Former Podesta Group Executive Says Firm Peddled Russian Oligarchs All Over DC With Paul Manafort [VIDEO]

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Tucker Carlson gave an explosive monologue last night after a former executive of the Podesta Group contacted the Fox host with "direct personal knowledge" of a report that former FBI director Robert Mueller's Special Counsel is investigating the Washington Lobbying firm founded by John and Tony Podesta.

The former executive who has been "extensively" interviewed by Mueller's team, said the FBI probe is now focusing on people in Washington who have worked as de-facto operatives on behalf of Russian government and business. To that end, Carlson's source made several shocking claims about Paul Manafort and the Podesta Group peddling Russian influence throughout Washington D.C. - focusing primarily on access to the Obama administration, and heavily involved with the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal.

"They are more focused on facilitators of Russian influence in this country than they are on election collusion," Carlson's source told Fox.

To be clear, a former long-time executive of the Podesta Group has told Robert Mueller's team the following (and more):

Details: 

  • Lobbyist and temporary Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is at the center of the Russia probe - however the scope of the investigation has broadened to include his activities prior to the 2016 election.
  • Manafort worked with the Podesta Group since at least 2011 on behalf of Russian interests, and was at the Podesta Group offices "all the time, at least once a month," peddling Russian influence through a shell group called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU).
  • Manafort brought a "parade" of Russian oligarchs to congress for meetings with members and their staffs, however, the Russia's "central effort" was the Obama Administration.
  • In 2013, John Podesta recommended that Tony hire David Adams, Hillary Clinton's chief adviser at the State Department, giving them a "direct liaison" between the group's Russian clients and Hillary Clinton's State Department.
  • In late 2013 or early 2014, Tony Podesta and a representative for the Clinton Foundation met to discuss how to help Uranium One - the Russian owned company that controls 20 percent of American Uranium Production - and whose board members gave over $100 million to the Clinton Foundation.
  • "Tony Podesta was basically part of the Clinton Foundation."
  • Believing she would win the 2016 election, Russia considered the Podesta Group's connection to Hillary highly valuable.
  • Podesta Group is a nebulous organization with no board oversight and all financial decisions made by Tony Podesta. Carlson's source said payments and kickbacks could be hard for investigators to trace, describing it as a "highly secret treasure trove." One employee's only official job was to manage Tony Podesta's art collection, which could be used to conceal financial transactions.

See the entire monologue below: 

While many aspects of Manafort's Russian ties are still unclear, one has to wonder how he became Donald Trump's campaign manager, and why he was suddenly fired from the position after less than three months on the job - two months before the election. Was Manafort pitched to Trump to leverage his vast DC connections, only to be fired after the scope of his involvement with Russia was revealed? Or was Manafort ejected when the left began the Russian witch hunt?

As iBankCoin previously reported, the Podesta Group was subpoenaed in late August along with four 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. 

White House Access

Visitor logs reveal that Tony Podesta visited the White House at least 114 times during the Obama administration, 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.

Uranium One and Joule Unlimited

The Podesta group earned $180,000 (add up the years from 2011-2015)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.

So - after Russia took control of the Uranium, 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).

And now, a former Podesta Group executive tells the world that the real Russian collusion story starts with Paul Manafort and the Podesta Group and ends with Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration. 

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Comments

CuttingEdge DeadFred Wed, 10/25/2017 - 08:18 Permalink

This story should be front and centre.A senior Podesta insider singing to a Fox like a canary about the CF-State Dept-PodestaBros-Russia links?Doesn't happen every day.And just how the fuck can this cunt Mueller carry on? Complicit in the original cover up from Congress, and also probably the gagging of the informant. Conflict of interest is off the fucking scale - in a just world he would already be in Leavenworth breaking rocks.A big oops you now having the credibility of a stinking turd, eh Mr Mueller?You better quit while you're behind, methinks. It's all downhill from hereon in.

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NoPension Wed, 10/25/2017 - 06:42 Permalink

I have to say....the spin CNN put on this, this morning...with David Gregory and Chris Cizzilla was ...artful? I threw up in my mouth a little bit, watching it. And I only tuned in to see how they would spin this.

" it's a shiny ball, proffered by the right, to take the eye off Trump's collusion "

They ( the MSM )...are so invested in the Trump/Russia fiasco...they have found themselves out on a limb, or painted into a corner now. They can't even walk this back, to save face. When this blows up..and I sense it will....they will be exposed for the dimwits they are.

Winning.

nmewn Wed, 10/25/2017 - 06:59 Permalink

"While many aspects of Manafort's Russian ties are still unclear, one has to wonder how he became Donald Trump's campaign manager, and why he was suddenly fired from >>>the position<<< after five months on the job - two months before the election." With all due respect and in the interests of accuracy, June to August is not "five months" as campaign manager and officially he resigned with the ascendancy of the Steve Bannon.Bannon is (as everyone knows) decidedly less globalist in his thinking and no doubt Hillary would agree "domestically deplorable" ;-)

nmewn ZeroPointNow Wed, 10/25/2017 - 08:07 Permalink

No dis intended, it's just that I've noticed the five month reference in the Alinsky press before and the intent (to me) is to make it seem to the public that Manafort was a "long time" campaign manager, when he was not. Transitional would be more correct. We have remember, Trump was/is a political novice, he would have never thought his political enemies would be sending in worms, moles and in essence suicide bombers...lol...into his midst ;-)

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jmack Wed, 10/25/2017 - 07:59 Permalink

you know zeropointnow,  there are very few dots that need to be connected to realize that  Manafort/Trump early campaign was a Podesta false flag for Hillary and then  Trump got the Kid Rock effect and figured he could really win, fired Manafort and took the prize.  Then Podesta Group, knowing Manaforts weakness, cobbled together the Russian narrative, cocky in their total control of the news media, and tried to hurt Trump.      very few dots.

williambanzai7 Wed, 10/25/2017 - 08:27 Permalink

One can only conclude that the Russian witch hunt was instigated by a bunch of fucking retards.

But I’m not complaining, this would all make a great Harvey Weinstein production...wait a minute?

Miss Expectations Wed, 10/25/2017 - 08:42 Permalink

All this Russia/Uranium talk got me thinking about Ethel Rosenberg. She went to the electric chair for "Conspiracy to Commit Espionage" which sounds rather minor compared to Hillary et al...

wafm Wed, 10/25/2017 - 08:45 Permalink

Is it any surprise now that this gang of lowlifes sought to conceal their own misdeeds by creating a huge smokescreen with the Trump admnistration accused of all evils... Unbelievable stuff

JBO Wed, 10/25/2017 - 09:16 Permalink

Great write up.I'm skeptical that Manafort was a plant on the Trump campaign as his work really helped focus the effort and produce a solid set of wins around the time of the New York primary. 

francis_the_wo… JBO Wed, 10/25/2017 - 09:47 Permalink

It is a good write-up, but I think that no telling of the Russian conspiracy story is complete without a mention of the Russian Reset.  Since this is NEVER mentioned anywhere anymore, please recall that Obama was so big on this that he put Hillary in charge of getting US tech giants to invest in the Russian Silicon Valley.  This includes quite a few of the largest tech companies, all of whom were donators to the Clinton Foundation.  Don't have time this morning to provide links, but this isn't ancient history and the internet (usually) doesn't forget......

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1stThingsFirst Wed, 10/25/2017 - 09:43 Permalink

So what should we really expect to come of all this?? Is Hillary going down for all of this? Is Podesta?? What about Meuller? Badback Insane Obbaddreamm??  Is NEbody EVER going to be held to account for NE of it??! (Besides Mannafort -- MAYBE??)  Call me cynical but my money's on: ABSOLUTELY NOT!This is, without a doubt, the Single Most Treasonous Act in the history of this Country!  Yet who is going to be held responsible?? Who's going to prison for it?? Who's going to hang by the neck until dead, for this vile treasonous corruption??  The answer is NOT A SINGLE SOUL will EVER be held to account! And how tragic & sad that is!I sincerely, fervently, hope I'm Wrong!!!  But the Whole Cabal & Narrative is Enough to make me wanna PUKE!

VideoEng_NC Wed, 10/25/2017 - 09:46 Permalink

Trump sided up with the military from the get-go, it'd be interesting to know their roll in all of this skullduggery.  It's no secret they weren't fond of the previous admin & Trump sure seems bent on getting the military budget back up to past levels.  Am actually optimistic at this point action will be taken, can't see how Mueller can remain as his conflict of interest becomes openly crystal clear.

BetterRalph Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:05 Permalink

https://trello-attachments.s3.amazonaws.com/587f6d94c589b77f46a80c51/59…
Robert Mueller Invested In Hedge Funds Linked to Russia and George Soros

Maybe Cynthia McKinney will defend the United States against teh Russians? (hint Uh, No)
https://trello.com/b/n1szLHB4/cynthia-mckinney-funded-by-muslim-brother…

Grandpa how much longer until we get to Planet Truth? (O Fudge I hope soon!)
https://trello.com/b/UxfELJBX/washington-post-bezocia-influence-and-the…

I never know what to say about Podesta
there could be IRONY (get it?) if
Podesta was locked in the "broom closet" awaiting interrogation.
when you've got IRONY, there's nowhere to fly
you could just
bounce off the walls and stick a broom up your ass
except for ONE PROBLEM
wait for it, here's the IRONY
You've bounced off the walls and part of broken broom is still up your ass

Did you hear what I heard?
Hillary is out of the woods but getting into IRONY too.
you know what else I heard?
The IRONY might restrict Hillary's movement forever after "what happened."

but even YOU will know the secret, and that's the IRONY

The Secret is the Criminal Activity She Can't tell you She did. that's the Secret, and that's the IRONY of the IRONY too. And not too soon I hope for even MOAR IRONY and Secrets about "what happened."

IRONY is what happened
I guess I got ahead of myself there.

GunnyG Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:17 Permalink

When this scandal finally busts wide open this shit is gonna hit the fan and heads are gonna roll! I propose a nationwide lottery to see who gets to spring the trap on each one of these vermin! We could raise trillions to pay off the debt! 

redmudhooch Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:23 Permalink

Trump is no different, Bush and Neocon PNAC is still full steam ahead. Expanding the war to Africa for Israels benefit now.... Wake up.......
Make Africa Great Again.....for Israel.....

PNAC: Project for a Nuclear Apocalyptic Century on 9/11
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6_c8s4BcOE

Gen. Wesley Clark Reveals US Plan To Invade Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz5fZziMWEE

Israel's role in South Sudan under scrutiny amid violence
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/09/10/israel-role-in-south-sudan-unde…
Escalating violence in South Sudan is casting a light on Israel's murky involvement in that conflict and raising questions about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new strategy of strengthening ties with African countries.
Netanyahu has been forging alliances across Africa in an effort he says will help blunt Palestinian diplomatic initiatives against Israel at the United Nations.
But critics says these new ties — illustrated by Netanyahu's high-profile visit to several African countries in July — have come without regard for the human rights records of those allies.
Such concerns have been magnified by Israel's close ties to South Sudan, whose government has used Israeli arms and surveillance equipment to crack down on its opponents. Critics say Israel's global arms export policies lack transparency and proper oversight, and ignore the receiving country's intended use.

What are Israel's goals in West Africa?
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/07/israel-goals-west-afr…
Israel has seized on the appearance of "jihadi groups" in West Africa over the past few years as a golden opportunity.
The threat has provided a convenient opening to brand Palestinian resistance movements as "terrorists", and to paint them in a similar light to violent West African movements.
In doing so, Tel Aviv has taken advantage of the fact that Africa's political elite, swayed by Western media advancing an Israeli agenda, may not possess a deep knowledge of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Israeli influence in this region may allow Israel to expand its African footprint to other countries, such as Mali, Niger and Guinea. Israeli penetration of the region will not come without challenges: West African regimes may worry that a close relationship with Israel could make them a target for armed Islamist groups.

Ahmadinejad visits uranium-rich Niger
Selling mineral to Iran would be illegal, says West African nation's foreign minister
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ahmadinejad-visits-uranium-rich-niger/
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited the uranium-rich West African nation of Niger on Tuesday, although officials discounted that the mineral was the reason for his visit. Niger obeys international regulations on selling uranium, said Bazoum, who added that it would not be legal to provide uranium to Iran.

DelusionalGrandeur Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:35 Permalink

I'd much rather them investigate these wretched excuses for humans over their ties to to the disappearance of Maddy Clifton and a subsequent video that surfaced which possibly verifies John podesta abusing a very young boy in a shower forced under scalding hot water...... Search "the de-occulting of John podesta's hands." It's rather damning in my shitty opinion.

otschelnik Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:40 Permalink

Russians are very adept at figuring out whom you have to pay to get what you want.  This is their modus operandi in any country they operate in.  Under the Obama administration, they hit the jackpot! 

redmudhooch Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:28 Permalink

Its all a show folks, I voted for Trump, but I'm man enough to admit we've been lied to.Trump is expanding the war to Africa. MAGA?Making Africa Great Again.....for Israel....with American blood and money.Meanwhile, Spotted Together At A Southampton Party...David Koch was at a party with George Soros? Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and Kellyanne Conway, too?http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-04/meanwhile-spotted-together-sou… Clinton & Ivanka Trump Are BFFs, No Matter Who Wins The 2016 Electionhttp://www.refinery29.com/2015/10/95542/chelsea-clinton-ivanka-trump-bf… Clinton and Ivanka Trump Are Bipartisan BFFs: Inside Their Unlikely Friendshiphttp://people.com/celebrity/chelsea-clinton-and-ivanka-trump-are-friend… BRIEF HISTORY OF DONALD TRUMP AND BILL CLINTON’S FRIENDSHIPhttp://www.newsweek.com/history-donald-trump-bill-clinton-friendship-46… has spent years courting Hillary and other Demshttp://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/donald-trump-donations-democrats-…, Clinton and the swimwear model: Never-before-seen photos show just how FRIENDLY Bill and Donald once were... before a presidential race got in the wayhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3783224/Donald-Trump-Bill-Clint…

gilhgvc Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:45 Permalink

the only REAL solution involves activities that would be considered distasteful in a true republic...but since we live in a third world oligarchy...I would volunteer for the tactical teams that are sent out

Avichi Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:49 Permalink

Wait wait.. Dont Go Away Next week we have Prime time Soap OPera of the following episodes 1. "Pass me a Pizza Sleeze" Episode 2: Will "Pizzagate Pedophile  Podesta" deliver? Starring: Podesta Brothers2. "Russian Dog ate my Laptop Homework"- Episode 3: Will Debbie Wazzermaan Kultz and Awan Brothers erase the  the DumbcRATS National Commitee hacking? Starring: Debbie Wazzerman Kultz and the Awan Brothers and current DNC Chairman.3. "Meet me at the Tarmac- We will exchange notes on our Granchildren" Episode-4: Starring Slick "Dick" Wiley and "Loretta" Lynching of American Justice