The Ukrainian embassy in Washington, D.C. has confirmed that a DNC insider sought dirt on then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and attempted to enlist the country's president for help.
John Solomon of the Hill reports that Ambassador Valeiry Chaly's office says DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa solicited information from the Ukrainian government on Manafort's ties inside the country "in hopes of forcing the issue before Congress."
The ambassador said Chalupa then tried to arrange for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to comment on Manafort's Russian ties while visiting the U.S. during the 2016 election season.
Solomon writes, "Chaly says that, at the time of the contacts in 2016, the embassy knew Chalupa primarily as a Ukrainian-American activist and learned only later of her ties to the DNC. He says the embassy considered her requests an inappropriate solicitation of interference in the U.S. election."
In a statement issued by his embassy, Chaly said, "The Embassy got to know Ms. Chalupa because of her engagement with Ukrainian and other diasporas in Washington D.C., and not in her DNC capacity. We've learned about her DNC involvement later. We were surprised to see Alexandra's interest in Mr. Paul Manafort's case. It was her own cause. The Embassy representatives unambiguously refused to get involved in any way, as we were convinced that this is a strictly U.S. domestic matter."
"All ideas floated by Alexandra were related to approaching a Member of Congress with a purpose to initiate hearings on Paul Manafort or letting an investigative journalist ask President Poroshenko a question about Mr. Manafort during his public talk in Washington, D.C.," the ambassador explained.