Are Richard Burr’s financial ties to Russian oil why he’s holding up the Trump-Russia investigation?

Over the past few days various reports have surfaced asserting that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr is sabotaging his own committee’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal by refusing to sign off on vital documents. It’s led some to ask if Burr is strategically trying to protect Trump and/or Russia. Now comes the revelation that Burr has an investment in an oil drilling company that partners with a major Russian oil company.

This was discovered by political pundit Scott Dworkin of the Democratic Coalition Against Trump. He’s posted documents drawing a line between National Oilwell Varco Inc. and Russian oil giant Rosneft (link). The size of Senator Richard Burr’s investment looks to be just over $20,000, whereas his overall net worth is estimated at more than two million dollars (link), meaning it’s a small fraction of his overall fortune. But it turns out Burr has far more lucrative indirect financial ties to Kremlin.

Dworkin points out that Burr was the beneficiary of $8.1 million in campaign money that came from a Mitch McConnell Super PAC, which in turn took millions of dollars in donations from a pro-Putin Ukrainian (link). So his $20,000 direct investment appears to be just a starting point for Burr’s far larger indirect financial ties to Kremlin, which could be in the millions, depending on how that PAC money was divided up.

Considering that Richard Burr is now acting in a suspicious manner, refusing to sign documents that would allow the investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal to proceed, his monetary ties to Russia must be considered as at least a possible motivation. And in light of how Burr’s House Intelligence Committee counterpart Devin Nunes tried to sabotage his own committee’s Trump-Russia investigation so blatantly that he ended up having to recuse himself, Burr’s behavior here must be watched just as closely. Contribute to Palmer Report


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5 Comments

  1. Fringe on April 26, 2017 at 3:49 am

    If Burr obstructs, I will be crushed. How dare any man or woman elected to represent US democracy stand in the way of Justice? This is a matter of life or death for the free world.

  2. Denni A on April 26, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I have said in another article here on Palmer Report, Mitch McConnell is behind the covert effort to sabotage the Senate Investigation. the whole damn Republican party is in cahoots with Russia. Trump didn’t give his wife a job for nothing.

  3. Coda on April 26, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Oh surprise. This is pure Trump. He gets his network of greedy fools to sign on to and get dirty in his financial schemes so basically everyone is pinned by their own guilty involvement. It’s hard to imagine the decades of palm greasing and compromising situations Trump has played to get where he is: about to be totally exposed by the people he promised to protect and promote.

  4. Marlene D. on April 26, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Burr’s dark money is linked to Rybolovlev’s access to U.S. data grid managed by Alevo.

  5. Bruce D. Phillips on May 13, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    If all of Palmer’s allegations against Sen Burr from NC are true, he should immediately be investigated by DOJ after HE RECUSES himself as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The swamp gets deeper every day.

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