Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Geoffrey Berman's Ukraine-Biden Connection Surfaces

Maybe Geoffrey Berman should have just bowed out semi-gracefully. The idea that Berman's ouster was only about De Blasio's meanness to religious New Yorkers was always a bit difficult to accept. There's no possible way that Berman was not in Trump or Barr's sights, given what John Solomon has turned up:

Fired NY prosecutor was given Biden-Ukraine allegations in 2018 but didn’t follow up, emails show
Ukraine prosecutors didn't want the political spectacle that became impeachment and simply sought to turn over evidence about Joe Biden and election interference to U.S. prosecutors, memos show.

This story is detail rich, so I'll ask you to follow the link, above, after the intro. However, it does tend to confirm Tom Luongo's contention that the SDNY is a key Deep State ally. The fake impeachment simply could not have happened without this kind of help. It all shows that what's needed is a sprawling investigation. No wonder Barr says it will continue after the election:

Could the impeachment scandal have been prevented if the now-fired U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman had followed up on Ukrainian allegations about Joe Biden and his family in 2018? 
That’s the tantalizing question raised by emails from fall 2018 between an American lawyer and the chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan that were obtained by Just the News. 
The memos show that well before Ukrainian prosecutors reached out to Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s lawyer, in 2019 to talk about the Bidens and alleged 2016 election interference they first approached Berman’s office in New York in October 2018 via another American lawyer. 
The memos show Little Rock, Ark., lawyer Bud Cummins, a former U.S. attorney himself, reached out at least five times in October 2018 to Berman seeking to arrange a meeting with then-Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko. 
Lutsenko, who emerged as a key figure in the impeachment scandal, wanted to confidentially share with federal prosecutors in New York evidence he claimed to possess that raised concerns about the Bidens’ behavior as well as alleged wrongdoing in the Paul Manafort corruption case. 
“Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko is offering to come to U.S. meet with high-level law enforcement to share the fruits of investigations within Ukraine which have produced evidence of two basic alleged crimes,” Cummins wrote Berman on Oct. 4, 2018, one day after the two had talked on the phone about the allegations. 
The allegations included that Joe Biden had “exercised influence to protect Burisma Holdings” after his son Hunter and his son’s business partner Devon Archer had joined the Ukrainian gas company’s board of directors and “substantial sums of money were paid to them,” Cummins wrote.


  1. And Weiner’s laptop is still MIA...

  2. I agree that Berman is now wishing he’d gone quietly. He was being offered another cushy job. No drama. Now he has made a public spectacle of himself and the Berman file will be opened wide. I imagine this is just the beginning as he was the toady who probably managed to do a lot of dirty work… He even looks weak.

    1. My suspicion is that Trump/Barr have known for a very long time how big a problem Berman is, but this act of gross insubordination was a major miscalculation by Berman. It gave Barr the opportunity he'd probably been waiting for to can Berman. It may have even been a bit of a setup.

    2. Some would like to make out, or buy into the propaganda, that President Trump is easily fooled. Duped. They don’t know what he had to be to succeed in his chosen business in his chosen market. I would venture that succeeding in high end real estate development in New York City would be a matter of surviving one of the toughest boot camps imaginable. The President uses the terms “I am open to” or “I’m considering” and simple minds go crazy. They do not understand negotiation, where the door is never closed prematurely. He says “I listen to everyone” and the wobblies decide he is pulled this way and that. No. Listening to all sides is a great way to gain the information needed to make a decision. IMO, he may be one of the smartest presidents we’ve ever had…

      And AG Barr is clearly no dummy...

    3. Trump's main problem is nobody fears him. Tweets exhibit weakness. Sessions was a neutered puppy. Barr has punished nobody and will punish nobody.

      On the other hand, there is reason to fear D.C. entrenched parasites. Just ask Seth Rich, Jeffrey Epstein, Flynn, Manafort, Cohen, Papadopoulos, Stone, and any Republican congressman who might want to play baseball in a D.C. park.

    4. Thanks for setting me straight on everything.

    5. Wowser! I guess we can all go home!!!


    O/T, but this is why I remain a McCarthy skeptic. And if he doesn't get it by now, he never will.

    The good news, IMHO, is that McCarthy lives firmly ensconsed within the Elite Bubble and is ignored by millions of Trump supporters who develop their opinions in the real world.

    McCarthy should stick to legal analysis.

    1. I found McCarthy to be hopeless some time ago. Either a real plodder or so darned political that he is afraid to state a real opinion. Maybe it’s the book and the DC cocktail parties? He never seems to be quite straightforward to me… Very calculated.