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While #Mueller concluded there was no evidence of #RussianCollusion from the Trump campaign, some of the key people in creating the narrative have ties to #Ukraine. theepochtimes.com/ties-to-ukrain…
Both the @DNC as well as #FusionGPS—the company hired by the #DNC and the #ClintonCampaign to research the Trump campaign—were using #Ukrainian sources in their efforts to discredit Trump.

Serhiy #Leshchenko, a member of the #Ukraine's Parliament, was a common thread involved…
… in Democratic opposition research efforts into former Trump campaign Chairman #PaulManafort.

#Leshchenko, along with Artem #Sytnyk, was responsible for publicly disclosing the contents of the #Ukrainian “black ledger,” which implicated #Manafort, to the media.
#Leshchenko also served as a source for various individuals, including journalist Michael @Isikoff and @DNC operative @AlexandraChalup.

In addition, Leshchenko served as a direct source of information for #FusionGPS—and their hired researcher—former @CIA contractor #NellieOhr.
See our reporting on #NellieOhr's testimony here: theepochtimes.com/former-cia-con…
#Ohr told congressional investigators that while she was working for #FusionGPS, she was sometimes given leads from both Jake Berkowitz, her direct supervisor, and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson.

When asked if any Fusion research was based off “sources of theirs,” Nellie…
… answered affirmatively but said the information that came from the sources wasn’t in relation to the Trump family.

When pressed, #NellieOhr said she recalled them “mentioning someone named Serhiy #Leshchenko, a #Ukrainian.”

She later admitted she knew of Leshchenko prior…
… to her time at #FusionGPS as he was a “very well-known, Ukrainian, anti-corruption activist” and said she had followed him in the press.

#NellieOhr said she wasn’t aware how the connection between #Leshchenko and Fusion was established, or if they were doing work…
… for him, but she did agree that Leshchenko was “a source of information” and acknowledged that she then used that information in following up and formulating her opposition research.

Later in #NellieOhr’s testimony, #Leshchenko was briefly mentioned once again.
She appeared to be very careful with her choice of wording—especially when #Manafort’s name came up:
#Leshchenko Leak Takes Down #Manafort:
#PaulManafort, the former campaign chairman for Trump, would be famously implicated in the Black Box ledger scandal which would lead to his resignation from the Trump campaign.

Manafort’s work in #Ukraine was highlighted in late July…
…, and on Aug. 14, 2016, @NYTimes reported that payments to #Manafort had been uncovered from the Party of Regents’ black box:
#PaulManafort’s name was reportedly listed in the 400-page ledger 22 times, although his actual signature wasn’t authenticated and any payments made to him remain unverified.

The documents implicating #Manafort had been released by Serhiy #Leshchenko.
On March 20, 2017, #Leshchenko released another set of documents, this time alleging to show that #Manafort took steps to hide payments related to his work for former #Ukrainian President Viktor F. Yanukovych.
#Leshchenko’s documents “included an invoice that appeared to show $750,000 funneled through an offshore account and disguised as payment for computers.”
In a strange twist, @Politico reported in late Feb 2017 that a hack of the phone belonging to one of #PaulManafort’s daughters revealed a text containing a blackmail threat that #Manafort has attributed to #Leshchenko. politico.com/story/2017/02/…
It’s not known with any certainty who actually sent the text, which contains an attachment that references “the Yanukovych accounting book” and lists an email address for #Leshchenko.

Leshchenko became the subject of an investigation in #Ukraine and in December 2018, a #Kyiv
… court ruled that #Leshchenko, along with NABU Director Artem #Sytnyk “acted illegally when they revealed that Manafort’s surname and signature were found in the so-called “black ledger” of ousted President Yanukovych’s Party of Regions,” @KyivPost reported on Dec. 12, 2018.
According to a Jan. 11, 2017, article by @Politico, “Ukrainian Efforts to Sabotage Trump Backfire,” Democratic operative @AlexandraChalup had been investigating #Manafort and his work in #Ukraine since 2014.

In late 2015, Chalupa expanded her research into Manafort to include…
… Trump's campaign & possible ties to Russia.

According to @KyivPost, “Chalupa said she first came across Manafort after she organized a meeting with then-U.S. President Barack Obama’s National Security Council and leaders of Ukrainian-American organizations in January 2014…”
In Jan 2016, @AlexandraChalup informed an unknown senior @DNC official she believed there was a #Russian connection with the Trump campaign.

Notably, this theme would be picked up by the #Clinton campaign in the summer of 2016.
Chalupa’s forecast proved prescient. On March 28, 2016, #PaulManafort was hired by the Trump campaign.

Just days prior to #Manafort’s hiring, @AlexandraChalup spoke with the #Ukrainian ambassador to the US, and told him of concerns she had regarding #Manafort.
Andrii Telizhenko @AndriyUkraineTe, summed the situation succinctly.

The “Democratic operative” refers to @AlexandraChalup , while the “Ukrainian lawmaker” refers to #Leshchenko.
On April 26, 2016, investigative reporter Michael @Isikoff published a story about #PaulManafort’s business dealings with #Russian oligarch Oleg #Deripaska.
On August 19, 2016, #Leshchenko held a press conference in #Kyiv, where he provided further details from the Party of Regions’ ledger. Leshchenko also provided details directly to @Isikoff, saying “that ledgers in the book include 22 separate entries for Manafort—most of them…
… for fees under his contract as a political consultant to the party, but others for exit polls, computers, international observers and other expenses.”

Mentioned in the same article was @AlexandraChalup, with whom @Isikoff had been working:
Besides @Isikoff, it appears #Leshchenko had also been in contact with @AlexandraChalup.

According to a March 20, 2017, report from @FoxNews, Leshchenko had spoken with Chalupa sometime in 2016:
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