(NationalSentinel) Scandal:Â Author Peter Schweizer,Â Breitbart Newsâ€™ editor-at-large, told the news siteâ€™s SiriusXM radio program Thursday that the campaign manager ofÂ Hillary Clintonâ€™s recent campaignÂ and longtime friend of her and husband Bill may have violated the law in his dealings with Russia.
TellingÂ Breitbart Daily NewsÂ that Podesta has â€œa very interesting relationship with Russia, going back to when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state,â€ Schweizer â€“ author of â€œClinton Cash,â€ which exposed how foreign governments helped enrich the Clintons through their foundation â€“ detailed how Podesta and Russian President Vladimir Putin became intertwined.
When she was secretary of state, he was an advisorâ€ who had a seat on Clintonâ€™s foreign policy advisory board, Schweizer said. Based on emails released through Wikileaks, â€œwe knowâ€¦that he was talking to her all the time on everything from speeches to personnel directions to policy positions.â€
Podesta, who joined the Obama White House as a presidential advisor in 2013, first linked up in 2011 with the executive board of a small Massachusetts energy company called Joule Energy. A couple months later, the company got â€œa large infusion of cashâ€ â€“ one billion rubles, or about â€œ$35 to $45 million, invested from Russia.â€ (RELATED:Â If Trump or his people really did something illegal with Russia, they would have been chargedÂ already)
That money came from â€œa very unusual entityâ€ called RUSNANO, which is a government-funded investment fund also known as â€œPutinâ€™s Childâ€ according to the Russian Science Ministry. â€œSo it shows you how connected this fund is,â€ Schweizer said.
â€œThey actually buy an equity stake in this John Podesta-linked company, which they can do. You can raise the question of why theyâ€™re doing it while heâ€™s advising Hillary Clinton, but they can legally do that,â€ he said.
The problem for Podesta, he continued, is that when he joined the White House he was required to file a large amount of paperwork, including financial disclosure forms, the boards on which he sits, stock holdings and so forth.
â€œIn the case of Podesta, there are two omissions. One of them is the way the Joule was structured, it has three corporate boards. It has one based in Massachusetts, one based in the Netherlands, and then it has a holding company. John Podesta, according to corporate records, was on all three of those boards. He only listed two of them on his financial disclosure. He omitted probably the most important one, which was the holding company,â€ said Schweizer.
While the Clinton author submitted the possibility that the omission could have been an oversight, Schweizer said Podesta did not disclose what he did with 75,000 shares of stock he had in Joule Energy that were given to him as part of his compensation for being on the companyâ€™s executive board.
â€œHe gave them to his daughter through an LLC,â€ Schweizer explained, but it wasnâ€™t clear whether or not she actually became the owner. By that, he explained, â€œI mean the Podesta emailsâ€ that show he had an extensive conversation with company execs and others connected to them, though ostensibly he didnâ€™t own the stock any longer.
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By failing to disclose what he had done with the stock, Podesta â€“ who has been around government before â€“ committed a â€œclear violation of what you are supposed to disclose on these federal forms,â€ said Schweizer.
Host Alex Marlow then said it appears there isÂ much more evidence connecting the Clintons and Podesta to RussiaÂ than there has ever been of President Donald J. Trump and his circle of advisers. (RELATED:Â McCain Challenges Trump To Prove Obama Wiretapped Himâ€¦ Even Though Thereâ€™s Clear Evidence He Did)
â€œAnd yet the media is obsessed with one and not the other,â€ Schweizer said, noting the wall-to-wall coverage of the alleged Trump/Russia collusion to â€œstealâ€ the election from Clinton despite the very obvious lack of evidence to support the allegation.
The â€œClinton Cashâ€ author also noted that, based on Trumpâ€™s selection of Cabinet appointees and national security advisors, the Trump-Putin connection makes no sense.
â€œThe thesis that everybody is operating on is the Russians helped Trump win and Trump is going to do all these favors for Russia. The problem is, when you look at the personnel decisions, whoâ€™s running Russia policy in the United States â€“ whether thatâ€™s General Mattis at the Pentagon, whether that is McMaster, the national security adviser, whether thatâ€™s the CIA director, whether thatâ€™s the director of Russia policy on the National Security Council, whoâ€™s a very solid scholar from the Brookings Institution â€“ none of these are remotely pro-Putin,â€ he said.
Originally published at Trump.news