Condi Rice praises Putin bff Tillerson for State Dept, doesn’t divulge he’s paying her

Donald Trump has been facing increasing opposition to his nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, because of concerns over Tillerson’s overly-close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In an effort to shore up the Tillerson nomination, Trump had Bush administration foreign-policy powerhouses Condoleezza Rice (National Security Adviser and Sec. of State) and Robert Gates (Sec. of Defense and CIA Director) issue statements in favor of Tillerson.

And while Gates at least mentioned the fact that Tillerson is his and Condi’s client — Gates and Rice run a joint consulting firm — Rice did not. That’s an undivulged conflict of interest; and it raises the question of why Rice didn’t think it relevant that Tillerson pays her, and could easily stop paying her had she refused to support his nomination.

Here’s Gates’ statement:

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And here’s Condi Rice’s:

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Tillerson, who is the CEO of Exxon, has an exceptionally close relationship with Putin, who awarded Tillerson Russia’s “Order of Friendship.”

Exxon was hit hard by the West’s sanctions against Russia following its invasion and annexation of Ukrainian Crimea.

Tillerson owns over $200 million of Exxon stock.

What’s good for Exxon is good for Tillerson.

You do the math.

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  10. UncleBucky says:

    Lying by omission.

    Big conflict of interest. BIG.

  11. mf_roe says:

    Rice DOES have experience in serving an ignorant sociopath. Its just in her nature to be servile to power.

  12. Demosthenes says:

    Imagine the embarrassment if a paid hack like Ms. Rice hadn’t recommended her boss for a job.

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  14. ComradeRutherford says:

    Why would they expose she’s being paid to say this? That would undermine her credibility!

  15. Canyonlobo says:

    What kind of credibility does Condoleeeeza Rice have left? She is a Right Wing ideologue who should have been sent to prison along with the rest of the bush cabal. She walked so now after lying low for years she comes back to spit her vomit into our American psyche.

    If your credibility is so great Rice why don’t you answer one question for the American public? Why are you and the rest of the bush cabal afraid to fly outside the U.S.?

    In other words, keep your bullshit opinions to yourself – you have done enough damage to this country.

  16. peter.regan richfield.minnesot says:

    Says the lady who had a Chevron oil tanker named after her. Just saying.

  17. Uhhhh, exactly how many “worst intelligence failure in the history of the United States” were on her watch anyway?

    Twin tower’s and two illegal wars later, I’m nit sure her endorsement helps much.

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