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Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe

By Sniper following x   2017 Oct 30, 10:36am 362 views   16 comments   watch   quote     share  


I wonder why????

Democratic power lobbyist Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group, is stepping down from the firm that bears his name after coming under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Podesta announced his decision during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure.

Podesta’s decision to leave the firm came on the same day that former Donald Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted on multiple charges, including money laundering, operating as federal agents of the Ukrainian government, failing to disclose overseas bank accounts and making false statements to federal authorities.

The investigation into Podesta and his firm grew out of investigators’ examination of Manafort’s finances. Manafort organized a PR campaign on behalf of a nonprofit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine. Podesta Group was one of several firms that were paid to do work on the PR campaign to promote Ukraine in the U.S.



https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/30/tony-podesta-stepping-down-from-lobbying-giant-amid-mueller-probe-244314
1 Sniper   ignore (7)   2017 Oct 30, 10:39am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

And then there was this... Guilty by Association???

Hillary Clinton Hung Out With Sidney Blumenthal And Tony Podesta This Weekend.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was spotted Sunday hobnobbing with a person who is currently at the focus of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference into the U.S. presidential election.

Clinton hung out with Sidney Blumenthal and political consultant Tony Podesta this weekend at the former Democratic presidential candidate birthday bash. Podesta’s appearance at the party is awkward, considering he has become a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian influence in the election.

Podesta is the brother of John Podesta, another person in Clinton’s inner circle, and the co-founder of the Podesta Group, a consulting firm that worked alongside Paul Manafort’s effort to lobby U.S. Congress’s support for Ukraine’s inclusion in the EU. Manafort was indicted Monday on tax evasion and conspiracy charges stemming from his lobbying efforts in 2012.

Mueller’s investigation into Podesta began as a fact-finding mission about Manafort’s role in the campaign but quickly morphed into a criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, known as FARA, according to an NBC report earlier this month.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/30/hillary-clinton-hung-out-with-sidney-blumenthal-and-tony-podesta-this-weekend/
2 lostand confused   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 30, 10:43am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Well, well, well. Throw them all-whoeevr is guilty-wether that is Trump or Clinton-all of them and then start with internal lobbying money.
3 joeyjojojunior   ignore (1)   2017 Oct 30, 10:43am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Then pass campaign finance reform
4 lostand confused   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 30, 11:32am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

joeyjojojunior says
Then pass campaign finance reform

Instead make every bill they sign with a disclaimer saying they are not peddling influence based on current and future expectations and agree tot he death penalty for 1 million or over.
5 Sniper   ignore (7)   2017 Oct 30, 1:27pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

lostand confused says
with internal lobbying money.


It should be interesting to see where Podesta's lobbying money flows to and from.
6 Sniper   ignore (7)   2017 Oct 30, 5:15pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Podesta Group Admits Undisclosed Foreign Government Advocacy

Prominent Dem lobbying firm amends disclosure statements after Free Beacon report

A high-powered Democratic lobbying firm has admitted to the Department of Justice that it failed to file legally required disclosures of White House advocacy on behalf of a foreign government, new federal filings show.

The Podesta Group this month amended two biannual lobbying disclosure forms from 2014 and 2015 to note meetings and email communications between Tony Podesta, the firm's principal, and John Podesta, Tony's brother and a former Obama White House official who chaired Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

On August 4, 2014, the Podesta brothers met with the Indian ambassador to the United States in the White House, visitor logs show. At the time, John was a senior counselor to the president. His "portfolio" of work there included issues pertaining to India.

A few months later, on Jan. 1, 2015, Tony emailed John inviting him to an event featuring the Indian ambassador, according to emails posted by WikiLeaks after hackers believed to be acting on behalf of the Russian government breached John's account.

The meeting and the emails should have been disclosed in the Podesta Group's original "supplemental" disclosure statements, Craig Engle, a partner at the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Arent Fox, told the Free Beacon at the time. But the firm's supplemental statements did not mention either.

In the other two emails, Tony solicited John's input on whom he should contact at the White House to press the Indian government's interests after John's departure in early 2015.

Additional emails show that Tony Podesta served as an intermediary between his brother and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the Indian ambassador who joined them at the April 2014 White House meeting.

"Tony, Believe John tried to call just now. Was with my doctor and couldn't take it. Could you please ask him to do so again," Jaishankar wrote in a January 2015 email, while John Podesta was still serving in the White House.

http://freebeacon.com/politics/podesta-group-admits-undisclosed-foreign-government-advocacy/
8 Sniper   ignore (7)   2017 Oct 31, 7:48am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Tony Podesta Threatens Tucker Carlson After Bombshell Report On Russian Influence Peddling.

Tony Podesta sent a Cease and Decist letter to “Tucker Carlson Tonight” hours after resigning from his role at the Podesta Group – a D.C. lobbying firm accused by a former executive of pedaling Russian influence along with fellow lobbyist and short-lived Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Of note, Monday's indictment lists "Company A" and "Company B" as firms involved in the investigation - which NBC reports are the Podesta Group and DC public relations firm Mercury Public Affairs.

Last week Carlson reported that Tony Podesta is a central figure in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Directly after his report, Carlson’s show was contacted by a former long-time executive of the Podesta Group with “direct personal knowledge” of Tony Podesta’s questionable activities, which Carlson divulged the next evening.

While the nature of Podesta’s threat has not been made public, Carlson later tweeted “We’re confident the Mueller probe will reveal a lot more about Tony Podesta’s lobbying practices in the near future.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-31/tony-podesta-threatens-tucker-carlson-after-bombshell-report-russian-influence-peddl
9 Sniper   ignore (7)   2017 Oct 31, 12:09pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

I wonder why he would be doing this if he's completely not guilty of anything???

Podesta Group Considering Dropping 'Podesta' From Its Name To Keep Clients.

The "Podesta Group," a huge lobbying outfit in Washington D.C., says they're considering changing their name, after the group and their founder, Tony Podesta, were referenced in Monday's indictments.

Podesta, a prominent lobbyist — and brother of Clinton presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta — wasn't mentioned by name in documents charging former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort with failing to report millions in assets from foreign governments, but the Podesta Group was one of the lobbying firms that helped Manafort lobby Congress on behalf of a pro-Putin Ukranian leader.

As a result, The New York Times reports, the Group has been hemorrhaging clients — an exodus that began in August, when Mueller issued subpoenas to Podesta's firm, and only intensified yesterday as Tony Podesta resigned his position as the group's chief lobbyist.

Senior officials with the group also told clients, reportedly, that the group is considering a complete marketing overhaul, changing branding, signage, and commercial materials to distance themselves from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

http://www.dailywire.com/news/22980/podesta-group-considering-dropping-podesta-its-emily-zanotti


Do companies who AREN'T guilty of anything go through all these changes?
10 Sniper   ignore (7)   2017 Nov 10, 6:52am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

The Rats leaving the ship:

Podesta Group CEO quits to start her own firm.

Kimberley Fritts, the longtime chief executive of the Podesta Group, is leaving the firm to start her own lobbying shop, according to three Podesta Group staffers.

Tony Podesta, the firm's founder, tapped Fritts as his successor when he announced he'd step down as chairman last week, hours after an indictment was unsealed, charging Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, with violating foreign lobbying law.

Fritts had been expected to relaunch the Podesta Group under a new name in the days after Podesta stepped down. But after more than a week of working to hammer out the details of what the new firm would look like, Fritts announced at a staff meeting late this afternoon, that she would resign and start a new firm, exacerbating questions about the future of the Podesta Group and its dozens of employees.

and in other news:

Paul Brathwaite, a Podesta Group principal, said last week that he was leaving to start his own shop, Federal Street Strategies.

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/09/podesta-group-ceo-quits-kimberley-fritts-244766


Yep, nothing to see here........
11 anon_40d46   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 10, 7:22am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote        

Did podesta bang piggy's sister or something? Wow, piggy is having a shit fit about the firm hired to work for manafort, but not bothered by manafort himself. Not a single post about manafort at all. Talk about triggered.
12 Goran_K   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 10, 7:24am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

anon_40d46 says
Did podesta bang piggy's sister or something? Wow, piggy is having a shit fit about the firm hired to work for manafort, but not bothered by manafort himself. Not a single post about manafort at all. Talk about triggered.


Cut it out with the personal attacks.
13 lostand confused   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 10, 12:42pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

I am still surprised Trump let this farce go along so far. Clinton paid the Russians through an intermediary. The DNC colluded with the Russians-why are they still investigating Trump-this is ridiculous.
14 TwoScoopsMcGee   ignore (1)   2017 Nov 10, 2:26pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Mueller may very well have some surprises for everybody.

Watch Mueller get demonized if even one Blue Loyalist gets charged.
15 HEY YOU   ignore (7)   2017 Nov 10, 3:09pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

lostand confused says
Well, well, well. Throw them all-whoeevr is guilty-wether that is Trump or Clinton-all of them and then start with internal lobbying money.


Please stop making sense.
16 anon_40d46   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 10, 7:23pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote        

Goran_K says
anon_40d46 says
Did podesta bang piggy's sister or something? Wow, piggy is having a shit fit about the firm hired to work for manafort, but not bothered by manafort himself. Not a single post about manafort at all. Talk about triggered.


Cut it out with the personal attacks.


It's a legitimate question and a hell of a lot more polite than 90% of cic/ironman/sniper/piggy posts.

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