Democrats accuse the administration of propaganda in connection with allegations that the diplomat was allegedly “put” in office by Soros and carried out his orders.
Democrats accuse the administration of Donald Trump of using “propaganda and misinformation” to attack the former US Ambassador to Ukraine and demand that Secretary of state Mike Pompeo explain how it happened that these materials are distributed among the administration in his office.
Democrats, who are investigating the impeachment of President Donald Trump, made the accusations after state Department Inspector General Steve Linick presented a package of documents at an hour-long briefing with staff from eight congressional committees.
“We have this package of propaganda and misinformation at our disposal,” said Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin, the only lawmaker who participated in the briefing of Committee staff. – The question is, where did it come from and how did it get into our hands?”
Photos of some documents support conspiracy theories concerning former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch who was removed from her post in May this year, months before the end of her term, after trump allies accused her of disloyalty.
Several participants in the meeting, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the materials came to the state Department in the spring and that Linick gave them to the FBI.
“These documents reinforce concerns that the President and his allies have tried to use the state Department apparatus in the President’s personal political interests,” the democratic chairmen of the House intelligence, oversight and foreign relations committees said in a statement.
One document, whose source has not been disclosed, describes a theory promoted by trump allies, the essence of which is that Jovanovic was allegedly put in the position of Ambassador by billionaire George Soros – a Democratic donor who is regularly attacked by far-right activists.
“Before her removal from office, Soros had as much or even more influence over Yovanovitch as the President and Secretary of state,” the document said.
The package also included an email from the Hill newspaper’s columnist John Solomon addressed to Pro-Trump lawyers Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova, as well as Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born businessman who helps Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
In the letter, Solomon reported that the US Embassy in Kyiv demanded that Ukrainian authorities stop investigating the anti-corruption group that Soros supported during the 2016 US election.
It also quoted the former Ukrainian Prosecutor as saying that Yovanovitch had given him a list of people, including Soros’ allies, who should not be prosecuted. The state Department categorically denies that such a list existed.
Giuliani, who called Parnas one of his clients, is one of the most active distributors of the version that democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, as Vice President, demanded Ukraine dismiss the Prosecutor investigating the activities of the company, in which his son was a member of the Board of Directors.
Senior Democrat on the Senate foreign relations Committee Bob Menendez said that the materials provided by Linik appear to “contain long-refuted theories and false allegations about the former US Ambassador to Ukraine and one of President Trump’s political opponents.”
He asked for clarification on the role of Pompeo.