Timken’s Moscow connections raises foreign agent eyebrows

Ward Timken is not registered as a foreign agent but his steel moves Russian tanks and combat vehicles while his pro-Kremlin wife controls a swing state party

Ward Timken, Jr. and his father, Ward, Sr., have supplied steel products that supported the Soviet Union and now the Russian Federation’s railways under the Ministry of Defense without ever registering as foreign agents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Ward Timken’s “Timken Steel” in Canton, Ohio appears to have operated as an unregistered agent of the Russian government that supplied railroad bearings and other steel products to the Kremlin “Ministry of Defense’s” railways during the invasion of the Ukraine.

It is those railways in this exclusive video footage obtained by EJB NEWS that shows Russian tanks and combat vehicles being moved on steel bearing-supported flat cars to invade the Ukraine’s Luhansk in 2014.

In Russia the construction, maintenance and security of the nation’s railways during the Soviet Union were under the control of the Railway Troops of the Russian Federation until 2004. In 2004 Putin signed a presidential decree placing the Railway Troops of the Russian Federation under the Ministry of Defense. It’s found in Federal Law of 29.06.2004 N 58-FZ.

The Russian Federation owns the railways and President Vladmir Putin controls railroads through the Ministry of Defense. Timken bearings helped Putin get tanks and combat vehicles to the Ukraine for his invasion.

Timken’s father, Ward, Sr., provided rail products to the Soviet Union prior to its collapse. His son provides rail products to the Russian Federation. Proof of their deep Russian ties came from the words of Timken group president Christopher Couglin when he announced a Timken joint venture with the European Bearing Corporation in March 2014. Couglin was explaining how the Canton, Ohio corporation intended to supply its steel products to Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

“We’ve been conducting business in this area of the world for decades and directly supporting customers in Russia for more than 20 years,” Coughlin told writer Robert Brooks of American Machinist.

President Barack Obama reacted immediately to Putin’s invasion with three executive orders between March 7 and March 20, 2014 that blocked the property of persons thought to have participated in it. All Russians.

Russian tanks and combat vehicles were delivered by railway cars to the streets of the Ukraine where over 6000 men, women and children were killed.

It’s not immediately known if any of the blocked Russians were connected to Timken but the intent of Obama’s directives were clear. This nation did not support Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine.

That didn’t phase Timken.  He, along with CEO Raymond T. Betler of Wabtec, joined Roman Savushin’s United Wagon Company joint venture in 2014 to supply even more bearings to the corporations that built rail cars and products used by Russia’s Ministry of Defense.

It is inconceivable to think that lawyers for Jones Day and Squire, Patton & Boggs – who even now represent President Vladmir Putin and Timken – never advised Ward that selling steel products used by Russia’s defense ministry may have represented a conflict with the United States government in 2014. But neither law firm has registered as foreign agents despite more than three decades of each representing the Kremlin’s oil and banking industries.

Timken has spent millions lobbying the U.S. government and its officials without ever disclosing its contracts with Russian corporations doing business with the Russian Federation and its Ministry of Defense.

Jane Timken, a registered Ohio attorney, knows or should know her husband’s partners are contractors of the Kremlin’s Ministry of Defense and that Putin is his backdoor payroll sugar daddy. All this would have been known had either Timken complied with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) that’s not been enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice until Special Counsel Robert Mueller started using it.

The definition of “an agent of a foreign principal” found in 22 USC 611(c)(1) that Mueller has used to indict and convict Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn seems tailor-made for the unregistered foreign agent Timken and his wife who’s in control of the Ohio Republican Party.

(c) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, the term ‘‘agent of a foreign principal’’ means— (1) any person who acts as an agent, representative, employee, or servant, or any person who acts in any other capacity at the order, request, or under the direction or control, of a foreign principal or of a person any of whose activities are directly or indirectly supervised, directed, controlled, financed, or subsidized in whole or in major part by a foreign principal, and who directly or through any other person— (i) engages within the United States in political activities for or in the interests of such foreign principal; (ii) acts within the United States as a public relations counsel, publicity agent, information-service employee or political consultant for or in the interests of such foreign principal; (iii) within the United States solicits, collects, disburses, or dispenses contributions, loans, money, or other things of value for or in the interest of such foreign principal; or (iv) within the United States represents the interests of such foreign principal before any agency or official of the Government of the United States; and
(2) any person who agrees, consents, assumes or purports to act as, or who is or holds himself out to be, whether or not pursuant to contractual relationship, an agent of a foreign principal as defined in clause (1) of this

The words that could trouble the Timken’s deal with the collection and disbursement of funds to support the politics of their relationship with the Russian government’s business entities.

EJBNEWS searched the U.S. Department of Justice’s website for the name “Timken” to see if any individual or corporation that bore the name had ever registered. The search query returned with a “no.”

The Timken Company Good Government Fund is a political action committee that’s registered with the Federal Elections Commission. Attorney Sean Hartong is the treasurer who disburses funds that have been collected 1648 times in the names of the same repeat Timken employee contributors. He works for Timken and writes the checks to candidates committees his employer is backing across the nation.

Jane Timken in her capacity as Ohio Republican Party chairperson is on the record calling Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation of Trump and his connection to Putin – her husband’s financial benefactor – “obstruction.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci is a Timken “puppet” who’s calls for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to wrap up his investigation of unregistered Russian foreign agents sounds like he’s parroting his pro-Kremlin financial backers. Jane Timken has called Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Donald Trump “obstruction.”

Of all the state’s Republican federal representatives U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci appears to be the most Timken-loyal of the group. U.S. Senator Rob Portman took Timken money but blasted Trump for his Putin ass-kissing performance in Helinski. The same with U.S. Rep. Mike Turner and Governor John Kasich.

But Renacci as of September 2, 2018 was featured on a Columbus, Ohio television station calling for Mueller to wrap up his investigation and lying that it was supposed to stay “small.” It’s obvious he didn’t read Order 3915-2017 from Deputy U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein.  Mueller’s duties were to investigate any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).”  The word “small” as Renacci claimed is non-existent. 

In his September 2, 2018 WCMH (NBC4) television appearance Renacci said Mueller has not discovered “collusion” between the Trump campaign and agents of Russia.

His statements were made in total oblivion to the truth that his primary funding benefactors violated the FARA by never disclosing their business relationship with the Russian government-controlled railroad industry. Timken’s failure to obey the FARA would make it impossible for Renacci or even Mueller to investigate his own campaign finance committee to learn the true source of his donor’s money.

Ward Timken’s website advertises his family corporation’s three offices in Russia.

Trump has said people he had not previously known showed up out of nowhere and tied themselves to his campaign for President of the United States in 2016. An internet search of the names Trump and Timken show their first “public” interaction was when Putin’s steel vendors scheduled a fundraiser for him in Stark County where they lived. EJBNEWS could not locate any internet connections to the Trump and Timken names prior to 2016.

The Trump fundraiser paid big dividends for the  allegedly unregistered Russian agents because after he won and backed Jane for state party chairperson it gave them control of the Republican party in a political swing state. From inside the party Jane Timken has used her power to promote a “political bench of candidates” who don’t criticize her husband’s close ties to the Kremlin and questionably anti-American business practices.

President Donald Trump appears not to have known Ward Timken and his wife, Jane, until 2016 based only on an internet search of their two names together. The Timken’s held a fundraiser for Trump in 2016 and may not have disclosed Ward’s corporation’s close ties to Moscow corporations doing business to support railways owned by the Kremlin and under the control of the Ministry of Defense.

The Federal Elections Commission’s July 2018 filings show both Jane and Ward Timken donated $2700 each to Trump’s campaign committee and another $25,000 a piece to his inaugural committee. Timken stood with Trump when he signed an executive order placing restrictions on imported steel back in March 2018.

It is inconceivable to think that any “direct” conversations he’s had with Trump as a candidate or as president didn’t include discussions about sanctions against Russia he appears to be ignoring that affected his business. Such conversations would violate FARA and open the door for Mueller to investigate both Timkens’.  Trump’s conversations with Timken could have been unwitting.

Cleveland seemed like an unlikely location for the Republican National Convention in 2016 especially since Northeast Ohio is so Democrat. But logistically it was the best location for the convention since Ohio has 9 major corporations like Timken, Diebold, Wabtec and Parker Hannifin with offices in Moscow and elsewhere in Russia.

Putin’s law firms of Jones Day and Squire, Patton & Boggs are headquartered out of Cleveland. It was a convenient location for the colluders Mueller is investigating to collude.

EJB NEWS asked a well-placed Republican source where Russian Ambassador Sergey Kisylak might have been hosted when he met Michael Flynn in Cleveland and the answer was “check with the Timkens.”

Eric Jonathan Brewer
Author, Investigative Journalist, Speaker, Politician, Consultant

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