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FBI, DOJ launch Probe into Firm of Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta

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posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 12:33 PM
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The FBI and DOJ have launched a corruption probe into The Podesta Group,
the lobbying firm of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's long time campaign
Chairman. The investigation is aimed at ties to Russian influences.

This may break open the long and profitable ties the Clinton's
through the Clinton Foundation have had with Russia.


The FBI and Justice Department have launched an investigation into whether the Podesta Group, the lobbying and public relations firm co-founded by Hillary Clinton presidential campaign chairman John Podesta, has any connections to alleged corruption that occurred in the administration of former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

www.breitbart.com...




Now that the FBI is involved, Podesta Group has quickly lawyered up and as a statement by CEO Fritts reveals, the firm has hired an outside legal counsel in anticipatory defense for what may be a significant legal battle for the pro-democratic think tank:
www.zerohedge.com...


As first reported by CNN

The probe is also examining the work of other firms linked to the former Ukrainian government, including that of the Podesta Group, the lobbying and public relations company run by Tony Podesta, brother of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta www.cnn.com...





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posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 12:35 PM
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a reply to: burntheships

As we've recently seen with the FBI and their investigations, nothing will come from this. Two tier justice system and they is on top!


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posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 12:37 PM
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Another day another hillary scandal, The corruption would make an African dictator look like a saint.



posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 12:38 PM
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a reply to: burntheships

Say it ain't so. This morning Mook (Hillary's campaign manager) was on some news show, railing against Trump and his (and Manefort's) ties to Russia. He was chirping about Trump being Putin's puppet and how Hillary (and the Clinton Foundation) are squeaky clean from foreign influences.



posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 12:42 PM
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a reply to: Swills

Two tiered standards will be applied.
I think maybe they need a new logo that
reflects this corrupted process.

The scales should appear weighted,
I think that would be very apropos.



posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 12:45 PM
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originally posted by: UnBreakable
a reply to: burntheships

Say it ain't so. This morning Mook (Hillary's campaign manager) was on some news show, railing against Trump and his (and Manefort's) ties to Russia. He was chirping about Trump being Putin's puppet and how Hillary (and the Clinton Foundation) are squeaky clean from foreign influences.


Very funny...unfortunately for them a few alternate news sites
picked up on the news. Now we know why Clinton wants
sites like these beat "so their kind never rises again"




posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 12:46 PM
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No wonder the DNC/Hillary Campaign is blaming Russians for everything !!

Their weak attempts to deflect are exposed more than ever.




posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 12:57 PM
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originally posted by: xuenchen
No wonder the DNC/Hillary Campaign is blaming Russians for everything !!



A classic Russian type conspiracy trick! LOL!

The Podesta Group, 25 visits to The White House
which appear to be during Clinton's SofState.
www.usnews.com...

A long list of Podesta - Clinton ties...
www.opensecrets.org...

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posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 01:00 PM
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originally posted by: ColaTesla
Another day another hillary scandal, The corruption would make an African dictator look like a saint.


Actually it does make an African dictator like Mugabe look like a saint lol. That being the case, "soon you to be welcomed to the United States of (faux) Zimerica." A place where hyperinflation and ruling by the iron fist rivals Mugabe's failed Zimbabwe.

Cheers - Dave



posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 01:13 PM
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a reply to: burntheships

I wonder If hillary would stop blaming russia if they Started threatening war over her accusations?



posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 01:15 PM
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Makes me wonder if he will be the fall guy for all this....



posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 01:28 PM
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a reply to: burntheships

That isn't entirely accurate. The spin has conveniently deflected away from Manifort and Another key individual in the Trump campaign, Rick Gates.

Politico


Although the Podesta Group was founded by Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, he has not been involved with the lobbying firm that bears his name for years.

His brother, Tony Podesta, is currently chairman of the firm.

According to an Associated Press report, the controversy centers around Rick Gates, the Trump campaign’s liaison to the Republican National Committee and a Manafort ally who also did work for the pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

As part of his work for the Ukrainian political party, Gates connected the Podesta Group with the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, a non-profit whose board originally contained Ukrainian members of parliament from the pro-Russian party. Read more: www.politico.com...


John Podesta is not involved. The article continues:


“The firm has retained Caplin & Drysdale as independent, outside legal counsel to determine if we were misled by the Centre for a Modern Ukraine or any other individuals with regard to the Centre’s potential ties to foreign governments or political parties,” Fritts said in her statement. “We will take whatever measures are necessary to address this situation based on Caplin & Drysdale’s review, including possible legal action against the Centre.”


As much as you want it to be, it isn't a Clinton scandal. If anything it's a scandal involving former campaign manager for Trump, Paul Manafort, and a Trump campaign liaison to the RNC. But of course the right wing "news" sources will spin this away from their chosen one.

Sigh.



posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 01:39 PM
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a reply to: yuppa

Good question, or would will her war hawk handlers
embrace it as it could provide a "reason" for war...?



posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 01:42 PM
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originally posted by: AboveBoard

His brother, Tony Podesta, is currently chairman of the firm.


According to Wikipedia, they are both still there.
en.wikipedia.org...

According to Politico:

Politico reported last month that Podesta and two of the firm’s other lobbyists would be working to affect “the scope of U.S. sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict and whether relief is possible.”

In addition to the company’s Russian parent, the lobbying registration form lists three other directly-affiliated foreign entities: Cayman Islands-based Troika Dialog Group Limited, Cyprus-based SBGB Cyprus Limited, and Luxembourg-based SB International.

According to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a consortium of journalists exploring the Panama Papers leak, Sberbank and Troika Dialog have ties to companies used by members of Putin’s inner circle to funnel state resources into lucrative private investments


freebeacon.com...


Of course msm news is going to try and spin this on Trump.




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posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 02:04 PM
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Wiki? It does Not say he is still there. It merely references him as a co-founder.

John Podesta is not even listed on their employee bio page: Podesta Group

John Podesta was at the Posesta Group from 1988 to 1993. Here is his employment history:
Open secrets



posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 02:12 PM
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a reply to: AboveBoard

You seriously believe John Podesta isn't involved anymore ?




posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 02:22 PM
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originally posted by: AboveBoard

John Podesta is not even listed on their employee bio page: Podesta Group

John Podesta was at the Posesta Group from 1988 to 1993. Here is his employment history:
Open secrets



To prove John Podesta does not have ties to the Clintons,
it is impossible. You would have to prove he is not sitting
on the Board.

John Podesta is sitting on the Board of a Russian Energy Company....


Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta sat on the board of a small energy company alongside Russian officials that received $35 million from a Putin-connected Russian government fund, a relationship Podesta failed to fully disclose on his federal financial disclosures as required by law.


www.g-a-i.org...






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posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 02:25 PM
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Let's not forget this:


Trilateral Commission member John Podesta is single-handedly responsible for Obama’a climate-change policy. According to the New York Times, “the architect of Mr. Obama’s climate change plan is none other than his senior counselor, John D. Podesta.” This could not be any more plain.

Podesta accepted an appointment as Senior Policy Advisor to Obama for Climate Change on January 1, 2014. His immediately prior position was as an appointee to a U.N. panel called the “High-Level Panel of Emminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.” This 27-member panel essentially crafted the 2030 Agenda and climate change policies that were adopted by the U.N. in September and December 2015.

Additionally, in the 1990s Podesta served as Chief-of-Staff for President William Clinton, where he invented and perfected the policy of ruling by Executive Orders. It has been openly acknowledged that Podesta coached President Obama in the same techniques.


Flashback: The Domination of Barack Obama By The Trilateral Commission

Podesta is one of the ones who pulls strings; but he's got strings attached to himself as well.

He's bound up with the higher ups and if they're going after him, they might have bigger fish in their sights.
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posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 02:33 PM
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originally posted by: xuenchen
a reply to: AboveBoard

You seriously believe John Podesta isn't involved anymore ?





You have nothing to prove that he is. All you have is innuendo and assumptions.

You honestly think Manafort and Trump campaign liaison to the RNC, Mr Rick Gates, who originally got the Podedta Group to connect with the Ukrainians in the first place, you think they should not be the focus of this potentially illegal action?

Again, you would love for this to be a Clinton scandal, by claiming her association with the brother of the head of a lobbying firm that was, until proven otherwise, misled into working with a group under false pretenses.

You don't see the irony here? That by your logic this should be a Trump scandal?? His campaign manager? Not Clinton's, but Trump's was directly involved.

Two people from his campaign were DIRECTLY involved, not the brother of someone potentially involved.

What? You don't think Manafort was involved??




posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 02:33 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

If he is a Board member, he is involved.

There is also this, damning.

Former employee claims they knew about the FARA filing deception,
which is a felony.


“Of course they should have filed,” said one former Podesta Group employee. “There is zero chance they will do it retroactively. I can’t even imagine how awful it would be to file three years of reporting at the same time for a huge firm, many of whose principals have left.” The former employee said there was “no question” that the Podesta Group knew about the Ukraine connections. www.buzzfeed.com...




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