According to Pollock:
"...Joule Unlimited Technologies — financed in part by a Russian firm — originally awarded Podesta 100,000 shares of stock options when in 2010 he joined that board along with its Dutch-based entities: Joule Global Holdings, BV and the Stichting Joule Global Foundation ... When Podesta announced his departure from the Joule board in January 2014 to become President Obama’s special counsellor, the company officially issued him 75,000 common shares of stock ... The Schedule B section of the federal government’s form 278 which — requires financial disclosures for government officials — required Podesta to 'report any purchase, sale or exchange by you, your spouse, or dependent children…of any property, stocks, bonds, commodity futures and other securities when the amount of the transaction exceeded $1,000.' ..."
Pollock says Podesta’s form 278 Schedule B is blank regarding his receipt of any stock from any company, and he says:
"...The same year Podesta joined Joule, the company agreed to accept 1-Billion-Rubles — or $35 million — from Rusnano, a state-run and financed Russian company with close ties to President Vladimir Putin ... Anatoly Chubais, the company CEO and two other top Russian banking executives worked together with Podesta on the Joule boards. The board met six times a year ... Ron Hosko, a former FBI assistant director said because of the Kremlin backing, it was essential Podesta disclose the financial benefits he received from the company..."
According to Pollock, Hosko told the Daily Caller News Foundation:
"...I think in this case where you’re talking about foreign interests and foreign involvement, the collateral interest with these disclosure forms is put in the forefront of full disclosure of any foreign interest that you may have ... It’s a troubled question if you deliberately omit this information on the form ... Were you completely truthful on this form that you filled out, yes or no? ... "
Pollock adds Hosko's concerns that Podesta's failure to report this information could "... become a counterintelligence concern for America..."
Here are additonal salient points that Pollock highlights:
- *Podesta took possession of the stock in January 2014, the same month he entered the White House
- *The existence of the 75,000 shares of Joule stock was first revealed by the Government Accountability Institute report issued last year. But Podesta didn’t pocket all the shares. Correspondence from Podesta to Joule instructed the firm to transfer only 33,693 shares to Leonidio Holdings, a brand-new entity he incorporated only on December 20, 2013, about ten days before he entered the White House.
- *A January 4, 2014 letter to Joule corporate secretary Mark Solakian, Podesta requested the transfer to Leonidio of 25,146 shares of series C stock and 8,547shares of Series C-II. The letter was released by WikiLeaks last October.
The specific violation of the law, Pollock reports, is this:
"...Title 5 of the U.S. Code stipulates the U.S. Attorney General can file a civil action 'against any individual who knowingly and willfully falsifies or who knowingly and willfully fails to file or report any information that such individual is required to report.' The federal penalty can be up to $50,000 per count..."
And he says a lobbyist for the liberal group "Public Citizen," founded by Ralph Nader, told him that "...Podesta should certainly have been more upfront in filling this out. Clearly, it should have been fully disclosed ... That’s the point of the personal financial disclosure forms, especially for anyone entering the White House ... Unfortunately, the office of government ethics ... [ ... 'which is supposed to monitor the accuracy of financial disclosure forms ...' ] ... has no authority to make anyone do anything ... "
Pollock alleges that the Office of Government Ethics is politically biased, citing examples of accusing President Donald Trump of conflicts of interest violations, while ignoring Trump political opponents' infractions.
Podesta, however, is charging that "...there was a “failing” by mainstream media to protect American democracy during the 2016 presidential election..." because "...The fact that there was substantiation that the Russians had hacked my emails, the DNC emails, that Wikileaks was an instrument of an attempt by Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation to undermine our democracy, that could have been reflected in the press and I don’t believe it was..."
This story by Ben Kew over at Breitbart quotes Podesta: "...The [mainstream media] decided it was more interesting, maybe more titillating, to get into the kinda campaign gossip which was what those emails were..." referring to the Wikileaks disclosure of Podesta emails.
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Ben Kew report @ Breitbart
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