ROGUE AGENT: How Rudy Giuliani got paid by the Government of Ukraine to influence U.S. foreign policy
Giuliani represents himself abroad as “Advisor” to the U.S. President, negotiating quid-pro-quo deals with foreign governments while earning at least $14 million in “consulting” fees since 2017. Why isn’t he registered as a foreign agent?
Reporting by: Portlus Glam
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In May 2018, I began alerting reporters to an issue I found to be of urgent national security concern — Rudy Giuliani, the U.S. President’s “informal” Cybersecurity Advisor, was negotiating clandestine foreign policy deals in Ukraine for the obvious benefit of Donald Trump.
Open source research had revealed unequivocally that in early 2017, Giuliani began receiving payments from the Ukrainian Government under cover of “security consulting” contracts with two cities. First, Kharkiv — a Party of Regions stronghold in the country’s east headed by Mayor Gennadiy Kernes. The other, Kiev — Ukraine’s capital city headed by Mayor Viktor Klitschko. Simultaneously, Giuliani was “advising” or otherwise engaging with officials at the highest levels of the U.S. government to influence U.S. policy and create favorable outcomes for his Ukrainian clients.
These quid-pro-quo deals in Ukraine were lucrative for Giuliani. In divorce court proceedings last year, it was revealed that Trump’s advisor had earned at least $14 million from foreign governments, oligarchs, and unknown others. Since Trump was elected, foreign officials have cared little whether Giuliani is “formally” in his role — they care about access and the ability to influence the U.S. President’s policy decisions. Since January 2017, Giuliani has delivered in spades.
When Department of Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert announced the administration’s first Executive Order on cybersecurity in May 2017, it was Giuliani who he thanked for its development.
When then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced he was shuttering the Office of Cyber Issues in July 2017, it was Giuliani whose team was on the ground in Kharkiv discussing U.S.-Ukraine “security cooperation”.
When Trump green lit the Pentagon’s Javelin missile proposal in November 2017 — after months of “stalling” — it was Giuliani who arrived in Ukraine on the private jet of Ukrainian-American oligarch Alexander Rovt.
It was Giuliani who promised Mayor Kernes a special “support office” for Kharkiv in the U.S.
It was Giuliani who met with Ukraine’s then-President Petro Poroshenko to discuss “Russian aggression”, “Ukraine-USA cooperation in cyber security sphere” and the “course of reforms in Ukraine”.
And once the administration approved the shipment of Javelin missiles to Ukraine in March 2018 — it was Giuliani who hosted a delegation from Kharkiv to “study” the New York and New Jersey Departments of Emergency Management and discuss “software issues” related to the U.S. Center for Emergency Response.
Over the past eighteen months, I have written five articles and posted countless research threads documenting Giuliani’s foreign travels and illegal activities in Ukraine. At various points, I’ve made an effort to organize and compile what has become an overwhelming volume of research into one comprehensive reference. My goal in publishing this new “full” timeline is to create a living public document that will serve this function more broadly, and can be added to over time.
For reference, my previous reports regarding Giuliani’s illegal activities in Ukraine and elsewhere around the globe can be read here:
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What follows is the “Giuiani-Ukraine Back-channel” covering the time frame from January 2017 to June 2018, detailed with links to references as appropriate. As I continue collating this research through present day (September 2019), I will re-publish this post with updates.
JANUARY 2017 — MAY 2017
January 20: President Trump is inaugurated in Washington D.C.
Late January: Ukrainian Member of Parliament Andrei Artemenko meets with Felix Sater and Michael Cohen in New York City
Late January: MP Artemenko hands off Peace Plan documents to Sater and Cohen
January/February: Paul Manafort meets with Konstantin Kilimnik in Madrid
~February 6: Sater and Cohen deliver Peace Plan to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
February 8: Yuri Vanetik and Manafort meet in NYC
February13: Flynn is fired for lying about his phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak
February 20: Russia’s Ambassador to United Nations Vitaly Churkin becomes ill in New York City and dies
May 3: FBI Director James Comey testifies before congress, revealing FBI probe into Trump Campaign and Giuliani’s N.Y. FBI leaks
May 9: Trump fires Comey
May 10: Giuliani visits White House and meets with Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert about cybersecurity
May 10: Trump meets with Lavrov and Kislyak, offering them classified intelligence
May 11: Trump tweets “Let’s Make Peace!”
May: FBI opens counter-intel and Special Counsel appointed
JUNE 2017 — AUGUST 2017
Early June: Giuliani travels to Kiev
July 7: Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time at the G20 summit in Hamburg
August 4: Pentagon asks White House to approve lethal weapons to Ukraine, proposing a $50 million Javelin missile package
August 14: Mainstream media outlets push a disinformation campaign using a flawed think tank study — the findings allege Ukraine had sold missiles to North Korea on black market
OCTOBER 2017 — DECEMBER 2017
October 27: Paul Manafort and Rick Gates indicted for financial crimes relating to their work in Ukraine, including conspiracy against U.S.
October 27: George Papadopolous plea agreement released by Special Counsel
November 11: Trump and Putin meet three times on sidelines of Asia-Pacific Summit in Vietnam
November 14: Trump tells press he believes Putin did not intefere in election
November 21:: Giuliani promises Kharkiv Mayor Kernes a special “support office” in U.S.
November 22: Giuliani meets with Poroshenko to discuss Russian aggression, corruption reform, and US-Ukraine cooperation on cybersecurity
November: Poroshenko allegedly gives order to stop cooperation with U.S. investigators
December: Ukrainian officials allegedly cancel trips to meet with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Special Counsel Mueller
December 15: Trump calls Putin to say “thank you” for comments Putin made regarding the U.S. economy
December 17: Putin calls Trump to say “thank you” for an intelligence tip regarding a St. Petersburg terrorist plot
December 20: Trump approves grant package of $41 million in sniper equipment, but does not move on Javelins
MARCH 2018 — JUNE 2018
March: After a two month delay, Pentagon signs off on shipment of Javelin missiles to Ukraine
March: Cambridge Analytica whistle blower Christopher Wylie comes forward
Late March: Kharkiv delegation headed by Deputy Mayor Igor Terehov travels to New York City
Late March: Giuliani lands Kharkiv delegation special access to “study” New York and New Jersey Department of Emergency Management
March 28: Giuliani helps Dr. Maria Ryan transfer 20 million medical records to AthenaHealth Cloud
Early April: Poroshenko officially “halts” Manafort investigation, blocking further subpoenas or witness interviews
Early April: Poroshenko confirms receipt of Javelin missiles
April 9: Michael Cohen raided by FBI
April 20: Giuliani is re-introduced to the public as Trump’s “lawyer”
Late April: Giuliani’s gas-lighting of America begins as he defends the president on air about hush money payments
Early June: Giuliani and Ryan travel to Israel
Mid June: Giuliani and Ryan travel to Scotland to golf at Trump International Links
Late June: Giuliani and Ryan travel to Normandy