Thursday, November 17, 2016

Giuliani's foreign business ties

From The NY Times Wednesday Evening Briefing (via email): “The front-runner for secretary of state, Rudolph Giuliani, is facing questions about whether his business ties should disqualify him.”

Whether? WHETHER? WHETHER?

Come on, Times. These are the same guys who savaged Hillary Clinton for her ties to the Clinton Foundation.

Here are snippets from the full story.

… Mr. Giuliani’s business ties are a major red flag. He built a lucrative consulting and speechmaking career after leaving City Hall. His firm, Giuliani Partners, has had contracts with the government of Qatar and the Canadian company that is building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and Mr. Giuliani has given paid speeches to a shadowy Iranian opposition group that until 2012 was on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations.

In one year — 2006 — Mr. Giuliani reported in a financial disclosure report that he had made 124 speeches, for as much as $200,000 each, and had earned a total of $11.4 million. He often made extravagant demands in return for agreeing to make a speech, including that the private plane that flew him to the engagement be a certain size.

During the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump repeatedly criticized Hillary Clinton for her speeches to Goldman Sachs, as well as for contributions Qatar made to the Clinton Foundation, which he claimed betrayed her commitment to women’s and gay rights because of Qatar’s poor record on both.

This week, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, questioned Mr. Giuliani’s fitness for the job, pointing to his list of paid speeches, his work for foreign governments and his support for the Iraq war. Mr. Trump has long claimed erroneously that he opposed the war.

That gives you just a peek into Giuliani’s connections. You have to read the full TImes report to appreciate how extensive his connections are - including Russian contacts going back over a decade.

Records show Mr. Giuliani has had ties dating to at least 2004 to TriGlobal, a company that has provided image consulting to Russian oligarchs and clients with deep Kremlin ties …

And so it goes. Is the front runner for SoS another Moskovian Candidate?

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