Soros-Backed Org Fuels Deceptive Timeline For Impeachment Case

(Breitbart) – For at least the second significant time, an organization financed by billionaire activist George Soros released material playing a central role in directly fueling the impeachment narrative targeting President Trump.

The news media and Democrats are seizing on emails released to the Soros-funded Center for Public Integrity on Friday showing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requested the Pentagon withhold military aid to Ukraine the same day as Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The OMB immediately pushed back explaining the aid hold was actually announced seven days prior to Trump’s July 25 phone call and that the Center for Public Integrity was harping on one line within 146 pages of documents that the organization obtained to paint an inaccurate and misleading picture of the timing of the aid hold.

The OMB strongly denied that the email, one of many, had anything to do with Trump’s phone call, explaining the communication was part of an ongoing process put into place one week early.

The email being hyped by the media shows an official with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mike Duffey, contacted Pentagon officials 91 minutes after Trump’s call with Zelensky to discuss withholding aid.

“Based on guidance I have received and in light of the Administration’s plan to review assistance to Ukraine, including the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, please hold off on any additional DoD obligations of these funds, pending direction from that process,” Duffey wrote, according to the documents.

Rachel Semmel, a spokeswoman for OMB, told reporters it was “reckless to tie the hold of funds to the phone call.”

“As has been established and publicly reported, the hold was announced in an interagency meeting on July 18,” she said. “To pull a line out of one email and fail to address the context is misleading and inaccurate.”

A senior administration official further said the email was part of a discussion already going on for one week between OMB and the Pentagon about withholding aid.

The documents were obtained on Friday by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) as part of a Freedom of Information Act request to the OMB and the Department of Defense.

CPI bills itself as a nonprofit journalism organization seeking to “protect democracy and inspire change using investigative reporting that exposes betrayals of the public trust by powerful interests.”

CPI has been openly funded by Soros’s Open Society, which formally listed CPI as a media “partner.”

CPI is also funded by the Soros-financed Tides Foundation. CPI previously ran iWatchNews, which it described as “the Center’s online publication dedicated to investigative and accountability reporting.” That project was sponsored by Soros’s Open Society as well as the Soros-funded Sunlight Foundation.

Soros, Ukraine and so-called whistleblower

CPI is the second Soros-funded purported journalism outfit to play a key role in fueling the impeachment narrative.

Breitbart News previously reported another self-described investigative journalism organization funded by Soros’s Open Society Foundations was repeatedly referenced as a source of information in the so-called whistleblower’s official complaint alleging Trump was “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country” in the 2020 presidential race.

Indeed, the complaint relied upon information first reported by the Soros-funded group.

Also Breitbart News reported that Eric Ciaramella, whom Real Clear Investigations suggests is the likely so-called whistleblower, received emails about Ukraine policy from a top director at Soros’s Open Society Foundations.

The emails informed Ciaramella and a handful of other Obama administration foreign policy officials about Soros’s whereabouts, the contents of Soros’s private meetings about Ukraine and a future meeting the billionaire activist was holding with the prime minister of Ukraine.

The charges in the July 22 report referenced in the so-called whistleblower’s document and released by the Google and Soros-funded organization, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), seem to be the public precursors for a lot of the so-called whistleblower’s own claims, as Breitbart News documented.

OCCRP did work with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a program of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC.

One key section of the so-called whistleblower’s document claims that “multiple U.S. officials told me that Mr. Giuliani had reportedly privately reached out to a variety of other Zelensky advisers, including Chief of Staff Andriy Bohdan and Acting Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov.”

This was allegedly to follow up on Trump’s call with Zelensky in order to discuss the “cases” mentioned in that call, according to the so-called whistleblower’s narrative. The complainer was clearly referencing Trump’s request for Ukraine to investigate the Biden corruption allegations.

Even though the statement was written in first person – “multiple U.S. officials told me” – it contains a footnote referencing a report by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

That footnote reads:

In a report published by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) on 22 July, two associates of Mr. Giuliani reportedly traveled to Kyiv in May 2019 and met with Mr. Bakanov and another close Zelensky adviser, Mr. Serhiy Shefir.

The so-called whistleblower’s account goes on to rely upon that same OCCRP report on three more occasions. It does so to:

  • Write that Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko “also stated that he wished to communicate directly with Attorney General Barr on these matters.”
  • Document that Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani “had spoken in late 2018 to former Prosecutor General Shokin, in a Skype call arranged by two associates of Mr. Giuliani.”
  • Bolster the charge that, “I also learned from a U.S. official that ‘associates’ of Mr. Giuliani were trying to make contact with the incoming Zelenskyy team.” The so-called whistleblower then relates in another footnote, “I do not know whether these associates of Mr. Giuliani were the same individuals named in the 22 July report by OCCRP, referenced above.”

The OCCRP report repeatedly referenced is actually a “joint investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and BuzzFeed News, based on interviews and court and business records in the United States and Ukraine.”

BuzzFeed infamously also first published the full anti-Trump dossier alleging unsubstantiated collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. The dossier was paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, and was produced by the Fusion GPS opposition dirt outfit.

The OCCRP and BuzzFeed “joint investigation” resulted in both OCCRP and BuzzFeed publishing similar lengthy pieces on July 22 claiming that Giuliani was attempting to use connections to have Ukraine investigate Trump’s political rivals.

The so-called whistleblower’s document, however, only mentions the largely unknown OCCRP and does not reference BuzzFeed, which has faced scrutiny over its reporting on the Russia collusion claims.

Meanwhile, despite the known timeline that the Trump administration’s decision to withhold Ukraine aid was taken on July 18, Senator Chuck Schumer already claimed the “explosive” email released by CPI underscored the need to call new witnesses with alleged impeachment evidence.

“If there was ever an argument that we need Mr Duffey to come and testify, this is that information. This email is explosive,” Schumer said.

“A top administration official, one that we requested, is saying, stop the aid 90 minutes after Trump called Zelensky and said keep it hush, hush. What more do you need to request a witness?” Schumer asked.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Sherwood Lee, your sainted Democrats were in too much of a hurry to VOTE TO IMPEACH to take steps to use the court system to get all the information that they claim exists. Co Equal branches of government to them means that two of the three branches that they don’t control are subservient to the one branch that they only control half of…it just don’t work that way. The Senate controls the trial and how it is to be run. Nervous Nancy can scream all she wants to but the only people she seems to hold away with is little “Chuckie Schumer and other weak dems in the Senate. The dems trampled on the Constitution throughout their so called impeachment investigations and now want to try it again in the Senate. Since when is the alleged accused required to assist the prosecutor in building his case in any trial??? We need to get a good and thorough Investigation going on Soros and all of his funded organizations. Following the money trail has worked for a long time and is a tried and true method of rooting out evil.

  2. Everyone that is paying attention knows that Soros is the main problem with stirring up the left’s agenda. Starting with Obama, Clinton, and Pelosi, all of these people are puppets of Soros. They are all extremely far left actors and they should all be held responsible for the phony impeachment movement against OUR President Trump. They all need to be stopped and put on trial for corruption.

  3. Because he is running the system in this country. The democracts in New York are protecting him,as long as the democracts stay in power he’s free. He is the democracts main donor they do anything to protect him, and what he says goes.

  4. Soros is holding the bag of money and corrupt people will take it and ask Soros what he wants them to do. Soros also has some control of the Judiciary. Foreign Countries are ripe with corruption and easily manipulated by money. I would not trust anything they said! Truth is not in their best interests.

  5. I’m not very smart but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that Soros is trying to push the democrats bs narrative. Anything that George Soros is involved in is extremely corrupt!!!!!!
    We need to do with Soros like many other countries have done kick him out of our country and shut down his groups like antics amonst others

  6. George Soros, it sounds like someone could do the world a favor, By taking George on a 10 year or more Vacation, hopefully by then he can’t find his way back. Our Navy is really good about helping someone get to where there going, maybe they can help. Amen?

  7. The reporting of Brietbart’s article was unclear with random facts. Doesn’t Congress appropriate and control foreign aid and not the Pentagon? The question is who and under what orders were Ukraine funds withheld? If relevant docs and emails were requested (FOIA) by a Soto’s-funded group, what does it matter how it was released and/or who requested it? Brietbart or any entity could have done the same, yes?
    And BTW, Giuliani was and still remains acting as Trump’s private attorney in his dealings with Ukrainian officials and others, not as he claimed, acting on behalf of the State Dept. (Pompeo).
    Would be more informative to allow admin. officials and other key witnesses to testify to corroborate their and Trump’s statements and decisions.

  8. It is past time that this person and all his holding was confiscated and him either arrested and banned from this country. He is trying to destroy our country and using his money and organizations to do so. HE HAS GOT TO BE STOPPED.

  9. Please remember — George Soros, the self admitted World War II WAR CRIMINAL.
    He admitted assisting the Nazis in rounding up Jews.
    George

  10. Why isn’t there a CI investigation of Soros? Since the “threshold for a CI investigation is low, it seems to me Soros and his foreign trucks would be a good place to start.

  11. Why are several vital items regularly omitted in discussions of the Ukraine such as:
    Q!. what Administration was in power in the US when Russia invaded the Ukraine?
    Answer Obama/Biden/Clinton.
    Q2. What did the US do to stop Russian invasion.
    Answer: Damn little.
    Q3. What was the Number 1 item the Ukraine asked the US to provide?
    Answer; defensive Anti-tank weapons.
    Q4. Did Obama send the requested weapons?
    Answer NO. Interestingly enough the US only provided the anti-tank weapons once President Trump came into office and now the Democrats accuse him of delay.

    • Because he is running the system in this country. The democracts in New York are protecting him,as long as the democracts stay in power he’s free. He is the democracts main donor they do anything to protect him, and what he says goes.

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