We’re getting more and more of the seedier side of Grandma Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State during Obama’s first term. Thanks to Judicial Watch! This scheme of hers and Slick Willie, which now gives every appearance of being about “pay-for-play,” solicited donations from foreign big-shots in exchange for access to the boss of American foreign policy.
And, remember, if we’re to believe Julian The Great Assange, Wikileaks has a ‘October Surprise’ on its way.
To assess the legality of this shady business still seems a bit premature. For now, it’s the national security implications that should be fostering a need for serious discussion, and questioning. It’s a big deal when the person who potentially could be our next president has sold access to foreign bidders before taking the oath of office. It’s especially worrisome when some of those foreigners are in Moscow.
Donald John Trump, as we already know, possesses unsavory Russian ties. Plus, an outward appearance of a ‘bromance’ with Comrade Putin.
Just as serious is how the Kremlin has forged links with both presidential candidates this year. So, NO matter who wins on Tuesday, November 8th, Comrade Putin will too.
But, Grandma H possesses Moscow links that merit the closer investigation. And, the clock is running! 74 days, and counting.
There have been numerous revelations to the fact that Russia’s biggest bank uses The Podesta Group as its lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Though hardly a household name, this firm is well known inside the Beltway, NOT least because its CEO is Tony Podesta, one of the best-connected Democratic shakers in the country. He founded the firm in 1998 with his brother John, formerly chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, then counselor to President Barack Obama, Mr. Podesta is the very definition of a Democratic insider. Feel like a shower? Outsiders engage the Podestas and their well-connected lobbying firm to improve their image, and get access to Democratic bigwigs.
Which is exactly what Sberbank, Russia’s biggest financial institution, did this spring. At the end of March, the Podesta Group registered with the U.S. Government as a lobbyist for Sberbank, as required by law, naming three Podesta Group staffers: Tony Podesta, plus Stephen Rademaker and David Adams, the last two former assistant secretaries of state. You bet they were. ALL perfectly legal in every respect! However, it should be noted, Tony Podesta is a big-money bundler for the Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, while his brother John is the chairman of that campaign, the chief architect of her plans to take the White House this November.
Dots connecting to dots, aunts and uncles.
Recent revelations indicate that Grandma Hillary’s dubious Kremlin ties go far deeper. A new report by Peter Schweizer (Government Accountability Institute), who’s spent years investigating the dubious and convoluted finances of Clinton, Inc., raises troubling questions about just how deep Grandma’s Moscow’s ties are, and whom exactly they’re with.
Schweizer shows that John Podesta sat on the board of a Dutch-registered company that took $35 million from the Kremlin. The company was a transparent Russian front, and how much Podesta was compensated, and for what – is unclear. Of course! In addition, Podesta failed to disclose his position on that board to the Federal government, as required by law.
Here’s the best part of ALL this crap…
Clinton, Inc. profiting from the Russian “reset” was one of the big achievements of Mrs. Clinton’s tenure at the State Department. Never mind that the reset was a disaster, culminating in Kremlin aggression against Ukraine. Hillary Clinton’s signature program at the State Department ended in unambiguous failure. Yet Clinton, Inc. did very well out of the temporary warming of relations with Moscow.
As part of the reset, Hillary encouraged and enabled American and European investment in Russia, particularly in high-tech firms. A key role was played by the Skolkovo Innovation Center, a sprawling complex in Moscow’s western suburbs that was established in 2009, as Russia’s answer to Silicon Valley. With encouragement from the State Department, American companies jumped aboard. Cisco pledged $1 billion of investment in Skolkovo in 2010, and Google and Intel quickly joined the bandwagon. ALL three “just happened” to be major investors in the Clinton Foundation too.
With these sorts of arrangements, paying Grandma H a fee of $675,000 for a 45 minute speech is like paying for a quarterpounder with cheese, at the golden arches.
Here’s Schweizer’s report…