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Media: Ukrainian ex-diplomat Telizhenko discussed Ukraine and Russia with Congressman Nunes
Telizhenko came to the attention of the public in connection with allegations of Ukrainian interference in the elections
Former Ukrainian diplomat Andriy Telizhenko, who promoted the theory of Kiev’s interference in the 2016 US elections, met with Rep. Devin Nunes, US media reported..
This indicates that Telizhenko had broader connections in Washington than previously thought..
“Congressman Nunes influenced me in a very interesting and favorable way, being a very positive and influential politician who loves America and is interested in Ukraine and developments in the fight against Russia,” Telizhenko told the Daily Beast. “We talked about how to deal with Russian aggression in Ukraine and Russian propaganda”.
Representatives for Nunes did not respond to a request for comment on the news..
According to media reports, Telizhenko worked at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington from December 2015 to June 2016. He played a key role in promoting the popular right-wing theory that the Ukrainian government collaborated with Democrats during the 2016 campaign to thwart Trump’s victory..
As the Politico portal wrote in January 2017, the Ukrainian embassy tried to find incriminating evidence on Paul Manafort, who had been Trump’s campaign manager for several months. Telizhenko, on record, admitted that he was instructed to share any relevant information with the former consultant of the National Committee of the Democratic Party, Alexandra Chalupa.
This story received widespread coverage in the conservative media..
According to American media reports, Telizhenko subsequently helped Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to study issues related to American politics in Ukraine..
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