukraine to release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from imprisonment based on politicized and selective charges and in light of the April 2013 European Court of Human Rights verdict;
(2) calls on the European Union members to include the release of Ms. Tymoshenko from imprisonment based on politicized and selective charges as a criterion for signing an association agreement with Ukraine at the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Lithuania;
(3) expresses its belief and hope that Ukraine’s future rests with stronger ties to Europe, the United States, and others in the community of democracies; and
(4) expresses its concern and disappointment that the continued selective and politically motivated imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko unnecessarily detracts from Ukraine’s otherwise strong relationship with Europe, the United States, and the community of democracies.
Пресс-конференция Белого дома 21 февраля 2014:
Q What is the U.S. national security interest? I understand the desire for democracy there and early elections and the right of constitutional reform. What is the national security interest for the U.S. in Ukraine?
MR. CARNEY: I’d say two things. One, supporting the Ukrainian people in the achievement of their aspirations which is a democratic government that reflects their will is important in and of itself. Ukraine is a large nation in Europe -- a nation of 46 million people, an important country, and it is certainly our view that Ukrainians ought to be able to choose their future. But that would hold true if they were a much smaller nation.
Q And former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was -- or is to be freed, if she hasn’t already, after two and a half years behind bars, a conviction that was largely viewed as political. White House’s thought on that?
MR. CARNEY: We have repeatedly called on the government of Ukraine to end its use of selective prosecutions, and that includes the prosecution of former Prime Minister Tymoshenko. And we are hopeful that she will be released from prison so she can receive the medical treatment that she needs.
Символично выглядит давление Трампа на Украину, чтобы она, ради вызволения Манафорта из тюрьмы, вновь занялось практикой "selective prosecutions" по политическим мотивам.
15 марта 2016 в Сенате проходили слушания на тему "Ukrainian Reforms Two Years After The Maidan Revolution and the Russian Invasion". От лица администрации Обамы выступала Виктория Нуланд.
Другой выступавший, бывший посол США в Украине Джон Хёрбст (2003-2006) призвал существенно увеличить пакет помощи Украине:
"On the plus side, the Obama administration understands well the nuances of Ukrainian reform. It recognizes that the government in Kyiv needs outside encouragement and, at times, tough love, to make the right reform choice. Mr. Biden, in particular, has devoted a great deal of time to promoting reform in Ukraine, and he has not been reluctant to tell Mr. Poroshenko and Mr. Yatsenyuk when they have shirked the hard choices that need to be made. This was evident in the conversations regarding Mr. Shokin and the Office of the Procurator General.
The United States has also provided substantial, but insufficient, economic support for Ukraine. In FY 2015, we provided $361.8 million in economic assistance. The budget that has been approved for FY 2017 reduces that to $294.9 million. Both are substantial sums, but not sufficient to help in the present crisis and not consistent with our interests.
As Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has stated, Mr. Putin’s revisionist policies make Russia the greatest national security danger to the United States. We need to blunt this danger, and the first place to do that is in Ukraine. Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine has greatly increased the burden on that country’s economy. We should consider economic assistance to Ukraine as an investment in our security, a point that former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers has made in advocating a Western aid package of $10 billion.
The United States should shoulder up to $5 billion of this package. It should consist of loan guarantees, direct budget support grants, and debt swaps, as well as assistance to support reforms in key sectors, such as banking, energy, and the judiciary. It could also be used to encourage investment in Ukraine. <...>
This aid package is quite large, but not when seen as an investment in our security or a step to meet our obligations to Ukraine under the Budapest Memorandum. Coupled with strong military assistance and the maintenance of sanctions on Moscow, this aid would help Ukraine defeat the Kremlin’s aggression and transform itself into a prosperous democracy."
Вскоре после этих слушаний российская спецоперация прибавила обороты. Хакеры ГРУ взламывают почту Джона Подесты, Джосеф Мифсуд знакомит Джорджа Пападопулоса с "племянницей Путина", а Пол Манафорт официально присоединяется к кампании Трампа, о чем незамедлительно докладывает Олегу Дерипаске и полковнику ГРУ Виктору Бояркину.
Из отчета Мюллера:
On March 30, 2016, Gates emailed the memoranda and a press release announcing Manafort’s appointment to Kilimnik for translation and dissemination. Manafort later followed up with Kilimnik to ensure his messages had been delivered, emailing on April 11, 2016 to ask whether Kilimnik had shown “our friends” the media coverage of his new role. Kilimnik replied, “Absolutely. Every article.” Manafort further asked: “How do we use to get whole. Has Ovd [Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska] operation seen?” Kilimnik wrote back the same day, “Yes, I have been sending everything to Victor [Boyarkin, Deripaska’s deputy], who has been forwarding the coverage directly to OVD.”
15 июня 2016 Владимир Гройсман приезжает в Вашингтон и встречается с Байденом.
In support of Ukraine's efforts to pursue additional economic, political, and energy reforms, the Vice President announced that, pending completion of Congressional notification procedures, the White House plans to commit $220 million in new assistance to Ukraine this year.
В тот же день, откликаясь на сообщение о взломе российскими хакерами почты DNC, избирательная кампания Трампа выпускает заявление, обвиняя DNC в клевете на Путина: "We believe it was the DNC that did the 'hacking' as a way to distract from the many issues facing their deeply flawed candidate and failed party leader."
Сообщение компании Crowdstrike:
On June 15, 2016 a blog post to a WordPress site authored by an individual using the moniker Guccifer 2.0 claimed credit for breaching the Democratic National Committee. This blog post presents documents alleged to have originated from the DNC.
Whether or not this posting is part of a Russian Intelligence disinformation campaign, we are exploring the documents’ authenticity and origin. Regardless, these claims do nothing to lessen our findings relating to the Russian government’s involvement, portions of which we have documented for the public and the greater security community.
Ныне на той же странице - опровержение дурацкой теории заговора про Crowdstrike, озвученной в разговоре Трампа с Зеленским.
В тот же день, обсуждая с коллегами визит Гройсмана и положение в Украине, Кевин Маккарти (ныне - лидер республиканакого меньшинства в Палате представителей) бросает сакраментальную фразу: "There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump."
Before the conversation, McCarthy and Ryan had emerged from separate talks at the Capitol with Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman, who had described a Kremlin tactic of financing populist politicians to undercut Eastern European democratic institutions.
News had just broken the day before in The Washington Post that Russian government hackers had penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee, prompting McCarthy to shift the conversation from Russian meddling in Europe to events closer to home.
Some of the lawmakers laughed at McCarthy’s comment. Then McCarthy quickly added: “Swear to God.”
Ryan instructed his Republican lieutenants to keep the conversation private, saying: “No leaks. . . . This is how we know we’re a real family here.”
Упоминание конгрессмена Рорабейкера было связано с тем, что накануне тот пытался, в сотрудничестве с Натальей Весельницкой, организовать во время слушаний на тему "U.S. Policy Toward Putin’s Russia", просмотр пропагандистского фильма с нападками на Акт Магнитского.
Rohrabacher has pushed for removing Magnitsky’s name from the law and last year attempted to screen the Nekrasov documentary before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, of which he is a senior member. Rep. Ed Royce, a California Republican and the committee’s chairman, scotched the plan to show the film during a June 14, 2016, committee hearing.
Ныне, мобилизируя дружную республиканскую "семью" на борьбу с импичментом, Кевин Маккарти готов сам распространять вранье путинской пропаганды.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told me that he was not going to lose any GOP votes during impeachment.— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 21, 2019
“I think we are going to gain Dems,” McCarthy said.
He also rejected Fiona Hill’s testimony and said he thinks Ukraine meddled in 2016 elections.
“I think they did.”
In a briefing that closely aligned with Dr. Hill’s testimony, American intelligence officials informed senators and their aides in recent weeks that Russia had engaged in a yearslong campaign to essentially frame Ukraine as responsible for Moscow’s own hacking of the 2016 election, according to three American officials. The briefing came as Republicans stepped up their defenses of Mr. Trump in the Ukraine affair.
The revelations demonstrate Russia’s persistence in trying to sow discord among its adversaries — and show that the Kremlin apparently succeeded, as unfounded claims about Ukrainian interference seeped into Republican talking points. American intelligence agencies believe Moscow is likely to redouble its efforts as the 2020 presidential campaign intensifies. The classified briefing for senators also focused on Russia’s evolving influence tactics, including its growing ability to better disguise operations.
Но особенно отличился в этом деле Девин Нунес. Из выступления Нунеса на слушаниях:
"In these depositions and hearings, Republicans have cited numerous indications of Ukrainians meddling in the 2016 elections to oppose the Trump campaign. Many of these instances were reported, including the posting of many primary source documents, by veteran investigative journalist John Solomon. <...>
The media, of course, are free to act as Democrat puppets, and they’re free to lurch from the Russia hoax to the Ukraine hoax at the direction of their puppet masters. But they cannot reasonably expect to do so without alienating half the country who voted for the President they’re trying to expel.
Americans have learned to recognize fake news when they see it, and if the mainstream press won’t give it to them straight, they’ll go elsewhere to find it—which is exactly what the American people are doing."
Видный член Конгресса США, пользуясь возможностью обратиться к миллионам американцев, советует этим американцам не читать американских газет, а вместо это потреблять лживую пропаганду, состряпанную Джоном Соломоном с подачи Дмитрия Фирташа и его мурзилок Парнаса и Фрумана.
Парнас ныне указывает на Нунеса, как на активного члена их шайки.
A lawyer for an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani told CNN that his client is willing to tell Congress about meetings the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee had in Vienna last year with a former Ukrainian prosecutor to discuss digging up dirt on Joe Biden.
The attorney, Joseph A. Bondy, represents Lev Parnas, the recently indicted Soviet-born American who worked with Giuliani to push claims of Democratic corruption in Ukraine. Bondy said that Parnas was told directly by the former Ukrainian official that he met last year in Vienna with Rep. Devin Nunes.
"Mr. Parnas learned from former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin that Nunes had met with Shokin in Vienna last December," said Bondy. <...>
Bondy told CNN that Parnas is also willing to tell Congress about a series of regular meetings he says he took part in at the Trump International Hotel in Washington that concerned Ukraine. According to Bondy, Parnas became part of what he described as a "team" that met several times a week in a private room at the BLT restaurant on the second floor of the Trump Hotel. In addition to giving the group access to key people in Ukraine who could help their cause, Parnas translated their conversations, Bondy said.
The group, according to Bondy, included Giuliani, Parnas, the journalist Solomon, and the married attorneys Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing. Parnas said that Harvey would occasionally be present as well, and that it was Parnas' understanding that Harvey was Nunes' proxy, Bondy said.
Solomon confirmed the meetings to CNN but said that calling the group a team was a bit of a mischaracterization.
Упомянутый Дерек Харви - помощник Нунеса, который, по словам Парнаса, ездил вместе с Нунесом в Вену, чтобы под крылом Фирташа встретиться с прокурором Шокиным.
Congressional records show Nunes traveled to Europe from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2018. Three of his aides—Harvey, Scott Glabe, and George Pappas—traveled with him, per the records. U.S. government funds paid for the group’s four-day trip, which cost just over $63,000.
Получится ли у американского народа прогнать продажных жуликов, пробравшихся к власти?