Welcome to my blog. I have been posting on FB for some time. Some of my posts were very long….too long for FB, so I started this blog in order to share my research, my opinions and some insight from others concerning the political, economic, and governmental health of our country.
I am no one in particular, I am not famous, I’m not important, just an American that has experienced many things in life….however I have worked for wages, worked for a salary, and owned a business. I have seen life from the bottom, from the middle, and from the top. One thing I have done that few others have, is pay attention and do research. I have researched many things. I spent 13 years researching only scripture….no…not the Bible, but all scripture. I studied the founding and the constitution, developed new economic theories, and for years looked into the corruption in government. I have no special talent or ability…..just common sense, logic and a very skeptical mind set…..I question everything.
I don’t know if this will lead anywhere, but at least for the next few months I will be posting my research on our corrupt political process. Be sure to follow me on Facebook: here
Although there is much I have written about corruption, that can be proven with little doubt….there are many stories to be told that relate to corruption, but are more speculative. One of those things is the motive behind the Russian/Trump collusion story. The actual motive is not difficult to determine. All evidence points to Hillary Clinton and her team, conspiring with a multitude of co-conspirators and Russian contacts, to connect Trump and his campaign to the Russians. But yet, why did it continue even after the election? What motive is there if not political? Why would some Americans work in concert to discredit, undermine, and have removed an elected president? To answer any of those questions, one can only speculate.
I have put together a TIMELINE of events from published news stories across the web to help understand how things unfolded from late 2013 until early 2018, as it pertains to the Russian Collusion story. When you can see the order of events, you begin to see more clearly just what those speculative motivations might have been. I must say that once again there is no smoking gun. Just a chain of events that ended in February of 2018 with an indictment of 18 Russian operatives that can’t be prosecuted because they are not in the US. There also seems to be a connection between the Russian collusion story and the Hillary e-mail investigation, in as much as the same players are trying to bury the e-mail investigation and expose the Trump collusion story. Why?
It started in the summer of 2016, months before the election. The trigger was the hacking of the DNC and Podesta e-mails. This set back the campaign and launched a series of actions that would shake our democracy. Dirty tricks have always been part of politics, and always will be. In recent decades, the level and illegality of these dirty tricks have sunken to such low levels that issues are no longer front and center to campaigns. You see, both parties stand for the same thing. The only way one party wins over the other is to smear their opponent. Put their opponent in a place where the people forget the issues and focus on personal attacks.
It is clear that the hacking of the DNC and Podesta e-mails had a huge impact on the election. This is counter to everything the republicans and bureaucracy were saying, but the democrats knew it. It is correct that the hacking didn’t change one vote….but it sure changed a lot of minds. A lot of people already were aware of just how corrupt and dishonest Hillary Clinton was, but now the whole country knew it. Americans had to decide if they wanted a brash, arrogant nationalist or a totally corrupt globalist. For many, it wasn’t a hard choice, especially in the heartland where morals still exist.
The first two entries in the timeline from 2013 are informative. Hillary’s private server was no secret within government ranks, and seemingly was not an issue for anyone. After all, as long as you don’t get caught breaking the law…did you actually do anything wrong? Only if you have morals and ethics. The second tidbit is that Carter Page was working for the FBI in 2013. Yes, unfortunately we were lied to over and over when we were told Carter Page was on the FBI’s radar since 2013. He was never on their radar, he was never a suspect, and he never worked for the Russians….on the contrary he was working for the FBI as an undercover agent. In my essay “Who is Carter Page”, I make the case that Page not only worked undercover for the FBI in 2013, he never stopped working for the FBI. Since that investigation didn’t culminate until January of 2015, Page would have had to stay in character, at least until then. But in the timeline, we see that in just over a year, Page joins the Trump campaign. How he got that gig is still unknown.
Notice the correlation in March of 2015 between Hillary’s server being made public and the huge amount of DNC money going to Jill McCabe, from Terry McCauliff, Hillary Clinton confidant and fund raiser. Andrew McCabe was going to be the man to oversee the coming investigation. Another coincidence?
The next thing to see and understand is something I uncovered that I have seen very little reporting of. The last item in 2015 is “GCHQ begins surveillance of Trump team”. GCHQ is the British equivalent of NSA. It stands for Government Communication Headquarters. But there is something else. GCHQ is part of a treaty that was created in 1946, called “Five Eyes” It was a treaty between The US, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. It allows for sharing of all signal intelligence. It was created to spy on Russia and the Eastern Block after the war, but continued to be used to gather all sorts of intelligence. What is interesting, is only America has a 4th amendment, restricting the US government from spying on its own citizens. Britain has no such rule or law. So if Britain wants to spy on Trump they can….and by treaty they are able to share that information with the US government. How convenient. So you see our 4th amendment is meaningless. If the government wants to eavesdrop on your communications, they can do it legally and without anyone finding out. Trump doesn’t find out about this spying until after he becomes president. Admiral Rogers travels without authorization to the WH on Nov. 17th to inform Trump. In March Trump makes the claim Obama is wiretapping Trump Tower. It was GCHQ. Read about it here
One of the first things that can be seen in 2016, in addition to Carter Page joining the campaign, is, at the same time George Papadopoulos also joins the campaign. Not two weeks later, Papadopoulos makes contact with a professor named Mifsud. Mifsud was suppose to have contacts with the Kremlin. Later Page will travel to Moscow to meet with Russians. Exactly what was this all about? I have already outlined what I think Page’s role was……did Papadopoulos have a similar role? You can read about it here. It’s important to understand something: Mueller’s latest indictment (37 pages) clearly stated THERE WAS NO COLLUSION between the Russians and the Trump campaign. So why did Page and Papadopoulos seem to try to make it look like there was? Almost everything reported by the MSM, pointed to these two men as the reason for the belief that Trump was colluding with the Russians. Why did Mueller not see it or use it? Could it be the knowledge of what the FBI might have been doing was worse than getting the president? Carter Page
About the end of March of 2016, Trump had clinched the nomination. It was about this time the law firm of the DNC, Perkins-Coie hired Fusion GPS. Once again we were lied to about this. The MSM claimed a republican donor initiated the contract to find dirt on Trump. The truth was that the Washington Free Beacon, a markedly conservative website did hire Fusion GPS to do “candidate” research on all the republican candidates, prior to Trump winning the nomination. In April, their involvement ended. A week later, Fusion signed a new contract with Perkins-Coie to do “opposition” research for the Clinton Campaign. Fusion, then hired Christopher Steele to find dirt on Trump. The “dossier” began to be created. By June, 2016, the first draft of the dossier was written. At the same time, Don Junior was contacted by a friend and publicist for Emin Agalavrov, an entertainer from Russia, whose father was a business associate of Junior’s father. They had dealings concerning the Miss Universe Pageant in 2013. They wanted to set up a meeting with Don Junior. It was implied they had dirt on Hillary. However that was a ruse. The topic of the meeting was Russian sanctions and the Magnitsky act. This meeting was in the news for weeks. Again, an implication that Trump was colluding with the Russians. One can only notice that all these avenues of collusion were not initiated by Trump, his family, or his closest allies.
In early May the Hillary investigation into the private server and classified information was being forcibly brought to an end. Comey had already created a draft memo of an exoneration of Hillary, however she, or other witnesses had not been interviewed. About a month later, on June 27th, Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch meet on the Tarmac in Phoenix. 4 days after that meeting Lynch says, publically, she will accept any recommendation from the FBI. 4 days after that, Comey gives his infamous press conference where he says no charges would be filed, and closes the investigation. On September 28, McCabe is made aware of a cache of Hillary Clinton work related e-mails on a computer at the home of Huma Abedin. He does not disclose this information for over a month, just days before the election. The investigation is re-opened on Oct 29th, 9 days before the election and closed again on November 6th, 2 days before the election. Anyone looking at all this has to think it strange on its face, but in the context of politics, it couldn’t be clearer that the election certainly was influencing decisions at the FBI. The one little known side story to this was the promotion of Melissa Hogeman on October 14th. Hogeman is the wife of Peter Strzok, the lead investigator on the Hillary e-mail probe. Another coincidence? This takes the story up to the election.
I recently posted an expose on how Carter Page was actually working for the FBI in 2013 as an “undercover” employee. I have come to now believe he was on loan from U.S. Naval Intelligence, due to his newness and obscurity, not to mention his experience in Russia. I further pointed out that he was used by the FBI as a plant, into the Trump Campaign to further the narrative that Trump was colluding with Russia. In several articles I have read, the Intelligence Community was actively working against Trump in order to create evidence to be used for his removal from office. This is virtually unprecedented.
Many months ago, I reported on the man that shot the video that immediately was discovered, by CNN, of the car that ran over people in Charlottesville, VA. and was the first to be interviewed. His name was Brennan Gilmore. He was a former deputy chief of operations for the state department in the Central African Republic while a civil war was being orchestrated by the CIA. In other words he was a “spook” working for the Intelligence Community. He just happened to be in Charlottesville, standing in the right place, with his camera pointed at a slow rolling car, just before it sped up into the crowd. And before the video was even uploaded, CNN picks him out of the crowd to interview, where he provides the perfect comments about a peaceful counter protest and the racist terrorist, Trump supporters. What a shocking coincidence!
Then there was the candidate for president, Evan McMullen. He tried to block Trump in the Utah primary, and just coincidently worked for the CIA. At the same time another republican lobbyist, who released a naked picture of Melania 4 days before the election, later sold her lobbying firm and went to work for Teneo, a Clinton linked consulting firm with strong ties to the intelligence community.
And let’s not leave out what I uncovered about Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas gunman that we know almost nothing about. He owned a plane, for three years, that was not registered with the FAA. A flight plan was never filed the entire time he owned it. When ownership was transferred, the new owner never used it either, and that new owner had an interesting background as well. There are many other examples of the Intelligence Community interfering in our election and our daily lives, but the story of Carter Page, is by far, the most egregious. Of course, most will just say ha, ha, ha, conspiracy stuff on parade! But even if these stories are simply conspiracy theories, are we to believe the Intelligence Community doesn’t have operatives working on subterfuge throughout America? Does anyone remember stories from the Vietnam War era? How FBI agents would infiltrate anti-war groups to disrupt their protests? Do you believe the FBI hasn’t infiltrated ANTIFA or BLM? We expect them to do it. But what we don’t expect is for those same spooks to infiltrate a presidential campaign in order to unseat an elected president.
Let me restate the premise of this update.
Carter Page is an employee of U.S. Naval Intelligence working undercover to CREATE evidence for the purpose of impeaching a president of the United States.
He first joined the campaign of Donald Trump as an unpaid (volunteer) advisor on national security. Someone placed him on a list of possible advisors on energy policy. He supposedly had written articles on the subject and had worked in Russia on energy issues for Merrill Lynch. By the way, we really do need to find out who put him on that list. So Carter Page is asked to be on the campaign, and asked to attend the original meeting of new staff in March of 2016. He fails to attend that meeting, and never attended any other meetings. He was on the campaign, but by all reports did nothing for it. Nobody on the campaign knew who he was or had any dealings with him. This is very important, because he is a very unimportant part of the campaign. Shortly after accepting the position, he needs to go to Russia to give a speech, a commencement speech at a school of economics, in July. This is step 1. Going to Russia in the middle of a presidential campaign.
Step 2, is the lengths he went to, to get permission from the campaign to go, which, do to his lack of importance, wouldn’t need permission. He first asks J.D. Gordon, a retired Naval officer heading up foreign policy for the campaign. Gordon tells him it would be a bad idea. He then e-mails Corey Lewandowski and Hope Hicks, the number one and two people at the campaign. Neither person knows who he is. Hicks never responds, Lewandowski says he can do what he wants, but not to represent the campaign. What you need to see, is the trail he is creating….a trail to Russia. He has to link the trip with formal permission.
The content of the speech is step 3. Remember, this is a commencement speech. But the speech is very critical of past US foreign policy, implying that Trump would change it. It focuses on his hope that a closer relationship between the two nations might be possible with Trump in the White House. From the speech: “Washington and other Western capitals have impeded potential progress through their often hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption, and regime change,” Page also suggested the United States should ease economic sanctions imposed on Russia following its 2014 incursion into Ukraine and Crimea. Sanction removal would be a common thread in the charges by critics of Russian collusion by Trump. The point here is that he is in Moscow speaking with authority about foreign policy while being on the Trump campaign, but yet he has no authority or authorization to do so. How does that look?
Next…step 4….He is interviewed by the Russian news agency Novosti, where he will not answer what his plans are in Moscow and would only say that he will “meet with several business leaders and academics, before he leaves on Tuesday”. Implying importance, yet being seemingly secretive. But later interviews with Russian officials, they responded that they did not know Mr. Page and were unaware of any meetings that took place. So the impression was left that Page met with “high ranking” Russian officials and it was reported that way.
And finally, step 5…upon his return he sends an e-mail to the campaign: “I’ll send you guys a readout soon regarding some incredible insights and outreach I received from a few Russian legislators and senior members of the presidential administration here,” As if he has some vital information from people in Russia. But when interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee, he said it came from the TV he watched while in Moscow. A clearly ridiculous answer all to make it look like he is covering up something. All the things I have outlined here are found in the Trump dossier, orchestrated to create proof that a tie between Trump and the Russians existed. The way to prove it is to find out if he was working for the FBI as he did in 2013. And if that is found to be the case….its treason! Of course, as you will find in a thousand stories on line, that these very examples are proof positive that Trump colluded with Russia….just as it was all planned to do.
Is America under assault by its own justice department?
Over the course of the last few days I have tried to understand what prompted the FBI to surveille the Trump campaign. In order to understand why, the motivation is important to understand. In the course of reading countless stories, it became clear that the Trump/Russia collusion story had been hatched immediately after the DNC e-mail accounts were hacked into. Soon after the Wikileaks release of those e-mails, the IC, almost in unison announced that the accounts had been hacked by the Russians. However, the DNC refused the FBI access to their servers and they never became part of the evidence….or so we were told. This was in July of 2016. Prior to this revelation, the Russians had never been mentioned as a threat to our elections. It is plausible and understandable to believe that we are always watching what the Russians are doing….we are enemies! In 2012, a small Russian spy ring was detected and surveilled. This ring consisted of three individuals: A Russian citizen working in the US as a banker, Evgeny Buryakov, and two Russians connected to the UN Russian Mission posing as trade representatives….Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy.
Their mission was to gather US economic intelligence and information helpful to relieve sanctions. This is where it gets really interesting. These three Russian spies were not very good. They tried to recruit Americans that could give them American economic data. In recordings acquired by the sting by the FBI they were very sloppy. According to an article in the
Guardian written in early 2014, that I found, the person that the Russians recruited worked for the FBI. It says he was an “employee”. It does not indicate he was an agent of the FBI. It does not mention his name. But guess what? By all accounts, from the Guardian article, this FBI “employee” was Carter Page. Although the article does not mention his name, it reveals details that since have been disclosed by Mr. Page. And I keep hearing that the FBI was “looking” at Carter Page since 2013. But yet a warrant to surveille Page isn’t sought until July of 2016. Page was never a target of the FBI, until he became the tool needed to surveille the Trump campaign. In the so-called Steele dossier, it discusses the “employees’” involvement with these spies in 2013.
The dossier goes on to say Igor Sporyshev revealed that they recruited “a male working as a consultant in New York City.” Page worked in New York City. The Guardian article then provides another clue from that time:
“In 2013, the FBI employee began providing Sporyshev with the binders containing purported industry analysis he wrote, supporting documents, and “covertly placed recording devices,” prosecutors wrote.Page wrote industry analyses.
Please read the entire Guardian article to understand this sting operation. Next, the NYT did a piece on this story. They wrote:
“To record their conversations, the F.B.I. inserted a listening device into binders that were passed to the Russian intelligence operatives during an energy conference, according to a former United States intelligence official.”Carter Page spoke at an energy conference.
The NYT goes on to say: In June 2013, the F.B.I. interviewed Mr. Page, who said he had first met Mr. Podobnyy at an energy symposium in New York earlier that year.
Then in an interview with Newsweek, Carter Page said this:
“as I explained to federal authorities prior to the January 2015 filing of this case, I shared basic immaterial information and publicly available research documents with Podobnyy…….nothing more than a few samples from the far more detailed lectures I was preparing at the time for the students” [That he wrote] he delivered at New York University in 2013.
So understand this conclusion. The employee working for the FBI is meeting and recording three Russian spies in 2013, in order to catch them spying. The undercover employee is giving them information about the energy industry. Carter Page is doing the same thing with the same 3 people at the same time. Is that the biggest coincidence of all time or what? And if there was any doubt left as to who Carter Page is….read his Bio:
Page graduated in 1993 from the United States Naval Academy; he was a Distinguished Graduate (top 10% of his class) and was chosen for the Navy’s Trident Scholar program, which gives selected officers the opportunity for independent academic research and study. During his senior year at the Naval Academy, he worked as a researcher for the House Armed Services Committee. He served in the Navy for five years, including a tour in western Morocco as an intelligence officer for a United Nations peacekeeping mission. In 1994, he completed a master of arts degree in National Security Studies at Georgetown University. After leaving the Navy, Page completed a fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2001 he received an MBA from New York University. In 2000, at the age of 29, he became a vice president of Merrill Lynch in Moscow.
What a good break!
I believe from this evidence I can conclude, with certainty, that Carter Page was and still is working for the FBI or for some other intelligence agency, under cover. He was not caught up in the prosecution of the Russian spies because he was part of the investigating team. It’s strange that after scouring the web, there is no information concerning just how Carter Page got to be on the Trump campaign team. Who placed his name on a list of possible advisors? This would also be an important thing to know. But as near as I can tell he joins the team in late June of 2016, right around the time the DNC e-mails were released. Almost too shortly after he joins the campaign, he goes to great lengths to seek permission to travel to Russia. No one seems to know him, but he e-mails the campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and several other high-ranking campaign officials. They tell him he can do what he wants, but not as a member of the campaign. He then goes to Moscow to give a speech, but also meets with a high ranking Russian official. He openly admits all this. When you use the filter that he is working for the FBI, you begin to see, that in the hundreds of articles on-line, he is trying to link the Trump campaign to the Russians. You see everything in a different light. Every move he made seemed to try to create this illusion. Then when he’s asked to testify, he admits everything but decries it is all harmless and he did nothing wrong. When I look at the events and his remarks in this context, it is easy to see a totally different picture emerge. I guess you can say it worked as it was designed, because you can find a thousand articles on line using Carter Page as a link between Trump and Russia. Just look at what Adam Schiff released on November 8, 2017: the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, Adam Schiff quoted from an e-mail from Carter Page to the Trump Campaign “I’ll send you guys a readout soon regarding some incredible insights and outreach I received from a few Russian legislators and senior members of the presidential administration here,” You see, Schiff is trying to say Page is a Russian spy and he has information for Trump from the Russians. But change the point of view, and you see how that e-mail may have been sent to actually be used to prove Trump/Russian collusion, where there was none. He’s making it look like the campaign is working with Russia. Another crumb on the trail Page is trying to create. Now run all that through the filter that Page is working for the IC to implicate Trump in Russian collusion. Folks, I have read the accounts of conspiracists decrying a silent coups, but if my conclusions are accurate, then that’s exactly what’s going on here. If Carter Page, indeed works for the FBI, and was involved with creating the Trump dossier, as I believe he was, then this story takes on a whole new form. Somebody knows that Carter Page worked under cover. But who? If that fact could be determined, then this whole scandal becomes treasonous.
Another piece to this puzzle is in other accounts from Carter Page. He claimed he spent numerous hours at the Trump Tower working for the campaign. Yet know one remembers him being there. He didn’t have a badge to get in, had no space or office to go to, no scheduled meetings….nothing. Then why would he offer that tidbit? You see the FISA law is pretty specific as to how a warrant can be used to surveille Americans. 50 US code of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) U.S. Code › Title 50 › Chapter 36 › Subchapter I, defines something called “any person”:
B) Any person pursuant to the direction of an intelligence service or network of a foreign power, knowingly engages in any other clandestine intelligence activities for or on behalf of such foreign power, which activities involve or are about to involve a violation of the criminal statutes of the United States.
Notice that the law is very broad when it defines “any person”. Carter Page would have been the best person to use for a surveillance warrant. Further, if Page hung out at the Trump Tower as he claimed, would it be a leap to believe that the warrant could have included the Trump Tower? I think not. Then recall the unmasking that was done by Susan Rice and many others.
As much as I simply hate to do it, I submit to you, that there is a better than even chance that Carter Page, while working for the IC was planted in the Trump campaign to not only create the means for spying on the campaign and later the president, but also to create the evidence of collusion in order to have him impeached. Now I can’t possibly put in your mind all the things I have read and learned in order to glean these conclusions. And maybe I haven’t explained it well enough to justify these conclusions. I can only repeat…..when you read a story about Carter Page, think of him as an intelligence officer and the story will take on a new meaning.
I hope the memo written by Congressman Devin Nunes, and recently released, is just the beginning. In my view, Nunes is a hero and may be the Thomas Paine of our generation. But there needs to be more. There are so many people in our government that are fighting us, fixing America, it will be an almost insurmountable task to stop these people. At this point in history…it is imperative that we hold the House and pick up the 9 seats we need to have a super majority in the Senate. If we can’t do that, our revolution may be over.
In part 1 of this story I relayed the actions of Hillary Clinton in vetoing the sale of GM’s Opel division to a Russian oligarch named Oleg Deripaska.
I believe it is important to understand the interest she took in this deal, since she claimed that she took no interest in the Uranium One deal. At the same time a dozen Russian oligarchs own businesses in America from professional sporting teams, steel mills, stakes in Facebook and Twitter, industrial parks and music studios. No interest was taken in these acquisitions…..but oddly the sale of a European car division was blocked by the secretary of state.
Also in Part 1 of Russian Collusion, I told you about a Russian oligarch named Oleg Deripaska. Most likely more than anyone but policy wonks, ever wanted to know. But to understand Russian collusion you have to get a full grasp of just how things operate in that system. I have written several times about that system, so I won’t rehash it here, but suffice it to say, it is an oligarchy…not a republic, not communism, not a market based system…..an oligarchy. An oligarchy is defined as “rule by a few”. These men have no titles, no government position, or no army…..but what they do have is boatloads of cash. Billions and billions. There are some 93 or so oligarchs in Russia, according to Forbes worth, collectively, north of $412 billion dollars, a full third of all the wealth in Russia. These oligarchs determine the policies of the Russian government. But, please, understand, Russia does not care about ideology. They don’t care if Iran has a nuke, they don’t care if Venezuelans are starving, and they don’t care if a democrat or republican is in the WH. They only care about making more money and protecting their sovereignty so they can do that.
Now let me introduce you to one of the biggest oligarchs in Russia…..Viktor Vekselberg. Reportedly the 4th richest man in Russia, Vekselberg, like the rest of the oligarchs made his money after the Soviet break-up in 1991. Like Deripaska, he made a lot of money in Aluminum. His company, SUAL was one of the top aluminum producers in Russia, RUSAL, Deripaska’s aluminum company, being the largest. In March of 2007, RUSAL and SUAL merged, forming the largest aluminum/alumina company in the world. At that Merger, Vekselberg became the non-executive chairman, while Deripaska retained owner status. By the way, I also find it strange and gratifying when parts of other things I have studied line up with new posts. there was a third company that became part of RUSAL in this merger……GLENCORE! You probably don’t remember GLENCORE, so let me refresh your memory. GLENCORE is the raw material marketer created by Marc Rich…..yes the Marc Rich that was pardoned by Bill Clinton and who I wrote about in INTO THE WEEDS 10. But I digress. Not long after….in December of that year, RUSAL acquired a 25% stake in NORILSK Nickel, one of the largest mining businesses in the world. Deripaska’s plan was to create the largest diversified metals company in the world. Vekselberg didn’t agree with the purchase, or holding it during the meltdown. Again Deripaska had to leverage much of his business to borrow the reported $15.7 billion dollars to buy the 25% plus 1 share stake. Look again at the date…this is just before the world’s economy fell apart. Deripaska was in trouble with his debt. In October of 2008, the Russian state bank, VEB Bank, loaned Deripaska $4.5 billion to pay to Western banks. This would allow RUSAL to stay in Russian hands. Vekselberg wanted out of RUSAL, but it was complicated. RUSAL’s interest in NORILSK is what I’m told is “blocking stock”. They can’t make decisions, but they can stop certain things from happening. If Vekselberg sold his RUSAL stock (some 15.8%), RUSAL may forfeit its blocking status. Another oligarch is trying to gain control over NORILSK Nickel, Vladimir Potanin. Plus, Vekselberg is also very unhappy with RUSAL suspending shareholder agreements and dividend payments. So almost from day one Vekselberg and Deripaska didn’t get along….and by all outward appearances, Deripaska was pushing Vekselberg’s face into the dirt, ignoring him and vetoing many of his decisions. While all this was happening in Russia, in May of 2008, Cisco (the software giant) was answering charges from congress that it provided technology to China to track and censor its citizens. Multiple law suits were filed against Cisco for providing this kind of technology to a totalitarian country. I only mention this, because it will become pertinent later. My guess is Vekselberg wanted to ruin Deripaska without destroying RUSAL. He would need help to achieve this. That help came from Hillary Clinton, in blocking his bid to acquire Opel, but it wouldn’t come cheap. Through a series of very complicated and illegal bank transfers, which is commonly called money laundering, millions of dollars were diverted from the Russian funds provided by Rusnano, allocated for the SKOLKOVO project, which Vekselberg controlled, wound up in a Citibank account controlled by the Clinton Foundation. Incidentally, Rusnano is a 10 billion dollar private equity firm completely controlled by Putin and the Russian government.
I have written about SKOLKOVO, but it’s worth restating what it is, because it relates to what I wrote above about Cisco. SKOLKOVO is a city close to Moscow. It was to be transformed into a technology center, hosting entrepreneurs from all over Russia to partner with American and European high tech companies to develop their own Silicon Valley. It was the brain child of Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president. The project was hatched in November of 2009. In June of 2010, Medvedev traveled to Silicon Valley, hosted by Hillary Clinton to meet with CEOs of American Tech companies and to tour Cisco. Shortly there after Cisco announced it would commit 1 billion dollars to the SKOLKOVO project. 28 companies took part….some of the biggest names in American tech. The FBI, the DOJ, and the Army, all warned Clinton that some of this technology had duel use aspects that could be transferred into military purposes. The warnings were ignored. Several projects at SKOLKOVO developed weapons. Once again, we give our enemies the means to challenge us. But that’s another story. The story here, that no one ever investigated when we sold technology to China and North Korea in the 90s, is how much the Clintons got for the technology. 17 of the 28 companies donated openly to the Clinton Foundation. It’s hard to know exactly how much because of the way the foundation reports, but it’s between 15 and 25 million dollars. It’s also important to mention here that, at the same time, John Podesta received 35 million from the same source, Rusnano through Metcombank. Again, that’s a whole other story. You can read that here: Into The Weeds 11
The screen shots below were acquired in secret from a Russian bureaucrat that I found here: Conservative Read These documents, translated from the Russian language, layout the complicated series of bank transfers to get the money from Viktor Vekselberg to the Clinton Foundation without a trail….but there’s always a trail somewhere. By the way, Vekselberg totally owns Metcombank, a small Russian bank in the Ural Mountains, from where the transfers originated. In 2013, it was discovered that $55 million was missing from the SKOLKOVO project funds. The police raided the SKOLKOVO offices. Of course some underlings were arrested and the money was never found…a very, very common occurrence in Russia. Exactly how much of that money ended up in a Clinton bank account is unknown, but I’m going to guess it was a bit more than the 50k that Deripaska gave.
Now it’s impossible to determine if the millions were payment for hurting Deripaska or for selling American technology, but either way, she got the money, and she did what she did. I prefer the former because more recent developments show some details. In 2012, Vekselberg quit his post at RUSAL after not attending a single board meeting, during the entire year. He then filed a lawsuit against Deripaska in a London court. Deripaska was forced to make an accounting and interests and assets had to be distributed. I certainly don’t know all the details….its way above my ability or my pay grade to dig any deeper. But I can report that both men are still alive, which in Russia is unusual.
So did Hillary break the law? As always, there is no smoking gun, but the pattern repeats itself again and again. It’s hard not to see criminality in her actions. I can only imagine that if I could find all this information on the open internet, what could be found if I had access to the documents and witnesses that an honest justice department would have? And that’s the point, isn’t it? An honest justice department. I feel like we, the people, are dragging the law enforcers kicking and screaming, to do the right thing. Will they?
Not only is it possible, it is happening everyday….we just don’t hear about it. The intrigue is relegated to the players in the game. The game is like chess…..trying to think three moves ahead to balance the interests of governments, corporations, rich donors, and the politicians. I have attempted to piece together one of these episodes that didn’t make the cut on the MSM news floors.
It all started for me when I read that Andrew McCabe had a Russian contact. As the story goes, McCabe traveled to Europe to meet with this contact. McCabe also shared with his co-workers that this particular Russian was a friend. The CIA had been looking at McCabe’s friend for a possible data breach and his involvement in organized crime. The CIA was uneasy with McCabe’s involvement. Even the bureau had issues with McCabe. It seemed he injected himself into cases that were not his, but took interest in anything Russian. FBI Agents accused McCabe of interfering with Russian-linked investigations, including the Boston Marathon terror bombing and the Robert Levinson kidnapping cases, even making a formal complaint with FBI Security Division about the incidents. But that’s not the intrigue. However, McCabe’s tenure at the FBI does read like a spy novel. All agencies and divisions were looking at each other with the stink eye. I’ll get back to McCabe later but you can read about McCabe here:
What I want to relay today is in some way connected to what I recently wrote about Uranium One. One thing that stuck out in that investigation was the role of CFIUS in approving the takeover of Uranium One by Rosatom, the Russian nuclear agency. As I wrote, CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) is a 9 voting member committee that oversees corporate takeovers and is charged with being sure mergers and acquisitions do not act against US interests. What I want you to remember, as I tell the story, is what Hillary Clinton and her allies said her role was in CFIUS. Even though she was one of the 9 voting members, she said repeatedly that she never was in any meetings, never had contact with any investigators, and that this issue never came before her, personally….it never reached her desk! This acquisition by Russia of a Canadian company that owned 20% of US uranium reserves…..never rose to the level of the secretary of state’s desk. I want you to remember that…its part of the intrigue. This story won’t provide its full impact if you don’t understand the Russian oligarchic system, that I have written about many times before. The short of it is, Russia is not the United States. There is no congress, there are no courts, there is no respect for law……just rich and powerful oligarchs that control everything. Sure, Russia has courts and law, and a kind of parliament called the Federal Assembly, but make no mistake, these institutions are ineffective displays of government for the world to see and believe that Russia has a government.
One of these oligarchs, Oleg Deripaska, was, at one time, the richest man in Russia, estimated to have been worth $28 billion. However, he leveraged his money by buying up stakes in companies like a shopaholic at a Best Buy sale. He had interests in dozens of companies and from a very diverse number of industries. He had managed to piece together enough aluminum companies to become the largest aluminum company in the world. His company was called RUSAL. The problem with Deripaska’s strategic investments, is he had to borrow a lot of money. Over the years from his mountain top status in 2007, to today, he has been involved in countless lawsuits. This begins the intrigue. One of Deripaska’s holdings was the Russian auto maker GAZ. In 2007, Deripaska purchased a stake in Magna. Magna is a Canadian and Austrian auto parts manufacturer owned by an Austrian born, Canadian man named Frank Stronach. By late 2008, the crash had occurred, and money to finance equity had dried up. Deripaska’s bank, called his $1.4 billion loan, so Deripaska allowed his stake to go to the bank. However, he remained close to Stronach and Magna.
If you will recall, during this period GM was all but bankrupt. The US government, under Obama, created a unit called the Auto Task Force (ATF) to save the US auto industry. A unit, as it turns out, Hillary Clinton would have a lot of sway with. In early 2009, GM put its European Unit up for sale, Opel in Germany and Vauxhall in Britain. Although there were several offers, Magna from Canada appeared to be the front-runner. Magna had a division in Austria that assembled cars for Mercedes and Germany was on board since Magna would not close any of the Opel plants. What was not made public was that Deripaska was involved.
He owned one of Russia’s large automakers…GAZ, with plants in Russia. But Deripaska was in a tough financial position, being heavily leveraged with debt due to his purchase of a 25% stake in Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest miner of nickel and palladium. Germany and the Russian state bank Sberbank, offered loan guarantees to Magna. By September of 2009, the deal was set to be consummated. The details of the deal, which were extremely complex, had been worked out, papers were signed, and one final detail was needed….approval from the ATF. That approval was thought to be a formality as the office of the SOS had said in an e-mail that the state department and the US government were taking a hands off approach and the decision would be made by GM on a commercial basis. Clinton sent this e-mail to German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Late August of 2009:
“Our government is taking a ‘hands off’ role. Any decision will be made independently by GM, based on commercial considerations. The United States government does not play an active role nor do we have a position on any particular bid.” (e-mail to German foreign minister Steinmeier from HRC)
On September 12th, Putin gave a speech all but announcing the deal had been done, and two days later said this to a German newspaper:
“The Russian government, Angela Merkel’s government, and the [German] labor unions worked together intensively. There were close contacts. I myself met with representatives of IG Metall [German labor union] in my residence. Today’s achievement is the result of these efforts by the Russian and German governments, and the German labor unions”.
This was false. Clinton was lying to Steinmeier. Steinmeier knew it; he had to guess why. Abdedin and Clinton decided not to disclose that Clinton’s objection to the Opel sale was the Russian involvement – that of Putin’s, and of Deripaska’s. Clinton was also hostile to the economic integration of the Russian and German car industries as a threat to US car sales worldwide. At least, this was the stated reason for her refusal, but as we have seen ,in position after position she changes like the wind, when she sees dollar signs at the end of a policy stance.
But why would Hillary want to stop the sale of Opel, by GM, to a Canadian company, if it wasn’t because of Russian involvement? After all, she coined the phrase “Russian Reset”, and in 2009, it was a policy goal of the Obama administration to better relations with Russia. And why would she allow the deal to get so close before vetoing it and making Putin look like a fool? I don’t think it was any more complicated than enriching herself and her foundation, once again. Just prior to the deal being nixed, Deripaska donated $50K to the Clinton Foundation. Ha! Who did he think he was dealing with…..a car valet? I could find no other donations from Deripaska or his companies. It’s strange because right around the time the donation was made, Deripaska’s lobbyist was assuring him the deal was done. This lobbyist…the Endeavor Group, was knocking down $40K a month from Deripaska. The founder and owner, Adam Waldman claimed in a press release that his firm did not lobby. They merely represented a select group of billionaires in various activities of advisement. But in an article from Intelligence Online it was reported that Endeavor had close ties to the Clinton’s. Apparently Mr. Waldman didn’t get the memo. So we shouldn’t forget, and before we move on to find out where the real money was going to come from, let me go back to McCabe. Before McCabe was Deputy Director of the FBI, he worked organized crime cases in NY for the FBI, specializing in the Russian Mafia. This is where he purportedly met his Russian friend. Yes, that friend was Oleg Deripaska, the man just set upon by Hillary Clinton. Deripaska and McCabe met several times in Europe, starting around 2009….yes, right around the time this Opel deal was being vetoed by Hillary. How does this connect? After the deal collapsed, Deripaska gave an interview to the BBC where he said:
“They try to push me in a corner, maybe believing I would cooperate with them [with information].” He had resisted, Deripaska claimed: “There is a Russian interest I would never go through.”
So just maybe Mr. Deripaska needed to be taught a lesson? Anyway, whether that’s true or not, it is a fact that Deripaska and McCabe were meeting and talking….about what, we do not know.
But it’s at least important here to notice how McCabe advanced in his career and his wife getting some $700,000 for her failed political campaign in VA. from Hillary’s DNC and friend, Terry McAuliffe. Maybe it has to do with his relationship with Deripaska or maybe it has to do with not prosecuting Hillary when he had the chance….or keeping a lid on the Mikerin investigation…….unless he tells us, I suspect we will never know.
In my next installment, I will lay out the relationship between Hillary Clinton and Viktor Vekselberg…the real money and collusion with Russia.
While researching corruption from the Clinton Foundation, I had the opportunity to read hundreds of stories concerning Hillary Clinton. Many of those stories were important to my research, but others were simply background on events, dates and speeches. Reading so many things, I began to see a pattern. I wondered if this pattern couldn’t be used to illustrate a methodology in the corruption I had been studying. It proved fruitful.
I’m sure over the years you have read many stories or watched speeches and news stories, where Hillary Clinton changed her position on an issue. In fact even NPR did an expose on the many position changes on trade. Many of these changes to a position could be called a “flip-flop” and written off as political positioning, but when I began to see money flowing to her, her campaign, and the Foundation, I begin to think this is it! If a connection could be made between the position change and the money flow, then maybe a pattern could be found. Lots of writers have highlighted the position changes, and in every story, they offer a plausible explanation by Hillary as to why she changed her view, but no one has laid out side by side the timing on the position changes, the actions that were took, the meetings that were held, and the money. This is how you indict her for criminality. If a pattern can be clearly shown that every time a position was changed, money exchanged hands, sometime around the position change, then reasonable conclusions of corruption can be made. This is evidence of a quid pro quo. You be the judge: Not all the evidence is of a position “change”. Early on, the original position was beneficial to a big money interest. I know….its all just a big coincidence. After all, positions have to benefit somebody….right? All you can do is read through each case and decide for yourself. Even as the Clinton’s were moving into the White House, there were scandals emerging of corruption in Arkansas when Bill was governor. Only we older folks will recall the cattle futures, Whitewater, travel gate, and many others. But I’m not going that far back. Let’s start with Bill’s presidency in 1993. NAFTA
In early 1994, Bill Clinton signed into law, a trade agreement, crafted by George Bush senior. A trade agreement called NAFTA. Here is what Hillary said about NAFTA in 1996 at a speech in New York at an event titled UNITE:
“I think everybody is in favor of free and fair trade. I think NAFTA is proving its worth.”
In 1998 at an international business conference in Davos, Switzerland she thanked big business for:
“a very effective business effort in the U.S. on behalf of NAFTA.”
Her support remained strong for years to come. In 2003, she wrote in her book:
“Creating a free trade zone in North America — the largest free trade zone in the world — would expand U.S. exports, create jobs and ensure that our economy was reaping the benefits, not the burdens, of globalization.”
And again in 2004, both times, while a sitting US Senator said:
“I think on balance NAFTA has been good for New York and America….”
At every turn she touted and supported NAFTA. Why?
Ever here of Carlos Slim? He is the second richest man in the world…..a Mexican billionaire. As we will see later, he is a good friend of Bill Clinton and has made many deals with the Clintons, NAFTA being just one. Slim’s billions come from his dominance of the telecommunications industry in Mexico. He owns and controls 70% of all cell phone use and 80% of all land lines. Just coincidently, written into NAFTA was a ten year exemption from all foreign competition from Canada and the US. He effectively had a monopoly. But he could sell in the US, and created Tracfone. Tracfone is the largest, prepaid cell phone company in the world. Now, knowing all that, I wondered…..Mexico, prepaid cell phones, and billions…..is there a drug angle? Of course. Slim is linked to the drug cartels by the DEA. He’s known as a front man for ex-president, in self-exile, Salinas de Gortari. De Gortari, fled Mexico a few months after leaving the presidency and was accused of stealing billions from the Mexican treasury, leaving the country in shambles. Oddly, Bill Clinton stepped in and gave the new president of Mexico 20 billion US dollars in US aid, to clean up the mess. Carlos Slim, and his connected companies have donated over $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, while pledging another $100 million to the Clinton-Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, since its inception in 2001.You can read more about Carlos Slim here: http://www.thesocialcontract.com/artman2/publish/tsc_24_4/tsc_24_4_wall.shtmlMy point wasn’t so much to tell you about Carlos Slim, but to focus in on the pattern I’m trying to show. In 1994, when NAFTA was implemented, Mexico was in bad shape economically. Was NAFTA created to save Mexico? One could make that case, I suppose…but we were never told that were we? There can be no doubt that Carlos Slim got a sweetheart deal in NAFTA, and has reaped billions since its creation. There also can be no doubt that a lot of that money found its way back to the Clintons. Of course there is no quid pro quo that can be proved in this single circumstance, but what I want you to see, is that whatever position Hillary and Bill take, somehow, shortly before or after….big money finds its way to their bank account. The strange thing about the story of NAFTA and Carlos Slim is what happened in 2008. Hillary was now running for president, and the money Carlos Slim could give was dwarfed by what the American unions could provide. The unions opposed NAFTA and said so. This is what Hillary said in 2008:
“You know, I have been a critic of NAFTA from the very beginning. I didn’t have a public position on it, because I was part of the administration, but when I started running for the Senate, I have been a critic.”
As you read each episode. Try to connect the dots.
By 1998, Hillary was in full campaign mode planning a run for the US senate in 2000. It may be just another coincidence, but the Clinton Foundation was created in 2001. You see, I believe the two go hand in hand. In order to grant favors, one must be in a position to do so. The partnership of a former president and a senator are in a position to do just that….power! Hillary gets elected as the US Senator from NY in 2000 and the Clinton Foundation is born. Just a coincidence! Hillary laid low in her first term as senator. But the plan was already in the works to get rich using their power. From 1997 through 2004, Bill spent most of his efforts making contacts and raising money to build his presidential library in Arkansas. The price tag was $165 million to construct and operate. The Foundation was created in 2001 in order to raise this money. By 2004, when the library opened, the Foundation had $120 million in assets, and $60 million in cash. Near as I can find, those early contributors were Stephen Spielberg and David Geffen from Hollywood and super market mogul, Robert Burkle. Hillary, too, spent most of her time making contacts while pressing the social agenda of the left. This was the backdrop to Bill’s meeting of Frank Giustra, billionaire Canadian mining mogul, in 2005. Through 2004, Frank Giustra was busy trying to make things happen in Kazakhstan and Columbia for mining, timber and oil rights. He needed a special kind of help. I chronicled this in my 5 part series: “The Corruption Continues”
In 2005 Bill Clinton traveled to Kazakhstan with Frank Giustra, at the end of a year long negotiation to acquire uranium mining rights in Kazakhstan. They meet with the criminal oligarch, Muchtar Ablyazov, who had stolen the mining rights to three large Kazakh mines and transferred them to Frank Giustra for $350 million. This story is very long and complicated and you can begin to read about it here: The Kazakh Mob The point of mentioning it is to add to the pattern. 2 months after this meeting, Frank Giustra donated $31 million to the foundation. By 2009, Ablyazov had been discovered by Kazakhstan officials. The sale was now in jeopardy. Hillary Clinton, now secretary of state and Tim Phillips, a DNC official stepped in and in some unknown way, pressured those officials to allow the sale to go through. Meanwhile, through 2009 and 2010, millions flowed into the foundation from directors of Uranium One, and Bill Clinton was contracted to give his highest paid speech ever in Moscow, by the Russian Oligarch, Mikhail Prokhorov. The Russians would later buy Uranium One and the Kazakh mining interests. Bill and Hillary would have a long and profitable relationship with Frank Giustra. In 2008, during her run for president, Hillary Clinton began to change her views on trade. She seemed to tow the party line and was against many free trade agreements, which one could argue was the position of the American unions and where much of her money would come from in her campaign. But after she lost the nomination in 2008, she then became Obama’s SOS in 2009.
Columbia Trade Promotion Act
In early 2008, Hillary Clinton was a senator from New York, running for president. The senate was considering a trade agreement proposed by the Bush Administration to create Free Trade with Columbia. The agreement was called CTPA, the Columbia Trade Promotion Act. This is what Mrs. Clinton said in February of 2008, about the deal:
“I will do everything I can to urge the Congress to reject the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.”
Hillary, and many democrats blocked a vote for three years, until 2011. But e-mails that have been revealed, stated that Mrs. Clinton was privately lobbying her fellow senators to pass the legislation. During this period, the spring of 2008, Frank Giustra pledged $100 million to the CGI (Clinton Global Initiative). The bill never came up for a vote while Hillary was in the senate. In June of 2009, Hillary, now secretary of state flies to Columbia to meet Alvaro Uribe, president of Columbia. Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra fly separately at the same time. The three have dinner in Bogotá…where they discuss their “children and grandchildren”. Sound familiar? Hillary now is in support of CTPA. She receives a letter from her colleagues in congress, urging her to not support CTPA, due to Columbia’s horrible human rights record and opposition to all union activity. She ignores their advice and instead, praises Uribe’s government. The unions also display their displeasure with her new stance. This is what she now was saying as the bill made its way through congress in late 2009:
“We think it’s strongly in the interests of both Colombia and the United States,” Clinton said. “And I return very invigorated … to begin a very intensive effort to try to obtain the votes to get the free trade agreement finally ratified.”
In 2010, Frank Giustra, Bill Clinton and Carlos Slim create Fondo Acceso, a private equity firm in Columbia with $20 million. The CF became a 50% share holder. During this same time, from September of 2009 through May of 2010, Bill Clinton gave a series of speeches in Canada where he was paid just over $1 million. At least two of those speeches were sponsored by TD Bank, the bank that financed many of Frank Giustra’s deals. The one person that stood to gain the most with having the CTPA in place was Frank Giustra….the Canadian mining mogul. In order to understand why, read the entire account of the Columbian Saga here: http://www.ibtimes.com/colombian-oil-money-flowed-clintons-state-department-took-no-action-prevent-labor-1874464
South Korea Free Trade
In 2007, As Senator, Hillary Clinton chose to announce her opposition to the South Korean trade deal at a town hall meeting organized by the AFL-CIO in Michigan, a traditional battleground state in presidential politics and home to the U.S. auto industry. This is what she said then:
“While I value the strong relationship the United States enjoys with South Korea, I believe that this agreement is inherently unfair,”she said Saturday in Detroit. “It will hurt the U.S. auto industry, increase our trade deficit, cost us good middle-class jobs and make America less competitive.”
She said this, in Detroit, MI while she was running for president. Fast forward to 2011. Hillary Clinton is now Secretary of state and the South Korean trade deal has still not been implemented. This is what she was saying now:
“I want to state as strongly as I can how committed the Obama Administration is to passing the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement this year. … This is a priority for me, for President Obama and for the entire administration. We are determined to get it done, and I believe we will.”
Now….you can say, but Ken, she is speaking for the Obama Administration. OK, that’s certainly a possibility, but was there something else that happened in between the two statements that might also be a possibility? Remember, we are looking for a pattern of behavior. Shortly after the 2008 presidential election, won by Obama, a South Korean conglomerate called Hanwha, donated $1 million to the foundation, and pays Bill Clinton $250K to speak in South Korea. Then in 2012, shortly after Hillary’s position changed, Bill Clinton is paid again by Hanwha to speak, and paid another $250,000. Incidentally, The CEO of Hanwha, Kim Seung-Youn, in 2012, was convicted of embezzling $260,000,000 from the company, and sentenced to 4 years in prison. At least one country still has laws that must be followed.
October 13th, 2011, the US congress approves South Korean free trade deal.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership
In 2012, while Hillary was SOS she made these statements about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
“[TPP is the] gold standard in trade agreements.”
“[it] would link markets throughout Asia and the Americas, lowering trade barriers while raising standards on labor, the environment, and intellectual property.”
“[it is] important for American workers, who would benefit from competing on a more level playing field.”
Later, as you will see, she changed her position with her stated reason that “….what I have learned about it”. But the above comments certainly show knowledge and an implied understanding of the treaty.
She remained in favor of the TPP until 2015. In July of 2015, the AFL-CIO and its affiliates representing some 56 member unions met to consider who they would endorse for president. With the endorsement comes millions of dollars. The leaders of the union learned that many of its locals were forming up around Sanders:
Steve Abbott, a leader for a local communications union, is one of some 3,500 individuals from within the labor movement who have joined the all-volunteer grassroots group Labor for Bernie. He said this prior to that June meeting: “While the AFL-CIO executive council has not endorsed a candidate yet, some local unions have made public gestures supporting Sanders, prompting the federation’s president, Richard Trumka, to urge them to stay neutral for now.”He went on: “He [Sanders] absolutely came out against it. She waffled,” Abbott said.
At that July meeting, Hillary met privately with the union leaders. In October of 2015, Hillary comes out against TPP.
“As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it.”(TPP) “For me, it really comes down to those three points that I made and the fact that we have learned a lot about trade agreements in the past years,”Clinton said. “Sometimes they look great on paper.” “I don’t believe it’s going to meet the high bar I have set.”
In May of 2016, the AFL-CIO officially endorsed Hillary and 61 million union dollars, flowed into her campaign. Unions contribute over $2 million to the Clinton Foundation in 2015.
Hillary has pretty much always been a hawk, so it would be unfair to say she changed her position on arms, but it is completely fair to show how she profited not only from the sale of weapons, but also from the purchase of weapons. During her tenure as SOS she had to sign off on agreements for foreign countries to buy American weapons and weapons systems. No arm sales can be made to a foreign nation for more than $14 million without a state department license. One of the most controversial deals made for weapons during Hillary’s tenure was to Bahrain. Bahrain has a terrible human rights record and persecutes dissidents and any opposition to the government. They have crushed protestors using tear gas and other heavy handed measures. While Hillary was SOS, she gave many speeches touting human rights and woman’s rights and even pointed to Bahrain on a few occasions in “hopes” they would reform.
On Mar 1, 2011, she said this:
“…And as other important partners such as Jordan and Bahrain take steps – sometimes very difficult steps – to open their political space, we will stand behind them and support their efforts because we are convinced that they will help advance all of our shared interests.”
In late summer of 2011 an arms deal was being made with Bahrain. But because of Bahrain’s human rights abuses, some in congress were opposed to the sale, and sent letters to that effect to Hillary Clinton. But the deal was well underway and a letter was sent to Senator Ron Wyden, assuring him that Bahrain was dealing with the issues:
From the letter:
“On June 29, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa convened a Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged human rights violations committed since February.”
I’m sure that will take care of it!
Meanwhile, from Feb. of 2011 through March of 2012, some $630 million worth of sophisticated weapons made their way to Bahrain, including $70,000 worth of “toxicological agents”. But Hillary was still feigning outrage of the Bahrain government. This is an excerpt from a speech in Nov. of 2011:
“…..mass arrests and brute force are at odds with the universal rights of Bahrain’s citizens and will not make legitimate calls for reform go away. Meaningful reform and equal treatment for all Bahrainis, are in Bahrain’s interest, and the region, and in ours.”
This may all just seem like palace intrigue, but I must also add, that Bahrain sent $150,000 to the CF in late 2009, just to arrange a meeting with Hillary Clinton. There is e-mail evidence of this. The problem with this reason, is the Crown Prince has had many meetings with past State Department secretaries. But just imagine…why e-mail Doug Band, the CEO of the CF, to arrange a meeting with Hillary Clinton, the American SOS? Over the next year Bahrain pledged $32 million to the Clinton Global Initiative. Also, in Doug Band’s request of Hillary for that meeting, he referred to [Crown Prince] Salman as a “good friend of ours.” It just seems odd…almost like the CF and the State Department were operating as one. In this Bahrain scenario, I went into more detail than I would have liked. But this episode is just an example of what transpired over Clinton’s 4 years as SOS. Not only was the Clinton Conglomerate getting big money from the buyers, but it was also getting the same from the sellers. From late 2009 through 2012, the Obama State Department approved $163 Billion, with a “B” in commercial arms sales to 20 countries and another $151 billion of arms brokered by the Pentagon. Over that same time period, those 20 countries and the various corporations that delivered the weapons, “donated” somewhere in the vicinity of $141 million to the Clinton Foundation or their numerous initiatives. The arms sales during this period represented a 143% increase over the same period during the Bush administration. Arms sales can be very profitable!
Even though I think I made my case, if you need more evidence, I have written voluminously about the Clinton Foundation and their pay for play schemes. Like this one about Boeing
This all begs the question, if I could find this information simply by scouring the internet, what does the Justice Department know? Recently we have seen reports about the blatant bias and corruption at the FBI. How long before the American people demand that something be done? The final piece to the pattern is this: Since Hillary Clinton lost the presidency and is now out of government, the donations to the Clinton Foundation have dropped nearly 40%. If all the money going there was because they do such great humanitarian things….then why have the donations dropped off so dramatically? Every proponent of the Clintons will use that reason…that it is a wonderful charity doing great work…..maybe not so much!
If you think we’re done with the Clintons, think again. They still wield a lot of power and have amassed billions of dollars. There still remains the connections to the Intelligence Community and to the FBI. Unless the Justice Department and/or congress steps up and takes on this behemoth of corruption, America is destined to succumb to the same lawlessness of the Russian Empire. Each day, without resolution we move closer to a state apparatus that works just like Russia….unlimited power and no accountability. Our most sacred concept is the rule of law. That law is not being applied to those in power. This must change.
In my continuing research on Uranium One, I have come across a lot of new information. I went back and re-read my first 4 parts, and still stand by all of it, but I do have new details that seem to be important in understanding the criminality that took place. This story is very complicated. Sorry for the length, and it may seem disjointed….there just are a lot of moving parts, that all connect to a culture of mass corruption in our government.
The first thing to consider is just what is Rosatom. Rosatom is the fairly, newly, created wholly, controlled nuclear agency in Russia. It controls some 360 businesses and research units of which the American subsidiary, TENEX, is one. It produces in excess of $300 billion in revenue a year to the Russian government. It currently is constructing 40% of all new reactors in the world, 40% of all enriched uranium and 17% of the world’s nuclear fuel. In other words, Rosatom is responsible for a huge chunk of the Russian economy. I have learned from several sources, that Uranium is running out in Russia and one of Rosatom’s strategic goals was to increase their availability to the world’s uranium supply….as selling enriched uranium is a huge part of what Rosatom does. Thus the purchase of Uranium One was a strategic move to control more uranium production. I firmly believe acquiring Uranium One, was much more about the Kazakh mines than it was about the American supply, but either way it was about controlling more.
If I might digress for just a minute…..everything in Russia is corrupt by our standards. What I have come to understand is that Russians think very differently about economics and law than we do. We have learned from childhood that the rule of law is of the highest consideration when doing anything. We call it playing within the rules. We fully expect that contracts must be honored, and if they are not, we have a legal recourse to receive a remedy. We have to understand that is not how business is done in Russia or any of their satellites, like Kazakhstan. Who has the most money and power makes the rules. If you don’t like it you could die. They will pay to get what they want, and if they can’t get it, they will use whatever method necessary to get what they want. They put on a charade when working with the West that they are law abiding, but it’s just for show. They firmly believe we are weak and our laws are simply obstacles to work around, using money and intimidation. Anyone working with the Russians must understand this difference. And if you believe for a minute that Frank Giustra, Bill Clinton, or any of the others working with them didn’t understand this, then you miss a large portion of what happened. A close friend of mine is from Russia and is in business. He confirmed that the Russian government operates like a mob family. There is a hierarchy, run by the Don….Putin, the oligarchs are the lieutenants. They run things how they want, using the laws they make to punish their enemies. If that doesn’t work they simply put them in prison or take them out permanently. My friend told me, that anyone working with a Russian, should expect bribes, kickbacks and extortion. This is how normal business is conducted. Russians are simply amoral criminals.
They are “governed” by a myriad of what we call oligarchs. These are the billionaires that were created immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It’s not complicated to understand how this happened. Boris Yeltzen was elected after Gorbechev left. The economy had collapsed and Yeltzen was trying desperately to save it. He pushed for a new free market system. But these kinds of changes take decades to implement…..he couldn’t wait. So he immediately privatized almost all of Russian industry. In communism, the state owns everything. So who would own it? The stated goal was for the people to be able to buy into companies….not unlike our private stock market. He issued vouchers to every citizen that they could use to buy stock. Very quickly after this, a black market was created. The vouchers were being gobbled up for cash by a few, shall we say, “Entrepreneurs” . Many of these investors were criminals that had acquired large sums of cash illegally. They soon learned that they could use their ill gotten gain to acquire an entire industry. After just a few years, Russia’s entire economy was in the hands of a few rich men, which now became the oligarchs. They had accumulated great power by being able to control large swaths of the economy. This was the environment Bill Clinton faced during his tenure as president. He understood Russia and their system better than most. He made a lot of friends there during the 90s.
Back to Rosatom.
If you will recall in 2008-2009, the FBI had opened an investigation into the dealings of TENEX, the subsidiary of Rosatom in America. An employee of TENEX, Vadim Mikerin, had been discovered extorting his customers. This was discovered when an American he was extorting went to the FBI. His name was William Campbell. He owned a small lobbying firm that was hired in 2008 to lobby the American government to buy more uranium from Russia. He contracted with Rosatom for $50,000 per month. Mikerin extorted Campbell by telling him he would send half that money to an offshore bank account in Belize and Switzerland. Campbell went to the FBI. He became an informant to gather information concerning the corruption. This investigation continued for another 5 years, and it is unknown whether this investigation by the FBI into Russian corruption was ever made known to CFIUS while it was considering the Russian purchase of stock in Uranium One in 2009 and again in 2013. You can read more about the case here: This is important because if Rosatom, through its TENEX subsidiary, was conducting illegal acts in its dealings with the uranium industry, why would this not be made known to CFIUS. Remember that the DOJ is part of CFIUS. It begs the question of why? Did CFIUS know and ignore the corruption, or was it quashed by the DOJ or the FBI under Comey’s control? Either way it points to massive corruption or incompetence at the highest levels. I, for one, am not buying any incompetence. I believe there lack of knowledge was purposeful…..that they knew, and chose to ignore it so money from Rosatom and Uranium One investors could continue to flow into the Giustra and Clinton Foundations. Just how you prove such an allegation is difficult. In my next post, I will lay out a pattern of corruption by Hillary Clinton that leads me to my conclusion. Only by seeing the pattern, can you prove just how criminal the entire Uranium One episode was. Without seeing this pattern, good luck proving any crimes. For every apparent crime, there is a counter explanation that can and will be made to defend the action. It’s an old business tactic called “plausible deniability” and is used almost daily in Washington. It has been reported that the criminal behavior and ultimate investigation and conviction of Mikerin was separate from the Uranium One acquisition. You can read about the FBI investigation into Mikerin here. Never mind that TENEX was bribing and extorting its customers, but are they separate issues? In my post, INTO THE WEEDS 11, I outlined John Podesta’s involvement in a company called Joule.
He was given 75,000 shares of stock and a seat on the board of directors. He served on that board with Reuben Vardanyan, an oligarch in Russia and a co-founder of the newly created, at the time, SKOLKOVO project. Skolkovo was an attempt to acquire US technology. Also seated on that board was Anatoly Chubais, the head of Rosatom. So here we have John Podesta, Anatoly Chubais, and Reuben Vardanyan all seated at the table of a company that received $35 million dollars from the Russian government as a “grant” and a mysterious shell company, Klein, Ltd, set up by the same agents that created Joule paying Podesta’s group, Center for American Progress, millions. All while Hillary Clinton is pushing 17 American tech companies to invest in Skolkovo. Coincidently, all 17 American companies “donating” some $25 million to the Clinton Foundation. By the way, in case you haven’t read the background on Joule in my piece INTO THE WEEDS 11, Joule is an energy company based in New Jersey.
You see, it is one of those so called front companies that Russia uses to defeat our laws.
In a sort of side story to all of this is the “Magnitsky Act”. Its a long story so I won’t relay it here, but you can read about it here. Tony Podesta, John’s brother and owner of the lobbying firm,The Podesta Group, Contracted with Sberbank, the largest bank in Russia, to lobby congress to repeal this sanctions act against Russia. Watch this blockbuster video describing The Podesta Groups involvement in Uranium One. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVkCbHe-Dm8
The Mikerin episode was reported as an attempt for Russia to gain more business in America selling uranium. The question still remains….was it connected to the Uranium One purchase? It defies credulity to believe otherwise. Rosatom put all the pieces in place. Starting as far back as 1993 with the sale, to the US of its uranium assets, all the way up to the acquisition of Uranium One. Bribes, extortion, money laundering in order to secure control over the US uranium purchases by American energy companies. And at the heart of the corruption is John Podesta, his brother Tony who was the lobbyist working for Rosatom in America, And Bill and Hillary Clinton using their foundation as a cash register. You nay have read that during the period of time in question….2009-2013, $145 million flowed into the Clinton Foundation from undisclosed sources, purportedly from sources connected to the Uranium One purchase. Some of this is a guess, but all evidence points in that direction.As I reported in another part of this continuing saga, Frank Giustra and Bill Clinton created the CGEP in 2007. (Clinton-Giustra Enterprise Partnership) It was established by Frank Giustra and two aids to the former president, Eric Nonacs and Bruce Lindsey, both employees of the Clinton Foundation. On the Clinton Foundation website it states the purpose of this enterprise: “combining the best of non-profit and for-profit approaches to create new enterprises that capitalize market opportunities to generate social impact by addressing existing market gaps in developing country supply or distribution chains.” The only for profit goal was for Bill and Hillary Clinton. Giustra pledged $100 million to this enterprise. But the CGEP was simply a money laundering mechanism. You see, US law, and an agreement Hillary made with the US government when she became SOS, declares that donors to the Foundation must be disclosed. The CGEP was chartered in Canada where no such law exists and Hillary believed didn’t apply to her agreement. This allowed the CGEP to accept millions and millions from undisclosed foreign donors. Then CGEP is free to donate to the Clinton Foundation in the US, only disclosing that the donation came from the CGEP in Canada. Mission accomplished, money successfully laundered. I suppose we will never know who all the donors were to the CGEP, but would you like to take a wild guess that there might be a few Russians on the list? Let’s now take a look at some of the donors that we know about, according to Clinton Foundation records. But first, know this. The Clinton Foundation has reworked and resubmitted their tax returns for this period several times. Many donors were undisclosed or under reported by millions. One of those donors, APCO Worldwide lobbied on the US government, on behalf of Rosatom/TENEX while giving money to the Clinton Global Initiative Fund, and arm of the CF. Records show APCO donated $50K when it was actually $1 million. How we can ever know for sure who or how much was donated is anybody’s guess.
First we have Viktor Pinchuk. A Ukrainian Oligarch, the second richest man in Ukraine, reported to have given $25 million to the CF. A close friend of Bill and Hillary, they each attended the others birthday parties. He is the owner of Interpipe, the largest steel producer in Ukraine. He has defied US sanctions and sold steel to Iran. Sound familiar? This is what Bill’s friend Marc Rich did for a living. It’s another similar story. Everybody knows he is doing it, but if you give enough to the Clinton Foundation, $25 million, the SOS will simply look the other way. Here is more information on Viktor Pinchuk: https://www.rt.com/usa/243017-ukraine-clinton-foreign-donors/
Marc Lasry. Mark Lasry is the current owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, which he purchased for $500 million. He also owns Avenue Capital, a 12 billion dollar hedge fund that nets Lasry $280 million a year. He is a billionaire and huge donor to the Democratic Party and personal friends with Bill and Hillary. He also has many Russian friends. Lasry was recently linked to Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, who is a known Russian mobster, currently on the run for gambling and money laundering. Seems like Lasry loves to gamble and play for millions. Lasry has unlimited access to Hillary Clinton and has donated at least $100,000 to the foundation and has raised millions for her campaigns.
Viktor Vekselberg, according to CF reporting, Mr. Vekselberg, and his companies donated over a quarter million dollars to the CF. In June of 2010, Bill Clinton met with Vekselberg, in Russia, along with several other Russian oligarchs…..reasons unknown. Shortly after that meeting, Bill Clinton gave a speech in Moscow where he was paid $500,000. My educated guess is that Bill Clinton’s involvement with Vekselberg has everything to do with an American technology transfer to Russia. Vekselberg was placed in charge of the Skolkovo project; I’ve spoken about several times. Back in March of this same year, Hillary invited Medvedev to Silicon Valley, In July; Vekselberg announces Cisco will commit 1 billion dollars to the Skolkovo project. 3 months later Cisco pays Bill Clinton $260,000 for a speech. Cisco also donates $1 million to the CF. You can read more about Hillary’s involvement with Vekselberg here: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/emails-show-clinton-ties-to-russian-oligarch-under-investigation/article/2601514
Mikhail Prokhorov, another sports enthusiast, Prokhorov owns the Brooklyn Nets basketball team. Prokhorov is another Russian oligarch who owns Renaissance Capital, the firm that paid the $500,000 for Bill Clinton’s speech in Moscow in June of 2010. I might add that the founding CEO of Renaissance was Michael Madden. Madden left Renaissance in 2007, when Prokhorov paid $500 million for the venture. Oddly enough, Madden now is the CEO of Teneo Capital, the company that works hand and glove with the CF.
Lukas Lundin, in 2010, congress passed the Dodd-Frank reform bill. Within that law was a provision for mining companies in the Congo to respect human rights through a new certification process.
Although then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Congo in 2009, she unexpectedly delayed implementation of a landmark “certification” program designed to assure human rights were respected by mining companies like Lundin’s in Africa. Lundin donated $5 million to the CF.
Ian Telfer, chairman of Uranium One and close friend of Frank Giustra donated several million to the CF while the Russian purchase was being made. ¾ of his donations of $8.6 million came through his family foundation….Fernwood, which was not disclosed. When this was discovered the CF said they made a mistake and would refile once again. The Clinton-Giustra Enterprise Partnership further donated another $33 million to the CF that came as a “bundle” with undisclosed donors. We may never know where all the money came from. You can read more about some other interesting donors to Clinton here: https://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/chelsea-clinton-foundation-marc-husband-230859
Finally, I would like to add one more large piece to this puzzle. The so-called “Trump Dossier”. Just how does this figure into all this corruption. About a year before the election of 2016, The Washington Free Beacon hired a company to do candidate research on the front running republican candidates. The company they hired was Fusion GPS. By April of 2016, it was clear Trump would win the nomination and that research was stopped. In that same month, Fusion GPS was hired by a law firm named Perkins-Cole to do opposition research on Donald Trump. Fusion GPS then hired a man named Christopher Steele.
Mr. Steele is a former MI 6 employee that worked in Russia and had many contacts in the Russian government. He produced a report that became to be known as the Trump Dossier. This report contained information about Trump’s business and personal dealings with Russia. It was selacious and disturbing in its content. The problem with the report, was nothing in it could be verified. The report was presented to Marc Elias, an attorney for the DNC, days before the election. Fusion was paid some $9 million for this work by Perkins Cole, who worked directly for the DNC and the Hillary campaign. After the election the report was leaked to the press. On a side note, I discovered, that the plan to tie Trump to the Russians was hatched at the DNC at the same time to attempt to remove him from office. The press, even though they had the report in November, did not publish it. Nothing in the report could be verified, and to their credit did not make it public. That is until a small website decided to publish it on January 10, 2017. After it came out, the rest of the media jumped on board. OK, so that’s the background. Before the dossier was made public, sometime in December of 2016, it came into the possession of John McCain. He then passed it on to the FBI as secret information from British Intelligence. Now this next part is very, very important. First I would like to say, that this cannot be independently verified. It’s a conclusion, but it is the only conclusion that can be made based on all the facts that are known. The FBI used that unverified and untrue report to acquire a FISA warrant in order to conduct surveillance on the Trump Tower and of the president elect. Stop and think about that. The FBI conducting surveillance on the president of the United States, and a court gave them a warrant to do it, based on a report that was merely made up! But Ken, you would say, what does this have to do with Uranium One? In two words….not much! But I am attempting to clarify a connection between Hillary and the Russians. Someone in that crime syndicate in Russia, at the behest of the Clintons, provided false information on Donald Trump that could potentially remove him from office. When we consider the point that CFIUS signed off on the Russian purchase of Uranium One, we must look at this warrant that was obtained by the FBI. If the DOJ could be persuaded to do this, is it then, a huge leap that they would hold back the Mikerin investigation, and then sign off on the sale of Uranium One? You see, Hillary was supposed to win. I venture to speculate that Clinton was selling anything she could, to create a fortune and a dynasty. She was willing to work with the Russians in any way to get what she wanted. Her and Bill knew who the Russians were, they knew what they could do for her….and she didn’t care. American Uranium, American technology, American law….none of it mattered…..they would keep the money flowing no matter what.