Something fascinating happened in the Podesta camp this morning. About the time Manafort was honoring the request to “turn himself in to Mueller” this morning, Tony Podesta – DEM power lobbyist – resigned from his position at the Podesta Group. Podesta’s brother, John Podesta, served as chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Manafort was charged with 12 counts including money laundering – about 75 million dollars – which he subsequently plead NOT GUILTY at the 1:30 pm EST meeting with the Judge.
Brietbart reported: “The charges were related to work they did for former pro-Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russian party “Party of Regions.” Manafort had organized a public relations campaign on behalf of a pro-Russian non-profit called European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), and the Podesta Group was one of several firms who worked on that campaign to promote Ukraine in the United States.
The Podesta Group belatedly filed paperwork with the Justice Department in April stating it had done work for the campaign, which benefited the Party of Regions. The Podesta Group said at the time it believed its client was a European think tank untethered to a political party, according to Politico.
Last week, NBC News reported that Podesta and the Podesta Group were subjects of Mueller’s investigation, which has “morphed into a criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act.”
The Podesta Group has also lobbied for Uranium One, the Canadian-based energy company that has come under scrutiny as well. In 2010, the Obama administration allowed Uranium One to be sold to Russian energy company Rosatom, giving the company control over one-fifth of American uranium-mining capacity to Russia, despite an ongoing FBI investigation into a Rosatom subsidiary involved in a racketeering scheme. The Podesta Group received $180,000 from Uranium One over several years between 2012 and 2015, according to records at opensecrets.org.”
The firm is losing clients since it’s involvement with the Mueller investigation and Podesta is citing the reason for stepping down is because he is starting a new firm.
Since “The two companies were aware that they were lobbying on behalf of the Ukrainian government and worked with Manafort to conceal their foreign lobbying activities from the public, according to the indictment. Manafort repeatedly communicated in person and in writing with Yanukovych, and Gates passed on directions to Company A and Company B,” the indictment states.” per The Daily Caller. And since Podesta stepped down…a wild guess would be The Podesta Group was one of those companies. Basically, Manafort was working with The Podesta Group. It would not be a big surprise since Manafort plead “Not Guilty” that he will be working with the investigation to fry the bigger fish in all of this.
Mike Cernovich had this to say about the situation:
Media tried to cover up for Tony Podesta, but with Manafort indictment, Podesta's turn is coming up. https://t.co/S5FQhkft6g
— Mike Cernovich ?? (@Cernovich) October 30, 2017
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