Former DNC consultant partnered with convicted bomber to investigate Trump

A former Clinton staffer and former consultant for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has collaborated in recent months with a convicted domestic terrorist known as the “Speedway Bomber” to compile information on President Trump.

According to The Daily Caller, the collaboration culminated in a December meeting in Washington, D.C., between Alexandra Chalupa, a former DNC consultant; convicted bomber-turned-activist, Brett Kimberlin; and an Israeli man born in South Africa, named Yoni Ariel.

During the meeting, Ariel, whose real name is Jonathan Schwartz, briefed Chalupa and Kimberlin regarding his knowledge of Russia’s activities during the 2016 presidential campaign.

According to sources, Chalupa, an activist of Ukrainian heritage who strongly opposes Trump, also routed Ariel to the Justice Department.

The Daily Caller reported that little resulted from the meetings.

Alexandra Chalupa

Alexandra Chalupa

Ariel’s connection to Kimberlin had been previously reported by BuzzFeed, yet Chalupa’s association with the bomber-activist is a new revelation.

The connection between Chalupa and Kimberlin is notable in light of her prominent position with the DNC and his status as a convicted felon.

“My initial thought?” Ariel said, “Why the hell are the DNC people dealing with a guy like this?”

Kimberlin has been called the “Speedway Bomber” since being convicted of setting a string of bombs in Speedway, Indiana, in 1978. No one died as a result of the blasts, though a Vietnam veteran suffered injuries requiring the amputation of one of his legs.

Kimberlin served 17 years in prison for his crimes, and now advocates for various voters’ rights initiatives, including in Ukraine.

Chalupa has been employed in several capacities by the DNC while also working as a pro-Ukraine activist. She was a former staffer in the Clinton White House and founded the U.S. United with Ukraine Coalition in 2014. She also was the head of the DNC’s national ethnic outreach group during the 2016 campaign.

According to an essay Chalupa recently published in Medium, she led the DNC’s opposition research into Trump’s alleged links to Russia. In January, Politico reported that she collaborated with the Ukrainian government to gather and disseminate research on ties between Trump, his campaign advisers, and the Russian government.

To broadcast that information, Chalupa relied on “a network of sources in Kiev and Washington, including investigative journalists, government officials and private intelligence operatives,” Politico reports.

H/T: The Daily Caller

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