On the fake “do not prosecute” list:
“…THE CHAIRMAN: Can you tell us what that letter was and what you know of its provenance?
MR. KENT: Well, that was part of series of news articles that came out I believe starting March 20th, this spring. There with a number of articles that were initially led by John Solomon of The Hill, who gave — who took an interview with Yuriy Lutsenko earlier in March. And so, there was, I believe, video somewhere, there certainly were pictures of them doing interview. And it’s part of a series of articles, it was an intense campaign. One of those articles released because the interview on the first day Lutsenko had claimed that Ambassador Yovanovitch had given him a list in their first meeting of people not to prosecute. Several days later, a list of names was circulated on the internet, with — the photograph had a copy of my temporary business card that I used for a short period of time in 2015. So it was a real — it didn’t look like a regular business card. It was the one that we did on the embassy printer. So I think the card was genuine, and someone attached that to a list of names that was a hodgepodge of names. Some of the people I had to google, I had not heard of. Half the names were misspelled. Not the way that any American, or even Ukrainian, or Russian would transliterate Ukrainian names. My best guess, just from a linguistics semantic point is the person who created the fake list was either Czech or Serbian…” – INTERVIEW OF: GEORGE KENT – Tuesday, 0ctober 15, 2019 – Washington, D. C.
Transliteration – Tchaikovsky, Tschaikovsky, or Tschaikowsky? It’s important to pay attention in language school.
“…There were about 15 names, and I remember it was very odd. It included the country’s leading rock star, Slava Vakarchuk, who is now the leader of one of the parties in parliament. It included very bizarrely a person who was a friend of the current — the ex-President Poroshenko and was head of the overseer of the defense industry named Gladkovskiy, and in parentheses it had his previous name, Svinarchuk. The reason why that’s memorable is because it means a pig or a pig farmer, and he changed his name before he went into government so he didn’t have a name that said basically Mr. Piggy. But no one knew that that was really — knew that was his name when the list allegedly was created in 2015. That was a story line from 2019…” – George P. Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs: “Mr. Piggy” and the list (November 11, 2019)
In 2015 and 2016 the story of Mr. Piggy’s name change was not known.
“…they were quoting Giuliani saying to a Ukranian that the President really wants Ambassador Yovanovitch to go. And this seemed to be — the implication was that this was a roundabout way the President was trying to get rid of the Ambassador through this smear campaign.
I found it at the beginning very — I found it very hard to understand why a President of the United States would do it that way when he can just — I mean, all Ambassadors are Presidential appointees, they serve at the pleasure of the President, so it didn’t — it didn’t add up to me. I didn’t understand why that would be…” – Ambassador David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (November 19, 2019)
Donald Trump (r) could have removed Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch from her post by just simply removing her from her post. Instead, she was subjected to a campaign impugning her professionalism and character. For what reason?
Very late on Friday, in response to a court order in a lawsuit by American Oversight:
Publish Date: November 22, 2019
State Department Releases Ukraine Documents to American Oversight
On Friday evening, the State Department released nearly 100 pages of records in response to American Oversight’s lawsuit seeking a range of documents related to the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine.
Among other records, the production includes emails that confirm multiple contacts in March of 2019 between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, at least one of which was facilitated by President Trump’s assistant Madeleine Westerhout.
From the material (C06852069) released to American Oversight:
Mar. April 2016
Prosecutor General Lutsenko meets with US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Yovanovitch tells Lutsenko that he must drop investigation of individuals and institutions. The list includes an organization run by George Soros. Lutsenko is aware that Yovanovitch is very close to Biden and Soros.
And, in one of the articles:
…’Unfortunately, from the first meeting with the U.S. Ambassador in Kiev, [Yovanovitch] gave me a list of people whom we should not prosecute,’ Lutsenko, who took his post in 20016, told [The Hill] last week…
It’s evident that the campaign to impugn the character of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was used, in part, to neutralize any questioning of the validity of the accusations aimed at the Bidens which were contained in this “package”. If, in their world, Marie Yovanovitch’s character and professionalism have no value, then any challenges to the accuracy of the information in their “package” have no value either.
And now, according to various news sources, Lutsenko has retracted his statement that there was a list.
It’s like Watergate, only this time, concocted by idiots. A student winter dance organizing committee at a junior high school run by clowns would have left fewer tracks.