More hacked emails released Sunday by WikiLeaks appear to show Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s apparent continued connection to Joule Unlimited Technologies, despite his claims that he divested from the Kremlin-financed energy company, The Daily Caller reported.
Podesta has said he transferred his 75,000 shares from Joule to a holding company named Leonidio Holdings. But included in the released emails is information that Podesta received a K1 income tax form indicating that he was a partner sharing income with Leonidio Holdings, while another form was made out to Podesta’s daughter Megan Rouse, who is a financial planner.
A June 5, 2015 email from Rouse to John, Mae and Gabe Podesta shows the extent to which other family members were involved: "Mae and Gabe, Please see attached K1 for Leonidio. You can use this to complete your 2014 tax return. We will each report 1/3 share of what's on the form. Mom and Pa, Please see attached K1 showing the distribution to Leonidio."
The Wall Street Journal pointed out that after Podesta said he was no longer involved in the company, other emails showed he also received a bill for legal expenses related to Leonidio’s incorporation in Delaware, which raised the question of why he would pay the bills for something in which had no interest.
There were further suspicions about the continued ties to the Russian firm when Podesta also received a bill for legal work related to Joule after he said he divested from the company. An email stated that the law firm was working on a Joule request for consent to appointment of someone on the board of directors, which would be strange to see approval from Podesta if he was no longer connected to the company.
"Clinton Cash" author Peter Schweizer told The Wall Street Journal that this appears to be an attempt to dodge government disclosure rules, saying "America's disclosure laws are designed to allow citizens to see what conflicts of interests our senior government officials might have. That is especially the case when they or their families are financially linked to adversarial foreign governments."
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