One Presidential campaign’s top official went into business with the Russian government.
This top official also had connections to a lobbying firm fighting to lift economic sanctions against Russia.
And the revelations of these hidden connections have shaken American politics to the core.
Despite the media frenzy, the Clinton campaign possessed the only documented financial ties to Russia.
Tony Podesta – brother of campaign chairman John Podesta and a major lobbyist who founded the Podesta Group – was paid $170,000 by Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, to lobby against the sanctions imposed when Russia annexed Crimea.
The Daily Caller reports:
“The Podesta Group charged Sberbank $20,000 per month, plus expenses, on a contract from March through September 2016.
Podesta is one of the Democrat’s highest profile lobbyists who enjoys close personal and business connections to former Presidents Obama and Bill Clinton. John Podesta was chief of staff in Clinton’s White House and special counselor in the Obama White House.
Both Sberbank and VTB Capital face severe cash shortages due to plunging oil prices, plus the U.S. sanctions. If the economic sanctions were lifted, however, both banks could legally seek funds from American financial institutions.
“The Democrats are sitting there trying to convince us that the Russians are trying to throw the election to Trump,” a congressional aide who requested anonymity and met Teplitskaya told TheDCNF.
“And then they’re with us here in the House and meeting directly with the administration behind closed doors on the issue of the sanctions. The hypocrisy could not be any richer,” he said.”
John Podesta’s connections to Russia are even more disturbing.
Podesta actually went into business with the Russian government.
Peter Schweizer – the author of Clinton Cash – wrote:
“Beyond the Clintons themselves, there is also the troubling case of one of their closest aides, John Podesta. He served as Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman. Podesta didn’t just have conversations with Russian officials. He went into business with the Russian government while he was advising Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
In 2011, John Podesta joined the executive board of a small energy company called Joule Unlimited. Two months after he joined the board, the Russian government invested one billion rubles (approximately $35 million) into the company. The money came from a Russian government investment fund called Rusnano. What is Rusnano? It is a fund started in 2007 by Vladimir Putin and has been described by Russian Education and Science Minister Andrei Fursenko as “Putin’s Child.”
According to State Department cables leaked via Wikileaks, technology venture funds like Rusnano were considered a national security concern by U.S. officials because they could serve a “dual use” in their investments. That is, their investments in civilian technologies could have a military application.
In short, John Podesta was business partners with the Russian government and Vladimir Putin. When John Podesta went to the White House in January 2014 to serve as counselor to President Obama, he failed to disclose his board membership in one of the Joule entities on his financial disclosure form. According to the Podesta emails, Podesta transferred his 75,000 shares in the company to an LLC controlled by his family. But as the Wall Street Journal notes, the Podesta emails reveal he remained actively engaged in company business after that fact.”
And there was one other Presidential campaign with officials financially invested in the Russian government.
But the media feeding frenzy instead are focusing on the fact-free conspiracy theory that Trump and his associates were secret Russian moles to derail his presidency.