John Solomon, writing for THE HILL, just keeps ‘em coming. The guy is on fire these days --- probably in possession of much more than he is telling right now so that each revelation can have its moment --- and with a new attorney general coming in and Lindsay Graham heading the Senate Judiciary Committee, we can at least hope the information won’t be left to die like an unwanted newborn in a New York delivery room.
The latest installment makes the case that it was Hillary Clinton who made use of Russian connections, through the Clinton Foundation and big-time donor Russian oligarch (rich guy) Viktor Vekselberg, along with several American donors who wanted to partner with him, while she was Secretary of State. At the exact time Bill was pocketing a cool half-million dollars to give just one speech in Moscow, Hillary was working on that Russian re-boot (never mind that her “reset” button actually said “overcharge” in Russian), teaming with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and then-President Dmitri Medvedev to create U.S. technology partnerships in Skolkovo, which was headed by Vekselberg and which Solomon describes as “Moscow’s version of Silicon Valley.”
Hillary personally invited President Medvedev to visit Silicon Valley, and her State Department facilitated U.S. companies involved in the project. According to State Department emails, Bill raised eyebrows (as he often did with his conflicts of interest) by asking to meet Vekselberg and also Arkady Dvorkovich, a senior official with Rosatom. Rosatom is the Russian nuclear giant that was seeking permission from the State Department to buy the Canadian company Uranium One --- the "One" that came with 20 percent of America’s uranium.
By 2013, experts in the State Department, law enforcement and the military were considering Skolkovo to be much more than just a technology conglomerate. They thought it was likely a front for economic and military espionage. In 2014, the FBI sent letters to warn several American technology companies that were involved with Skolkovo that they risked being caught up in espionage. One FBI official, Special Agent in Charge Lucia Ziobro, even raised the alarm in an op-ed for the Boston Business Journal that Skolkovo “may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research development technologies and dual-use technologies with military and commercial application.” In other words, it would be a convenient way to spy.
(I’ll bet they had every one of Hillary’s emails from her time at State. But I digress.)
As for Rosatom, we already knew about informant William Douglas Campbell, who gathered information from the inside showing their agents in the U.S. were involved in racketeering: kickbacks, extortion, bribery. He even obtained written evidence that Putin wanted to buy Rosatom to gain leverage over America through domination of global uranium markets. He also found out that a major donor to the Clinton Global Initiative was working for Rosatom at the time the company was seeking approval from the State Department to buy Uranium One.
Of course, we've been aware for some time about other Russian connections, the ones made by Hillary, through a series of go-betweens, with Christopher Steele and his Russian sources. The latest bit of information on that is that, according to Bruce Ohr’s notes, Steele’s main source for his uncorroborated allegations was an ex-Russian intelligence officer. I won’t get too far into the weeds with this; for those who want to go on in there, Solomon offers much more detail about the Russian connections of Steele, and also of Glenn Simpson, at the link below.
Hillary, her family and their charity clearly benefited from their Russian connections at the very time Hillary was working to facilitate certain official government actions concerning Russia. And now we know that these connections were questionable enough to raise national security concerns. Can you even IMAGINE how much screaming there would be if we were talking about the Trump family?
The investigation of Trump never ends –- in fact, it keeps expanding, like a shark that will die if it ever stops swimming –- while the increasingly evident Hillary/Russia connections are ignored. But I have a hunch that with Barr coming in as the new attorney general and Sen. Graham heading the Judiciary Committee, this situation is going to change. If that doesn't happen, we may have to storm Washington with torches, tar and feathers. But I'm fairly confident that even though Hillary might run out the clock on the statute of limitations for many of her misdeeds, the sleazy details are eventually going to come out.