Scandal follows the Clintons like stink follows garbage.
Now, add yet another smelly situation to Hillary’s long list of campaign concerns, including the FBI investigation into emailgate, the congressional investigation into Benghazi, Bill Clinton’s decidedly sub-par performances on the trail, and Bernie Sanders’ better-than-expected backing by Democrat primary and caucus voters.
When word broke this week that the internal files of a shadowy Panamanian law firm that caters to the world’s wealthy and powerful had been leaked to a journalism group, it was only a matter of time before a connection surfaced between the “Panama Papers” scandal and America’s royal couple of corruption.
As it turns out, it wasn’t much time at all, and it was not one connection, but two — and both involved people with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, one of the companies that used the services of the Mossack Fonseca law firm was Sberbank of Russia. Sberbank and an affiliated Russian company, Troika Dialog, are used by Russia’s most powerful rulers — the inner circle of President Vladimir Putin — to funnel state money into private investments, the Free Beacon reported.
Besides being a financial giant with deep ties to the Russian oligarchy, Sberbank has a contract with The Podesta Group, a lobbying firm founded by Clinton associate and Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta.
Just to keep things in the family, John Podesta’s brother, Clinton campaign bundler Tony Podesta, is one of the lobbyists working on the Sberbank account, according to the Free Beacon.
The Podesta lobbying contract, which started shortly before the leak, was to minimize the impact of U.S. sanctions against Russia for its aggression in Ukraine.
In short, when Sberbank wanted to funnel millions in Russian state money into private investments, it turned to Mossack Fonseca. When the bank wanted to cushion the punishments against Russia for invading Ukrainian territory in the Crimea in 2014 — and keeping the rest of the country on edge ever since — it turned to its pals in the Clinton campaign.
The second connection, according to the Daily Caller, was a billionaire named Bidzina Ivanishvili, a former prime minister of the Republic of Georgia, who was also a client of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
Ivanishvili is said to be good friends with Sidney Blumenthal, the Hillary Clinton confidant and unofficial foreign policy adviser whose name keeps popping up with regard to Clinton’s email scandal.
According to a Gawker report from last year, Ivanishvili used Blumenthal as a conduit to get his opinions to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state, about developments in Georgia.
Ivanishvili wanted the country to cozy up to Putin’s Russia – and opposed the U.S.-backed President Mikhail Saakashvili. The results of Ivanishvili’s emails to Clinton are unclear, but the “Panama Papers” leak makes it perfectly clear that he was one of the law firm’s clients.
In short, when the foreign billionaire and politician wanted to stash fortunes in offshore tax-advantaged accounts, he turned to Mossack Fonseca. When he wanted a back-door way to influence American foreign policy, he turned to an old pal of Hillary Clinton.
Is it any wonder that scandal follows the Clintons like stink follows garbage?