Apparently, liberals were right to be worried about all of those “Russia connections” that they’ve been obsessing over for the last few months. The only problem is that they were wrong about who they were worrying about.
Instead of focusing their time and energy on President Donald Trump and his campaign team, liberals should have been vetting their own team for these Russia ties.
The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has discovered that Hillary Clinton’s right-hand man, John Podesta, was on the board of 3 different companies that are closely related to a parent company by the name of Rusnano. Rusnano is a Russian state-run company that was founded by none other than Vladimir Putin and over the years has doled out tens of millions of dollars to the Podesta linked firms. The three companies that Podesta helped lead were Boston-based Joule Unlimited; Rotterdam-based Joule Global Holdings; Joule Global Stichting, the company’s controlling interest. All three companies are high-tech renewable energy enterprises.
Three months after Podesta’s arrival, Joule Unlimited accepted a 1 billion ruble investment from Rusnano, amounting to $35 million in U.S. currency. The firm also awarded a Joule board seat in February 2012 to Anatoly Chubais, Rusnano’s CEO, who has been depicted as a corrupt figure…
One potential legal problem for him relates to the time he joined former President Barack Obama’s White House staff in 2014 as a senior counselor and failed to reveal his 2011 Joule stock vesting agreement in his government financial disclosure form.
Further, he failed to disclose 75,000 common shares of Joule stock he received, as disclosed in a WikiLeaks email.
After Podesta began working at the White House, his lawyer indicated in a Jan. 6, 2014 email that he had not yet finished the legal work on the private transfer of the stock to a family-owned entity called Leonido Holdings, LLC.
Now, Texas congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is calling for an investigation into Podesta’s role with Rusnano and how his relationship with the Russians may have played a part in his time with the Obama administration.
Gohmert is right, there needs to be an investigation into Podesta’s connections with Rusnano and the Russian government. In fact, a larger investigation that encompasses the Clinton Family Foundation’s interactions with the Russians should also take place as the connection between Podesta, Russia, and the Clintons cannot be coincidental.
Some of the connections between Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation were unearthed by Peter Schweizer, a former fellow at the right-leaning Hoover Institution and author of the forthcoming book “Clinton Cash.” Mr. Schweizer provided a preview of material in the book to The Times, which scrutinized his information and built upon it with its own reporting.
Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown. But the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation, headed by a former president who relied heavily on foreign cash to accumulate $250 million in assets even as his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors.
Congress needs to investigate Russia’s influence in our politics, but it’s not the fault of the Trump administration…