A former official with the Democrat National Committee has reportedly been working with a convicted domestic terrorist to gather damaging information on President Donald Trump.
The work between former DNC operative Alexandra Chalupa, an anti-Trump activist of Ukrainian heritage, Yogi Ariel, an Israeli man who was born in South Africa, and Brett Kimberlin, known as the “Speedway Bomber” culminated in a D.C. December meeting according to an investigation by the Daily Caller.
Last week Buzzfeed reported that Ariel flew to Rome in January to purchase documents that purported to show that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paid $1.5 billion in June when he was the CEO of Exxon Mobil to secure the Secretary of State job.
Buzzfeed later determined that the documents were part of an elaborate hoax.
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Ariel, believing that the papers were legitimate, informed Kimberlin about the documents, and the convict agreed to pay for the Israeli’s three flights to Rome to procure them. Kimberlin also paid the $9,000 asking price.
Ariel gave the documents to Kimberlin, and, according to BuzzFeed, they were pitched to numerous outlets, including Bloomberg, The Washington Post and The New York Times, by an unidentified associate of Kimberlin’s.
After Ariel gave Kimberlin the documents the bomber pitched them to the New York Times, Bloomberg News, the Washington Post and other news outlets.
Ariel and Chalupa met through an official with Democrats Abroad, a group connected with the DNC, according to the Buzzfeed report.
“I can neither confirm nor deny that I met with whom I met,” Ariel told the Caller by phone.
Ariel claimed to not know of Kimberlin’s history when they got together.
“I had no idea of Brett’s background until the BuzzFeed article, and when I read it I was sort of surprised,” Ariel told the Caller.
“My initial thought, why the hell are the DNC people dealing with a guy like this?”
Kimberlin got the nickname for bombs he planted in 1978 in Speedway, Indiana, the Caller reported.
Though nobody died from the blasts, one Vietnam veteran had his leg amputated due to injuries suffered during one bombing. Carl DeLong, the victim, committed suicide in 1983.
Kimberlin, who is in his early 60s, served 17 years in prison for the bombing spree. He gained more notoriety in prison after he concocted a story about having once sold marijuana to then-Vice President Dan Quayle. The story was propagated by Cody Shearer, a political operative who worked for the Clintons in the 1990s. After being released from prison, Kimberlin has battled conservative activists who have drawn attention to his newfound career as a left-wing operative.
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