‘Clinton Cash’ writer Peter Schweizer elaborated further.
He explained that Podesta’s Russian connection is not tangential, but instead a deep connection:
PETER SCHWEIZER: In 2011, John Podesta joins the board of this very small energy company called Joule Energy based out of Massachusetts. About two months after he joins the board of a Russian entity called Rusnano, puts a billion rubles which is about $35 million into John Podesta’s company. Now, what is Rusnano? It’s not a private company, Steve. It is a fund directly funded by the Kremlin. In fact, the Russian science minister called Rusnano, “Putin’s child.” So you have the Russian government investing in one John Podesta’s businesses in 2011, while he is an advisor to Hillary Clinton at the State Department…
So Schweizer implicates Clinton, and it’s pretty easy to connect the dots. But what about Obama?
As Schweizer explains, Podesta goes on to join Obama in his second term. Thus, the Clinton octopus extended its tentacles back into the political mainstream.
So then in 2013, he goes to the White House, to be a ‘special counselor’ to Barack Obama, and that requires that you, you know, have financial disclosures every year. In his financial disclosure form in 2013, he not only fails to disclose these 75,000 shares of stock that he has in Joule Energy which is funded in part by the Russian government. He also fails to disclose that he is on one of the three corporate board that this entity has. It’s got this very complex ownership structure. He discloses he is on the company in Massachusetts, that is he on the board of a company in the Netherlands, but he fails to disclose that he is also on the executive order of the holding company. That’s a clear violation of the disclosure rules that needs to be looked at…
What makes the Podesta case clear is there was a transfer of money and there was a transfer of a lot of money that stood to make John Podesta a lot of money. That is unique and that’s extremely troubling because at the time that transfer is taking place he is advising Hillary Clinton at the State Department. We know that from the Podesta emails that he is helping her make personnel decisions, speech decisions, policy decisions. He is meeting with her monthly. It’s a transfer of money from a foreign government, at the time, that is he was advising America’s chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton.
As The Daily Caller article elaborates on Podesta’s holdings, Podesta intentionally withheld information.
When Podesta announced his departure from the Joule board in January 2014 to become President Obama’s special counsellor, the company officially issued him 75,000 common shares of stock.
The Schedule B section of the federal government’s form 278 which — requires financial disclosures for government officials — required Podesta to “report any purchase, sale or exchange by you, your spouse, or dependent children…of any property, stocks, bonds, commodity futures and other securities when the amount of the transaction exceeded $1,000.”
Podesta’s form 278 Schedule B is blank regarding his receipt of any stock from any company.
Liberals and conservatives alike tell TheDCNF Podesta should have disclosed the stock.
“Well Podesta should certainly have been more upfront in filling this out. Clearly, it should have been fully disclosed,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the liberal group Public Citizen which was founded by Ralph Nader. “That’s the point of the personal financial disclosure forms, especially for anyone entering the White House,” he told TheDCNF in an interview.
“If the transfer of stock took place, it had to be disclosed,” added former U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova in an interview. “If he didn’t, clearly it’s a violation.”
At this point it’s safe to say that Podesta was more than “a little pregnant” with the Russians’ baby.
As Schweizer commented, the year Podesta joined Joule, the company agreed to accept 1-Billion-Rubles — or $35 million — from Rusnano.
Rusnano is a state-run Russian company with close ties to President Vladimir Putin. In other words, dealing with this company equated to dealing with the Russian government.
Anatoly Chubais, the company CEO and two other top Russian banking executives worked together with Podesta on the Joule boards; a board that met six times a year.
For those keeping count, that’s six times more than Donald Trump has met with any Russians.