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Aide To John Kerry Was CONDUIT For Steele Dossier And Worked For A Russian Oligarch

Isn’t it curious that the Mueller ‘Investigation’ made a point of turning over every rock — except for the rocks that hid Democrat connections to Russia?

And have you noticed how the list of those keeps growing?

This time it’s a connection between John Kerry and the Spygate scam.

But Obama’s Presidency was ‘scandal-free’.


Of course it was.

This latest connection involves John Kerry. You’ll remember him. Not only was he a failed Presidential candidate, but he was also a craptastic Secretary of State.

Even after his party got well and duly chased out of Washington, he was still hard at work working creepy backchannels to in an effort to subvert our international policy with Iran.

In light of those stories, and the rest of Spygate, should any of this really surprise us?

Now remember, we have been scolded by the entire left for maybe 3 1/2 years now that Russia is the Personification of Evil, and any political connection with them is proof of guilt?

Get ready to hear the name of the Russian Oligarch Deripaska, described by some reports as ‘Putin’s favorite’ Oligarch. Surely there were no connections between him and the Obama administration, right?

Let’s see if the Left applies those same standards to people in the Obama Administration orbit:

Jonathan Winer, a former top aide to Secretary of State John Kerry who was a key conduit for disseminating the discredited Steele dossier in the U.S. government, worked as a lobbyist for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in years preceding the Russiagate affair. This revelation raises new questions about Russian efforts to influence American foreign policy — far afield from any Kremlin efforts to favor Donald Trump.

Winer’s connection to Deripaska came to light through last week’s release of the fifth and final volume of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. The Senate report also found that at different times ex-British spy Christopher Steele had worked for the powerful oligarch with ties to President Vladimir Putin, and sent scores of reports from his intelligence firm on to Winer, who admitted to the panel destroying many of them before leaving the State Department. Further, the Senate developed evidence that Glenn Simpson – whose company Fusion GPS contracted with Steele for the dossier – also did work for Deripaska. Simpson denied that, telling senators, “I don’t think I’ve knowingly had any contact with his organization.”–RCI

The first time the Senate Committee questioned him, he denied having met the Putin-connected oligarch. The second time they asked, he had changed his tune.

He conceded that, beginning in 2003, Deripaska had hired the law firm Alston & Bird, where Winer was a partner. He worked on the Deripaska account but, asserting attorney-client privilege, refused to say what exactly he had done on Deripaska’s behalf. RealClearInvestigations sent questions to Alston & Bird’s spokesman but received no reply.

RealClearInvestigations has found that as an employee of the government affairs and public relations firm APCO Worldwide, Winer also worked on behalf of the Russian government’s nuclear agency in 2010 and 2011. Winer also drummed up business for Steele among lobbyists he knew from his work promoting Russia’s nuclear interests. RealClearInvestigations contacted both Winer and APCO; neither responded. —RCI

Russia’s NUCLEAR Interests, huh?

Ok. Got it. What else?

He was a busy, busy boy when it came to making sure the Steele Dossier disinformation got traction.

Winer used his position as a top State Department official to distribute the lurid dossier prepared by Steele, which accused Donald Trump of conspiring with Russia to steal the 2016 election. But the dossier was not the first questionable Steele product Winer put in the hands of policymakers. He had been passing Steele-produced briefs to senior State Department colleagues for years. The memos were “free” for the government because the department didn’t pay for them. But that doesn’t mean Steele wasn’t getting paid.

While at the State Department during President Barack Obama’s second term, Winer disseminated to his colleagues over 100 memos written by Steele’s company, Orbis Business Intelligence. Among them were memos apparently intended to help influence U.S. foreign policy in favor of Steele’s Russian client, billionaire Putin loyalist Deripaska.–RCI

Deripaska’s name came up with the Skokovo project, too.

Remember that? It was the Russian version of Silicon Valley that Hillary was neck-deep in helping establish with US companies… until the FBI pulled the plug on it for security reasons?

As secretary of State, Hillary Clinton worked with Russian leaders, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-President Dmitri Medvedev, to create U.S. technology partnerships with Moscow’s version of Silicon Valley, a sprawling high-tech campus known as Skolkovo.

Clinton’s handprint was everywhere on the 2009-2010 project, the tip of a diplomatic spear to reboot U.S.-Russian relations after years of hostility prompted by Vladimir Putin’s military action against the former Soviet republic and now U.S. ally Georgia.

…The former president’s trip secretly raised eyebrows inside his wife’s State Department, internal emails show.

That’s because he asked permission to meet Vekselberg, the head of Skolkovo, and Arkady Dvorkovich, a senior official of Rosatom, the Russian nuclear giant seeking State’s permission to buy Uranium One, a Canadian company with massive U.S. uranium reserves.

Years later, intelligence documents show, both the Skolkovo and Uranium One projects raised serious security concerns. — TheHill

Kerry. Obama. The Clintons.

A lot of names popping up with connections to Russia.

It sure is interesting to see how many of them are Democrats who went completely unnoticed in the Mueller’s ‘Russia Collusion’ investigation, isn’t it?

Wes Walker

Wes Walker is the author of "Blueprint For a Government that Doesn't Suck". He has been lighting up since its inception in July of 2012. Follow on twitter: @Republicanuck

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