New Report Exposes Mitch McConnell Ties To Russian Operative
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) —now known as “Moscow Mitch”— took to the floor this week to rail against the avalanche of criticism he is facing for blocking two bills aimed at securing the US elections from foreign interference.
The backlash came when Americans started asking why McConnell continues to block election security bills proposed by Democrats, and why he refused to warn Americans about the Russia hacking when former President Obama did.
Well, a new investigative report published by Politico has revealed another Russia connection to McConnell. According to the news outlet, two top staffers for McConnell lobbied Congress and the Treasury Department about building a Kentucky aluminum mill that was funded by a Russian Oligarch.
New lobbying disclosures uncovered the connection was to an aluminum company in Russia called Rusal. Democrats are concerned about using Russian aluminum in Defense Department projects.
Not only are former McConnell staffers doing the lobbying, but McConnell is also blocking any congressional efforts to stop the investment in Kentucky.
The funding for the project was only made possible after the Treasury Department gave sanctions relief to Rusal and other companies owned by Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch and Kremlin operative. He is accused of helping Moscow seize land in Ukraine, supply weapons to Syria and meddling in the elections of other countries.
“Attention over the sanctions relief deal has focused on McConnell, given his role in halting a bipartisan congressional effort to stop the penalties rollback,” Politico reports.
McConnell swore that his support for lifting sanctions was “completely unrelated to anything that might happen in my home state.”
Of course, he lied.
You can read the full report here.