Kirsten Gillibrand Announces Presidential Candidacy – Fails To Mention Her NXIVM Connections

Either she has a bad memory or she really knows how to ethically lie as good as Keith Raniere.

By K. R. Claviger 

Earlier this week, Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior U.S. Senator from New York State, announced on The Stephen Colbert Show that she was running for President.

The next day she made the same announcement in Troy, NY – which is where she plans to base her campaign.

Accompanying her at the Troy, NY announcement were her husband, Jonathan – and her two sons, Theodore and Henry. Also standing next to her was her mother, Polly Noonan.

Notable by their absence at the second announcement were Gillibrand’s father, Doug Rutnik – and her step-mother, Gwenn Bellcourt.

As reported first in Frank Report – and followed up later in several other publications like the New York Post and The Daily Mail – Rutnik and Bellcourt both have ties to the NXIVM cult and two of its leaders, Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman.

Back in 2004, Rutnik was hired as a consultant/lobbyist by the cult at a rate of $25,000 per month.

One of Rutnik’s first NXIVM-related assignments was to smooth over the problems that resulted because Raniere had reneged on his promise to pay $40,000 to the Office of the New York State Attorney General in conjunction with the shutting-down of his Consumers Buyline operation.

Rutnik was reportedly also tasked with getting Toni Natalie and Rick Ross indicted – which he was apparently unable or unwilling to do. In fairness to Rutnik, this all happened before David Soares became Albany County District Attorney – and started indicting anyone who was on Raniere’s “Enemies List”.

Bellcourt, who happens to be Rutnik’s significantly younger second cousin, got involved with NXIVM when she was hired by Rutnik to take a 5-day intensive in order to determine if NXIVM needed to be licensed as an educational institution.

But instead of just completing her assignment, Bellcourt became enamored with the cult – and kept taking more and more sessions on her own.

Raniere and Salzman kept pressing for Bellcourt to drop everything else she was doing – and work for NXIVM full-time. They also pressed her into breaking off her engagement with her then-fiancé – which she did.

When Rutnik tried to convince Bellcourt to leave the cult, NXIVM responded by firing him for his alleged sexual harassment of Salzman – and suing him for all the money he had been paid. He quickly settled the lawsuit by paying back $100,000 – and signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

But Rutnik exacted his own revenge by eventually convincing Bellcourt to leave NXIVM. He then poured salt in the wounds that he had inflicted on Raniere and Salzman by marrying Bellcourt.

While all this was going on, Kirsten Gillibrand had become a partner in David Boies’ law firm – and was working in its Albany, NY office just a couple of blocks away from Rutnik’s office.

In 2006, Gillibrand quit the law firm – and defeated the incumbent Congressman, John Sweeney, in the 20th Congressional District.

In 2009, she was appointed by then-New York State Governor David Patterson to fill the U.S. Senate seat that had been occupied by Hillary Clinton (Clinton resigned when she was confirmed as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State). Since then, Gillibrand has won a special election in 2010 – and two 6-year terms in 2012 and 2018.

But although her political acumen has been steadily improving over the past decade, the same can not be said for her memory.

First, she claimed back in March 2018 that she “…had never heard of this group [NXIVM] until she recently read about them in the newspaper.”

Next, she promised in an October 25, 2018 televised debate with her opponent, Chele Farley, that she was not interested in running for President – and promised: “I will serve my six-year term”.

And now, she forgot to bring her father and her step-mom to her announcement that she’s running for President.

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that Kirsten was overly-sensitive when it came to the subject of her family’s ties with the NXIVM sex-slaver cult.

Either that – or she has a really bad memory…

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  • So good to hear JT is weighing in from the pen! That’s one diehard, courageous soul.

    Doubtful Gillibrand’s getting anywhere close to the White House and more’s the shame on her for claiming that re-election Senate seat when she intended all along to be consumed in the Presidential race and lied about that on top of her close affiliation, in fact, with NX which COULD well help explain why they were immune from investigation for so long in Gillibrand’s district.

    What angers me most is that Gillibrand could and should take action now to see NX jointly prosecuted for the crimes they are getting away with that occurred in her district. That would be the only way for her to redeem herself and is the only right thing for a moral leader to do!

    Thanks, JT. How they treating you wherever your at? I’m sure Gina sends her love to you and your beautiful wife from wherever Gina’s at. ❤️

    I regret that I gave her story to the TU, who didn’t even publish the evidence, her NX death chart, etc. and not to you. But I remember you thought that’s what I should do for the greater good of exposing KAR et al. on a larger scale and they did want an exclusive. But that’s your good character and slowly but surely your goal to keep society a little safer from the corruption and evil NX stands for is being reached thanks in no small part to your contribution and sacrifice.

    I wonder if Clare Bronfman developes a Medical need in prison how fast it would be met?

    Shame, shame, shame, Kirsten Gillibrand!

  • like I say put them all away don’t understand how Kristen Gillbrand can run for Presidential when she is connected with NXIVM. I guess they let anyone in. They are all have something to hide.

  • As a woman, I am embarrassed by the low quality of women who manage to be put forward as candidates for President.

    Ivanka 2024 is sounding pretty good. She’ll have 8 years of experience in her father’s administration, and, hopefully, won’t be a corrupt piece of trash.

    • Actually it will be Donnie Jr in 2024. The democrap party will be on the ash heap of history by then. The world is a changin more rapidly than most people realize.

      • They are certainly doing a good job of alienating their base.

        Still wish a good woman would run.

        I can take comfort in Teresa May being trash, and Merkel, too, so it’s not like other countries are doing well at putting quality women in office.

        • Why do we need a good woman? You just exhibited examples of women leaders who are corrupt trash. What the hell is it about a vagina that makes one so special over the other sex?

          • Men are just as corrupt as women. We can’t get started listed all of those, or we’ll be here all day.

            Don’t get all butt hurt just because someone says they would be happy to see a good woman succeed.

            Healthy, sane women are happy to root for other healthy, sane women, and dislike the ones who make the rest of us look bad.

          • Silly response from a butt hurt woman. Nobody is against any woman having success. Of course women can be every bit as corrupt as men. The list of corrupt women is virtually endless. It is a dangerous world out there and hate to break your heart but the majority of people want tough masculine leadership,

          • It’s not just corruption, it’s competence and organizational leadership. Just look at Pelosi and the women’s march for examples. Both are walking disasters, although in Pelosi’s case, it’s more like stumbling forward.

    • —-Ivanka 2024 is sounding pretty good. She’ll have 8 years of experience in her father’s administration, and, hopefully, won’t be a corrupt piece of trash—

      Not a piece of trash, just another money grubbing Trump using his name and office to make money–5 more patents today from China–which, oh, yeah, is illegal.
      But Ivanka could still get votes from the metoo libtards–when she tells of the years of sexually harassment from her father.

      • Another low life slanderous democrap showing their rancid evil. Have you looked at the filthy money grabbers and sexual pigs that fill your corrupt demonic democrap party?

  • She’s following protocol perfectly. All she needs to do now is to start wearing the Mao Tse Tung pants suits and ask Pocahontas to be her running mate. Me too, ME too!

  • Kristen Gillibrand has a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2020.
    There are nearly 30 candidates for that nomination.
    (The Democrats smell blood in the water.)

    1) Kamala Harris
    2) Elizabeth Warren
    3) Sherrod Brown
    4) Beto O’Rourke
    5) Joe Biden
    6) Bernie Sanders

    7) Kirsten Gillibrand
    No mention of her NXIVM connections in Rolling Stone

    Gillibrand announced her presidential bid on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in mid-January, vowing to “fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own.” The New York senator is a champion of progressive causes and perhaps the most vocal leader of the #MeToo movement in elected office, calling out former president Bill Clinton and pushing for Al Franken to resign from the Senate. In many ways, Gillibrand, 52, is the East Coast’s answer to Kamala Harris, with some of the same challenges. She can tap New York money but lacks a coast-to-coast profile. (Gillibrand has already caught flak for outreach to Wall Street donors.) Hailing from upstate, Gillibrand could play well in New Hampshire. But her evolution from an anti-amnesty Blue Dog moderate to a true-blue progressive calling to abolish ICE will require explanation.

    8) Amy Klobuchar
    9) Julián Castro
    10) Cory Booker
    11) John Hickenlooper
    12) Pete Buttigieg
    13) Jay Inslee
    14) Steve Bullock
    15) Eric Garcetti
    16) Michael Bloomberg
    17) John Kerry
    18) Eric Holder
    19) Jeff Merkley
    20) Terry McAuliffe
    21) Tim Ryan
    22) Howard Schultz
    23) Eric Swalwell
    24) John Delaney
    25) Richard Ojeda
    26) Andrew Yang
    27) Tulsi Gabbard

    Hillary Clinton The 2016 nominee has given little indication she’s plotting a rematch with Trump in 2020, but her entry to the race would reshuffle this deck and throw the political world off its axis.
    The RS Politics 2020 Democratic Primary Leaderboard

    Peronally I believe the favorites are Kamala Harris, California Senator, Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Senator and Terry McAuliffe, former Virginia Governor.

      • Careful with calling Barry Obama a “pretend american” bc readers might not realize you are joking and so think you are just some gullible fool that believes the birther movement was true. I think you are too smart to fall for that.

        • HAHA Barry Soetoro is no more American than Chairman Mao or his Muslim Brotherhood goons. Barry will be the first former President to be found guilty of Treason and Sedition. Sleep well, the storm is now upon your masters

          • Nope just saying the paper trail is being uncovered and the lies you believe are being unraveled. Stick to buzzfeed junior, it fits your mentality.

    • (The Democrats smell blood in the water.)

      LOL The Blood is their own. The demoncraps are in deep shit especially after what Pelosi and Shiff tried to pull this weekend..

  • Apparently, poor Kirsten was “neglected” as a child and was never taught Pinocchio’s lesson: That a lie just grows and grows until it’s as plain as the nose on your face. …Or the brands on the pubic regions of her constituents.

  • Embrace it Kirsten and it will go away. Keep lying and it will not go away.

    Just say this:
    “When I was asked about NXIVM, I vaguely knew it as ESP and didn’t even know how to pronounce NXIVM. My father didn’t tell me much about his time with them. I do know that his time with NXIVM didn’t end well and he signed a non-disclosure. I’ve been reading up on it and there is a lot that upsets me about NXIVM. I’m sure the FBI has it under control. I hope that all guilty parties – including government employees who aided the organization – are brought to justice.”

    • Sorry nutty, she will never embrace it. And if she did it is not going away. NXIVM is more than you realize. The call is Sedition.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premieres on May 22, 2022.

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