RNC Paid Intel Firm With Ties to Russian Spy for Dirt On Hillary Clinton
Yet more Russian ties.
“RNC paid intel firm for Clinton dirt.”
“Firm started by ex-CIA officers initially denied probing Democratic presidential candidate.”
“As the general election was taking shape last summer, the Republican National Committee initiated a series of payments to a low-profile firm started by retired Central Intelligence Agency officers that worked closely with an ex-Russian spy.”
“The payments attracted attention in political and intelligence circles, largely because the Virginia-based firm, Hamilton Trading Group, had particular expertise in Russia, which was emerging as a major campaign issue at the time.”
And, yet more lies about what really happened.
“RNC officials and the president and co-founder of Hamilton Trading Group, an ex-CIA officer named Ben Wickham, insisted the payments, which eventually totaled $41,500, had nothing to do with Russia.”
“But RNC officials now acknowledge that most of the cash — $34,100 — went towards intelligence-style reports that sought to prove conflicts of interest between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State and her family’s foundation.”
But no worry-Wickam had a good reason for lying, just like Jeff Sessions did:
“Wickham on Thursday explained that he initially insisted his work for the RNC was limited to the building security assessment because “any other work we may have done for them” was subject to a non-disclosure agreement. “I’m not denying that I wasn’t totally forthcoming, but I’m telling you why,” Wickham said. “The security stuff that we did, which is legitimate, was not covered by any kind of a confidentiality agreement, so I can discuss that.”
“When a $3,400 payment to Hamilton Trading Group for “security services” first appeared in June on the RNC’s campaign finance reports to the Federal Election Commission, it raised eyebrows among political operatives, intelligence consultants and security experts.”
“That was partly because the firm had never previously received a disclosed payment from a federal political campaign or committee, and also because Hamilton Trading Group wasn’t well-known in the building-security consulting industry.”
“Adding to the intrigue are the firm’s intelligence connections in Russia, where it was known to perform background checks and provide security services for American officials and companies.”
“That work was handled by a former KGB agent named Gennady Vasilenko, a Cold War adversary-turned-friend of Wickham’s co-founder, Jack Platt, a retired CIA officer who passed away in January.”
“Vasilenko declined to comment.”
“Remember what Carter Page said about meeting with Russian oligarch Igor Sechin? ‘I didn’t meet with Mr. Sechin but it sure would be an honor if I did!’
Igor Sechin just so happens to have been one of the Russian individuals under US sanctions so Carter Page may well have committed a crime.
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