In an interview Thursday night with Fox News’ “Hannity” president Trump said Attorney General Bill Barr is handling the “incredible” and “big” new revelations that Ukrainian actors leaked damaging information about then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort to help Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Ukraine Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko last month opened an investigation into the “black ledger” files that led to Paul Manafort’s departure from the Trump campaign. The investigation began after an unearthed audio recording showed that a senior Ukrainian anticorruption official admitted to leaking Manafort’s financial information in 2016 — including his ties to pro-Russian actors in Ukraine — to benefit Hillary Clinton.
Ukrainian law enforcement officials say they have evidence of collusion and wrongdoing by Democrats, and they have been trying to share this information with U.S. officials in the Justice Department.
A Ukrainian court recently ruled that the Manafort leak amounted to illegal interference in the U.S. election.
When asked whether Americans need to see the results of Ukraine’s ongoing investigation into whether officials in that country worked with the Clinton team, president Trump replied, “I think we do.”
“I would imagine [Barr] would want to see this. … I would certainly defer to the attorney general, and we’ll see what he says about it,” Trump said. “He calls ’em straight.”
Trump continued: “It sounds like big stuff, very interesting with Ukraine. I just spoke with the new president a while ago, and congratulated him. … But that sounds like big, big stuff, and I’m not surprised.” “Keep your eye on Ukraine.”
Ukrainian officials not only publicly sought to undermine Trump by questioning his fitness for office, but also worked behind the scenes to secure a victory for Clinton.
Among other initiatives, a 2017 investigation by Politico found that the Ukrainian government worked with a DNC consultant to conduct opposition research against Donald Trump, including going after Paul Manafort for Russian ties, helping lead to his resignation.
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