John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman, had shady ties with Rusnano, a state-run Russian company founded by Vladimir Putin. He served on boards and executive committees for three of their entities: Joule Unlimited, Joule Global Holdings, and Joule Global Stichtig. Anatoly Chubais, Rusnano’s CEO is considered corrupt.
When Podesta joined Barack Obama’s White House in 2014, he failed to reveal a 2011 Joule stock vesting agreement on his financial disclosure form. He also did not reveal owning 75,000 shares of Joule stock. Wikileaks exposed this lie in a leaked email.
Now, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is calling for a congressional investigation of Podesta:
Gohmert is troubled about the Podesta-Russia connection, telling TheDCNF, “this certainly needs to be reviewed to see if there really is something nefarious going on with these activities.” Gohmert sits on the House Judiciary Committee and is vice chair of its subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security.
The Podesta-Russia connection also could rekindle a new round of questions about Clinton relationships with foreign figures — in this case, Chubais.
Chubais, Russia’s deputy prime minister in the 1990s, owed his personal fortunes to Bill Clinton, who embraced him as a “reformer” in former President Boris Yeltsin’s government. Clinton’s ally instead created a new generation of tycoons who today rule Russia.
A major report by the Government Accountability Institute details a number of troubling Russian connections to the Clinton’s.
There is also a federal lawsuit, Neas Ltd, v. Rusnano which suggests that Podesta may have unknowingly aided Rusnano in a scheme to move rubles into U.S. dollars. That’s where Hillary Clinton comes into play:
“Shortly after then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pursued her ‘reset’ with Russia, state-owned Russian companies began targeting American companies in Boston and Silicon Valley as investment opportunities.
“In May 2010, under Hillary Clinton’s leadership, the Department of State facilitated a visit by 22 American hi-tech and venture capital firms to Skolkovo, Russia’s version of Silicon Valley, according to GAI.
“Rusnano appears to have been a leader in the Russian investment move into the United States. Chubais created a Rusnano ‘investment fund’ and set up a so-called ‘Russian Innovation Center’ in tony Silicon Valley, according to the Neas lawsuit.”
According to the FBI, Russia was allegedly using Joule to get access Boston-area high tech firms in 2014. They were attempting to get access to classified and emerging technology from various U.S. companies.
Podesta has been a close confidante to the Clinton’s for years. There have also been some well documented favors done by the Clinton’s on behalf of the Russians. If Podesta had any influence over these decisions while working for a Putin founded company, that is extremely troubling. And it’s more of a link to Russia than anything discovered thus far regarding President Trump.