The Clinton Campaign continues to burn in controversy, and it seems that the fires have grown over the past few days.
Alongside Controversy about Clinton’s Health, Huma Abedin, Depositions on Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, the DOJ and FBI are now probing Hillary’s Campaign Chair John Podesta for alleged ties to, according to Breitbart:
any connections to alleged corruption that occurred in the administration of former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych…
It has also been reported that the group, The Podesta Group, had lobbied for Putin’s UraniumOne, which has a goal to dominate and consume the majority or full majority of the world’s uranium supply.
Let’s start with the alleged corruption in Ukraine and the corruption of Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovych.
Now, Who is Yanukovych?
Here’s an excerpt from his BBC news profile:
He became governor of the Donetsk region, home to more than three million people and the economic powerhouse of Ukraine, less than a year after entering the local administration.
The then President, Leonid Kuchma, appointed him prime minister in November 2002, in a government accused of corruption and economic mismanagement.
As the outgoing leader’s protege, he went on to win the 2004 presidential vote. But, after huge protests in Kiev that became known as the Orange Revolution, the election was declared fraudulent and his reputation badly dented.
He rebuilt his political career while the victors of 2004, Viktor Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko, fell into constant conflict.
He served a second term as prime minister from 2006 to 2007 and became Ukraine’s most popular politician.
Here’s some Russian Muscle / Ties:
Back in 2004, Mr Yanukovych had openly been supported by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, but relations became strained, not least because of a dispute about the cost of Russian gas.
Mr Yanukovych tried hard to shed the image of being “Moscow’s man” and when he became president he pointedly made his first foreign trip as president to Brussels, rather than Moscow.
But, with Ukraine’s finances in a parlous state, he argued that free trade ties with the EU would jeopardise Ukraine’s existing trade with Russia. The EU refused his demand for substantial compensation.
Russia had already started tightening the economic screws with various measures, including a ban on imported Ukrainian sweets.
Billionaire oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, a powerful industrialist and owner of Shakhtar Donetsk football club, was a political ally of Mr Yanukovych until the explosion of violence in Kiev. Energy tycoon Dmytro Firtash has also been a powerful voice in Ukraine’s economic policy circles.
And during his time in office, Mr Yanukovych’s two sons were influential – businessman Olexander and Viktor Yanukovych Junior, an MP.
With his presidency ending in ignominy and his entourage apparently deserting him, it was sons who went with him as he fled. And it was to Russia that he looked for sanctuary.
During Yanukovych’s tenure as president, at the end of his 4 year term, the Ukraine crisis was in full swing between the loyalists, and the separatists, as well as the annexation of Crimea by Russian forces.
This was caused by Yanukovych’s refusal to sign an association agreement with the European Union, which would have caused greater ties to the EU, as well as allegations of corruption within the government.
Yanukovych’s government has been criticized for being corrupt and accepting cash offers in exchange for “off-the-record” deals and other corrupt actions.
Now, what is the basis of this Probe into the Podesta Group?
According to Breitbart:
The federal probe is, CNN reports, “examining the work of other firms linked to the former Ukrainian government, including that of the Podesta Group.”
The Podesta Group, run by John Podest’s brother Tony Podesta, was retained by the Russia-controlled firm UraniumOne in 2012, 2014, and 2015, to lobby Hillary Clinton’s State Department. The lobbying firm was paid a total of $180,000 according to public records.
Yanukovych took office in February 2010. He was forced to flee to Russian after a political uprising in Ukraine. Federal prosecutors are probing the work Yanukovych’s regime paid the Podesta Group to do while he was the head of the Ukrainian government.
The Daily Caller also reports on the UraniumOne Link:
Chalk it up to a small world or to a tangled web, but Uranium One, the Russian-owned uranium mining company at the center of a recent scandal involving the Clintons and a close Canadian business partner, has lobbied the State Department through a firm co-founded by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman.
Senate records show that The Podesta Group has lobbied the State Department on behalf of Uranium One — once in 2012, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, and once in 2015.
Uranium One paid The Podesta Group $40,000 to lobby the State Department, the Senate, the National Park Service and the National Security Council for “international mining projects,” according to a July 20, 2012 filing…
…The Podesta Group was founded in 1988 by brothers Tony and John Podesta. Tony Podesta now heads the group while John Podesta, who has not worked for the family business for years but has been involved in plenty of other projects, leads Hillary Clinton toward a Democratic nomination.
Uranium One is significant because it fell under the corporate control of Rosatom, Russia’s atomic energy agency, through a series of transactions approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Rosatom’s acquisition of Uranium One effectively gave Russia control of 20 percent of uranium in the U.S.
How all of that came to pass has fostered questions about how the Clintons operate their charity, the Clinton Foundation.
Here’s that LD-2 lobbying disclosure forum that CLEARLY show’s Tony Podesta’s group, who is the brother of John, lobbying on behalf of Clinton’s state department:
Why the lobbying?
Well, According to the Daily Caller:
As Trump’s campaign noted in a recent press release, John Podesta recently held a position on the board of directors of an energy company called Joule Unlimited. That company had received a $35 million investment from a company founded by Putin in 2007.
The Podesta Group, which Clinton’s campaign chairman founded in 1988 with his brother Tony, has also lobbied on behalf of other firms with links to the Russian government, including the Russian bank Sberbank and the uranium energy company Uranium One.
Clinton has largely avoided scrutiny for her close relationship with the Podesta brothers — that despite Tony Podesta having bundled more than $130,000 in campaign contributions for her campaign.
The Podesta Group received $1.13 million of the European Centre’s $2.2 million outlay. The firm lobbied Congress and the State Department from June 2012 to April 2014. It took in $630,000 while Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of state.
That came in a report called: From Russia With money, which documented Podesta’s ties with Russian based activities and money flow.
Here are some key points to note from that report:
The Podesta Group has denied the allegations of Corruption in Ukraine:
When the Centre became a client, it certified in writing that ‘none of the activities of the Centre are directly or indirectly supervised, directed, controlled, financed or subsidized in whole or in part by a government of a foreign country or a foreign political party.’ We relied on that certification and advice from counsel in registering and reporting under the Lobbying Disclosure Act rather than the Foreign Agents Registration Act. We will take whatever measures are necessary to address this situation based on Caplin & Drysdale’s review, including possible legal action against the Centre.
They have not mentioned anything about the report or the Joule investments.
And this guy is the head of the Clinton Campaign? What else is he hiding?
Also, I apologize for not being active as much, college preparation sucks, but I will be in full swing again soon!