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Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied on Russian-backed Kentucky project

08/01/2019 11:56 am ET

Lets Ditch Putin's #MoscowMitch.

There have been allegations that Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell is in some way connected to Russia since the 2016 election when he refused to sign a bipartisan statement of condemnation thus effectively stopping the Obama administration from speaking out against Russian interference in the 2016 election.

These criticisms have once again risen to the top with the news that two of McConnell’s former staffers have been lobbying to get a new aluminum mill project off the ground in Kentucky, a project that is apparently being backed by Rusal, a Russian company owned by Oleg Deripaska.

Deripaska is one of the seven oligarchs that were hit with sanctions by the U.S Treasury Department in April of 2018. These sanctions were a response to actions such as Russia’s occupation of Crimea, the ongoing violence in the Ukraine, and the accusations that Russia was supplying Assad and attempting to subvert Western democracies.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin agreed to lift the sanctions on Rusal and some of the other Russian companies in December. There was a bipartisan effort to block the overturning of the sanctions which McConnel did not support.

He claimed that his support for lifting the penalities was “completely unrelated to anything that might happen in my home state.” Yet, just three months later Rusal is spending around $200 million on an aluminum mill in McConnell’s Kentucky.

All of this falls on the heels of McConnell also blocking an election security bill that was being pushed with a bipartisan effort due to the Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Senate Majority Leader is once again being accused of bowing and scraping to the Russians.

His actions have #MoscowMitch trending on Twitter, and even the people back at home in Kentucky, who have been voting him into the Senate since 1984, appear to be fed up:


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