Mueller Investigating Podesta Group In Connection With Russia Probe

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Tony Podesta and his lobbying firm the Podesta Group are under federal investigation by FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller in connection with the Russia investigation, three sources told NBC News.

The firm, co-founded by Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta, was subpoenaed in late August along with three other public relations firms who worked with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort during a 2012-2014 lobbying effort for a pro-Ukraine think tank - the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU) - tied to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

Yanukovych fled from Ukraine to Russia after he was unseated in a 2014 coup.

Two of the subpoenaed firms include Paul Manafort's Mercury, LLC and the Podesta Group, founded by John and Tony Podesta and operated by the latter.

Manafort’s firm earned $17 million between 2012 – 2014 consulting for Yanukovych’s centrist, pro-Russia ‘Party of Regions.’ During the same period, Manafort oversaw a lobbying campaign for the pro-Russia “Centre for a Modern Ukraine,” a Brussels based think tank linked to Yanukovych which was pushing for Ukraine’s entry into the European Union.

The Podesta group, operating under Manafort, earned over $1.2 million as part of that effort.

In a statement to NBC, a spokesman for the Podesta Group said the firm "is cooperating fully with the Special Counsel's office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance. In all of our client engagements, the Podesta Group conducts due diligence and consults with appropriate legal experts to ensure compliance with disclosure regulations at all times — and we did so in this case."

White House Special Access

Visitor logs reveal that Tony Podesta visited the White House at least 114 times during the Obama administration according to White House visitor logs, and was said to have had ‘special access‘ to the administration through his brother, John Podesta, while lobbying for various pro-Kremlin interests.

During a 2015 interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, former president Obama admitted that his administration ‘brokered a deal‘ for the 2014 coup in Ukraine – all while John Podesta was a West Wing advisor and Tony Podesta lobbied for an organization which opposed the coup.

Podesta Group and Russia

While Robert Mueller’s investigation is primarily focused on the Trump campaign – having conducted a surprise raid on Paul Manafort’s home in July, it will be interesting to see if the Special Counsel chooses to delve into the bevy of documented ties between the the Podesta brothers and Russia.

For example, Russia’s Kremlin-owned Sberbank paid the Podesta group $170,000 over a 6 month period to lobby against 2014 economic sanctions by the Obama administration:

Podesta’s efforts were a key part of under-the-radar lobbying during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign led mainly by veteran Democratic strategists to remove sanctions against Sberbank and VTB Capital, Russia’s second largest bank.


The two Russian banks spent more than $700,000 in 2016 on Washington lobbyists as they sought to end the U.S. sanctions, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms and documents filed with the Department of Justice.


The Podesta Group charged Sberbank $20,000 per month, plus expenses, on a contract from March through September 2016. –Daily Caller

In March of this year it was revealed that the Podesta group forgot to register as a “Foreign Agent” for their work with Sberbank.

Uranium One

The Podesta group also earned $180,000 lobbying for Russian-owned mining company Uranium One during the same period that the Clinton Foundation was receiving millions from UrAsia / U1 interests.

Last week, two bombshell reports published by The Hill revealed that the FBI - headed by Robert Mueller at the time - discovered that “Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow” – a deal which would grant the Kremlin control over 20 percent of America’s uranium supply, as detailed by author Peter Schweitzer’s book Clinton Cash and the New York Times in 2015.

After Russia took control of the Uranium rights, the Podesta Group received $180,000 to lobby for Uranium One during the same period that the Clinton Foundation was receiving millions from U1 interests, and after Russia took majority ownership in the “20 percent” deal (source – you have to add up the years).

the Podesta Group received $180,000 to lobby for Uranium One during the same period that the Clinton Foundation was receiving millions from U1 interests, and after Russia took majority ownership in the “20 percent” deal (source – you have to add up the years).

Joule Unlimited

While NBC reports that Hillary Clinton's campaign manager and presumed Secretary of State John Podesta is not currently affiliated with the Podesta group and not part of Mueller's investigation, it should be noted that he sat on the board of Massachusetts energy company Joule Unlimited, along with senior Russian official Anatoly Chubais and Russian oligarch Ruben Vardanyan – who was appointed by Vladimir Putin to the Russian economic council. 

Two months after Podesta joined the board, Joule managed to raise $35 million from Putin’s Kremlin-backed investment fund Rusnano.

Not only did John Podesta fail to properly disclose this relationship before joining the Clinton Campaign, he transferred 75,000 shares of Joule to his daughter through a shell company using her address.

Despite the Russian assistance, the Daily Caller reports that Joule Unlimited folded shortly after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election.

In an interview with Fox Business News' Maria Bartaromo, Podesta denied that he failed to disclose his ties, emphatically stating “Maria, that’s not true. I fully disclosed and was completely compliant,” adding “I didn’t have any stock in any Russian company!” in reference to Massachusetts based Joule Unlimited – with its two Russian dignitaries on the board board and a $35 million loan from a Russian investment fund founded by Vladimir Putin.


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IH8OBAMA Mon, 10/23/2017 - 17:58 Permalink

It's about time this Russian Investigation discovered the true source of the the Russia collusion - the Democraps.  Indict them all, Bill, Hillary, Posdesta, Obama, and the whole lot of them.  Kill the Democrap party. 

Dame Ednas Possum bigkahuna Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:40 Permalink

So Skippy, Tell us all about the fun-filled holiday you took with your brother to Portugal at the beginning of May 2007? Did you find the accommodation at your accomplice Clement Freud's * villaagreeable? *the known child rapist. Here's a memorable Kodak moment several people helped the police create, as published in 2013, several years before Seth Rich released your emails to Wikileaks...…  

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RagaMuffin Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:04 Permalink

By spreading the investigation, Mueller escapes from having to admit that Russia did not get Trump elected. Wait for some goofy blanket comdemnation against everyone....therefore no one

nmewn Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:37 Permalink

It would appear that Grand Inquisitor Mueller, doing his damndest to avoid prosecuting Comey for theft & perjury while jumping over large puddles of pee-pee left by incontinent Russian prostitutes, has landed in a nasty pile of radioactive dog shit.His integrity (such as it is) and wardrobe will never be the same ;-)

nmewn Hulk Tue, 10/24/2017 - 07:01 Permalink

Thats the essential attribute of a good revolution, the base on which all other things build.Your average Joe (left or right) observes it. He doesn't have to imagine it or be told its there without proof, its right there in front of him where he can see it and touch it. Two different outcomes for the very same offense depending on who you are. Make no mistake, Mueller is the Deep State guy put there to play defense just as much as offense. If they conclude they will have to sacrifice Podesta (or any underling) to prevent damage to Hillary, Holder, Lynch and Obama thats exactly what they will do. Just like Weinstein will be offered up to shield Whoopi, DeNiro, Tarantino and the rest of the Hollywood elites, they all knew what he was doing and did nothing to stop his depredations for decades, in fact, some even fed him his victims. Its just how the Machine rolls ;-)

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udawn nmewn Tue, 10/24/2017 - 09:16 Permalink

Don't underestimate the power of the Podesta chuncks of stool. They are global power player pedophiles who continue to practise their dark arts with NO consequences to date. Just like Comey doing the fake investigation of Clinton, the interviews are just a community theater producton to establish immunity for all the players going forward IMHO

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BidnessMan Mon, 10/23/2017 - 19:26 Permalink

Surprising the influence was bought so cheap. $180K got Bill Clinton a personal $500K speaking fee, and cash and pledges of $130M to the Clinton Fund?  That went who knows where? Darn good ROI.  Almost 3X for the speech, and 722X for the Clinton Fund.  Miracle winning bets on Cattle Futures back in the 1980s were chump change in comparison.

Anonymous_Bene… Mon, 10/23/2017 - 19:58 Permalink

Hey Johnny...can't help but wonder if you've been fucking and eating any pizza and perhaps hotdogs lately?Waiting for the inevitable moment where Mueller comes out like Mnuchin from Fort Knox to proclaim "We've done a thorough investigation and all's well here sheep, err, folks, now move along." 

squid Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:22 Permalink

Tony, Barry and The Rodent......NEVER play checkers with a Russian because he's playing chess, a game YOU lot don't even know the rules to. I'll bet Putin set this up on purpose which is why he's sitting quietly now sipping his tea and enjoying his popcorn as this shit-show gets going. Podesta and The Rodent, YOU WERE SETUP!!!......Idiots. I'm more interested in how this affects Barry. This is very fun to watch. Cheers,squid

Farqued Up Mon, 10/23/2017 - 21:26 Permalink

You people that think this is the same ole same ole need to read the latest Fulford and Wilcock stuff. Assange and others are coming for a gigantic drop, this is the Trump wait and see moment he announced last week.

The Cabal are shaking like a dog shitting a peach seed. The Las Vegas massacre will be laid open, the people I’m reading say that the global reset is already underway. TSHTF will begin splattering any day now. Watch for the Mueller-Comey come to Jesus metamorphosis.

I hope that Orville has a bumper crop of popcorn in the silos.

shutterbug Tue, 10/24/2017 - 08:47 Permalink

Step 1. Always lead the investigation into your own interest network.Step 2. Gather all evidence and destroy it a.s.a.p.Step 3. Rob all witnesses or let them have some "fitness accident"Step 4. communicate again and again that the investigation has been done, not by weasels.Step 5. Conclude that no laws were intentionally brokenStep 5. Continue with Step 1 if needed.

udawn Tue, 10/24/2017 - 08:49 Permalink

This is a grand plan to orchestrate IMMUNITY for both Podesta brothers for this whole uranium mess and to set up a firewall to all the pedo stuff. Mueller needs to be yanked off this thing YESTERDAY. His professional space needs to be locked down YESTERDAY. Trump did it with Comey. One can only hope he's got a plan for this - what will end up being the biggest malignant corruption scandal in American history. NO IMMUNITY!