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‘Full Disclosure’ Or Controlled By Russia? Podesta Caught Red-Handed

There is a new development in the story of Russian collusion that should cause an immediate congressional inquire. And it has nothing to do with the Trump administration. During an intense Fox Business interview with Maria Bartiromo, John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chief, made several misleading statements about his interaction with a company that received $35 million from the Russian government. This occurred while Hillary was Secretary State.
On January 18, 2011, a green-energy company named Joule Unlimited announced Podesta’s appointment to its board. Several months later, Rusnano, an investment fund founded by Vladimir Putin and backed by the Kremlin, poured $35 million into Joule. Not only was Podesta on the Joule board, but sitting alongside him was Russian official Anatoly Chubais and oligarch Ruben Vardanyan, an appointee to the Russian economic modernization council by Putin.
The Fox Business host asked Podesta why he failed to disclose his role in Joule as required by law when he entered the White House in January of 2014; he charged back, “Maria, that’s not true. I fully disclosed and was completely compliant.” But that statement is just not true according to his financial disclosure form.
Bartiromo pressed Podesta on the accuracy of his statements, and where his 75,000 shares of Joule stock were listed, Podesta played a semantics game, “I didn’t have any stock in any Russian company!” Technically, that is true because Joule is based in Massachusetts, not Russia. “And by the way, I divested before I went into the White House,” Podesta added.
But it’s not so black and white. A WikiLeaks document revealed that when Podesta entered the White House, he transferred his Joule shares to an LLC controlled by his adult children. He also began interacting with Joule again after leaving the White House and joining Clinton’s campaign.
“I was on the board of an American company that did business here and only here,” he said. “The Russian company had a small investment in that company. We can go round and around the tree.” But according to Joule’s CEO and president, Bill Sims, investments in the company would help support “the development of our global presence” and “complements the company’s expansion plans in Europe, the Middle East, and Mexico.”
To summarize, Hillary Clinton’s top campaign chief and a senior counselor to Obama sat on Joule’s board right next to a top Russian official while a Putin/Kremlin-backed investment fund channeled $35 million into the company. Anyone interested in Russian collusion with the U.S. government can’t help but investigate that kind of interaction. But are U.S. lawmakers focusing on this? No one knows. When Bartiromo asked if Podesta was asked about this web of relationships, he replied, “I have already told you that I was asked not to talk about specific questions, and I said I would respect that.”
After what Podesta just revealed, if they weren’t investigating him before, they surely should be now. What do you think about this new information?
Credit: New York Post

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