It is shocking how big money drives Hillary Clinton and many of her cohorts to do dangerous and foolhardy things. We have reported previously on the Clinton Foundation that has several individuals with criminal records on the board (these folks used to be called FOB or Friends of Bill, we can now assume they are called FOH). Why in the world would someone who has been plotting to capture the presidency for years surround herself with criminals? Unless they know the tricks of the trade and are useful helpers for enriching the Clintons. For example, it is estimated the Clinton Foundation has collected over $2 billion, yet only 10% – 15% has actually been spent on charitable activities. Now that is a criminal enterprise.
One of the more disreputable people Clinton has worked with is John Podesta, who is now her campaign chairman. He was so seedy and questionable that even Barack Obama would not allow Clinton to have Podesta on her staff because of his well-known ethical and legal lapses, which is saying something in Washington. So she helped him work in other capacities that were equally dirty, and it now seems some of his activities finally are seeing the light of day. It does not look good. And it blows back on Clinton, who seems to have been playing footsie with the Russians, with Podesta as her lackey, right in the middle of the shenanigans.
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.
As part of her duties during the so-called Russian reset, then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton led the way on U.S. involvement in a Russian government technology initiative that was intended to be the Russian equivalent of America’s Silicon Valley known as Skolkovo. The “innovation city,” located outside Moscow, has some 30,000 workers in state-of-the-art facilities under strict government control. As Slate described it in 2013, “In some ways, Skolkovo is eerily reminiscent of Soviet utopian city-building projects.”
According to the GAI report, Clinton’s State Dept. 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 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.”
Still, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta sat on the executive board of a small energy company called Joule Unlimited. Joule, too, received the FBI letter warning about Skolkovo. Other Joule board members included senior Russian officials. 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.”
The GAI investigative report says it’s unclear how much, if any, money Podesta made. The reason: Podesta was on the board of three Joule entities, but only listed two on his disclosure; the most important entity, Joule Stichting, he did not list. “Podesta’s compensation by Joule cannot be fully determined,” reads the report. “In his 2014 federal government disclosure filing, Podesta lists that he divested stock options from Joule. However, the disclosure does not cover the years 2011-2012.”
“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.
Was Clinton’s “reset” with the Russians simply another way for her to line the pockets of her friends and ultimately herself? Perhaps we will never know, but the fact that Clinton continues to work with criminals and other questionable characters, and that one of the driving forces for Clinton is to acquire as much wealth as possible, seems like it should be a serious disqualification for serving as the president of the United States. Latin American dictators are famous for looting their banana republic treasuries, imagine how much Clinton could carry away as leader of the United States.
While Donald Trump has a number of minor failings as an egotist and someone who doesn’t always care to filter his thoughts, it is stunning that anyone would consider a crook like Clinton to be our president. But she is a master of dirty tricks and a liar par excellence, and more than just stealing huge sums of money, she very well may be successful in stealing the upcoming election.