Seth Abramson @SethAbramson Attorney. @Newsweek columnist. NYT bestselling author of a book on Trump's Iran policy, Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, amzn.to/2sQBWYL). Professor. Nov. 24, 2019 2 min read

Andrea, if Alexandra is withdrawing her extensive 2017 comments to Politico, I didn't know that. I get precisely *zero* of my information from that disloyal non-journalist fraud John Solomon, who as far as I'm concerned should be *indicted*. (And *no one* should target *anyone*.)

From POLITICO's interview with Alexandra: "Chalupa told Politico she had developed a network of sources in Kiev and [DC], including...government officials...She occasionally shared her findings with officials from the DNC and Clinton’s campaign, Chalupa said."

What am I missing?

From POLITICO's interview with Alexandra on her activities as a paid DNC consultant: "She said she shared her concern [on Manafort] with Ukraine’s ambassador to the US, Valeriy Chaly, and one of his top aides, Oksana Shulyar, during a March 2016 meeting at the Ukrainian Embassy."

From POLITICO's interview with Alexandra: "Officials [at Ukraine's embassy] became 'helpful' in Chalupa’s efforts, she said, explaining that she traded info and leads with them. 'If I asked a question, they'd provide guidance, or if there was someone I needed to follow up with.'"

From POLITICO's interview with Alexandra: "Chalupa confirmed that, a week after Manafort’s hiring was announced, she discussed the possibility of a congressional investigation with a foreign policy legislative assistant in the office of Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)."

I've *never* said—nor do I believe—@AlexandraChalup and @AndreaChalupa, that the DNC paid Alexandra to do *any* of these things. But she had DNC access because of her paid consultancy, and admits she used that access to pass some information from the Ukrainian embassy to the DNC.

If you believe Alexandra not explicitly or even implicitly being asked by the DNC to provide that value to them—but the DNC then *not refusing* that value when it was offered by one of their paid consultants—is going to withstand cross-examination, Alexandra needs a new attorney.

I'm trying to be helpful—using *only* info that comes from Alexandra's interviews. If she repeats under oath what she honestly told POLITICO—which of course she will—but does so without a sense that she's open to a very hard cross-examination, it will hurt the impeachment effort.

Anyway, I've said my bit here. If the Democrats do as poor of a job distinguishing between Alexandra's interviews—which is all I relied upon—and "Russian disinformation," which I have never gone within a country mile of, the impeachment trial is doomed before it even begins. /end


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