NeverTrumpers’ have long touted their supposed opposition to Russia’s authoritarian government. 

Today’s bombshell, involving blatant hypocrisy from one of their leaders, reveals a chink in their armor.

Politico reports:

John Weaver, the top strategist for John Kasich’s presidential campaign in 2016, has registered as a foreign agent and plans to lobby against potential sanctions on Russia.

Weaver signed a contract last month to lobby on behalf of the Tenam Corporation, a subsidiary of Rosatom, the Russian state-owned nuclear energy company. [emphasis mine]

The six-month contract is worth $350,000, plus expenses, with an option to extend if necessary. “Time is of the essence in the Agreement,” the contract reads, according to a copy filed with the Justice Department.

It’s not clear exactly what sanctions Weaver will be lobbying against. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced legislation in February to beef up sanctions on Russia, which would curtail the amount of uranium that could be imported from Russia starting in 2021, among other provisions. The bill hasn’t made it out of committee.

Weaver remains a close confidant of John Kasich after serving as his chief strategist during the 2016 GOP presidential primary. The consummate insider told the press Kasich remains inclined to challenge Donald Trump in 2020.

However, Weaver is best known for advising John McCain’s presidential campaigns.  

UPDATE: Shortly after this article’s publication, John Weaver – who spent the past two years referring to Trump as Putin’s puppet – decided he would turn down his lucrative lobbying deal with a Russia-owned uranium company.

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