The segment opens with a clip of Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta making a hypocritical assertion from the Clinton campaign plane, stating that the [supposed]Russian interference in our election “should be of utmost concern to all Americans.” He didn’t mean to imply that his own shady dealings and influence peddling while working for Clinton and Obama should come under scrutiny. He’s supposed to have an exemption under the standard Democrat Hypocrisy clause but it may not be working out that way.
Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash, joins Steve Doocy to discuss the Clinton Podesta Obama corruption and their actual linkage to the Russians, contrasting it against the phony, contrived non-existent connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Schweizer describes how in 2011, John Podesta joined the board of a very small energy company, Joule Energy. “About two months after he joins the board, a Russian entity called Rusnano puts a billion rubles, which is about $35 million into John Podesta’s company. Now what is Rusnano? Rusnano is not a private company, Steve, it is 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 of John Podesta’s businesses in 2011, while he is an adviser to Hillary Clinton at the State Department.” Doocy also raises the issue of Podesta “serving” as a special counselor to Hussein Obama at the White House at about the same time, and failing to disclose the existence of the Russian money in his financial portfolio.
Schweizer elaborates, saying, “Well, yeah, this is part of the problem, Steve, “In his financial disclosure form in 2015, he not only failed to disclose the 75,000 shares of stock that he has in Joule Energy, which is funded by in part by the Russian government, he also fails to disclose that he is on one of the three corporate boards that this entity has.” He notes, “It’s got this very complex ownership structure, he discloses he’s on the company in Massachusetts, that he’s on the board of a company in the Netherlands, but he fails to disclose that he’s also on the executive board of the holding company. That’s a clear violation of the disclosure rules and I think needs to be looked at.”
Doocy points out the incredible double standard, that members of the Trump team “may have talked to some Russians and we don’t know the complete nature of that yet, because the investigation is still out. ” He says, “May have talked to it is a lot different than actually having money in the bank that’s tied to the Kremlin.”
Schweizer adds, “What makes the Podesta case clear is there was a transfer of money, there was a transfer of a lot of money, that stood to make John Podesta a lot of money. That is unique and that is extremely troubling because at the time that that transfer is taking place he is advising Hillary Clinton at the State Department. We know that from the Podesta emails, that he’s helping her make personnel decisions, speech decisions, policy decisions, he’s meeting with her monthly.”
He notes, “So it’s a transfer of money from a foreign government at a time that he is advising America’s chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton.
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