A Democratic Party consultant is coming under scrutiny by both Republican congressmen and the White House for her alleged connections to the Ukrainian embassy during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to Fox News. Lawmakers have raised the question whether such a relationship may have meant to disrupt then President-elect Trump’s bid for the White House.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote a letter this week to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asking whether the Democratic National Committee broke the law. The letter specifically mentioned Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian-American DNC consultant who had, according to Fox News, allegedly met with the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington D.C. for the purpose of discussing incriminating information about Trump campaign officials.
Senator Grassley’s letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asked him to consider whether Chalupa had acted in accordance to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
“Chalupa’s actions appear to show that she was simultaneously working on behalf of a foreign government, Ukraine, and on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign, in an effort to influence not only the U.S. voting population but U.S. government officials,” the letter read.
Under FARA guidelines, persons must register with the Justice Department if they act, even through an intermediary, “as an agent, representative, employee or servant” or “in any other capacity: at the behest of a foreign actor to engage with a U.S. official,” wrote Grassley’s letter.
The White House has also raised concerns over the relationship. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested that the Chalupa’s interactions could amount to “collusion,” which is the identical charge being levied against the Trump organization’s interactions with Russia.
On Tuesday recent developments in the Trump-Russia collusion scandal offers a striking contrast to the DNC-Ukrainian scandal mentioned above. What do you think?