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Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Bad Week

- June 29, 2017

SEN. MCCASKILL CONTINUES TO GET CAUGHT IN HER OWN HALF-TRUTHS AND FALSEHOODS

In March, Senator McCaskill Claimed She Never Met Or Spoke With Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak

On March 2, 2017 Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Tweeted "I've Been On The Armed Services Com For 10 Years. No Call Or Meeting W/Russian Ambassador. Ever." "I've been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years. No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com." (Senator Claire McCaskill, Twitter Feed , 3/2/17)

Shortly After, It Was Discovered McCaskill Had In Fact Met Once And Interacted Twice With Ambassador Kislyak. "After her March tweet, it was revealed that McCaskill tweeted twice about interacting with the Russian ambassador: once in 2013 about a meeting pertaining to US adoptions and again in 2015 about a phone call with the ambassador about the Iran nuclear deal." (Manu Raju, "Despite Tweet, McCaskill Attended Reception At Russian Ambassador's Home," CNN , 6/26/17)

Confronted With This Contradiction, McCaskill Attempted To Downplay And Dismiss Her Meetings With Kislyak As Insignificant And Perfunctory

Senator McCaskill Stated "I Was In The Presence Of [Kislyak]" But "Never Did [Kislyak] Come To My Office, Never Did He Request A Meeting With Me ." "'So on those two occasions, I was in the presence of the Russian ambassador, was in the same place I was, but never did he come to my office, never did he request a meeting with me, never did I have a meeting with him as a member of the Armed Services Committee,' McCaskill said." (Manu Raju, "Despite Tweet, McCaskill Attended Reception At Russian Ambassador's Home," CNN , 6/26/17)

But This Week It Was Revealed McCaskill Attended A Black-Tie Reception At Kislyak's Washington Residence In 2015

This Week, It Was Reported Senator McCaskill Attended A Black-Tie Reception At Ambassador Kislyak's Washington Residence In November 2015 . "And now, CNN has learned, McCaskill spent an evening at a black-tie reception at the ambassador's Washington residence in November 2015." (Manu Raju, "Despite Tweet, McCaskill Attended Reception At Russian Ambassador's Home," CNN , 6/26/17)

McCaskill Claimed She Attended The Dinner "Only Because Of A Long Standing Relationship" With Former Democratic Representative James Symington . "In an interview, McCaskill acknowledged attending the dinner, but she said she only did so because of her long-standing relationship with Symington, whom she said 'kind of got me started in politics.'" (Manu Raju, "Despite Tweet, McCaskill Attended Reception At Russian Ambassador's Home," CNN , 6/26/17)

In The Past, McCaskill Has Quoted A Democratic Colleague Saying "He Would Never Dream Of Meeting With The Russian Ambassador With The State Department There." "McCaskill has quoted a Democratic colleague on the Senate Armed Services Committee who said he 'would never dream of meeting with the Russian ambassador without the State Department there because we know they spy on us.'" (Brent Scher, "Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation To Pay For Dinner At Russian Ambassador's House," The Washington Free Beacon , 6/28/17)

Caught In Yet Another Falsehood, McCaskill Attempted To Blame Twitter's Character Limit For Why She Misled About Meetings With The Russian Ambassador

In Defending Her Attendance At The Dinner, McCaskill "Claimed The 140-Character Limit On Twitter Did Not Let Her Clarify That She Never Met 'One-On-One' With The Russian Ambassador, And Added She 'Did Not' Speak With Kislyak At The Reception." "She claimed the 140-character limit on Twitter did not let her clarify that she never met 'one-on-one' with the Russian ambassador, and added she 'did not' speak with Kislyak at the reception." (Manu Raju, "Despite Tweet, McCaskill Attended Reception At Russian Ambassador's Home," CNN , 6/26/17)

To Make Matters Worse, McCaskill Used Funds From A Personal Foundation To Gain Entrance To The Reception

Senator McCaskill Used Funds From A Personal Foundation To Pay For A Dinner She Attended At Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak's Washington D.C. Residence . "Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) used a personal foundation to pay for a dinner she attended at Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak's Washington, D.C., residence." (Brent Scher, "Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation To Pay For Dinner At Russian Ambassador's House," The Washington Free Beacon , 6/28/17)

McCaskill Made The Payment To The American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation Through The Shepard Family Foundation. " The payment to Kislyak's foundation was not made directly by McCaskill-it was made through a foundation, the Shepard Family Foundation, that she set up with her husband Joseph Shepard in 2013 but failed to disclose in filings to the Senate ethics committee until three weeks ago." (Brent Scher, "Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation To Pay For Dinner At Russian Ambassador's House," The Washington Free Beacon , 6/28/17)

  • The Shepard Family Foundation Is Owned And Run By Senator McCaskill, Her Husband Joseph Shepard, And Family Members. "The Shepard Family Foundation is totally funded by McCaskill, D-Mo., and her husband, Joseph Shepard, and family members, the senator said." (Chuck Raasch, "McCaskill Details Donations Of Foundation She Has Established With Her Husband," The St. Louis-Post Dispatch , 6/27/17)

Through The Shepard Family Foundation, McCaskill Donated $873 Dollars To The American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation. "McCaskill's attendance at the dinner was accompanied by an $873 payment to the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, where Kislyak serves on the board of directors as honorary chairman." (Brent Scher, "Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation To Pay For Dinner At Russian Ambassador's House," The Washington Free Beacon , 6/28/17)

  • Ambassador Kislyak Is The Honorary Chairman Of The American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation. "McCaskill's attendance at the dinner was accompanied by an $873 payment to the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, where Kislyak serves on the board of directors as honorary chairman." (Brent Scher, "Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation To Pay For Dinner At Russian Ambassador's House," The Washington Free Beacon , 6/28/17)

The $873 Contribution Was Reduced From The Original Total Of $1,000 To Pay For The Meals Of McCaskill And Her Husband At The Dinner. "The $873 contribution was part of an intended $1,000 donation on behalf of former Missouri Rep. James Symington, and was reduced when McCaskill and her husband paid for their own meals at a November 2015 dinner at the Russian embassy because of the foundation's rules, she said." (Chuck Raasch, "McCaskill Details Donations Of Foundation She Has Established With Her Husband," The St. Louis-Post Dispatch , 6/27/17)

In An Even More Shocking Act Of Chutzpah, McCaskill Failed To Disclose Her Role In The Family Foundation Or The Donation Made By The Foundation To The Russian Cooperative

Senator McCaskill Did Not Disclose Her Role In The Shepard Family Foundation Until Earlier This Month. "The senator had failed to disclose her role in the foundation until earlier this month." (Brent Scher, "Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation To Pay For Dinner At Russian Ambassador's House," The Washington Free Beacon , 6/28/17)

Senator McCaskill Failed To Disclose Her Role In The Family's Three Year-Old Family Foundation To The Senate Ethics Committee Until Three Weeks Ago. " The payment to Kislyak's foundation was not made directly by McCaskill-it was made through a foundation, the Shepard Family Foundation, that she set up with her husband Joseph Shepard in 2013 but failed to disclose in filings to the Senate ethics committee until three weeks ago." (Brent Scher, "Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation To Pay For Dinner At Russian Ambassador's House," The Washington Free Beacon , 6/28/17)

McCaskill's Amended Disclosures Covering 2014, 2015, And 2016 Regarding Her Role In The Foundation Were Reportedly An Attempt To "Distance Herself From Investments In An Opioid Manufacturer ." "The sudden disclosure of McCaskill's role in the foundation-which had to be inserted into disclosures covering 2014, 2015, and 2016 through amendments on June 6-came as part of an attempt to distance herself from investments in an opioid manufacturer." (Brent Scher, "Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation To Pay For Dinner At Russian Ambassador's House," The Washington Free Beacon , 6/28/17)


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