Trump Helps ‘Fox & Friends’ Promote Story On Podesta-Russia Connection

Trump Helps Fox Friends Promote Story On Podesta-Russia Connection

President Donald Trump, who has been firing up his Twitter account this week on the subject of Russia, was so certain a segment on Tuesday’s Fox & Friends had valuable information, he told his 27 million Twitter followers to give it a look-see.

The president sent two tweets Monday on the subject of Russia. Although allegations of Trump campaign ties to Russia have been a staple of political news for months, Trump took to Twitter to note the Clintons also have Russian connections worthy of scrutiny.

The Fox & Friends segment Trump referred to focused on former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who once owned stock in a company supported by sources allegedly linked to the Russian government.

During the segment, Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer talked about Joule Unlimited, a renewable energy company that received $35 million from a firm called Rusnano.

“Rusnano is not a private company, Steve. It is a fund directly funded by the Kremlin. In fact, (a Russian minister) called Rusnano ‘Putin’s child.’ So you have the Russian government investing in one of John Podesta’s business in 2011 while he is an adviser to Hillary Clinton at the State Department,” he said.

Co-host Steve Doocy sought to boil down the import of what Podesta did.

“When John Podesta became a special counselor to the president of the United States, Barack Obama, he did not reveal that he had a financial tie to a Russian company with ties to the Kremlin,” he said.

“That is against the law for not revealing that,” he continued, noting the contrast between reporting on Podesta and reporting on the Trump administration.

“If somebody in this administration had something like that going on, don’t you think it would be on the cover of the New York Times in type about that big?” he said.

The timing and the Clinton connections are the issue, Schweitzer noted.

“What makes the Podesta case clear is there was a transfer of money, and there was a transfer of a lot of money, that stood to make John Podesta a lot of money,” he said. “That is unique and that’s extremely troubling because at the time that transfer is taking place he is advising Hillary Clinton at the State Department. We know that from the Podesta emails that he is helping her make personnel decisions, speech decisions, policy decisions. He is meeting with her monthly. It’s a transfer of money from a foreign government, at the time, that is he was advising America’s chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has called for an investigation into Podesta’s dealings, saying the allegation “certainly needs to be reviewed to see if there really is something nefarious going on with these activities.”

Tuesday’s Fox & Friends also discussed comments from Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who said he will answer questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee about dealings with Russian institutions.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade said Kushner has offered to speak with investigators into why he had a meeting with the official of a Russian bank on the U.S. government’s sanctions list.

“On the surface there’s nothing wrong with that, but the appearances aren’t great,” Kilmeade said of Kushner. “Let’s hear his explanation.”

“Well, he offered,” replied Doocy. “He said, ‘Look, I talked to some of these people in the transition.’ Which is what they’re supposed to do. I’ll come in, just let me know when.”

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