Clinton Campaign Chair Had Dinner With Top DOJ Official One Day After Hillary's Benghazi Hearing

Tyler Durden's picture

In the latest revelation sure to reignite accusations of collusion between the Clinton campaign and the DOJ, among the recent batch of hacked emails released by Wikileaks, we learn that the day after Hillary Clinton testified in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi last October, John Podesta, Hillary's campaign chairman met for dinner with a small group of well-connected friends, including Peter Kadzik, who is currently a top official at the US Justice Department serving as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs.

Peter Kadzik, with lobbyist Tony Podesta, brother of John Podesta.

The post-Benghazi dinner was attended by Podesta, Kadzik, superlobbyist Vincent Roberti and other well-placed Beltway fixtures. The first mention of personal contact between Podesta and Kadzik in the Wikileaks dump is in an Oct. 23, 2015 email sent out by Vincent Roberti, a lobbyist who is close to Podesta and his superlobbyist brother, Tony Podesta. In it, Roberti refers to a dinner reservation at Posto, a Washington D.C. restaurant.  The dinner was set for 7:30 that evening, just one day after Clinton gave 11 hours of testimony to the Benghazi Committee.

Podesta and Kadzik met several months later for dinner at Podesta’s home, another email shows. Another email sent on May 5, 2015, Kadzik’s son asked Podesta for a job on the Clinton campaign.

As the Daily Caller notes, the dinner arrangement "is just the latest example of an apparent conflict of interest between the Clinton campaign and the federal agency charged with investigating the former secretary of state’s email practices." As one former U.S. Attorney tells told the DC, the exchanges are another example of the Clinton campaign’s “cozy relationship” with the Obama Justice Department.

The hacked emails confirm that Podesta and Kadzik were in frequent contact. In one email from January, Kadzik and Podesta, who were classmates at Georgetown Law School in the 1970s, discussed plans to celebrate Podesta’s birthday. And in another sent last May, Kadzik’s son emailed Podesta asking for a job on the Clinton campaign.

“The political appointees in the Obama administration, especially in the Department of Justice, appear to be very partisan in nature and I don’t think had clean hands when it comes to the investigation of the private email server,” says Matthew Whitaker, the executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a government watchdog group.

It’s the kind of thing the American people are frustrated about is that the politically powerful have insider access and have these kind of relationships that ultimately appear to always break to the benefit of Hillary Clinton,” he added, comparing the Podesta-Kadzik meetings to the revelation that Attorney General Loretta Lynch met in private with Bill Clinton at the airport in Phoenix days before the FBI and DOJ investigating Hillary Clinton.

Kadzik's role at the DOJ, where he started in 2013, is particularly notable Kadzik, as helped spearhead the effort to nominate Lynch, who was heavily criticized for her secret meeting with the former president.

A Long, Friendly History

Podesta and Kadzik have a long history, one which has surprisingly gone mostly unnoticed during the ongoing Clinton email scandal. As DC helps summarize, Kadzik represented Podesta during the Monica Lewinsky investigation. And in the waning days of the Bill Clinton administration, Kadzik lobbied Podesta on behalf of Marc Rich, the fugitive who Bill Clinton controversially pardoned on his last day in office.

That history is cited by Podesta in another email hacked from his Gmail account. In a Sept. 2008 email, which the Washington Free Beacon flagged last week, Podesta emailed an Obama campaign official to recommend Kadzik for a supportive role in the campaign. Podesta, who would later head up the Obama White House transition effort, wrote that Kadzik was a “fantastic lawyer” who “kept me out of jail.”


As the DC Chuck Ross notes, it is unclear to which case Podesta was referring and whether he was joking about prison. But Podesta was caught in a sticky situation in both the Lewinsky affair and the Rich pardon scandal. As deputy chief of staff to Clinton in 1996, Podesta asked then-United Nations ambassador Bill Richardson to hire the 23-year-old Lewinsky. In April 1996, the White House transferred Lewinsky from her job as a White House intern to the Pentagon in order to keep her and Bill Clinton separate. But the Clinton team also wanted to keep Lewinsky happy so that she would not spill the beans about her sexual relationship with Clinton.

Richardson later recounted in his autobiography that he offered Lewinsky the position but that she declined it.

Podesta made false statements to a grand jury impaneled by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr for the investigation. But he defended the falsehoods, saying later that he was merely relaying false information from Clinton that he did not know was inaccurate at the time. “He did lie to me,” Podesta said about Clinton in a National Public Radio interview in 1998. Clinton was acquitted by the Senate in Feb. 1999 of perjury and obstruction of justice charges related to the Lewinsky probe. Kadzik, then a lawyer with the firm Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, represented Podesta through the fiasco.

Podesta had been promoted to Clinton’s chief of staff when he and Kadzik became embroiled in another scandal.

Kadzik was then representing Marc Rich, a billionaire financier who was wanted by the U.S. government for evading a $48 million tax bill. The fugitive, who was also implicated in illegal trading activity with nations that sponsored terrorism, had been living in Switzerland for 17 years when he sought the pardon. To help Rich, Kadzik lobbied Podesta heavily in the weeks before Clinton left office on Jan. 20, 2001. A House Oversight Committee report released in May 2002 stated that “Kadzik was recruited into Marc Rich’s lobbying campaign because he was a long-time friend of White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.”

The report noted that Kadzik contacted Podesta at least seven times regarding Rich’s pardon.

On top of the all-hands-on-deck lobbying effort, Rich’s ex-wife, Denise Rich, had doled out more than $1 million to the Clintons and other Democrats prior to the pardon. She gave $100,000 to Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate campaign and another $450,000 to the Clinton presidential library.

Kadzik's current role

In his current role as head of the Office of Legislative Affairs, Kadzik handles inquiries from Congress on a variety of issues. In that role he was not in the direct chain of command on the Clinton investigation. The Justice Department and FBI have insisted that career investigators oversaw the investigation, which concluded in July with no charges filed against Clinton.

But Kadzik worked on other Clinton email issues in his dealings with Congress. Last November, he denied a request from Republican lawmakers to appoint a special counsel to lead the investigation.

In a Feb. 1, 2016 letter in response to Kadzik, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis noted that Kadzik had explained “that special counsel may be appointed at the discretion of the Attorney General when an investigation or prosecution by the Department of Justice would create a potential conflict of interest.”

DeSantis, a Republican, suggested that Lynch’s appointment by Bill Clinton in 1999 as U.S. Attorney in New York may be considered a conflict of interest. He also asserted that Obama’s political appointees — a list which includes Kadzik — “are being asked to impartially execute their respective duties as Department of Justice officials that may involve an investigation into the activities of the forerunner for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

It is unknown if Kadzik responded to DeSantis’ questions.

Kadzik’s first involvement in the Clinton email brouhaha came in a Sept. 24, 2015 response letter to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley in which he declined to confirm or deny whether the DOJ was investigating Clinton. Last month, Politico reported that Kadzik angered Republican lawmakers when, in a classified briefing, he declined to say whether Clinton aides who received DOJ immunity were required to cooperate with congressional probes.

Kadzik also testified at a House Oversight Committee hearing last month on the issue of classifications and redactions in the FBI’s files of the Clinton email investigation.

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VinceFostersGhost's picture



It was a video man.....I'm telling ya!

Looney's picture


Waterboard both bitches, Podesta and Kadzik!   ;-)


VinceFostersGhost's picture



This IS water torture.


Drip, drip, drip....

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Democrats are too informed to fall for these Russian attempts to rig our elections. Bring this up at a Hillary rally and people will roll their eyes and call it what it is: A CONSPIRACY THEORY. 


Whoa Dammit's picture

What else does anyone expect from the "We Waco-ed Some Folks" Clintons?  Oh but that was for the children. And the women. Oh wait... they killed them.

JRobby's picture

Podesta: "Is She still electable after this shit show?"

Kadzik: "No problem! The sheep forget everything. We had crooked Menendez tossing her the softball questions (BTW, we are going to eventually throw that bastard under the bus so he is out)"

Podesta: "Just what I thought I would hear"

Never One Roach's picture

But everyone is outraged that Trump called someone fat....



Bastiat's picture

Yeah, how dare he comment on the appearance of a beauty queen. 

PrayingMantis's picture



... Department Of Jerks + Full Blooded Idiots = Law EnFARCEment ...



FGH's picture

They look like a casting call for "Goodfellas 2". 

yippee kiyay's picture
yippee kiyay (not verified) FGH Oct 26, 2016 9:32 PM

That's the Long Arm of Government 4 U.

philipat's picture

Hey yippee kiyay (Soon to be banned and will then use the next new name lonnng) , previously mofio then santafe then Aristotle of Greece then Gargoyle then bleu then oops then lance-a-lot then Loftie then toro. You are a serial spammer and a serial pain in the ass. Might I politely suggest that you go fuck yourself? And get a life.

Your MO is to post a provocative comment which SEEMS to be relevant but you have no interest in joining the discussion (and NEVER do) and your sole objective is to mislead readers into clicking on your falsified links to your BS site. That wastes everyones time is blatant SPAMMING.

Would appreciate regular ZH contributors please take a moment to help me in my campaign against this shithead and report yippee kiyay to with a request for an IP block to prevent multiple new accounts from being issued.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) PrayingMantis Oct 26, 2016 10:49 AM

San Francisco Democratic party sent out it's recommendations for voting.

Hillary Clinton's name does not appear on it at all.

Another separate mailer for School Board has "Stronger Together" vote for some bond

but not her name, instead they have a pic of Obama and the words "Love Trumps Hate"

Because her name is toxic.

nibiru's picture

The same circle of people in the big club trying to invent a new way of feudalism.


Such a despicable desire and Clinton voters are literally willing sheep going to the slaughterhouse. 

naps8906's picture

can we waterboard mdb with killary and podesta... i'd pay money to see that

MK13's picture

Great work Tyler.

DNC is still not paying you enough MDB;).

TeamDepends's picture

Apparently, former Clinton Foundation head Braverman has jumped ship and is seeking asylum in wait for it.................Russia!!!

JRobby's picture

This guy seems authentic. I didn't hear him Mom calling him for lunch anyway........

PT's picture

I wonder if he'll get a better reception than Snowden.

Bill of Rights's picture

To Informed ha ha ha ha ha look around stupid most are born and bred dopes..

Stan522's picture

Maybe you should actually read these articles you come to troll instead of just spreading your HATE......

Ramesees's picture

You are a treasure to the ZH community, MDB.  

Kidbuck's picture

Speaking of elections, Trump just announced in DC that since Clinton is a multi felony criminal anyone who votes for Hillary in this election will be charged with aiding and abetting a criminal.

RiverRoad's picture

Re "This is water torture..."

    .....cesspool water torture.

beemasters's picture

I wonder how these people sleep at night...

Stan522's picture

Hanging upside down from a tree.....

otschelnik's picture

They laugh all the way to the bank.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Putin may be fooling dumb rednecks with this propaganda, but smart, informed liberals aren't going to be fooled. Sorry Putin, we know it's you, and we're coming for you when Hillary wins. Deal with it.


VinceFostersGhost's picture




We should put out an example to the world.......and make the Super Bowl........flag football.

Bill of Rights's picture

Do you have a stuttering problem you repeated yourself...

UselessEater's picture

You have obviously studied Tips For Trolls which includes:
- Change the Subject

For everyone else, it is worth a read to stop yourself responding to thread hijackers. The rest of us appreciate the many great links genuine ZHrs post and lively discussion. We're also tired of the good posts and links getting buried below trolling chatter.

Tips For Trolls - (techniques we can learn to resist responding to and debating)

JRobby's picture

Is "Head Batting" considered a violent sport?

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) JRobby Oct 26, 2016 9:53 AM

Obviously Democrats and the Clintons don't think inciting fist fights at Trump rallies is a violent sport either.


joego1's picture

You mean "smart informed liberals" who vote for a criminal- Clinton. You are a troll of the worst kind.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Looney Oct 26, 2016 9:49 AM


I think ALL liberals should be waterboarded until they recant and come to their senses.  And I think one of the first to be cleansed should be MDB.


booboo's picture

A squirming tangled pit of vipers. Only way to deal with it is to dump 5 gallons of petro on it and toss in a match.

MFL5591's picture

Enough of this criminality, get this group of trash out!

nightwish's picture

Crony fucking politics. Sweep these bastards out one and all.

Will we have 4 more years of liberals awarding themselves more powers while shielding each other from prosecution?

Omega_Man's picture

the whole USA is corrupt.... worse than Ukraine, or any African nation... I laugh when people talk about 'mafia' in Russia..... 

USA takes the cake 

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Hillary talks about her father's business.........well.........he was a mob boss in Chicago.


Which explains......a lot.

Ignatius's picture

Let me guess:  they both just love the same sushi bar.

Miss Expectations's picture

Judicial Watch Reveals More Benghazi, Clinton Foundation Corruption

This has been an important week in our continuing investigation of Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state.  We are uncovering critical links between her official duties and the private interests of her family’s foundation.

The 276 pages of internal State Department documents we released this week reveal that within two days of the deadly terrorist attack on Benghazi, Mohamed Yusuf al-Magariaf, the president of Libya’s National Congress, asked to participate in a Clinton Global Initiative function and “meet President Clinton.”

The meeting had not previously been disclosed.

In September 13, 2012, al-Magariaf advisor Dr. Fathi Nuah wrote to the Clinton Foundation’s Director of Foreign Policy Amitabh Desai:

“Dr. Almagariaf will be addressing the United Nations this September in New York as the Libyan Head of State, and he expressed a wish to meet President Clinton and to participate at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting for New York as well.”

Four hours later, Desai emailed Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills asking,

“Would USG [U.S. Government] have concerns about Libyan President being invited to CGI [Clinton Global Initiative]? Odd timing, I know.” Mills emailed back: “We would not have issues.”

MK13's picture

Hillary cat, corruptocrat!! Jail her ugly mug and ass.

south40_dreams's picture

Of course the MSM will never cover this. The rotting media carcass smells deplorable

RIP journalism

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

We need to drain the swamp AND powerwash what's left behind!  Trump 2016

Creative_Destruct's picture

4 Steps : drain, herbicide, napalm, neutron bomb...


Arnie Fife's picture

Bill gets caught phooking another rape victim.

It's a Russian Conspiracy.

Putin planted the Cigar in her Rahghina.

Stan522's picture

Can't wait for the torches and pitch fork marches in Washington DC.....


Oh, that's right, we just complain about it all............