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Va Lefty

(6,252 posts)
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 10:33 AM Jan 2019

Mitch McConnell and "The Chao Connection"

"...the Chao family had by far the most significant effect on McConnell’s personal life and career. Thanks to second wife Elaine and her family, McConnell became a millionaire many times over and forged ties with contacts at the highest echelons of Chinese government and business.
Elaine Chao’s father is shipping magnate, James Chao.
As McConnell’s acquaintance with Elaine Chao developed into a serious relationship, contributions began to pour into his campaign from the Chao family and their business associates. Their wedding ensured that the spigot was never turned off."

"Fast forward to 2018: McConnell retains his position as senate tyrant after the midterms; Elaine Chao is the Secretary of Transportation in Trump’s cabinet, and the Chao family maintains extensive contacts and business investments in China including a seat on the Board of the Bank of China which is partnered with the Russian VTB Bank that is part-owned by oligarch Oleg Deripaska who shares ownership in Rusal with Viktor Vekselberg whose business partner Len Blavatnik donated $3.5million to McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund.
It’s little wonder then that he’s blocked every bipartisan bill to protect the Special Counsel’s investigation."

"...It’s hardly surprising when you realise how enmeshed he is in corruption. He must be terrified of being caught — so the last person he’d want to protect is Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
This also explains why he was so aggressively opposed to President Obama going public with warnings regarding Russia’s attack on American democracy in 2016."


"Because the tyrant in charge of the senate isn’t just flawed, isn’t just inadequate to the enormity of the situation, he’s also corrupt. No honorable man would subject his fellow citizens to such privation and misery if he had the power to prevent it."

"Addison Mitchell McConnell is without conscience, without benevolence and without honor."

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/13/1825790/-McConnell-and-the-Agents-of-Power-and-Influence?utm_campaign=recent

Excellent breakdown of McTurtle's ties to Chinese and Russian oligarchs.

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Mitch McConnell and "The Chao Connection" (Original Post) Va Lefty Jan 2019 OP
Yep! "Addison Mitchell McConnell is without conscience, without benevolence and without honor." FM123 Jan 2019 #1
A flawed character that he shares with every Republican and I mean every Republican. olegramps Jan 2019 #24
Post removed Post removed Jan 2019 #2
There is a new generation led by AOC that I am hoping will change that Perseus Jan 2019 #12
too few against too much power and money....the america people will have to care beachbum bob Jan 2019 #17
Just in case it's needed, my pitchfork stands ready Fritz Walter Jan 2019 #45
hear, hear - well said! Ligyron Jan 2019 #33
They are so deeply entrenched that removal will be extremely difficult or impossible. BSdetect Jan 2019 #3
But we can try, just like trying to cure cancer and other diseases. erronis Jan 2019 #31
Getting an AA elected President was once thought to be extremely difficult if not impossible. Ligyron Jan 2019 #37
The bastard can't live forever. Haggis for Breakfast Feb 2019 #58
K & R ... + 1,000,000 for visibility MFGsunny Jan 2019 #4
WOW! pangaia Jan 2019 #5
They would never ask that question... PeeJ52 Jan 2019 #9
Kick. This story should be at the top of the Home page. CrispyQ Jan 2019 #6
When Republicans talk Deep State, they are talking about their own Deep State overseas... PeeJ52 Jan 2019 #7
Mitch McConnell is a traitor to the United States dalton99a Jan 2019 #8
yes, he is traitor Just like Trump dem in texas Jan 2019 #51
Shipping magnate? Baitball Blogger Jan 2019 #10
They have already found drugs hidden on one ship. watoos Jan 2019 #18
Good idea Baitball Blogger Jan 2019 #27
Busted a few years ago safeinOhio Jan 2019 #19
I suspect that Comrade McConnell* has been the Senate sugar daddy... Raster Jan 2019 #11
Yip, just like John Boehner, watoos Jan 2019 #35
Recommended. panader0 Jan 2019 #13
Cocaine Mitch and the China people Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jan 2019 #14
Don Blankenship Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jan 2019 #38
ditch dirty Mitch Hermit-The-Prog Jan 2019 #15
K&R geardaddy Jan 2019 #16
Wow! That was an eye opener. infullview Jan 2019 #20
No, no conflict of interest here, folks... PatrickforO Jan 2019 #21
Yep. 3.5 million in Mitchy's pocket - from a chain of connection calimary Jan 2019 #22
Trump nominates Chao's brother-in-law to run pension agency dalton99a Jan 2019 #23
Another worthless and idiot appointee. All corrupt, all unqualified, as usual. What's new? nt SWBTATTReg Jan 2019 #32
I did not know these things maxsolomon Jan 2019 #25
His complicity in Trumpism has been obvious, but this helps to fully understand the extent and KPN Jan 2019 #26
And I just read this fascinating tidbit on Turtle from Twitter this morning: Texin Jan 2019 #28
You don't get 1and a half million dollars Butterflylady Jan 2019 #29
excellent read. thucythucy Jan 2019 #30
this is exactly what the Republucan party is about SleeplessinSoCal Jan 2019 #34
WOW!!! I thought I knew way more than I actually know. Thanks for this info louis c Jan 2019 #36
I don't know if you agree or not, but i think he is worse than tRump. Joe941 Jan 2019 #39
He certainly has had more impact -- BarbD Jan 2019 #42
Kiinda like saying is arsenic worse than cyanide. BUt he is smarter than Trump, for sure. Amaryllis Jan 2019 #49
McConnell has been Chinese business's man in DC since Hortensis Jan 2019 #55
K&R... spanone Jan 2019 #40
K&R Thanks for posting. alwaysinasnit Jan 2019 #41
Traitor to America. nt SunSeeker Jan 2019 #43
Just when I thought it couldn't get an y wider or deeper. Eye-opening! Nitram Jan 2019 #44
KnR Hekate Jan 2019 #46
Merrick Garland UpInArms Jan 2019 #47
We knew he was corrupt but this brings up a lot more than I knew about. No wonder Amaryllis Jan 2019 #48
The web of deceit and corruption is vast, covering all aspect of our political, social and economic Pepsidog Jan 2019 #50
KR! Cha Jan 2019 #52
Thanks for this mountain grammy Jan 2019 #53
do you think our bdamomma Jan 2019 #54
Sadly, I have to say I'd be shocked if they didn't know Va Lefty Jan 2019 #56
Kick Lars39 Jan 2019 #57

FM123

(10,063 posts)
1. Yep! "Addison Mitchell McConnell is without conscience, without benevolence and without honor."
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 10:37 AM
Jan 2019

and that just barely scratches the surface....

olegramps

(8,200 posts)
24. A flawed character that he shares with every Republican and I mean every Republican.
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 12:04 PM
Jan 2019

The Republican Party is an unpatriotic, despotic criminal enterprise of people consumed with greed and ultimate power. The situation is is no different then the tyrants that ruled civilization until the advent of democracy and the enlightenment. They are determined to destroy the constitution and enslave the working class just as the nobility did throughout Europe to the serfs. They just have different titles but are cut out of the same rotten bolt as kings, princes, Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot thrown in.

Response to Va Lefty (Original post)

 

Perseus

(4,341 posts)
12. There is a new generation led by AOC that I am hoping will change that
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:39 AM
Jan 2019

As long as democrats get away from the malpractice of eating their own, Gillibrand -> Franken, some democrats voicing concerns against AOC and giving fuel to repubs, so as long as that stops and they start uniting more, then all those things can happen.

As I have said in the past, it is actually very easy to do, Democrats meet in closed quarters, they discuss their agenda, agree by majority on a message and they all send the same message. I know some people think that the individuality Democrats have shown in the past is great, but ignorant voters don't see it that way, they become confused with what they perceive as in-fighting, unity has worked for repubs, no matter how childish and stupid their ideas are.

UNITY, extremely important in this times.

 

beachbum bob

(10,437 posts)
17. too few against too much power and money....the america people will have to care
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:52 AM
Jan 2019

and be willing to come out and vote in record numbers to make any difference at all....always a first time

Fritz Walter

(4,320 posts)
45. Just in case it's needed, my pitchfork stands ready
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 06:52 PM
Jan 2019

I’m keeping it dull and slightly rusty for the right occasion.

Let’s hope we don’t have to resort to the same tactics that brought about change in 18th Century France. But those with “too much power and money” haven’t always prevailed when confronted with people in desperate circumstances.

Just sayin’

Ligyron

(7,755 posts)
33. hear, hear - well said!
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 01:25 PM
Jan 2019

That is exactly what needs to happen. As much as possible, we need to speak as one voice.

erronis

(15,973 posts)
31. But we can try, just like trying to cure cancer and other diseases.
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 01:17 PM
Jan 2019

The odds are not insurmountable but there is some tough climbing to do.

Ligyron

(7,755 posts)
37. Getting an AA elected President was once thought to be extremely difficult if not impossible.
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 01:42 PM
Jan 2019

Yet we did it.

I believe there's little we cannot do if we all work together to address the very real and very basic concerns most Americans have and offer a unified message and plan of action that emphasizes fairness and an absolute dedication to representing all working class Americans and not the corporatocracy and 1%.

MFGsunny

(2,356 posts)
4. K & R ... + 1,000,000 for visibility
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:00 AM
Jan 2019

oh what a tangled web we weave ....... McTurtle gotta get his karma - and soon (we pray)!

pangaia

(24,324 posts)
5. WOW!
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:21 AM
Jan 2019

What a spider's web.

This should get to every news outlet in the country, as if it would do any good, eh.

Get him on a 'Sunday Show.' with somebody good and pump him...

 

PeeJ52

(1,588 posts)
9. They would never ask that question...
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:32 AM
Jan 2019

It's amazing...
Mr. McConnell... Is it true that your wife's family is on the same bank's board of directors as Oleg Deripaski's? It's such a small world, isn't it? So, is it the Illuminati we need to fear, or the Russian/Chinese mafia???

CrispyQ

(36,951 posts)
6. Kick. This story should be at the top of the Home page.
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:27 AM
Jan 2019

McConnell's in this up to the tip of his ears.

 

PeeJ52

(1,588 posts)
7. When Republicans talk Deep State, they are talking about their own Deep State overseas...
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:28 AM
Jan 2019

Seems the Republican party is being run by Communists... No wonder they hate true socialism so much...

dalton99a

(82,270 posts)
8. Mitch McConnell is a traitor to the United States
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:30 AM
Jan 2019

He is smarter than Trump because he keeps his mouth shut

Baitball Blogger

(47,153 posts)
10. Shipping magnate?
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:36 AM
Jan 2019

I hope that their ships arriving in US port get special attention from Homeland security.

 

watoos

(7,142 posts)
18. They have already found drugs hidden on one ship.
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:54 AM
Jan 2019

Of course the Chao's weren't involved the stuff was loaded by someone else.

Most of the Fentenyl comes from China, maybe instead of a wall we should start inspecting Chao's cargo ships?

Raster

(20,999 posts)
11. I suspect that Comrade McConnell* has been the Senate sugar daddy...
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:36 AM
Jan 2019

...passing out the illegal Russian* money to other GOP* members of Congress, via his own PACs.

Hermit-The-Prog

(34,825 posts)
15. ditch dirty Mitch
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:46 AM
Jan 2019

He's holding the gutless GOP hostage and thereby holding all of US hostage, for personal gain in power and money.

If they weren't the gutless GOP, they'd elect a new leader.

geardaddy

(25,051 posts)
16. K&R
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:48 AM
Jan 2019

I wonder if James Chao also has ties to financial institutions in Taiwan, since he fled China to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War.

infullview

(997 posts)
20. Wow! That was an eye opener.
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:55 AM
Jan 2019

Never realized how bad this really was; this article lays it all out in its full sickness. This administration will go down in history as the most corrupt *ever* if we still have a democracy left after we get rid of them.

dalton99a

(82,270 posts)
23. Trump nominates Chao's brother-in-law to run pension agency
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 12:02 PM
Jan 2019
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/17/mitch-mcconnell-know-run-agency-1033119
Want to run an agency? It helps to know Mitch McConnell
Trump's nominee to run pension agency has a thin resume.
By IAN KULLGREN
12/17/2018 05:10 AM EST

The Trump administration, staring down a $54 billion pension crisis, is placing its faith in a man who is a stranger to most of Washington but for one big connection: His brother-in-law is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his sister-in-law is Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Gordon Hartogensis has little professional paper trail, and has largely just managed his family’s sprawling investment portfolio after striking gold in a '90s startup and retiring by the time he was 29. But he is expected to gain Senate confirmation by the end of the year to run the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the troubled government backstop for people whose pension plans have become insolvent.

Hartogensis, 48, who’s married to Chao’s sister, will oversee an agency with nearly 1,000 employees that manages $100 billion in assets and handed out $5.8 billion to more than 861,000 retirees in 2018. He’ll also have to deal with lawmakers as they contemplate a bailout plan that can avert a shortfall of tens of billions of dollars in the corporation’s cash reserves.

Hartogensis’ low public profile and his lack of government and management experience sets him apart from previous occupants of the job, who have typically worked in politics and at federal agencies such as the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget before taking over. The nomination has drawn criticism for that reason.

KPN

(15,801 posts)
26. His complicity in Trumpism has been obvious, but this helps to fully understand the extent and
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 12:18 PM
Jan 2019

basis of it. Lock him up!

Texin

(2,612 posts)
28. And I just read this fascinating tidbit on Turtle from Twitter this morning:
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 12:26 PM
Jan 2019

"Someone needs to ask McConnell why he only served in uniform for 37 days and was mustered out for "medical reasons". But get this, his service "record" has been totally sealed. Hmm.

I'm not familiar with the military protocols on what's open for discovery or not, but maybe someone else is and might be able to provide some possible reasons.

Butterflylady

(3,659 posts)
29. You don't get 1and a half million dollars
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 12:35 PM
Jan 2019

from a Russian oligarch without expecting something from it. Traitor.

SleeplessinSoCal

(9,363 posts)
34. this is exactly what the Republucan party is about
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 01:31 PM
Jan 2019

And has been since WW2. it has been distilled to the extreme corruptness we have today. The 1% is thrilled with this. This is how the roll.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
55. McConnell has been Chinese business's man in DC since
Wed Jan 16, 2019, 04:04 PM
Jan 2019

Tiananmen Square, when they were terrified of possible U.S. sanctions and were referred to him. It's been an extremely mutually beneficial relationship ever since. He craves power, they crave increased wealth, and of course he went on to marry one of their daughters.

McConnell could have passed the TPP in the senate when Obama asked him to and refused, saying future presidents could take it up. As a result, although China's ambitions had previously been thwarted by America's control (the other nations wanted America's protection and business), this basically ceded our control over Pacific Rim business to China.

Btw, I don't for a minute believe Hillary would have done that insanely irresponsible thing. She would have used the leverage populist antagonism gave her to improve some terms and signed back on.

So I do wonder what ALL was behind McConnell's actions. This furthered China's ambitions to replace us as the world's leading power just as blatantly as Trump's Syria and NATO benefit Russia.

Nitram

(23,621 posts)
44. Just when I thought it couldn't get an y wider or deeper. Eye-opening!
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 06:38 PM
Jan 2019

If the GOP and people like McConnell survive this, then our democracy won't.

Amaryllis

(9,576 posts)
48. We knew he was corrupt but this brings up a lot more than I knew about. No wonder
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 10:30 PM
Jan 2019

he is hiding inside his shell.

Pepsidog

(6,283 posts)
50. The web of deceit and corruption is vast, covering all aspect of our political, social and economic
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:07 PM
Jan 2019

culture. I just want to vomit.

bdamomma

(64,381 posts)
54. do you think our
Wed Jan 16, 2019, 03:30 PM
Jan 2019

Congressional Democratic Senators and Reps know about this. Do you think Ms. Pelosi is aware of this???

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