Dem Claire McCaskill Failed to Disclose Dinner with Russian Ambassador
The Missouri liberal used a personal foundation to pay for a dinner she attended at Sergey Kislyak’s residence.
However, even with the scrutiny of all things Russian, the Senator conveniently failed to mention the matter until earlier this month.
In March, we reported McCaskill lied about meeting with the Russian Ambassador. McCaskill claimed she never had a “call or meeting” with the Russian Ambassador. But she conveniently forgot publicly announcing both a call and meeting with Kislyak.
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McCaskill’s attendance at the dinner was accompanied by an $873 payment to the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, where Kislyak serves on the board of directors as honorary chairman.
The payment to Kislyak’s foundation was not made directly by McCaskill. It was made through a foundation. The Shepard Family Foundation was set up with her husband Joseph Shepard in 2013. However, they failed to disclose in filings to the Senate ethics committee until three weeks ago.
The sudden disclosure of McCaskill’s role in the foundation—which had to be inserted into disclosures covering 2014, 2015, and 2016 through amendments on June 6—came as part of an attempt to distance herself from investments in an opioid manufacturer.
McCaskill said the investments were listed as part of her personal holdings by mistake. Actually, they belonged to the foundation. The senator announced she was spearheading an investigation into the opioid industry weeks earlier.
It was during the process of correcting the investments that McCaskill discovered she had failed to disclose her position on the foundation’s board of directors in Senate filings, her office said.
The donation was less than $1000. However, it’s that much more than Trump has given.
McCaskill’s spokesman denies the senator wanted to hide her ties to the Russian Ambassador. If that’s the case, why not mention it?
The article continues:
The payment to Kislyak’s foundation was properly disclosed in the foundation’s 2015 tax filing, which also lists a $10,000 contribution to Planned Parenthood.
McCaskill said the contributions to Planned Parenthood are because of one of her daughters.
“One of my daughters believes very strongly in the charitable side of care given by Planned Parenthood,” she said. “I could have said no, but that’s not the way we do this.”
Events held by the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation have been attended by high-profile Republicans and Democrats alike. However, McCaskill’s criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions for meeting with Kislyak has put the spotlight on her.
McCaskill has quoted a Democratic colleague on the Senate Armed Services Committee who said he “would never dream of meeting with the Russian ambassador without the State Department there because we know they spy on us.”
McCaskill has given a detailed list of the foundation’s contributions to local reporters because of increased interest in the foundation since her involvement was disclosed to the Senate.
One Class Act
McCaskill proved to be a class act from the get-go.
Remember when she tried to body shame Trump on the campaign trail, asking for daily weigh-ins on Twitter.
The D women Senators have talked & we're concerned about Donald's weight. Campaign stress? We think a public daily weigh-in is called for.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) September 28, 2016
She’s one to talk!
Then, she said Trump is a shiny object Republican voters blindly follow.
CNN and other media outlets seem to enjoy “creating” fake news about Trump.
But what are the shiny objects of the Democrats? Obama? Or perhaps Bill Clinton?
Remember McCaskill’s decades late moment of clarity?
When asked about her thoughts on Bill Clinton, she replied: “I wouldn’t want him near my daughter.”
The same could be said of Democrats in general.