Victoria Nuland (born 1961) is a career diplomat in the United States Foreign Service. She has held important positions in the Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama administrations. She is fluent in Russian. She is married to prominent neoconservative ideological theoritician Robert Kagan. Deep State informant Eric Ciaramella was Nuland's White House contact.. Nuland worked with Ukrainian neo-Nazis to overthrow the elected government of Ukraine, and came up with the idea of firing the prosecutor investigating Joe Biden's son.
Nuland was involved in crafting the bogus talking points in the cover up of the Benghazi massacre, although the extent of her involvement was not fully revealed to Congressional investigators. Questions did come up in May 2013 when Nuland was nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, covering former Soviet satellite Republics and the Russian Federation. She was sworn in to fill the office in September 2013.
Arms smuggling to ISIS
Gen. Michael Flynn as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) oversaw an analysis in 2012 that foresaw the Obama administration's support for Syrian and foreign jihadis would create “a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria," the group that in June 2014 declared itself the Islamic State Caliphate.
The partially declassified report embarrassed the advocates for an escalation of the war in Syria and the ouster of secular President Bashar al-Assad. Flynn went further in a 2015 interview when he said the intelligence was “very clear” that the Obama administration made a “willful decision” to back the jihadists in league with Middle East allies, a choice that looked particularly stupid when Islamic State militants started beheading American hostages and capturing cities in Iraq.
- See also: Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists
Key neoconservatives, such as Victoria Nuland and Sen. John McCain, began pushing for the violent right-wing coup that in February 2014 ousted Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovych and touched off the new Cold War with Russia.
Amid these heightened tensions, the mainstream media in the United States and Europe joined in the full-scale Russia/Putin-bashing, holding Russia at fault for everything. A new McCarthyism emerged, deeming anyone who dared disagree a “Moscow surrogate” or a “Russian propagandist.”
The ugliness penetrated into the 2016 presidential election campaign as Hillary Clinton took a belligerent line toward Russia while Donald Trump broke with the Republican establishment and called for improved ties between Washington and Moscow.
After Trump's victory the anti-Russian hysteria gained added strength as Democrats were so angry that liberal and progressive operatives saw a chance to build a movement and raise lots of money by pushing the Trump-Putin accusations.
This opportunism turned much of the liberal/progressive community into a new pro-Cold War constituency, willing to engage in a new breed of McCarthyism, by demanding investigations into any relations between Americans and Russians.
Biden fires Ukrainian prosecutor
- 15 November. Epoch Times: Nuland Hatched Plan for Biden to Force Firing of Top Ukrainian Prosecutor.
- Victoria Nuland, who was involved in events connected to the surveillance of the Trump 2016 presidential campaign was directly involved in concocting a plan to have Vice President Joe Biden force the firing of the top prosecutor in Ukraine, by threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, according to the impeachment inquiry testimony of George Kent, a senior State Department official.
- Nuland worked with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt in late 2015 to create a plan to force the firing of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, according to George Kent.
“My understanding is that the conversations that were near-daily between Ambassador Pyatt and Toria Nuland regarding what to do on the way forward then included pitching the office of the Vice President to push President Poroshenko to remove Shokin,”
- Kent told lawmakers on October 15, 2019. Biden carried out Nuland’s plan during a visit to Ukraine in December 2015 and has since bragged, on at least two occasions, about forcing Shokin’s firing by threatening to cut off the loan guarantees. At the time Biden exerted pressure on Ukraine, Shokin was investigating Burisma, the Ukrainian gas giant that was paying Biden’s son Hunter Biden to serve on its board of directors. Poroshenko asked for Shokin’s resignation two months after Biden’s overture.
- Nuland told CBS that she received a copy of the Steele dossier in July 2016 and forwarded it to the FBI. She has argued that she did right to forward the dossier to the bureau, but in doing so she helped launder Steele’s allegations by adding credibility to the unverified document in acting as a highly-placed conduit. Between Sept. 26, 2016, and Dec. 10, 2016, Nuland received Russia-related information from Steele via State Department official Jonathan Winer. During these three months, the FBI obtained the secret court warrant to surveil Trump campaign associate Carter Page. In December 2016, Nuland received a briefing about the Steele dossier from David Kramer, a longtime associate of late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). McCain specifically directed Kramer to brief Nuland about the dossier. The extent of Kramer’s outreach lay bare a coordinated plan to widely disseminate the dossier among highly placed officials, lawmakers, and the media. In addition to briefing Nuland, Kramer briefed 17 members of the media, Senior Director for Russian Affairs at the National Security Council Celeste Wallander, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s chief of staff, Jonathan Burks.
- Nuland’s ties to Steele aren’t limited to 2016. Starting as early as June 2014, she received, via Winer, dozens of Steele’s reports on Russia and Ukraine. Notably, she forwarded three of Steele’s reports to Pyatt in November 2015, around the time the pair were planning to force Shokin’s firing.
- According to his testimony, George Kent was already aware that Hunter Biden was on Burisma’s board at the time Nuland and Pyatt planned to oust Shokin. Kent learned of Biden’s involvement in the company in early 2015 and became concerned about the appearance of a conflict of interest. In February 2015, Kent raised the issue with Joe Biden’s office. “The message that I recall hearing back was that the vice president’s son Beau was dying of cancer and that there was no further bandwidth to deal with family related issues at that time,” Kent told lawmakers on Oct. 15, 2019.
- George Kent learned of Hunter Biden’s position with Burisma shortly after Kent pressed an official at the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office about the sudden closing in late December 2014 of an investigation of Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky. Kent learned that an official at the office received a $7 million bribe in May 2014 to shutter the Hunter Biden probe. Kent said in his public testimony in the impeachment inquiry on November 14, 2019:
“I and other U.S. officials consistently advocated re-instituting a scuttled investigation of Zlochevsky, Burisma’s founder, as well as holding the corrupt prosecutors who closed the case to account,”
George W. Bush administration
Victoria Nuland timeline
Nuland had an extensive involvement with Clinton-funded Steele dossier.
- 26 April. Michael Isikoff publishes story on Yahoo News about Paul Manafort’s business dealings with Oleg Deripaska. Victoria Nuland and Alexandra Chalupa are sources.</font>
- 17 June.Victoria Nuland meets with Eric Ciaramella in the the White House.
- July 5. Steele gives FBI Agent Mike Gaeta a copy of dossier at the offices of Steele’s firm, Orbis in London. Permission was given by Victoria Nuland to meet with Steele. Nuland receives a copy by mid July and passes it to FBI.
- ~6-7 July. First installment of the Steele dossier is shared with Victoria Nuland and passed on to the FBI. Both Paul Manafort and Carter Page are referenced in an early undated Steele dossier memo (page 7). Nuland later says "when [Steele] was doing this other work and became concerned … he passed two to four pages of short points of what he was finding and our immediate reaction to that was, this is not in our purview. This needs to go to the FBI if there is any concern here that one candidate or the election as a whole might be influenced by the Russian Federation. That’s something for the FBI."
Nuland was involved in the Obama State Department’s “urgent” gathering of classified Russia investigation information and disseminating it to members of Congress within hours of Trump taking office.
Nuland was fired by President Donald Trump on January 26, 2017.
- "Victoria Nuland to be State Department spokesman", Foreign Policy, May 16, 2011.
- Nuland’s involvement raises new questions about the motivations of the officials involved in the circulation of the Steele dossier, the document which for three years fueled the debunked narrative that then-candidate Donald Trump colluded with Russia in 2016 to influence the 2016 presidential election. Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, compiled the dossier by paying second- and thirdhand sources with ties to the Kremlin. The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee ultimately funded Steele’s work.
- https://www.yahoo.com/amphtml/news/trumps-campaign-chief-ducks-questions-about- 214020365.html