The Russians have been in the news lately over the Wikileaks releases. Americans, drummed up by the media, are worried about superpowers meddling in elections, but the real worry is that Hillary’s indiscretions (and more) will be aired out for the world to see.
Accusations have been flying at Trump for being behind the releases, prompted by an allegedly “cozy” relationship with Putin and his cronies. There has never been any evidence of links between Trump and Russia, except that he refuses to blast them with rhetoric in order to damage relations between the two world powers.
New information about a connection between the Russians and a major presidential campaign, however, is set to change this race.
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).
The story concerns the plans to build Skolkovo, “the Russian equivalent of America’s Silicon Valley.” Clinton’s State Department “recruited U.S. tech giants like Google, Cisco, Intel. Indeed, out of 28 U.S., European, and Russian companies that participated in Skolkovo, 17 of them were Clinton Foundation donors or paid for speeches by Bill Clinton.”
In 2014, the FBI warned some of these companies that “the [Skolkovo] foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research development facilities.” Hillary’s campaign manager John Podesta sat on the board of one of those companies.
After he joined, that company received a $35 million investment from Rusnano, a company founded by none other than Vladimir Putin.
The story doesn’t end there. There are questions as well about where Podesta’s “Center for American Progress think tank was getting some of its money from, too.
Fortunately, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal have picked up this story, so there’s a possibility that this new scandal will get some traction. The Clinton camp will have some questions to answer this week.