Tony Podesta Offered Immunity To Testify Against Paul Manafort: Report

Tony Podesta, the brother of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, has reportedly been offered immunity by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, according to Fox's Tucker Carlson. 

Manafort and Podesta both made millions together as unregistered agents on a pro-Russia project in Ukraine. While Podesta had the uncanny foresight to retroactively file as a foreign agent last April, Manafort did not, and is currently on trial for his failure to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) - created decades ago to curb Nazi propaganda in the US, as part of a 12-count indictment handed down last October.

"In other words, for a near identical crime, Bill and Hillary's friend could escape and emerge completely unscathed while Paul Manafort may rot in jail. Only one of them made the mistake of chairing Donald Trump's presidential campaign," said Carlson.

One week after Mueller announced he was targeting Manafort and an unnamed "Company B" in October, Podesta resigned from his position as chairman of the Podesta Group, which he co-founded with his brother Tony in 1988.

Manafort and Podesta worked with the Pro-Russia European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU)a Brussels based think tank tied to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych which was pushing for Ukraine’s entry into the European Union. While Manafort oversaw the ECMU project during which the Podesta Group made some $1.2 million, Manafort's firm also earned $17 million between 2012 – 2014 consulting for Yanukovych’s centrist, pro-Russia ‘Party of Regions.’ Yanukovych fled from Ukraine to Russia after he was unseated in a 2014 coup.

The Podesta Group received more than $1.2 million from the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine for its work from 2012 to 2014, according to the new disclosures. The Podesta Group’s work included meetings with State Department officials Tom Nides and Jake Sullivan and staffers of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), as well as contacting congressional staff, reporters and think tank researchers. -Politico

As Mueller began to close in on Paul Manafort, Podesta Group clients became spooked.

Before dawn on Monday Oct. 23, 2017, NBC News reported that Mr. Mueller was preparing to indict Mr. Manafort and implicate Mr. Podesta regarding the Ukraine work. The phones started ringing: Clients wanted to know what was going on. The firm’s bank wanted to discuss its account.

The following night, Mr. Podesta threw himself a birthday party, serving hundreds of guests pizza from a brick-oven stove in his backyard in Kalorama. -WSJ

Podesta's problems began long before Mueller's probe grazed his orbit. During the summer of 2016, SunTrust bank severed ties with the Podesta Group over their work for a U.S. subsidiary of a sanctioned Russian bank - presumably Russia’s Kremlin-owned Sberbank - which paid the Podesta group $170,000 over a 6 month period through September 2016 to lobby against  economic sanctions handed down by the Obama administration over the 2014 annexation of Crimea

SunTrust Banks Inc. sought to sever ties with the firm over the sanctioned Russian bank. The Podesta Group’s chief executive sent an exasperated email to a colleague. “Tony thinks these types of clients have no repercussions on the firm,” she said, but “this should really provide evidence that we have to take the clients we bring on seriously.”

Following Mrs. Clinton’s defeat that November, the Podesta Group cut bonuses and commissions. -WSJ

Fast forward to October, 2017 - just one day after US prosecutors announced the indictments of Manafort and Gates, "an official with the firm's new bank, Chain Bridge Bankdemanded $655,000 in cash or collateral within 24 hours - or it would cut the firm's credit line."

Mr. Trump, who occasionally pointed an unwelcome spotlight on the firm, tweeted that day: “The biggest story yesterday, the one that has the Dems in a dither, is Podesta running from his firm.” -WSJ

Finally, in April of this year, the Podesta Group shuttered its doors in what the Wall Street Journal described as a "calamitous collapse":

Then he fella calamitous collapse propelled by unexpected blows, delivered by fate and made worse by hubris. Financial problems, legal threats and the election of President Donald Trump took it all away—the clients, the firm and, finally, Mr. Podesta’s position as one of Washington’s most influential players. -WSJ

Last but not least; in October 2017 a "long time" former Podesta Group executive with "direct personal knowledge" of the operation divulged several other aspects of life inside Tony Podesta's lobbying machine to Tucker Carlson, after he says he was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller. Perhaps he felt his testimony would end up on the cutting room floor, which detailed potential money laundering through Tony's art collection, Clinton Foundation links to Uranium One, and claims that the Russians were trying to establish inroads to the Obama White House through the Podestas. 

Notably, 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.

Some of the ex-employee's allegations include: 

  • In 2013, John Podesta allegedly 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
  • 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).
  • In late 2013 or early 2014, Tony Podesta and a representative for the Clinton Foundation reportedly 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 was 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.

Uranium One

The Podesta group also earned $180,000 lobbying for Russian-owned mining company Uranium One (U1) during the same period that the Clinton Foundation was receiving millions from individuals connected to the U1 transaction.

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).

So while Paul Manafort sits in a jail cell for 23 hours per day during his trials (there are two), Tony Podesta has just been offered immunity to flip on him. How Swampy. 

Comments

wildbad Hillary Poppins Fri, 07/20/2018 - 07:43 Permalink

Great!  This is just one step in a very complicated plan by Trump, military intelligence and QAnon.

The takedown of the global elite which has done end arounds our republic for at least my entire lifetime and who operate with duplicity in the shadows is marching forward.  Believe it or not.  I have NEVER been more optimistic about ripping out the genuinely evil forces in our world by the hidden roots.

Trump is on the case, he has recruited Vlad to help him and WE THE PATRIOTS of the world are Winning BOGLY!

Thank god for my president Donald J. Trump

 

PS: Remember - immunity from Mueller's queries and prosecution does not equal immunity from Session or Huber ;-)

i personally want to see BOTH podestas in the general population of a federal pen

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HopefulCynical DocMims Fri, 07/20/2018 - 08:09 Permalink

QAnon is a LARP or a psyop. Mueller is doing two things: daring Trump to fire him (to give the shitlibs an issue to drive voter turnout) and/or completing the coverup of the Obongo/Cankles crime syndicate's misdeeds, in which Mueller himself is complicit up to his fucking eyeballs.

Trump is under siege until midterms. Get your asses out and vote straight-ticket GOP. If the Dems take the House they'll impeach him, and the Senate RINOs will vote with the Dems to remove him.

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Free This SamAdams Fri, 07/20/2018 - 09:00 Permalink

This Immunity thingy, seems to be epidemic!

Lock 'em all up, release all the information (declassify) and let the America people in on the dirt, then we can act accordingly.

There are no consequences for these people? Why? Are they royalty? Much blood was spilled to end this kind of stuff, do they want more to be spilled now?

I am speechless! Other than to say Military Tribunals are in order now!

Sic Semper Tyrannis

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BarkingCat wildbad Fri, 07/20/2018 - 13:23 Permalink

Mueller does not have the authority to grant immunity. 

As a matter of fact Mueller's appointment was unconstitutional. 

He is operating as if he was a federal prosecutor,  actually he his even exceeding those authorities. 

A federal prosecutor is considered a federal officer and according to the US Constitution must be selected by the president and confirmed by the senate.

Rosenstein had no authority to appoint Mueller and in doing so usurped both presidential and senatorial powers. Both Rosenstein and Mueller are lawyers and should damn well be aware of constitutional limitations.  They are both complicit in what amounts to at the very least illegal activity. Hell, Mueller should be charged with impersonating a federal officer.

 

Shut it down and charge them both.

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wildbad HopefulCynical Fri, 07/20/2018 - 09:22 Permalink

howdy, i disagree on the LARP but agree with your partial solution.

I think it just LOOKS like the president is under siege..i believe him to be in serious control over this and many other threads the most of which we are not even privy to.

Are you open to the possibility that Mueller is doing Trump's bidding?  Given the meeting he had at the white house the day prior to his being named special prosecutor this seems at least possible.  Same with Rod Rosenstein.  He sure smirks a lot for a turd hwo is about to face life long prison.  I believe they are prosecution lackeys now who have been forced to play their roles due to their OBVIOUS criminal involvement to deliver evidence on Killary and Hussein.  Their cover is public and deep.

Believe me I know this is a stretch...but its plausibility is only strengthened by my belief in Presiden Trump's masterful combination of military intelligence and complex deal making skills.

lemmehavit

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lew1024 wildbad Fri, 07/20/2018 - 11:00 Permalink

No chance Mueller is anything less than completely dirty, he covered up 9/11, was obviously part of that.

What could he do to trade against that guilt?

More likely, he is using the investigation to collect enough dirt on Trump's people to make himself immune, the standard ploy of high-level Mutual Gonad Clutchers everwhere.

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Colonel Jessup HopefulCynical Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:26 Permalink

I hate to agree, even partially, about QANON, because I wanted to believe in it. But he's gone dark, and I don't see anything happening in regards to getting rid of all this filth like Brennan, Comey, Lynch, Mueller, and the rest of the clowns. Strozk and some of the others have a very interesting past, some of which is coming out now. With this being true, the rabbit hole is deeper than most of us here - forget the average American - can fathom.

I want to see these criminals punished - and I am tired of waiting.  

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crazzziecanuck MANvsMACHINE Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:22 Permalink

Then there would be calls for impeachment as Trump would clearly be obstructing justice; so much so it would be hard for "moderate" Republicans to avoid the calls to join in.

Nixon wasn't stupid, so let's see if Trump actually is.  It doesn't really matter what Trump does.  He will get pilloried for this bulls*it anyways so that the MSM doesn't discuss actual real problems we face.

This is all just Democratic Payback for the Clinton witch hunts during Bill's time.  Then, as now, best to distract the public with bullsh*t than actually shed light on actual brazen corruption...

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two hoots The Alarmist Fri, 07/20/2018 - 08:06 Permalink

The timing surely smells.  Hard to imagine they would need Podesta after the all other efforts, raids, arrest they have spent on Manafort?   Surely they have enough to charge/punish him, if not.....?    If Podesta is offered immunity they suspect/know he too is guilty of something?  Why give Podesta a free pass......justice for all???????

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halcyon 1982xls Fri, 07/20/2018 - 07:52 Permalink

The US has been a banana republic since at least '65.

"[...] Show the world that America is not a banana republic, where a government can be changed by conspiracy.”

- John McCloy (Warren Comissioner, Ex-World Bank president) on covering up the assassination plot of JFK

 

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justyouwait 1982xls Fri, 07/20/2018 - 08:09 Permalink

If anyone doesn't believe that the Deep State is in total control of this country then they have their heads in the sand.The corruption knows no bounds and is total. They are so brazen they now commit their acts of treason in the open as they know there will be no penalty. At least we are a so called First World banana republic!

Here we are into day 5 of the overdue deadline set by Congress to impeach Rosenstein. Just like all of their other deadlines this one too appears to have been nothing more than hot air. Can you imagine any of these losers as president? Lots of bluster but no substance. They make Obama's red line in the sand look like some sort of border wall! These are the kind of guys that the Deep State wants for a president. Look good on TV, say lots, do nothing. Their kind of guys.

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