Peter Schweizer is the author of “Clinton Cash”, which is a book detailing the murky financial dealings of the Clintons.
Democratic cries of impropriety between Donald Trump and Russia seem laughably hypocritical after scrutinizing the machinations of the Clinton Foundation.
Schweizer recently went on television and made blistering claims sure to raise eyebrows.
Schweizer commented on connections between John Podesta and the Russian government:
The media and the Democratic Party are really going after President Trump for alleged ties to Russia. But if anyone has probable ties to Vladimir Putin, it’s former Hillary Clinton campaign advisor John Podesta.
Clinton Cash author and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer recently appeared on Fox News and alleged that Podesta’s ties to the Russian government are valued in the millions.
In 2011, Podesta joined the board of Joule Energy Company based in Massachusetts, Schweizer claimed. Two months later, a Kremlin-funded company, Rusnano, sank a billion rubles ($35 million) into Podesta’s company. Rusnano was considered “Putin’s child,” according to Schweizer. All the while, Podesta is an advisor to Hillary Clinton at the State Department.
It is possible that Podesta violated federal law by not disclosing this relationship when he came on board as special counselor to President Obama. When he presented his financial disclosures for the job, he failed to note the 75,000 shares of stock he owns in Joule Energy which, again, is funded by the Russian government.
“He also fails to disclose that he is on one of the three corporate boards that this entity has. It’s got this very complex ownership structure,” Schweizer added. “He discloses he is on the company in Massachusetts, that he is 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.”
Schweizer went on to say that so far, no proof such as this has been found on anyone in Trump’s administration.
In addition, Bill Clinton received $500,000 from Renaissance Capital, a company with ties to Russian intelligence agencies, for a speech in Moscow while Hillary was Secretary of State.
Then there’s the $131 million donated by Frank Giustra, Uranium One founder, to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for Bill helping Giustra secure uranium mining rights in Kazakhstan; Uranium One was later purchased by a Russian company, and donated $2.6 million to the Clinton Foundation, which Hillary failed to disclose.
Even Snopes (which tends to lean left) couldn’t sugarcoat that:
One fault investigations into the Clinton Foundation’s practices did find was that not all of the donations were properly disclosed — specifically, those of Uranium One Chairman Ian Telfer between 2009 and 2012. The foundation admitted this shortcoming and pledged to correct it, but as the Guardian pointed out in its May 2015 discussion of Clinton Cash, the fact that it happened is reason enough to sound alarm bells:
It is also true that large donations to the foundation from the chairman of Uranium One, Ian Telfer, at around the time of the Russian purchase of the company and while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, were never disclosed to the public. The multimillion sums were channeled through a subsidiary of the Clinton Foundation, CGSCI, which did not reveal its individual donors.
Such awkward collisions between Bill’s fundraising activities and Hillary’s public service have raised concerns not just among those who might be dismissed as part of a vast right-wing conspiracy.
So while Democrats chase the smoke surrounding Donald Trump and Russia, they’re ignoring the raging fire in their own house.