Liberal mega-donor Tom “Rhymes With Liar” Steyer has been ranting on Twitter about Donald Trump and the Russians.
Here’s his latest smear job:
But isn’t this a bit rich coming from someone whose NextGen Super PAC was dedicated to putting notorious uranium-to-the-Russkies saleswoman Hillary Clinton into the White House?
A guy who, furthermore, has genuine connections – as opposed to #fakenews connections – with Putin’s inner circle?
Someone who, just like Hillary, made huge chunks of his vast fortune prostituting himself so flagrantly to the Russian bear it resembled a horror out-take version of Leo Di Caprio’s ursine rape scene in The Revenant?
A green campaigner whose war on the U.S. fracking industry curiously aligns with the one waged and heavily funded by his Russian friends?
Tom Steyer is so up to his neck in Russian money and Russian propaganda you might as well call him Impaled By Vlad.
He made his fortune through his hedge fund Farallon Capital Management (at one point the world’s 19th largest) which in 2008 invested in Geotech Oil Services, one of the largest oilfield service companies in Russia. In 2010 Steyer sold part of his holding to the Volga Group, a privately held investment group that manages assets on behalf of Russian oligarch and Putin confidante Gennady Timchenko.
Timchenko was specifically named by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as being among “Those being designated for acting for or on behalf of or materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, a senior official of the Government of the Russian Federation.”
It noted that “Timchenko’s activities in the energy sector have been directly linked to Putin.” A leaked U.S. State Department cable put a finer point on it stating that Timchenko “is rumored to be a former KGB
colleague of Putin’s.”
But Steyer’s shady dealings with Russia go back earlier than that.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s Farallon was involved in illicit attempts to capitalize on the economic liberalization of the former Soviet Union country.
The U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) formed an agreement with Harvard University’s Institute of International Development (HIID) in the mid-1990s to guide the former Soviet Union country towards a market economy.
Harvard economist Andrei Shleifer and Jonathan Hay, a top HIID advisor, were the two officials charged with spearheading the project.
Shleifer and Hay advised the Russian government on the privatization of more than 200,000 corporations, the issuance of government debt, and the construction of financial institutions to integrate the nation into the global economy.
The two HIID officials were privy to vast inside knowledge of the restructuring of the Russian economy. The U.S. government would later charge them both with using that knowledge to enrich themselves, in violation of USAID conflict-of-interest agreements.
Harvard would eventually shutter the HIID following the scandal.
Farallon provided the investment vehicle for a number of those schemes and was also the target of legal action by the U.S. government for its role.
Steyer’s subsequent embrace of all things environmental is widely seen by those familiar with his modus operandi as a way of cynically greenwashing his murky fossil fuel past, while simultaneously leaping aboard the lucrative “clean energy” gravy train.
It also happens to align with the interests of his Russian pals.
Russia is a petro economy highly reliant on its oil and gas revenues. As we learned from Wikileak documents of secret meetings held by Hillary Clinton, Russia is known to have heavily funded anti-fracking organisations in the US in order to protect its business interests, notably through a shadowy organisation called the Sea Change Foundation and even shadier outfit called Klein Ltd.
- A U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee report in 2014 exposed the Sea Change Foundation for its major funding from Klein Ltd, a Bermuda-based shell corporation with strong ties to longtime Putin friend Leonid Reiman, Russia’s state-owned oil giant Rosneft and Russian energy investment groups including Firebird New Russia Fund and Vimpelcom Ltd. According to the report, Klein Ltd. In 2011 funneled more than $43 million to anti-fracking groups, including the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
- In the period 1997 to 2015, Sea Change donated more than $64.8 million to the Energy Foundation, to the Energy Foundation, a “pass-through” financing organization to which Steyer’s Tomkat Charitable Trust donated $4,150,000.
- Having passed through Sea Change, the tainted funds were then disbursed to other anti-fracking groups, including the Blue Green Alliance Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, the Rockefeller Family Fund and many others.
If Tom Steyer really now feels so very strongly about the evils of the Russians, maybe he should consider giving away the $1.5 billion fortune he made from sucking up to them.
Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) sent out a misleading Tweet on Thursday claiming that she had never, “ever” met or spoken with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, while previous Tweets showed she met and spoke to the Russian official in 2013 and again in 2015.
“I’ve been on the Armed Services Committee for 10 years. No call or meeting with Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of the Foreign Res Com,” McCaskill tweeted on Thursday.
Almost immediately following her Tweet, McCaskill’s past Tweets contradicted her claim, including two retweeted by National Review Online Editor Charles C. W. Cooke showing a Tweet in 2013 and another in 2015 that said the senator spoke and met with Kislyak.
- On Jan. 30, 2013 McCaskill tweeted “Off to meeting w/Russian Ambassador. Upset about the arbitrary/cruel decision to end all US adoptions, event those in process.”
- On Aug. 6, 2015 McCaskill tweeted “Today calls with British, Russian and German Ambassadors re: Iran deal. #doingmyhomework.
Following Cooke’s Tweet and others picking up the story, McCaskill admitted on Twitter that she and “many senators” had met with the ambassador four years ago to discuss the U.S. halt to adopting Russian children, but then falsely reiterated her original claim:
“Again, as a senior member of the Armed See, never received call or request from Russian Ambassador for meeting. Never met one-on-one w/him,” McCaskill tweeted.
When asked by Breitbart News why she claimed she had never met or spoken with the Russian ambassador when her Tweets showed otherwise, McCaskill’s communication director defended her by saying she had not met “one-on-one” with him.
“Attorney General Sessions met one-on-one with the Russian ambassador in the midst of a Russian cyber campaign against the U.S., and then misled the Judiciary Committee under oath about that meeting,” John LaBombard told Breitbart News via email. “He then tried to excuse it by saying it was part of the normal course of his Armed Services Committee work.
“Claire has never met one-on-one with the ambassador, and never received a call from him,” LaBombard said. “She did attend a group meeting about adoptions with other senators, and had a brief proactive call with the ambassador amid calls to several other parties to the Iran nuclear deal.
“Attorney General Sessions, on the other hand, misled the Senate under oath,” LaBombard said.
On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) addressed allegations Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Russian officials from a Washington Post story published late Wednesday night and said Sessions should only recuse himself if he becomes the focus of any of the investigations.
When asked if Sessions should recuse himself Ryan said, “I think he answered that question this morning, which is if he himself is the subject of an investigation, of course, he would. But if he’s not, I don’t see any purpose or reason to doing this. Let’s take a step back for a second here. Number one, we know that Russia tried to meddle in the election. Why do we know this? Because we in congress and the intelligence community did an investigation after the election which discovered Russia was trying to meddle in the election.”
“This is something we all well know,” he continued. “Here’s another thing. We have seen no evidence from any of these ongoing investigations that anybody in the Trump campaign or the Trump team was involved in any of this. We have been presented with no evidence that an American was colluding with the Russians to meddle in the elections.”
He added, “I think Democrats are lighting their hair on fire to get you to cover this story to keep repeating the same story. I think they’re trying to get this coverage going and there’s nothing new we’ve seen here. And we’ll make sure we leave no stone unturned and that’s why our intelligence committees are conducting the investigations.”
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