Hillary Clinton’s shocking election defeat to Donald Trump was a hard pill to swallow for the former Secretary of State. Taking no ownership of her own failings, Clinton like her faithful supporters have insisted that Trump colluded with Russia to rig the election against her. This tired narrative came to an embarrassing revelation as her own campaign manager, John Podesta, had questionable Russian ties as well.
Texas Representative Louie Gohmert, a proud Republican, is calling for Congress to investigate John Podesta’s role with Rusnano, a state-run company founded by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Daily Caller reported that Podesta, who was Clinton’s campaign manager in 2016, first contacted the Russian firm in 2011, the same year he joined the boards and executive committees of three related entities: Boston-based Joule Unlimited; Rotterdam-based Joule Global Holdings; Joule Global Stichting, the company’s controlling interest. All are high-tech renewable energy enterprises.
Three months after Podesta joined, Joule Unlimited accepted a 1 billion ruble investment from Rusnano, which is $35 million in U.S. dollars. In addition, the company gave a Joule board seat in February 2012 to Anatoly Chubais, Rusnano’s CEO, who has been depicted as a corrupt figure.
Though Podesta has tried to downplay his relationship with Joule and Rusnano, it has repeatedly come back to haunt him legally. When he joined former President Barack Obama’s White House staff in 2014 as a senior counselor, he never disclosed 75,000 common shares of Joule stock he received, as disclosed in a WikiLeaks email. He also did not state his 2011 Joule stock vesting agreement in his government financial disclosure form.
Gohmert, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee and is vice chair of its subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security, found Podesta’s Russia ties disturbing, saying “this certainly needs to be reviewed to see if there really is something nefarious going on with these activities.”
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