Rep. Devin Nunes (D-Calif.), during his opening statement in the House Intelligence Committee’s first public impeachment hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 13, said Democrats repeatedly redacted the name of the Ukrainian-American activist Alexandra Chalupa in the transcripts of their private impeachment hearings.
“Violating their own guidelines, the Democrats repeatedly redacted from the transcripts the name of Alexandra Chalupa, a contractor for the Democratic National Committee who worked with Ukrainian officials to collect dirt on the Trump campaign, which she provided to the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign,” Nunes said.
The Breitbart News first reported on the issue.
Following a 2017 Politico’s report that said the Democratic National Committee hired Chalupa to consult with “top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia,” Chalupa denied the claim saying that she was “a part-time consultant for the DNC running a ethnic engagement program” and the DNC never asked her “to go to the Ukrainian Embassy to collect information.”
However, the Blaze’s host Glenn Beck slammed Chalupa’s defense, adding that all evidence he has gathered would demonstrate that the DNC opposition researcher, Chalupa, is at the origin of the Trump-Russia investigation.
The impeachment inquiry led by Democrats began when a whistleblower reported that President Donald Trump had pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to launch an investigation into the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine while military aide to the country was being frozen by the administration.
Last week, Nunes submitted a GOP request to have Chalupa testify publicly during the impeachment inquiry but was rejected by the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) who also declined to have the public testimonies from the whistleblower and the Hunter Biden.
“It is important to underscore that the House’s impeachment inquiry, and the committee, will not serve as venues for any member to further the same sham investigations into the Bidens or into debunked conspiracies about 2016 U.S. election interference that President Trump pressed Ukraine to undertake for his personal political benefit,” Schiff wrote as part of a memo and letter to colleagues on procedures for the open hearings.
Nunes, in his opening statement, condemned Democrats for conducting an unfair process, calling the public impeachment hearings a “televised theatrical performance staged by the Democrats.”
“By undermining the president who they are supposed to be serving, elements of the FBI, the Department of Justice, and now the State Department, have lost the confidence of millions of Americans who believe that their vote should count for something. It will take years, if not decades, to restore faith in these institutions,” he said.