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Tue Oct 1, 2019, 07:59 AM Oct 2019

Trump's Claims About Biden Aren't 'Unsupported.' They're Lies.

On Sept. 24, 2015, Geoffrey Pyatt, then the American ambassador to Ukraine, spoke in Odessa about the scourge of corruption. It was about a year and a half after what is sometimes called the Revolution of Dignity, when Ukrainians overthrew the kleptocratic, Russian-aligned regime of Viktor Yanukovych. The country was trying to move in a more liberal, European direction. Corruption, said Pyatt, threatened to hold the new Ukraine back.

Pyatt called out the office of Viktor Shokin, then the prosecutor general of Ukraine. “Corrupt actors within the prosecutor general’s office are making things worse by openly and aggressively undermining reform,” he said. Pyatt specifically lambasted Shokin’s office for subverting a British case against a man named Mykola Zlochevsky, Yanukovych’s former ecology minister.

In 2014, as part of a money-laundering investigation, British authorities froze $23 million Zlochevsky had in London. They requested supporting documentation from Shokin’s office. Instead, it intervened on Zlochevsky’s behalf. “As a result the money was freed by the U.K. court and shortly thereafter the money was moved to Cyprus,” said Pyatt.

“Shokin was seen as a single point of failure clogging up the system and blocking corruption cases,” a former official in Barack Obama’s administration told me. Vice President Joe Biden eventually took the lead in calling for Shokin’s ouster.


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Trump's Claims About Biden Aren't 'Unsupported.' They're Lies. (Original Post) Zorro Oct 2019 OP
Michelle Goldberg nails it. every word! We need to do all we can to refute these lies! Ninga Oct 2019 #1
Excellent. Mike 03 Oct 2019 #2
It seems that the word "lie" is forbidden in newsrooms. lagomorph777 Oct 2019 #4
He will keep repeating it until it becomes truth dalton99a Oct 2019 #3


(8,303 posts)
1. Michelle Goldberg nails it. every word! We need to do all we can to refute these lies!
Tue Oct 1, 2019, 08:00 AM
Oct 2019

Thanks for posting.

Mike 03

(16,616 posts)
2. Excellent.
Tue Oct 1, 2019, 08:04 AM
Oct 2019

All day yesterday the talking heads were saying "no evidence has been found to support the claims," but that doesn't begin to reach the truth. Of course there's no evidence! Trump was fishing for fabrications. I hope the newswriters for cable news take this to heart.

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