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James Freeman




















Oct. 23, 2016 6:42 p.m. ET




Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta has responded to the WikiLeaks publication of his private emails by suggesting they were stolen by the Russians to elect Donald Trump. What he doesnt like to talk about is the business hes done with a Kremlin-backed investment firm and the lengths hes gone to avoid scrutiny of this relationship.


Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer and the Trump campaign have been urging the media to pay attention to Mr. Podestas Russian connection and perhaps they should. The story begins in 2011 when the solar energy startup Joule Unlimited announced that Mr. Podesta had been elected to its board of directors. In a company press release, Joules CEO at the time lauded Mr. Podestas extensive experience within the US government and internationally as well. No one claimed Mr. Podesta was a scientific expert, but the companys founder expressed the hope that their new associate can help Joule build the lasting relationships needed for long-term success.


A former White House chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, Mr. Podesta at the time was running the Center for American Progress, which supported the Obama administrations Russian reset. Mr. Podesta personally lauded the effort to build a more constructive relationship with Russia at a 2009 event hosted by his think tank.



Mr. Podesta certainly seems to have made the effort to build a business relationship. About eight months after Mr. Podesta joined Joule in 2011, an investment fund backed by the Russian government, Rusnano, announced plans to invest about $35 million in the company. Several months later, Joule announced that Rusnano Chairman Anatoly Chubais was joining its board of directors. Around the same time, Mr. Podesta joined Secretary of State Hillary Clintons Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

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Shhhh.... the Clinton campaign doesn't want anyone to know that Manafort was giving that Russian money to Podesta.

What happened when Trump found out? He fired Manafort.

What happened when Hillary found out? Nothing. Podesta is still her campaign chairman.

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