Mueller Probe Targets Democrat Lobbying Firm Podesta Group

Authored by ZeroPointNow, originally published on iBankCoin

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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For more, see "FBI Probes Firm Belonging To Brother Of Clinton Campaign Chair For Ukraine Corruption Ties"

Comments

SWRichmond Mon, 10/23/2017 - 07:38 Permalink

Ah, the leak intended to deflect Uranium One revelations regarding Mueller.P.S. fuck you, Mueller, you corrupt piece of shit.  Take Rosenstein and McCabe with you.

Manthong Manthong Mon, 10/23/2017 - 23:41 Permalink

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  Y’a know it’s a goddam shame…… ..just go shove a couple  of uranium rods up my rear… tie them tight ….. …as they start to fizzle, I will get that nice warm feeling.

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janus nightwish Mon, 10/23/2017 - 09:42 Permalink

the dark side has exhausted all their expendable pawns, now they're sacrificing knights.  podesta won't talk (note that hastert didn't/hasn't talked); but his network will be dismantled -- a clear and decisive victory.  they'll be left without any political muscle after this.  they're now boxed into a corner and can only play to keep the game going.  i think Trump set-up Mueller from the beginning.  He'll be forced to make certain recommendations to AG Sessions and then will have to recuse himself from U-1 affiliated matters, opening the door to a ferocious investigator. Trump comes away from this toppling some top dems, sundry deep-staters and a host of RINOs. 

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Endgame Napoleon JimmyJones Mon, 10/23/2017 - 08:32 Permalink

......served and reported on here, but not on the MSM except in grudging snippets in between sex-scandal gossip on Sunday, when kids are home from school. Ahhh, these parents are so concerned with children—not. They are concerned with tax and welfare handouts for children. If they were concerned with their children, this foreign-lobbyist-owned government would concern them much much more.

So, it is legal to be paid by foreign business interests for serving the interests of a foreign government, using your high-up contacts in government to do it. As long as you disclose it, it falls into the legal category, regardless of the impact this shadow foreign policy has on the country.

Trump should make it — henceforth — illegal with an executive order that bans lobbying for Swampians, their family and their staff for 10 or even 15 years after they serve in government. Decisions in any area of government should not be based on what is good for the careers or the bank accounts of the Swampian Elite. If the Swampians fight Trunp’s effort to ban lobbying, it will be hard for them to spin their bad, crony intentions.

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The Wizard JimmyJones Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:17 Permalink

So the man that stopped the investigation into uranium one is now in charge of investigating the people that were behind the deal ,wonderful.  I'm sure Justice will be servedYep, fox watching the hen house. The problem the Deep State is facing is there are few places left to hide.Further proof of Manafort being a mole in the Trump campaignI wonder how much of the evidence is being provided from Putin's Russia?

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SDShack SafelyGraze Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:26 Permalink

"Free John Corzine!" "Free Harvey Weinstein!" "Free Hilary Clinton!" "Free Bill Clinton!" "Free Debbie Wasserman-Schultz!" "Free Eric Holder!" "Free Loretta Lynch!" "Free James Comey!" "Free Samantha Power!" "Free Susan Rice!" "Free James Clapper!" "Free John Brennan!" "Free Tony Podesta!" "FREE...ah shit... FILL IN THE BLANK!"

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Paul Kersey lester1 Mon, 10/23/2017 - 08:00 Permalink

In a corrupt system, government prosecutors are bought and sold by those who have the money to do so. A few cases in point with Democrat Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance (whose dad once served as U.S. Secretary of State):

"The principal of a law firm involved in fending off a criminal investigation into a Trump Organization project gave $10,000 to Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance amid the probe, according to campaign finance records reviewed by International Business Times. The money from Elkan Abramowitz, which had not previously been reported, was in addition to a separate campaign donation to Vance from Trump attorney Mark Kasowitz. After the money flowed to Vance, the Democratic DA overruled his prosecutors and declined to file charges against Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Jr. and others involved in the controversial Trump SoHo project.

It happened in 2013, when Vance—up for reelection—overruled his own prosecutors on the Major Economic Crimes Bureau and dropped a criminal probe of Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., even as his office seemed to have them dead to rights for misleading potential buyers of Trump SoHo condos. That project verged on collapse when units hit the market just after the economy fell off of a cliff in 2008. The DA’s office had emails, one person who’d seen them told the magazine, with the Trump kids desperate to salvage the project discussing how to coordinate their fraudulent statements to potential buyers—and Junior even assuring a broker, who was in on the reported hustle, that no one outside of the email chain and the Trump Organization would ever know about it.

The disclosures are the fourth in a week showing that Vance received campaign donations from law firms whose clients had potential cases before his office. IBT previously reported that Vance declined to prosecute Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and received $182,000 from partners at the law firm of Weinstein’s long-time attorney. IBT also reported that Vance received more than $42,000 from lawyers at a criminal defense firm whose clients received plea deals from Vance’s office that let them avoid prison, including another high profile sexual assault case."

Vance if presently up for reelection. He'll certainly have enough money to win.

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FoggyWorld Paul Kersey Mon, 10/23/2017 - 08:10 Permalink

Same Cyrus Vance, Jr., was approached by a Jeffrey Epstein lawyer to get Epstein's ranking on the New York State Sexual Predator's list lowered from the worst to the least.  Vance assigned a prosecutor from that office to go before a Judge to make the case.Fortunately, the Judge was a strong one and rejected completely the idea of even thinking of a reduction in the Jeffrey Epstein ranking.Cyrus Vance covers the District of Manhattan.   Epstein had a dozen or more high profile lawyers thoughout his many pronged legal situation. 

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