President Trump’s associates pressured Ukraine’s state gas company to implement new management that would benefit themselves and their allies according to The Hill.
The associates were attempting to funnel large contracts to unnamed companies controlled by allies of the U.S. president. Three businessmen, Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman and Harry Sargeant III were all reported to be at the center of the operation. The three men are large donors to the Republican Party and attempted to leverage their ties political ties by mentioning personal meetings with President Donald Trump.
The operation was stopped in its tracks following former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s loss in the Ukranian presidential election. The original plan was to replace Andriy Kobolyev the CEO of Naftogaz State Gas Company with another senior executive at the company, Andrew Favorov. Favorov had met the three businessmen at an energy industry conference in Texas, where they discussed and expressed their support for efforts to import American natural gas into Ukraine.
Similarly, another recent Ukrainian report was released detailing Trump’s conversation regarding Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden with newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky. This report is the focal point of an impeachment inquiry recently launched by House Democrats.
Trump’s associates failed to manipulate Ukraine’s State Gas Company in their attempt to replace top management.