One of the four “Republicans” featured in the article “We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated” in the New York Times was recently reported as having agreed to lobby for Rosatom, the Russian state-owned energy company founded by President Vladimir Putin.
John Weaver, a former campaign advisor for John McCain, Jon Huntsman, and presently for John Kasisch, signed a letter alongside Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) George T. Conway III, Steve Schmidt, and
The letter reads: “Over these next 11 months, our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box… The 2020 general election, by every indication, will be about persuasion, with turnout expected to be at record highs. Our efforts are aimed at persuading enough disaffected conservatives, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in swing states and districts to help ensure a victory in the Electoral College, and congressional majorities that don’t enable or abet Mr. Trump…”
In other words, the four are open about their intent to sway the 2020 election.
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The New York Times fails to declare that one of the four – Weaver – recently registered as a foreign agent. He “accepted a six-month contract worth $350,000, plus expenses” to work for the Russian state-owned Rosatom, which was also at the heart of the Uranium One scandal.
Shortly after the deal was exposed, Weaver claimed he dropped Russia as a client, stating: “I’m rejecting the contract. My only focus is the replacement of Donald Trump as ‘president’ and his low traveling minions”.
Weaver went on: “I must reject this agreement. No funds were transferred, no actions taken. Now, I’ve got to get back to the barricades. Apologies for the momentary distraction.”
As recently as this summer Weaver was consulting for John Kasich, who recently claimed he could not see a path to victory over President Trump in a primary battle.
Weaver, however, walked back his bosses’ remarks, emphasizing that the former governor is “keeping all the options on the table” and has “not closed the door on a run”.
The other authors of the NYT op-ed are George T. Conway III, the husband of White House counsellor Kelly-Anne Conway; Steve Schmidt who worked for President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; and Rick Wilson, who last appears to have worked in politics two decades ago, and spends his days tweeting angrily about President Trump.