Laura Ingraham: Whistleblower Role in Hunter Biden Scandal
Jeffrey Lord
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“We have a big exclusive for you. Email exchanges we got our hands on from State Department officials that could drastically alter the course of President Trump’s impeachment.”

Indeed.

Laura Ingraham had a scoop for sure on Wednesday night’s The Ingraham Angle. Her revelation tied in the Obama–Biden State Department, Ukraine, Hunter Biden, Burisma — and, yes, wait for it — the whistleblower.

She followed up on Thursday with more details in Part 2 of her investigation. “Judging by the reaction,” she said on Thursday, “we have touched a nerve.” I’ll say.

What Laura had gotten her hands on were a series of State Department emails from last year that centered around a request to State from New York Times reporter Ken Vogel. It was Vogel, who, while at Politico, had his own scoop, headlined:

Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire

That was in 2016, and it pulled back the curtain on the Ukrainian involvement in the 2016 American presidential election by reporting this:

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.

Last year, on May 1, 2019, Vogel, now at the Times, was inquiring of the State Department bureaucrats about a 2016 Obama-era meeting with Ukrainian diplomats and prosecutors. The kicker: In the request, Vogel mentions the name of the alleged whistleblower. (Note: the name was redacted on Fox. It is not redacted here as identified by RealClearInvestigations reporter Paul Sperry.) Vogel says,

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 email was forwarded, Laura noted, to senior State Department colleagues, including George Kent, the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the U.S. Department of State. Kent, recall, was one of the House Democrats star witnesses in the House impeachment hearings.

Mysteriously, on May 3, the email chain ends when the department declined to comment.

On their own, The Ingraham Angle went to the archives of the Obama White House visitor logs and — lo and behold — discovered proof that in fact the person who is believed to be the alleged whistleblower checked in a group of Ukrainian officials to the Obama White House in January 2016. This being the very same day that Vogel said there was a meeting in the White House “with Ukrainian prosecutors and embassy officials” to discuss Hunter Biden and Burisma.

Also at the meeting was the “lead anti-corruption prosecutor” of Ukraine and “the head of the country’s anti-corruption bureau.” Both of whom, Laura pointed out, were there to discuss the “complications” of the Biden dealings.

Now. Full stop.

Laura asks what happened to this story. Answer: it was never published. An inquiry to reporter Vogel from The Ingraham Angle went unanswered. The Times had a PR bureaucrat respond — without answering Laura’s question.

Laura went on to point out a very obvious something. Joe Biden announced he was running for president on April 25, 2019. The now-revealed emails to the State Department from Vogel were sent the very next week.

All of this goes now directly to the impeachment campaign against President Trump.

Recall that this impeachment was launched by the whistleblower — who was saying that President Trump had leveraged his office to investigate an opponent — Joe Biden. Laura said,

  1. “Why wasn’t the whistleblower concerned about Joe Biden overseeing Ukraine policy while his son was cashing in?”
  2. “Why didn’t this story ever run [in the New York Times]? Did Biden’s team manage to [squash] it, fearing the blowback from his son Hunter’s dirty dealings, maybe?”

Good questions.

Laura ended by saying something that is glaringly obvious.

Impeachment leaders Schumer and Schiff are fighting calling Hunter and Joe Biden as witnesses because it will reveal that when all this Hunter–Joe–Burisma business was going on in the Obama administration — the Obama White House, the whistleblower included, did zip, zero, nada about it. And neither did Schumer or Schiff.

Laura said this:

We need more documentation on this. We want all the emails, all the text messages. We want to see exactly what was happening inside that State Department last year, and then in the White House in January 2016 when these meetings were taking place and when the effort to respond to this New York Times reporter was playing out.

Exactly.

By Thursday night, in Part 2 of her report, Laura reported the details of one of the attendees in that secret 2016 Obama White House meeting with Ukrainian prosecutors.

The topic was the Biden family and Burisma. And the article The New York Times was going to write on the subject was… huh… curiously never published.

Judging by the reaction we got we touched a nerve.

Indeed Laura Ingraham and The Ingraham Angle had touched a nerve. She went on to describe how Democrats must now “bow down to un-elected bureaucrats.” Having had my fair share of time amongst Washington bureaucrats this was exactly right.

Her point? Instead of challenging Trump on ideas, the whole point of “The Resistance” was to summarily and undemocratically remove him from office.

“That’s what it all comes down to” she said correctly, asking the obvious question of whether the American people even have a say in constructing American policy. Are American bureaucrats on the seventh floor of the State Department running American foreign policy — or are the American people?

As she pointed out? “None of them were elected. President Trump was.”

Bingo.

So. Where is the media on this Laura Ingraham scoop? Where is the Times itself? The Washington Post? CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC?

Answer: Nowhere. They are silent as church mice. To follow the bread crumbs in this story would blow the roof off the Trump impeachment witch hunt — and reveal — yet again — the blatant corruption of the Washington Ruling Class in the Swamp.

The ultimate irony is that in impeaching President Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, and Chuck Schumer are in the process of seriously damaging, if not outright destroying, the Biden campaign. Not to mention the historical reputation of the Obama–Biden administration.

Ya can’t make it up.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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