Rex Tillerson’s position – the man who is now Secretary of State – is that he has no idea where Donald Trump got the idea to offer him the Secretary of State job. But the real story is that Tillerson had hired the political consulting firm of RiceHadleyGates to represent him. All three of that firm’s principals – Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley, and Robert Gates – lobbied Trump to give Tillerson the job. In fact this Salon piece says the three of them were “instrumental in convincing Trump to choose Tillerson.” These people were his agents, lobbying on his behalf.

Exxon Mobil has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its joint venture with state oil giant PAO Rosneft, according to people familiar with the matter.

Tillerson can pretend all he wants that he has no connection with Exxon/Mobile now, but the American people are way smarter than that to believe that is the truth. Now we all need to stand up and tell Congress that we will not be fooled again.