The Clinton-Kremlin Connection
Investigative journalist Peter Schweizer's new report.
9:52 PM, JUL 31, 2016 | By FRED BARNES
A program overseen by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as part of the "reset" with Russia wound up enhancing Russia's military technology and funneling millions of dollar to the Clinton Foundation, according to a new report by investigative journalist Peter Schweizer and the Government Accountability Institute he heads.
The report says both the U.S. Army and the Federal Bureau of Investigation found that the program, intended to support Russia's version of Silicon Valley, was exploited to improve Russia's military capability.
The "innovation city" of Skolkovo on the outskirts of Moscow was center of the program. Its stated purpose was "identifying areas of cooperation and pursuing joint projects and actions that strengthen strategic stability, international security, economic well-being, and the development of ties between the American and Russian people."
Instead, the FBI warned several American technology companies in 2014 that Skolkovo "may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation's sensitive or classified research development facilities and dual-use technologies with military and commercial application." Indeed, it was.
Regarding Hillary and Bill Clinton, the report says: "Many of the key figures in the Skolkovo process – on both the Russian and U.S. sides – had major financial ties to the Clintons. During the Russian reset, these figures and entities provided the Clintons with tens of millions of dollars, including contributions to the Clinton Foundation, paid for speeches by Bill Clinton, or investments in small start-up companies with deep Clinton ties."
The report may put a crimp in Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. She has made the "reset" a major issue to show the success of her tenure as secretary of state, contrasting it with her Republican opponent Donald Trump's total lack of experience in foreign and national security policy. The report raises doubts about her effectiveness as the top foreign policy official during President Obama's first term.
Schweitzer's book Clinton Cash, published in 2015, revealed how the Clintons' income between 2001 and 2012 exceeded $136 million. The book's subtitle: "The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich."
The new report said a Russian government fund sent $35 million to "a small company with Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta on its executive board, which included senior Russian officials. John Podesta failed to reveal, as required by law on his federal financial disclosures, his membership on the board of this offshore company."