Trump campaign demands answers regarding Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and his connections to Putin

Clinton campaign demands Podesta resign or reveal who is behind the anonymous holding company controlling his shares in Putin-backed Joule Unlimited
(PR NewsChannel) / October 14, 2016 / WASHINGTON 

podestaThe Trump campaign today raised question about Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and his connections to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, demanding that Podesta reveal the anonymous holding company controlling his shares of a Putin-backed company or resign as chair of the Clinton campaign.

“Because the holding company is completely anonymous, we do not know whether or not he still has deep financial ties to Vladimir Putin and his regime,” said Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor.

In January, 2011 Podesta joined the Board of Directors of Joule Unlimited, Inc., where at the time in a press release the company said: “Mr. Podesta will bring considerable expertise to Joule in the realm of public policy as well as partnering with the public sector.”

Two months later, Putin’s Rusnano announced that it would invest up to one billion Rubles, or about $35-million, into Joule.

As part of his compensation, Mr. Podesta gained stock options.

“Podesta’s compensation by Joule cannot be fully determined,’ reads a report in Breitbart. “In his 2014 federal government disclosure filing, Podesta lists that he divested stock options from Joule. However, the disclosure does not cover the years 2011-2012.”

Podesta presumably did not disclose his options in Joule because he transferred them to an unknown holding company when he joined the Obama Administration.

“Podesta was on the board of three Joule entities, but only listed two on his disclosure; the most important entity, Joule Stichting, he did not list.

Podesta transferred 75,000 shares of Joule stock that vested while he was a board member to Leonidio LLC. However Leonidio is a Delaware holding company with no officers listed.

“Mr. Podesta needs to either reveal who is behind the holding company or he must resign from the Clinton campaign immediately,” Miller said.

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SOURCE:  Friends of Bernie Sanders

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