Saturday, 25 November, 2017

John Podesta: I Am Victim of 'Big Lie Campaign' by Trump

Image Viktor Yanukovych Amid swirl of controversy, Democratic power lobbyist Podesta steps down
Lillian Steele | 01 November, 2017, 00:55

Tony Podesta, a Democratic power lobbyist, announced to colleagues Monday that he is stepping down amid a series of indictments that cast a shadow on work his firm had done with Paul Manafort that may have benefited a Ukrainian regime friendly to the Kremlin.

The president added, "He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled". We will update should he decide to grace us with a conclusion.

Formerly a chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, Podesta first pointed out how Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a hack of his emails.

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman John Podesta, has stepped down from his namesake lobbying group citing the current news environment, according to a source familiar with the situation.

What Trump seems to be doing in his tweets is trying to wrap Manafort, Tony Podesta and John Podesta into one big ball of corruption.

"Not bad enough that I was the victim of a massive cyber crime directed by the Russian President", Podesta tweeted.

Podesta is a steadfast Democrat, known for his campaigning and fundraising skills as well as his lobbying clout. However, Manafort and Gates both roundly acknowledged that they were in Yanukovych's employ, as did several Podesta employees.

The Party of the Regions is a pro-Kremlin political base for Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russian Federation three years ago.

The firm makes an appearance in the Manafort indictment as "Company B". But last week, the White House enjoyed a shift in focus, amid new revelations in the controversial Obama-era Uranium One deal and the payments behind the salacious anti-Trump dossier.

Dubbed on of DC's "50 heavy lifters" by the Financial Times and one of "Washington's biggest players" by The New York Times, Podesta turned his once-modest lobbying firm into a DC heavy hitter.

Both Manafort's firm and the Podesta Group filed FARA registrations for the ECMU work only after the payments were reported by the media past year.

On October 23, reports came out that Mueller included the Podesta Group after Mueller investigated Manafort's finances. The firm brought in an estimated $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, down from $6.1 million in the third quarter of 2016. "Podesta may pursue legal action, including for damages, in order to fully protect his rights, '" Carlson said on his Monday show.

"Apparently that lawyer hasn't read the Manafort indictment yet", Carlson said. The Podesta Group joined Manafort's efforts in Ukraine, but maintains it believed the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine wasn't tied to a political party.

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