Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s cronies have been making much ado about GOP nominee Donald Trump’s supposed connections to Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta suggested Trump has a “kind of bromance” going with Russian President Vladmir Putin.
Robert Reich — former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, now a professor at University of California at Berkeley — went deeper, suggesting a pattern of Trump’s financial connections to Russia and Putin (citing John Marshall’s article at TPM). The points center largely on Trump’s financing through Russian banks, as well as Trump campaign team members’ previous stints advising and/or investing in Russian-connected entities.
So it will be interesting to hear what Clinton’s cronies and Podesta himself have to say about a just-released report detailing the Russian technology initiative former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spearheaded — largely comprised of Clinton Foundation donors — as well as campaign chairman Podesta’s own position on a board, alongside Russian officials, which received $35 million from a Putin-connected Russian government fund. (Oddly, Podesta failed to fully disclose this on his federal financial disclosures as required by law.)
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta sat on the board of a small energy company alongside Russian officials that received $35 million from a Putin-connected Russian government fund, a relationship Podesta failed to fully disclose on his federal financial disclosures as required by law.
That’s one of the many revelations from a 56-page report released late Sunday titled “From Russia with Money: Hillary Clinton, the Russian Reset, and Cronyism” by the non-partisan government watchdog group, the Government Accountability Institute (GAI). Breitbart Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon holds the same title in GAI and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer serves as GAI’s president.
One of the reports’ major revelations is then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s leadership on a Russian technology initiative, intended to be the equivalent of Silicon Valley, called Skolkovo. According to the GAI report, Clinton’s State Dept. recruited U.S. tech giants like Google, Cisco, Intel. And, here’s a shocker: out of 28 U.S., European, and Russian companies that participated the Russian technology initiative, 17 of them were Clinton Foundation donors or paid for speeches by Bill Clinton.
As Breitbart elaborates:
However, as involvement in Skolkovo by Clinton cronies increased, so, too, did the danger for the technology coming out of the Russian tech mecca to be used for Russian military purposes.
In 2014, the FBI issued what it called “an extraordinary warning” to several technology companies involved with Skolkovo. “The [Skolkovo] foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research development facilities and dual-use technologies with military and commercial application,” warned Lucia Ziobro, the assistant special agent at the FBI’s Boston office. She added: “The FBI believes the true motives of the Russian partners, who are often funded by the government, is to gain access to classified, sensitive, and emerging technology from the companies.”
As The Wall Street Journal says of Skolkovo, Far from enhancing American national interests, Mrs. Clinton’s efforts in this area may have substantially undermined U.S. national security.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton undermining our nation’s national security? Sounds familiar.
Meanwhile, her campaign chairman John Podesta was sitting on the board of a small energy company called Joule Unlimited, alongside senior Russian officials — which also received the FBI warning.
According to the GAI report: “Two months after Podesta joined the board, Vladimir Putin’s Rusnano announced that it would invest up to one billion rubles into Joule Unlimited, which amounts to $35 million. That represents one-fifth of the entire amount of investment dollars Joule collected from 2007 to 2013.”
Rusnano, which former Russian education and science minister and current science advisor to Vladmir Putin Andrei Fursenko describes as “Putin’s child,” was founded by Putin in 2007.
The GAI investigative report says it’s unclear how much, if any, money Podesta made, because Podesta failed to list all of his Joule board positions on his federal financial disclosure.
Why Podesta failed to reveal, as required by law on his federal financial disclosures, his membership on the board of this offshore company is presently unknown.
“But the flows of funds from Russia during the ‘reset’ to Podesta-connected entities apparently didn’t end with Joule Energy,” the report states. According to the GAI report, Podesta’s far-left think tank, Center for American Progress (CAP), took in $5.25 million from the Sea Change Foundation between 2010-2013.
So, let this sink in for a moment: Both the FBI and U.S. Army sounded major alarm bells about Skolkovo being an ominous pathway for Russia to accelerate its military technological capabilities. And yet Hillary Clinton’s State Dept and her campaign manager continued to be deeply entangled in it.
Will our media do its job and demand answers from Clinton herself and her campaign?
Sadly, I’m not holding my breath here. They are more likely to continue to beat dead horses surrounding GOP nominee Donald Trump.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor[