White House aides have a secret plot to lift sanctions against Russia by blackmailing the Ukrainian president, it has been claimed.
The New York Times reports that among those involved is President Trump’s personal lawyer who hand delivered a report detailing the plan to Michael Flynn before his resignation as National Security Adviser last week.
The document contains proof of corruption by Ukrainian president Petro O. Poroshenko and could be used against him, according to a Ukrainian lawmaker involved in its creation.
‘A lot of people will call me a Russian agent, a U.S. agent, a C.I.A. agent. But how can you find a good solution between our countries if we do not talk?’ Andrii V. Artemenko, told the newspaper.
President Trump’s aides have not spoken to him about the proposal.
Last week he insisted it had been his decision to cut Flynn out of the administration when suspicion surrounding his plans for Russia grew.
He said he could no longer trust the adviser because he he hadn’t told him about being interviewed by the FBI over his ties to the Kremlin in the weeks that followed the inauguration.