Trump-Putin vs. Nixon-Watergate: Similar or Worse
(I'd have to say Trump is far, far worse)
Hey, Vlad WTF is up with those charges against “Artie”
(“Artie” = Andrii Artemenko)
Continuing and Widening Story (NY Times here):
Prosecutors in Ukraine are investigating whether a member of Parliament committed treason by working with associates of President Trump to promote a plan for settling Ukraine’s conflicts with Russia.
In court filings, Ukrainian prosecutors accused Andrii V. Artemenko of conspiring with Russia to commit “subversive acts against Ukraine,” and “in particular by advancing a proposal that could legitimize the temporary occupation of the Crimean peninsula.”
(Note: Russia forcibly annexed the peninsula in 2014, a step that Ukraine, the United States and other governments have refused to recognize; Mr. Artemenko said his proposal would allow Ukraine to formally cede control of the territory to Russia, at least temporarily).
Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s prosecutor general, posted a copy of the court filing to his Facebook page on Tuesday with the statement “Ukraine’s integrity is above all else.” The so-called “Artemenko plan” was reported on Sunday by the New York Times.
It outlines a series of steps meant to bring to an end the rebellion by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, and to resolve the dispute over Crimea by allowing voters to decide whether to lease the peninsula to Russia for 50 or 100 years.
(Note: Settling those issues could give the Trump administration a path to lift sanctions against Russia).
As reported, Artemenko traveled to NYC in January to discuss the plan with Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, and with Felix H. Sater, a Russian-American business associate of the Trump Organization who scouted business opportunities in Russia for the company as recently as 2015.
Cohen said he delivered the proposal to the White House in a sealed envelope in early February to then (and now former) NSC Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
(Note: Artemenko is a little-known politician who has tried to brand himself as a Trump-style populist. He has not been arrested or formally charged with a crime).
More on this later, I am sure. Stay tuned therefore, this is potentially the biggest story in American history …