Government Accountability Institute
Report August 2016
FROM RUSSIA WITH MONEY
Hillary Clinton, the Russian Reset, and Cronyism
–A major technology transfer component of the Russian reset overseen by Hillary Clinton substantially enhanced the Russian military’s technological capabilities, according to both the FBI and the U.S. Army.
–Russian government officials and American corporations participated in the technology transfer project overseen by Hillary Clinton’s State Department that funnelled tens of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.
–A Putin-connected Russian government fund transferred $35 million to a small company with Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta on its executive board, which included senior Russian officials.
–John Podesta failed to reveal, as required by law on his federal financial disclosures, his membership on the board of this offshore company.
–Podesta also headed up a think tank which wrote favorably about the Russian reset while apparently receiving millions from Kremlin-linked Russian oligarchs via an offshore LLC.
The PDF Report can be read HERE.
During her tenure as Secretary of State, one of Hillary Clinton’s major policy initiatives was the “reset” in relations with Russia. The idea was to begin the U.S.-Russia relationship anew, unburdened by recent Russian government actions or Bush Administration policies that had caused tensions between Moscow and Washington. The reset was one of President Obama’s “earliest new foreign policy initiatives,” according to the White House, and was based on the belief that relations with Russia had become unnecessarily mired in conflict over a handful of issues during the Bush Administration. In short, the Obama Administration wanted what it called “win-win outcomes.”
As America’s chief diplomat, Secretary Clinton was the point person on the reset,
handling a range of issues from arms control to technological cooperation.
Those matters she did not handle herself were managed by close aides under her direction. On July 6, 2009, President Barack Obama visited Moscow, and together with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, announced the creation of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. The Bilateral Commission would be the heart and soul of the Russia reset, with the goal to “improve communication and cooperation between the governments of Russia and the United States.
…President Obama and Medvedev announced that the work of the Commission would be directed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
According to leaked U.S. government cables, U.S. State Department officials beginning in 2009 played a substantial role in assisting Russian government entities in accessing U.S. capital and in seeking investments in U.S. high technology companies. Specifically, they worked to support the efforts of the Russian State Investment Fund, Rusnano, to seek investment opportunities in the United States by arranging meetings with U.S. tech firms. They also crafted and delivered joint statements with Russian officials on cooperation on technological matters.
In short, Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and coordinator of the Bilateral Commission would be at the center of U.S. decision-making. Hillary Clinton was deeply engaged in fostering U.S. ties to Russia. In addition to four major visits to Russia itself, Secretary Clinton communicated numerous other times with foreign minister Lavrov and other officials.
It should also be pointed out that Bill Clinton met with Vladimir Putin on at least two occasions in 2009 and 2010.
Technological cooperation and investment deals seemed to be the sort of “win-win” deals President Obama said he sought. But as we will see, the Clintons and close aides appear to have personally benefitted from such deals. And these deals also raised serious questions from the FBI, the U.S. Army, and foreign governments that the Russian military was benefitting from them as well.
A major part of this technological cooperation included Russian plans to create its own version of Silicon Valley. The research facility, on the outskirts Moscow, was dubbed “Skolkovo”. CISCO, Google, and Intel all jumped at the chance to take part. (All three happened to be major Clinton Foundation supporters as well.)…Ultimately dozens of U.S. tech firms including Cisco, Google, and Intel would make major financial contributions to the project.
…The State Department actively and aggressively encouraged American firms to participate in Skolkovo. Indeed, many of the Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) signed by U.S. companies to invest and cooperate in Skolkovo were signed under the auspices of Hillary Clinton’s State Department.
Enter Clinton’s close friend, Robert Hormats, who became U.S. Co-Chair of that working group. Robert Hormats then joined the State Department as the Under Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs. The other senior State Department official involved in the Skolkovo process
was the Lorraine Hariton, the State Department’s Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs. ((Hariton served on Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Committee during the 2008 campaign.)
In 2012 Conor Lenihan, Vice President of the Skolkovo Foundation, who had previously partnered with the Clinton Foundation, released a PowerPoint presentation that included a list of 28 Russian, American, and European Key Partners. Of those 28, 17 of them, or 60 percent, have made financial commitments to the Clinton Foundation or sponsored speeches by Bill. (Exact donation amounts were unknown but all according to this report ranges were from $6.5 to $23.5 million or substantially higher since the foundation did not release all large donor names and amounts.)
The man heading up the Skolkovo Foundation in Russia is a controversial figure named Viktor Vekselberg. Vekselberg is a Putin confidant and a Clinton Foundation donor via his company, Renova Group. In 2013, Vekselberg was accused by associates of funneling Skolkovo money into his own bank accounts. He denies the charge.
Another Russian figure deeply involved with Skolkovo who had financial ties to the Clintons is Andrey Vavilov. The former Russian government official is the Chairman of SuperOx, which is part of the Nuclear Cluster at Skolkovo. The Nuclear Cluster at Skolkovo is committed to enhancing the nuclear capabilities of the Russian state. A major listed beneficiary of this research is Rosatom, the Russian State Nuclear Agency. Rosatom, through its subsidiary ARMZ, purchased a Canadian uranium company called Uranium One in 2010 which held assets in the United States and therefore required State Department approval. Nine Uranium One shareholders donated more than $145 million to the Clinton Foundation. (Some donations as of this report had not been disclosed by the Foundation.)
Another important player in the reset was a Russian government investment fund called Rusnano (the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies). Rusnano was “founded by Putin” in 2007. Rusnano relies entirely on Russian state funding for its investment in nanotechnology.
Enter John Podesta, one of the elite inner circle of Hillary confidants. During the Bill Clinton Administration, Podesta served as White House Chief of Staff. Beginning in 2003, Podesta served as the President of the Center for America Progress (CAP), which has been described as an “administration-in-waiting” for the Democratic Party.83 Podesta later became Counselor to President Barack Obama in the White House. More recently, in January, 2015, Podesta became the campaign chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the 2016 presidential bid.
In June and July 2011, during the time period that he was advising Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, John Podesta joined the board of three related entities: Joule Unlimited, a small Massachusetts-based energy company; its holding company, Joule Global Holdings, N.V., which was based in the Netherlands; and Joule Global Stichting, which appears to be the ultimate controlling entity. Joule Global Stichting was established in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on March 14, 2011. John Podesta joined the company’s executive board on June 25,2011. The Joule Stichting is a Foundation, but it’s not strictly a foundation in the charitable sense. It is noted in the Panama Papers. Although John Podesta is listed on the corporate records, he failed to disclose his membership on the board of Joule Stichting in his federal financial disclosure forms when he joined the Obama White House as a senior advisor.
There is much, much, more to be found in this research report. Time simply does not allow in this one to complete the trail of collusion and corruption.
Many articles in many posts have made dribbled out a few salient facts. BUT, this article I am pulling from takes 56 pages to follow the trail and is the most complete understanding I have seen. None of those articles would ever bring to light this much information because they would be afraid of the consequences.
Government Accountability Institute has only one mission: TO INVESTIGATE AND EXPOSE CRONY CAPITALISM, MISUSE OF TAXPAYER MONIES, AND OTHER GOVERNMENTAL CORRUPTION OR MALFEASANCE.
Did the State Department, the FBI, and other important groups know from the beginning at least most of the information. You bet. In fact they went so far as to raise alarm, but not one ever brought this to light in a public trial not even during the recent Comey refusal to indict Hillary Clinton. Does the FBI have all the information in this report and more, absolutely. Will anything be done — never if Hillary Clinton has her way.
THIS IS EXACTLY what we will be seeing happening if Hillary Clinton is elected and far worse to come.