NYTimes Quashed Story About 2016 WH Meeting With ‘Whistleblower’ & Ukrainians On Burisma: Report

Authored by Debra Heine via American Greatness blog,

In an exclusive report, Wednesday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham revealed that the New York Times last May quashed a story about a White House meeting in January of 2016 between Obama administration officials – including the so-called whistleblower – and Ukrainian officials that addressed Hunter Biden’s problematic position at Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings.

Ingraham said she obtained a chain of State Department emails between NYT journalist Ken Vogel and State Department official Kate Schilling centering on the reporter’s request for comment on the story.

Hunter Biden, 49, the scandal-plagued son of Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden, is a central figure in the Ukraine scandal due to his high-paid no-show job at Burisma, a position he secured despite having no relevant experience in that field.

Democrats say the president withheld military aid from Ukraine until he could get a guarantee from the Ukrainian President Zelensky that the Bidens would be investigated. However, a document unearthed last October shows that Ukrainian officials had actually opened a new probe into Burisma months before President Trump’s July 2019 phone call with the Ukrainian president.

Some Republicans have called for Hunter Biden to testify in the Senate impeachment trial.

Ken Vogel is the reporter who wrote the oft-cited January 2017 piece in Politico titled: Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire. Subtitled: “Kiev officials are scrambling to make amends with the president-elect after quietly working to boost Clinton.”

Media reports referring to Ukraine’s involvement in the 2016 election did not become controversial until Biden announced his candidacy for president in April of 2019. Then, as President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani conducted his very public investigation into the matter throughout 2019, Democrats and their allies in the media started characterizing the claim that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election as a “conspiracy theory.”

In Vogel’s May 1, 2019 email to Schilling about the Obama White House meeting, the reporter reportedly mentioned the name of the CIA analyst widely believed to be the anti-Trump whistleblower, whose complaint against the president sparked the Democrats’ impeachment efforts.

Ingraham did not reveal his name because Fox News hosts are banned from doing so until the identity is confirmed, but she was likely was referring to Eric Ciaramella, who has been outed in conservative media as the whistleblower.

In the email, Vogel wrote, “We are going to report that (State Department official) Elizabeth Zentos attended a meeting at the White House on 1/19/2016 with Ukrainian prosecutors and embassy officials as well as … [redacted] from the NSC… the subjects discussed included efforts within the United States government to support prosecutions, in Ukraine and the United Kingdom, of Burisma Holdings … and concerns that Hunter Biden’s position with the company could complicate such efforts.”

“The State Department eventually declined to comment,” Ingraham said.

The Fox host noted that the email was forwarded to Schilling’s colleagues Zentos and diplomat George Kent, who has apparently been a source for Vogel in the past.

Kent, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, told House investigators last November that he had expressed concerns in 2015 that Hunter Biden’s position with Burisma raised the possibility of a perception of a conflict of interest. He testified that he reported his concern to the Office of the Vice President and nothing came of it.

The names Zentos and Ciaramella also came up during a hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee about Puerto Rico’s debt on Oct. 22, 2019.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asked Natalie Jaresko, Ukraine’s former finance minister, who is currently executive director of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, whether she had any knowledge of the pair’s meeting with a Ukrainian official at a DC restaurant in 2016.

Gohmert told the Washington Examiner, “Specifically, I asked about an April 12, 2016, meeting between Ukrainian parliamentarian Olga Bielkova and Liz Zentos and Eric Ciaramella of the National Security Council, in which energy issues were discussed. I thought it was prudent to ask Ms. Jaresko on the record and under oath about this meeting, since the time frame and subject align with the concerning reports of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.”

Bielkova met with Ciaramella and his colleague, Liz Zentos, then the director for Eastern Europe on the National Security Council, on April 12, 2016, at Le Pain Quotidien, on 17th Street N.W., a block from the White House. The same day, Bielkova also met with State Department official Michael Kimmage and, separately, with Kramer of the McCain Institute. Kramer figures prominently in the Trump-Russia saga — he met with Steele in December 2016 at Heathrow Airport to obtain a copy of the British ex-spy’s unverified dossier and provided information from it to over a dozen journalists after the presidential election.

Ingraham said her team was able to corroborate details of the January 2016 meeting mentioned in Vogel’s email by perusing archived Obama White House visitor logs. She reported that the logs confirmed that a number of Ukrainian officials were checked into the White House by the whistleblower [Ciaramella], who was at the time the Ukraine director on the NSC. This was the day Vogel claimed there was a meeting between Obama administration officials and Ukrainians to discuss “the complications of Hunter Bidens sweetheart gig” at Burisma, as Ingraham put it.

Vogel’s explosive story, which would have broken about a week after Joe Biden announced his candidacy, was never published.

Ingraham said she reached out to both the New York Times and Vogel to ask why the story was quashed. She said that Vogel never replied, but the Times’ director of communications simply stated that Vogel’s request for comment was consistent with their news-gathering process.

 

Ingraham’s scoop shows that once again, due to the corporate media’s obsequious desire to assist Democrats, another important story was smothered.

via zerohedge

24 comments

  1. The Rats are neck deep in corruption, and we need to kick them to the curb!!!! Remember Nov. 3rd, 2020 is rapidly approaching, unless we can impeach them before then!!!! It’s time for them to go!!!

    1. Too many people in politics have been there for far too long.they think like Nancy p they are in charge. Term limits gives us fresh new ideas.vote out the democrats.

  2. Joey and Hunter Biden are criminals. These dumb ass bastards need to spend some time in prison and get their faggot asses butt fucked every day.

  3. I’ll keep sayin it, anyone even remotely associated with the Obama, Biden, Clinton cartel should never be allowed near the federal government, much less have any control over it.

  4. It is blatantly obvious The New York Times only reports the “news” THEY want you to hear about. The MSM is in collusion. Cherry picking news that supports your point if view is the definition of Propaganda.

  5. Democrats are valorizing National Security official’s whose presuppositions about foreign policy are highly perilous in their own right. George Kent is one of these idiots that think their knowledge is above a President or anyone else. As you see the whole little group turned on President Trump. Kent supports the Azov Battalion fighting a proxy war on the border with Russia and as been for years… Here’s the list of personnel to be brought up for TREASON… Marie Yovanovitch, Eric Ciaramella, Alexandra Chalupa, Bill Taylor, Dr.Hill and the first that should meet the firing squad at Ft. Leavenworth, Lt.Col Alex Vindman who went to Ciaramella to tip him off…Nothing worst than a snitch…

    1. Hillary, Obama and whoever was pulling Obama’s strings need to all be investigated, tried for treason and publicly hung together with aforementioned. That accomplishment for America would accellerate the swamp draining process to the point where the US could that the One World Money crowd advancements made during the Obama/Bush/Clinton years

  6. In his July 25 phone call to Zelensky, Trump wasn’t asking about Hunter Biden. He was asking Zelensky to make up dirt on JOE Biden, in exchange for military aid already approved by Congress. That the alleged whistleblower met at the White House with some other officials is nothing of substance to the impeachment trial! That you think Corporate Media is hiding something is ridiculous. Reporters ask questions all the time that don’t make it into their stories! Understand Corporate Media before you crucify it!

    1. Andre,
      Seriously you should get your rectal cranial inversion looked at! The recording and transcript neither one support your statement “Zalensky to make up dirt”. You are a person who fits this statement: “He of a changed mind is of the same opinion still”.

      1. When the news media, education system and voter registrars/election oversight officials are owned by leftists, so goes the Nation. Trump is the disgruntleds’ answer to the Democratic corruption and Muslimifacation of America. Trump is not the remedy for Socialist One World Money gang’s assault. It is Trump idea. Therefore, the Donald just has to be eliminated any, but best without inciting patriots to the flash point, way. And, that is probably why they haven’t killed him, super added the fact that killing him before discredit would damage, not help, the Leftist cause

  7. Shouldn’t her findings be brought to the appropriate Washington office and also to the impeachment hearing now going on.

  8. The question is, is why is the Senate even allowing this Shiff Shumer Scam Show to continue? It has been proven that the two so-called articles of impeachment do not comply with the Constitution’s directive of what are grounds for impeachment. No high crimes, no misdemeanors, no high treason, no nothing. The things that are in those articles are perfectly legal and right for the president to do, and has been done by past presidents. It’s high time to shut these losers down and send them packing and start a major investigation of these guys and there co-conspirators in the media. If anybody has been committing high crimes and treason against this country, it’s them. Let’s start with Biden, who arrogantly bragged on film that he blackmailed Ukraine for a quid pro quo. It’s time to stop these democrats from getting away with crimes and their attempt to destroy those who aren’t with them.

  9. Hunter should be arrested or exiled to Russia. Is there a statute of limitations on treason? Just because he is not President anymore is no reason that he can’t be arrested now. His whole staff and a bunch of Congressional members should be arrested also. The Demoncrats are the ones abusing their power and in contempt of Congress. They should be working with the President instead of against him.
    Remember this in November.

  10. If there is a Dirty deal going on in DC while Obozo was there he was right dead center of it. Obozo knew before Trump even decided to run for Office that Russia was attempting to hack our election system. Biden withheld aid to the Ukraine till they fired the Prosecutor who was investigating Hunter. Now the aid he withheld was only tents and Blankets far far less than what Trump gave them.

  11. Cover up to protect Obama and Hillary Clinton.
    Continued proof that we Americans need to force our reps and senators to eliminate all “lucrative political careers” and eliminate all taxpayer paid golden retirement parachutes for elected and appointed officials.
    Actually prosecuting corruption wherever it may be found is a good deterrent for any who would enrich themselves while in public office. Outlawing all forms of lobbying would help to eliminate corporate welfare.

  12. You do not have independent thinking in your entire statement! You are merely hand puppeting the lies the Democrats & media put out!

  13. Swamp corruption has been going on forever. Want proof: Name ANY Senator that fails to be a millionaire after one term……… Go ahead. Name one…
    SM

  14. Can anyone over the age of 75 see a repeat of history here? A government body (read Democrats) having control of news media, directing just what news will be reported. Nothing derogatory to them and only fake news about the Republicans and the President. I am speaking of Nazi Germany, 1935/1936. The Socialist party took control of all news media and the propaganda flowed like water. Fortunately, that level of total news media control has not been reached as yet here in America, but with the lies going on in Washington, A door may have been opened. God help us in the future.

  15. None of you guys understand journalism, especially Laura Ingraham and the author of this story. The NYT NEVER quashed this story, because there was no story. An NYT writer tried to get a quote, but THAT fell through. I happens all the time in journalism!!!! If any of you know anything about journalism, you are welcome to comment. If not, keep your mouth shut!

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