To bolster their partisan impeachment of President Donald Trump, Democrats and allied media figures have routinely dismissed the allegations of corruption in Ukraine involving Hunter Biden as “baseless,” “debunked,” and “false.” They’ve argued that Trump had no legitimate reason to even suspect as much, let alone request that the new Ukrainian president look into it.
However, a chain of emails from May 2019 between a New York Times reporter and State Department officials obtained by Fox News host Laura Ingraham may completely reverse that argument. The exchange links the so-called “whistleblower,” Ukrainian prosecutors, and Obama administration officials to a 2016 White House meeting that was held in regards to corrupt Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings and Hunter Biden’s connections to it.
Surprising email exchange
Ingraham revealed what was learned from the email exchange — and confirmation of the meeting via archived White House visitor logs — on Wednesday during a segment on her “Ingraham Angle” program. Watch:
According to the Washington Examiner, the email chain originated on May 1, 2019, with Times reporter Ken Vogel, who was seeking comment from State Department official Kate Schilling for a story he was writing about the January 2016 meeting in the White House. That meeting appears to have been arranged by — and the Ukrainian visitors checked in by — the so-called Ukraine “whistleblower,” who Ingraham declined to name.
Vogel’s message read: “We are going to report that [State Department official] Elizabeth Zentos attended a meeting at the White House on 1/19/2016 with Ukrainian prosecutors and embassy officials as well as … [redacted] from the NSC … The subjects discussed included efforts within the United State government to support prosecutions, in Ukraine and the United Kingdom, of Burisma Holdings … and concerns that Hunter Biden’s position with the company could complicate such efforts.”
Raises more questions than it answers
Ultimately, the State Department declined to issue a comment on Vogel’s story and, for reasons that Ingraham hopes to discover, the story was never actually published by The New York Times.
Neither Vogel or The Times provided Ingraham with a satisfactory explanation for why the story never ran, which prompted her to put forward a few additional questions, given the timing of the killed story in relation to the official launch of former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
“The timing of their request and the subsequent squashing of the story are very interesting. Biden announced his candidacy on April 25th, 2019,” Ingraham explained, according to The Daily Wire. “The exchanges we laid out here occur the following week. Now we have some questions.”
“Number one, why wasn’t the whistleblower concerned about Joe Biden overseeing Ukraine policy while his son was cashing in? Was it only troubling that Trump himself tried to get this thing investigated? Number two, why didn’t this story ever run? Did Biden’s team manage to put it down, fearing blowback from his son Hunter’s dirty dealings?” she asked.
Email exchange undermines impeachment narrative
The timing of this email exchange and quashed story in relation to Biden’s announced candidacy certainly does raise some rather pertinent questions, but also undermines the left’s narrative that there is nothing to see with regard to Hunter Biden and Burisma.
Indeed, these emails, paired with the visitor logs, underscore the fact that Hunter Biden, Burisma’s corruption, and the so-called “whistleblower” are all relevant issues that President Trump had every right to question, which should pretty much spell the end of the sham impeachment effort against him.