(National Sentinel)Â Election 2016:Â One of the most underreported stories of the 2016 election (as in, the so-called â€œmainstreamâ€ media all but ignored it) was Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podestaâ€™s extensive financial ties to Russia. But since her loss to Donald J. Trump, all the rage in the establishment media circles has been tying the current president to Russia, who, we are endlessly told, â€œcolludedâ€ with the Kremlin to steal the election.
Donald Trump Jr.â€™s meeting with a Russian lawyer initially thought to be associated with Moscow aside, there is no evidence whatsoever to support any â€œcollusionâ€ allegations. But there is plenty of evidenceÂ to support the contention that Podesta is up to his eyeballs in connections to Russia, and Fox Business Networkâ€™s Maria Bartiromo had it out recently with Podesta on her program over those connections.
In recent days, Podesta appeared before House investigators looking into the so-called Trump-Russia collusion and other Moscow-directed efforts to allegedly disrupt the outcome of the 2016 election. He met behind closed doors with members of the House Intelligence Committee, which is leading one of the investigations into Russian meddling. Podestaâ€™s emails were either hacked or stolen, along with Democratic National Commitee emails, and summarily leaked by Wikileaks and Guccifer 2.0, causing embarrassment and consternation for both the DNC and him personally.
But it was Podestaâ€™s ties to a small Russian energy firm which he joined in 2011 that was of more importance to Bartiromo, and it should be of more importance to all Americans.
Bartiromo noted that shortly after Podesta joined the firm, a Russian entity that was directly funded by the Kremlin invested $35 million in it, and Podesta himself was given 75,000 shares â€” which she went on to note he failed to disclose after he became involved in the Obama White House towards the end of 2013, which is before he left to become Clintonâ€™s campaign chief.
â€œMaria, thatâ€™s not true,â€ Podesta countered. â€œI fully disclosed and was completely compliantâ€ with disclosure requirements, adding that he divested his holdings beforehand.
Bartiromo pressed him on that point, however, asking where he divested those holdings, saying many people believe he â€œdivested it withâ€ his â€œadult children.â€
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Stammering, Podesta tried to explain that his divesture followed advice he was given by White House counsel. â€œI was fully complaint and fully transparent,â€ he said.
Then the conversation turned heated. Podesta accused the host of â€œpicking through his emailsâ€ that were released by Wikileaks to falsely accuse him of owing shares in a Russian company. Bartiromo countered by repeating the fact that the company on whose board he sat â€” and received those shares â€” was â€œbacked by the Kremlin.â€ (RELATED: Obamaâ€™s cybersecurity czar: â€˜NO evidence Russia hackedÂ election.â€™)
Podesta said that the company was an American firm, and that he never received any shares â€œin a Russian company,â€ obviously parsing words.
â€œItâ€™s been widely reported that that company was backed by the Kremlin, and that they gave you 75,000 shares, that you failed to disclose as you headed into the Obama administration,â€ the host shot back.
â€œMaria, you can keep leveling the charge, it is not true. They didnâ€™t give me anything,â€ Podesta said. â€œThey [the Russian government] had a small investment in the company I was on the board of.â€
When Bartiromo pressed again about the shares, citing the fact that it has been â€œwidely reportedâ€ he received them, Podesta countered that she was getting bad information from right-leaning sites like â€œInfowars.â€
â€œNo, Iâ€™m not, no Iâ€™m not,â€ she interrupted. â€œThis is Politico, this is The New York Times, this is The Wall Street Journal, thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m looking at, John.â€
â€œNo, itâ€™s not,â€ Podesta argued.
â€œThen thereâ€™s Hillary Clinton, of course we know, who got $100 million from Russian companies after she allowed that Russian company to acquire 20 percent of the U.S. uranium,â€ she shot back. â€œSo, the point Iâ€™m making here, John, is that thereâ€™s much deeper ties to Russia on the Democratic side than there are on the Republican side, and itâ€™s just a head-scratcher that this has been taking more oxygen out of the room over Trump, when in fact it has been your team that has been in bed with the Russians.â€
The full interview is below:
This story originally appeared at Trump.news.