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In 2018, Texas raised RussiCon Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) met in Moscow with former Russian Ambassador to the United States, Kislyak (believed a spy), US sanctioned Konstantin Konsachev (with a good profile for a spy), US sanctioned Vyacheslav Volodin and additional Russian lawmakers. While he claims it was a private group meeting, he invited Russian lawmakers to meet with other US members of Congress, either in Washington DC or somewhere else. And, he alleged to have hand delivered a message from Trump to Putin. So, how is this private?
A political advisor for Rand Paul’s 2014 campaign, Richard Burt lobbied for the New European Pipeline, the old name for Nord Stream 2. He was lobbying for Nord Stream 2 through its consortium members in 2018, and continued to lobby for Nord Stream 2 as recently as 2020. Former German Stasi agent, friend-associate of Putin (from KGB days in Germany) Matthias Warnig, is Managing Director of Nord Stream 2, as well as Chairman of the Board of Rusal.
Most recently Rand Paul is blocking a bill that allows the US to replace military materials already given to Ukraine, beef up US and NATO defense in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, help Ukrainian refugees (who are largely in Poland and Romania), as well as help seize assets from Russia. The bill being blocked by Paul. Don’t just look at the title, look at the bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/7691/text https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/Additional%20Ukraine%20Suplemental%20Appropriations%20Act%20Summary.pdf
Rand’s father, Ron Paul, who raised over a million dollars for his 2012 campaign via a Russian news subsidiary seems to be a big Putin fan-boy. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2022/05/13/host-on-russia-tv-subsidiary-rttv-supported-ron-paul-rands-father-for-president-in-2012-claimed-to-have-raised-over-1-million-for-him-rttv-was-finally-forced-to-register-as-a-russian-f/
Rand Paul opposed sanctions on Nord Stream 2 https://web.archive.org/web/20220113212046/https://www.paul.senate.gov/news/dr-rand-paul-sanctions-against-nord-stream-ii-are-more-about-mercantilism-and-protectionism A political advisor to Rand Paul’s 2014 campaign and later an advisor to Trump, Richard Burt, lobbied for the New European Pipeline, the old name for Nord Stream 2. He was still lobbying for Nord Stream 2 through its consortium members, as recently as 2020. He also donated over $ 5,000 to Rand Paul in 2015 and around $4,000 to Biden in 2020: https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=Richar+Burt&contributor_employer=MCLARTY+ASSOCIATES
Rand Paul’s sister’s son-in-law and Rand and Ron Paul’s former campaign director was indicted in Sept. 2021 for laundering a campaign donation from a Russian citizen: “Benton ultimately filled out a contributor form, indicated that he was the contributor, and used a personal credit card to make a $25,000 contribution. Benton retained the remaining $75,000 of Foreign National 1’s money. Because Benton falsely claimed to have given the contribution himself, three different political committees unwittingly filed reports with the FEC that inaccurately reported Benton, rather than Foreign National 1, as the source of the funds.” https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/political-operatives-indicted-alleged-scheme-involving-illegal-campaign-contribution-2016
Burt lobbied for Gazprom’s partners in Nord Stream 2, including contracts worth $300,000 for 2018 through mid July 2018 (See screen captures at blog post bottom). Furthermore, he has worked with other companies re sanctions, apparently including Iran related ones: “In 2014, Burt served as an unpaid foreign policy advisor for Rand Paul’s campaign for president. During the first two quarters of 2016, Burt’s firm received $365,000 to lobby for New European Pipeline AG, a firm owned by Russian oil company Gazprom. Beginning in February 2016, he and a colleague lobbied for Nord Stream II, an expansion of the Nord Stream pipeline which would allow Russian gas to reach Europe without going through Belarus or Ukraine. During the same time, Burt became an advisor for the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. He encouraged Trump to take a less interventionist approach to foreign affairsand helped craft Trump’s first major foreign policy speech at the think tank Center for the National Interest on April 27, 2016. In the speech, Trump called for greater cooperation with Russia. During the campaign, Burt also wrote white papers for Jeff Sessions on foreign policy and national security. Burt’s simultaneous roles as a campaign adviser for Trump and a lobbyist for Russian interests first drew scrutiny in October 2016 following the revelations of other connections between the campaign and Russia.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Burt
See too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nord_Stream_AG
Burt was previously an Ambassador to Germany during the Cold War. Former East German Stasi agent, friend-associate of Putin (from KGB days in Germany) Matthias Warnig, is Managing Director of Nord Stream 2, as well as Chairman of the Board of Rusal (as of 2018). Rand’s great-grandparents were German immigrants – perhaps who had spent time in the Russian Empire, i.e. Volga Germans or others? Paul doesn’t sound like a German surname, but it can be one and, in this case, it is. Rand Paul’s German ancestors possibly arrived in Pennsylvania where he and his father, Ron, were both born. Rand grew up in Texas. But, this isn’t the Pennsylvania “Dutch” (mostly Rhineland-Palatine) Germans, who left Germany in the 1600s and 1700s. This is Germans who arrived in the late 1800s, after Germany was a unified country, but possibly Germans who had been living in the Russian Empire. The Pauls are the post-Civil War favored European peasant immigrants that Martin Luther King complained about shortly before he was assassinated. See starting ca 22 min http://youtu.be/RMLyhshxQc8 While people continue to deny it, immigrants determine the face of the nation for good or bad. In the case of the Pauls this appears the face of stupidity and/or treason.
Don Huffines of the Texas State legislature (Senator), his twin Philip, and the President-CEO of the Cato Institute, Peter Goettler, who last worked for Barclays, went with Rand Paul, or he went with them.
“State Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas meets with Russian officials in Moscow: The Dallas Republican, along with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, met with Russian officials to “increase engagement” with the country“. BY SYDNEY GREENE, The Texas Tribune, August 06, 2018 https://www.texastribune.org/2018/08/06/state-sen-don-huffines-meets-russian-officials-moscow/. Huffines related: https://www.texastribune.org/bidness/explore/donald-huffines https://static.texastribune.org/media/filings/2015/Huffines-2015.pdf
There are millions of dollars given to the Cato Institute from unknown sources. The 2018 tax form on their web site and shows millions in donations from individuals, but we don’t know who. The remaining Koch stepped down from the board, apparently for health reasons, but the Kochs may still be funding it. https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Cato_Institute
Cato president used to work for Barclays, who are concerned about sanctions: “Barclays Warns on ‘Drastic’ Proposal to Sanction Russian Banks By Anna Andrianova August 6, 2018, 7:22 AM EDT https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-06/barclays-warns-on-drastic-proposal-to-sanction-russian-banks
Sanctions by US House and US Senate that were proposed in 2018:
“Rand Paul’s Big Flip-Flop on Russia” By David Corn, March 14, 2014 https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/rand-paul-flip-flop-russia-ukraine-georgia/
“Rand Paul’s Russian Connection: Paul names controversial Kremlin expert foreign policy adviser, August 20, 2014 9:59 am https://freebeacon.com/politics/rand-pauls-russian-connection/ (Dmitri Simes and Richard Burt named.)
See: “Sen. Rand Paul goes to Moscow and invites Russians to Washington in unofficial bid to boost ties” https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/sen-rand-paul-goes-to-moscow-and-invites-russians-to-washingtonin-unofficial-bid-to-boost-ties/2018/08/06/0090975a-9945-11e8-8d5e-c6c594024954_story.html
Nixon Center – Dmitri Simes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_the_National_Interest
Largest known donor to Don Huffines was Empower Texas: “Appeals court revives Empower Texans lawsuit seeking to gut the Texas Ethics Commission The case had been dismissed by a Travis County judge, but an appeals court on Friday overturned that dismissal“. BY EMMA PLATOFF AUG. 3, 2018. https://www.texastribune.org/2018/08/03/empower-texans-lawsuit-aiming-gut-texas-ethics-commission-revived/
Schedule B is supposed to have donors but on the web site only gives the amounts, on this copy even less. See screen capture at post bottom: https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/237432162/201703219349300530/IRS990ScheduleB
“Suspected Russian spy found working at US embassy in Moscow Exclusive: Russian is understood to have had full access to secret data during decade at embassy ” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/02/suspected-russian-spy-us-embassy-moscow-secret-service
Recall that Russian Foreign minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak just popped up at the White House the day after FBI Director Comey was fired. Lavrov seemed to be feigning surprise. Putin friend and advisor Henry Kissinger showed up too.
“Accused spy Maria Butina met with Russia’s former US ambassador Photos emerge of Butina with Sergey Kislyak, whose contacts with Trump advisers have raised concerns ” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/19/maria-butina-russia-spying-sergey-kislyak-ambassador-meeting
“Meet U.S. Person 2 in Maria Butina’s Spy Ring His name is George D. O’Neill, Jr. He’s a Rockefeller heir, gun nut, serial abuser of women & children, sexual deviant, and a big fan of Vladimir Putin“, by Ladd Everitt https://medium.com/@LaddEveritt/meet-u-s-person-2-in-maria-butinas-spy-ring-2b136bf7bf6f
From VOA News:
“US Senator Delivers Trump Letter to Putin
August 08, 2018 10:32 AM Ken Bredemeier
A U.S. senator says he has delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin calling for more talks and exchanges between the two countries.
Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, a Trump supporter who has been in Moscow in recent days holding discussions with Russian lawmakers, said Wednesday, “I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin’s administration.”
In a Twitter remark, Paul said the letter “emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges.”
Both Trump and Putin have invited each other to their respective capital cities in the aftermath of last month’s Helsinki summit between the two leaders. But no new meeting has been scheduled and the White House said it was delaying a Putin visit to Washington until 2019, by which time it said it expects special counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to be completed.
Trump was widely criticized in the U.S. for his performance at the Helsinki summit as he appeared to embrace Putin’s denial that Russia had interfered in the election, equating the Russian leader’s stance with the U.S. intelligence community’s finding that Russia had sought to help Trump win. In a joint news conference with Trump, Putin said he did want Trump to win because then-candidate Trump had said he wanted to improve U.S.-Russian relations.
Back in Washington, Trump clarified his remarks and has said that Russia interfered, but has continued to call the claim that Russia tried to help him win and Mueller’s investigation “a big hoax.” https://www.voanews.com/a/us-senator-delivers-trump-letter-to-putin-/4518703.html
While inclined to say that doctors should stay out of politics, though there has been at least one good doctor in Congress, he was also a JD (lawyer), it appears that Rand Paul should stay out of doctoring, as well. Maybe he move to Russia as a Putin court doctor?
Mood music – Doctor My Eyes (Not)! http://youtu.be/uq9rwBGn-gg Keep Dr. Paul away from American eyes and out of the US Congress! Let’s all learn how to cry instead.
“Rand Paul Ophthalmology Certification Scandal: Why it Matters
The eye doctor isn’t properly certified? Dr. Kent Sepkowitz on Paul’s slick end-run around the profession’s licensing rules—and what it tells you about the kind of politician he is. ” By KENT SEPKOWITZ 06.15.10 7:07 AM ET https://www.thedailybeast.com/rand-paul-ophthalmology-certification-scandal-why-it-matters
“Dr. Rand Paul: Not All Board Certifications Are Created Equal” By Bob Wachter | June 24, 2010 https://thehospitalleader.org/dr-rand-paul-not-all-board-certifications-are-created-equal/
As more and more need cataract surgery younger and younger, due to the nuclear age (reactors-weapons), beware of who your doctor is, and of the risks!
Rand Paul has had at least two malpractice suits against him. One was reportedly settled for a pittance. While he appears to have been let off on this one, the patient still lost his eye: “The Randal (Rand) Paul Jury Verdict 2199 – Medical Negligence – Following a cataract surgery, ophthalmologist criticized for failing to timely detect and treat an infection that later resulted in the loss of the eye Brown v. Paul, 01 CI 0937 Plaintiff: Charles D. Greenwell and Nancy J. Schook, Middleton & Reutlinger, Louisville Defense: John David Cole and Frank Hampton Moore, Jr., Cole Moore & Baker, Bowling Green Verdict Defense verdict on liability Circuit: Warren (1), J. Lewis, 6-6-02” http://juryverdicts.net/RandPaulJuryVerdict.pdf
Pedigree info via info on his father (last accessed in 2018): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Paul Specifically Dr. King talks about all that was done for the new European immigrants who came after the Civil War – free land; free colleges, etc. Many were immigrants from the Russian Empire (e.g. Volga Germans) who came once immigration became easier with railroads and steamships and free land. They also had support of Lutheran and Catholic charities. Earlier migrants came by sail boat, often forced, and were only rarely given land. In stark contrast, the slaves were freed but given nothing at all – penniless and with nothing but the clothes on their back. See starting ca 22 min http://youtu.be/RMLyhshxQc8 For whatever reasons, these policies have continued to this day – new immigrants favored over African Americans (ADOS) (and stealing their affirmative action rights), and new immigrants now favored over multi-generational European, multi-generational Mexican-Americans, and over Native Americans. These policies matter. They allowed migrants to build basic wealth through exploitation of the west. They have apparently allowed Holtec’s Kris Singh, and many others, to get started through “minority” funding and “minority” government set aside contracts. For Singh, this has morphed into a quasi monopoly of his substandard nuclear waste cans. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/facts-on-how-holtec-spent-nuclear-fuel-canisters-are-substandard-and-should-not-be-used-parked-or-buried-anywhere-comment-by-july-30th-1159-pm-et People from India are around 18% of the world population and are not a “minority”. America’s never persecuted India. Americans don’t “owe” people from India anything, whereas we do “owe” African Americans, whose ancestors were enslaved in the USA – not new arrivals.
These faulty policies have also created a lot of hate and misunderstanding, which Putin and his minions have exploited. These policies are why affirmative action isn’t working. Affirmative action is being given to foreigners, rather than those for whom it was meant! If you dare challenge it, you get called a racist. Who are the real racists? Clearly it is those who prefer brown or sallow people from India (or even Latin America) over African Americans. It’s a no-brainer.
This post is mostly a quick re-write from. Due to the urgency of Rand Paul blocking US Defense funds, we haven’t had time to update everything: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/rep-sen-rand-paul-in-russia-with-cato-institute-chief-texas-state-sen-huffines-invites-russians-to-meet-with-other-us-members-of-congress-while-claiming-trip-is-private-rand-paul-advisor-burt-i https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/r-senator-rand-paul-claims-trip-to-russia-private-but-delivered-letter-from-trump-to-putin-and-invited-russian-pols-to-meet-with-members-of-the-us-congress/
The weight of evidence suggests that there was a constant effort to surround Trump with Russia connected people, possibly to influence or frame him. This is one reason the posts were slightly re-written removing information related to Trump, as well as a minimal updating. Nonetheless, Trump’s apparent flip-flops regarding Russia are worrisome, though not as worrisome as Biden’s Secretary of Defense Tony Blinken, who waived Nordstream 2 sanctions.
While it was fun to watch Rand Paul go after Fauci, since February 24th it has become clear that Russia used legitimate concerns about vaccines to lure people into their sites and distract them from Russia’s military build-up in the Arctic, Ukraine, etc. Overnight, most of these sites changed from being concerned with vaccines to supporting Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. It is notable that the attention was on experimental mRNA vaccines and not the experimental viral vector DNA vaccines of the sort exported by Russia (Sputnik V). J&J and AstroZeneca are also viral vector vaccines. The viral vector vaccines use fetal tissue in production, so are even more “abortion tainted”. Even at the time, some felt that Paul was having fun playing cat and mouse with Fauci without really doing anything.