There is little space between Weaver and the Kremlin…
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) A former adviser to John Kasich and John McCain, who relentlessly pushed the Russia collusion conspiracy, announced he will lobby on behalf of a corporation with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the next six months, earning $350,000 plus expenses.
Political consultant John Weaver registered as a foreign agent after he signed a contract to lobby for the Tenam Corporation, a division of Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy company.
Putin founded Rosatom in 2007.
Rosatom Chairman Sergey Kiriyenko currently works directly for Putin as the First Deputy Chief of Staff. He was also Russia’s Prime Minister in 1998.
There is little space between Weaver and the Kremlin.
Before Putin offered Weaver a fat paycheck, he postured as a stern defender of America’s autonomy—its freedom from Russia’s attacks on “our democracy.”
The Associated Press reported in March that Weaver—who at the time was likely considering work for Russia—was “incredulous that Mueller cleared Trump of collusion.”
“‘When a campaign manager gives a Russian agent polling data, what is that?” Weaver asked, referring to Mueller’s allegations that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared Trump campaign polling with a business associate tied to Russian intelligence.’
Weaver will lobby against “sanctions or other restrictions in the area of atomic (nuclear) energy, trade or cooperation involving in any way the Russian Federation,” Politico reported.
The disclosure form did not reveal what sanctions or restrictions he plans to lobby against.
Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Bob Menendez, D-NJ, have co-sponsored legislation to increase sanctions on Russia.
When a foreign agent lobbies against sanctions which members of both parties believe are in the U.S. interest, what is that?
Weaver predicted that the Trump-Russia collusion was going to harm Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections, Newsweek reported.
“The timing of the Manafort-Gates trial will dictate major coverage going into early voting,” he said. “And this is without knowing for certain how many more indictments and how much closer this Siberian political cancer gets near the Oval Office.”
Some of Weaver’s tweets indicate that his main problem with the Russia collusion hoax is that Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not elected president, RedState reported.
“Here are some simple facts,” Weaver tweeted in March. “@HillaryClinton would be President had it not been for FBI’s repeated public comments. She would be President had the voters known Trump/campaign was under FBI investigation. She would probably be President had Russia not attacked our democracy.”
Other tweets show his direct hypocrisy regarding U.S. sanctions on Russia.
“The ‘president*’ gave Russia two huge gifts today…the decision by tweet to abandon Syria & overturning sanctions on Putin’s oligarch best friends #NotShocked #OneTermOrLess.”
The agreement between Weaver and the Tenam Corporation allows his employment to extend beyond six months, though it notes that “Time is of the essence in the Agreement,” according to a copy provided by the Justice Department.
Weaver, an Establishment Republican, worked for the late Arizona Sen. John McCain’s 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns.
His status as an Establishment Republican is confirmed by his work for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in between McCain’s two failed presidential campaigns.
He was former Ohio. Gov. John Kasich’s Chief Strategist during the 2016 presidential election.