Republicans are turning the tables on Democrats regarding collusion as questions are raised regarding a DNC operative meeting with Ukrainian government officials to smear the Trump campaign.
The Democratic National Committee may have violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, according to The Senate Judiciary Committee which is questioning the actions of DNC official Alexandra Chalupa, The Daily Caller reported.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 25, 2017
Sen. Chuck Grassley, in a letter sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, cited a January report that alleged Chalupa worked with Ukrainians to gather information on then Trump campaign director Paul Manafort.
Though that collaboration between Chalupa and the Ukrainian officials did not appear to directly involve the Clinton campaign, it raised eyebrows for even some Democrats. California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, admitted the apparent collusion was “problematic.”
Grassley asked Rosenstein in his letter whether the Justice Department questioned Chalupa about registering under FARA and if it was investigating the Ukrainian government’s “intervention in the 2016 presidential election on behalf of the Clinton campaign.”
While Chalupa is now no longer with the DNC, during the 2016 presidential campaign cycle she was paid $70,000 as a consultant, according to the Daily Caller. Between 2004 and 2016, the Ukrainian-American activist was paid $412,000. and the DNC has noted that she was only an events coordinator and acted independently in trying to research the information against Trump.
Republicans have denounced the meeting as as example of the hypocrisy and double standard behind attacks launched against Donald Trump Jr. for a meeting last June with a Russian attorney while largely ignoring the apparent collusion between the DNC and Ukranian politicians.
“Where’s the outrage over this?” Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked earlier this month, slamming the media’s “Russia psychosis” while ignoring the efforts by Democrats to gather dirt on Trump’s campaign in 2016.
Critics of the president have dismissed Chalupa’s meeting by arguing that Ukraine, unlike Russia, is not an adversary of the U.S. But Grassley sees the actions by the DNC and Chalupa as possibly a violation of FARA, which requires agents of foreign governments to disclose their activities.
It “appear[s] to be exactly the type of activity Congress intended to reach with FARA,” Grassley wrote.
The Iowa senator may address the incident in a Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
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