An audio recording obtained by the conservative radio and television network TheBlaze appears to show a top Ukrainian official admitting to trying to damage Donald Trump’s campaign in a bid to help Hillary Clinton.
You’ll recall in August 2016, then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned his post following the revelation of his past lobbying work for pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarchs.
Politico reported at the time, “In recent days, Manafort had lost the confidence of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and one of his closest advisers, and other members of Trump’s family, according to a source close to the campaign.”
“The family was particularly troubled by reports of Manafort’s involvement with Russia and felt he hadn’t been entirely forthright about his activities overseas, the source said,” the news outlet added.
In an audio recording obtained by TheBlaze, Artem Sytnyk, director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, who was tried and convicted in Ukraine for interfering in the U.S. presidential election in 2016, can be heard bragging about his work to friends “Kolya” and “Ivan.”
On Friday, conservative commentator Glenn Beck, who founded TheBlaze, shared a translation of the tape.
“Did they, those Russians, help Trump? Your people?” Kolya asks.
“I think they did. Yeah. I helped him, too. Not him, but Hillary. I helped her,” Sytnyk responds.
“I was in charge of the investigation of their ‘black accounting’ records. We made the Manafort’s data available to general public,” Sytnyk later says.
“So what?” Kolya asked.
“He was imprisoned,” Sytnyk answers. “Manafort then was the head of the Supreme Headquarter of Trump, right? Then he was dismissed, too, including due to the ‘black accounting.’ After that, he was sentenced to 80 years of imprisonment term.”