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Podesta Received 170K From Russia's Biggest Bank To End Obama Sanctions

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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 10:12 PM
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The hypocrisy from the left knows no bounds it seems. While they fabricated this Trump/Russia nonsense, the DNC themselves have been wheeling and dealing with Russia behind the scenes. We already know about Hillary and the uranium, now we have this, Podesta received 170K from Russia's largest bank to end Obama's sanctions.

I'm sure many of you remember this.



Former President Barack Obama imposed the sanctions following the Russian seizure of the Crimean region of Ukraine in 2014.


A bit of a pickle in which the Russians found themselves. But don't worry, the Dems were there to help.




Yes, the Podesta Group was paid $170,000 in a six-month period in 2016 to represent Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, to end an Obama administration sanction


But how can that be? The Dems hate Russia. Even talking to a Russian is a no no.




Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

The lobbying campaign targeted Congress and the executive branch, with Podesta and other lobbyists arranging at least two meetings between Sberbank officers and Department of State officials, according to Elena Teplitskaya, Sberbank’s board chairman, who spoke to House aides in August.

The discovery of high-profile Democrats like Podesta being paid lucrative fees for lobbying to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia contrasts with charges from Democrats that President Donald Trump and his key aides are soft on Russia while the Obama administration was tough on Moscow.

Podesta’s efforts were a key part of under-the-radar lobbying during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign led mainly by veteran Democratic strategists to remove sanctions against Sberbank and VTB Capital, Russia’s second largest bank.

The two Russian banks spent more than $700,000 in 2016 on Washington lobbyists as they sought to end the U.S. sanctions, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms and documents filed with the Department of Justice.


Am azing

It appears it's not just Podesta either but rather, many in the establishment who in front of the camera will tell you how evil Russia is and how it's a disgrace to do business with them, while away from the camera they have no problem doing business with Russia and lining their pockets.

The Russian witch hunt and those who fell for it are looking worse by the day.
edit on 7-3-2017 by MysticPearl because: (no reason given)



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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 10:21 PM
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All getting exposed bigtime now.

The big Democrat circus is over.

And there's much more to come very soon.



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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 10:22 PM
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It seems that Washington DC attracts that kind of people. We should actually put a wall around it with guards so they can't get out. Trump is putting the wall in the wrong place.

But don't hire people from DC to build the wall, it will be full of loopholes and cost the taxpayer way too much.


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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 10:27 PM
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a reply to: MysticPearl

But, But, But the Russians hacked the elections through Podestas emails.

Just kidding. I read this story yesterday. Podesta is a total douche.

The left really should take the time to drain their own swamp!


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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 10:28 PM
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EIGHT years of easy money and hokey practices lead do this kind if irresponsibilities.

I bet many touted that working government was THE place to be during those days. Ridiculous and embarrasing if you ask me. The gravy train is being threatened, thus the result of why "they" react in such a way.



posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 10:28 PM
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a reply to: MysticPearl

I would love to know how that wealth they acquired was spread around. Obama acts one way by sanctioning Russia but whispers in his ear that he can be more flexible after he's elected, and then Podesta gets paid to pull some strings. Nothing but corruption!



posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 10:31 PM
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a reply to: MysticPearl

About time..


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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 10:35 PM
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a reply to: MysticPearl

Well lets get to the Fisa court!

We need surveillance on Podesta, everyone involved in the Hillary campaign, Obama, and all democrats that worked with Podesta.

We want info on all of their meeting with anyone in Russia. That means when Pelosi lied and said she never met with Russians she now needs to resign.

We need to share intel from these investigations with our European allies.

Trump needs to relax privacy restrictions so that all agencies can view what is learned in these reports.

And if this results in leaks to the press and all of the intel gets out to make these dems look bad, oh well its no big deal.

I am just waiting for all of the people on other threads I was on that feel there is no problem whatseover with Obama doing any of the above to Trump because of his ties to Russia to come in here and join my calls for action.

I am sure they will be here any minute....
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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 10:35 PM
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a reply to: MysticPearl

This does appear to be the key that unlocks the real Russian
Rosneft deal, and how and why the DOJ was able to let them off
the hook with penalities and carbon credits.

Thank you S&F

A few details from my older post:
www.abovetopsecret.com...

Not reported on talking head news is that Russia has just sold 19% of
its State owned oil ( Rosneft ) to Glencore.

www.reuters.com...

Glencore is Marc Rich's commodity company. Yes, that Marc Rich that
Bill Clinton pardoned. Rich is dead, but the dealings of Glencore
are quite the questionable shady stuff.

Glencore was broke, Chemoil is their Fuel Company,
they were just fined by Obama's EPA but get off the
hook with massive fines and huge Carbon Credit fines.
www.bloomberg.com...

Approved by the DOJ non the less. Of course, this is all
while Obama is whining about Trump and Russia.....


The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleged that Chemoil Corp exported at least 48.5 million gallons of biodiesel from the United States from 2011 to 2013 but failed to retire the associated renewable identification numbers generated for the exported fuel.

In addition to paying the highest-ever civil penalty in such a case, Chemoil will have to retire some 65 million renewable fuel credits in the settlement, the Justice Department said. It has already retired 7.7 million.

www.reuters.com...





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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 10:40 PM
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a reply to: MysticPearl


The hypocrisy from the left knows no bounds it seems. While they fabricated this Trump/Russia nonsense, the DNC themselves have been wheeling and dealing with Russia behind the scenes. We already know about Hillary and the uranium, now we have this, Podesta received 170K from Russia's largest bank to end Obama's sanctions.


1. What is fabricated about the Trump campaign and Russia? you just assume that everything you don't want to hear is a fabrication and that anything that you might is damning evidence of the crime of the century?

2. What do you think you "already know" about "Hillary and the uranium?" Chances are, it's wrong. 99% of Trump supporters who bring it up have no idea what they are talking about because they're simply repeating inaccurate rhetoric.

3. Why did you leave off the first paragraph of the excerpt? Could it be because that's the part that specifies which Podesta runs the Podesta Group? I'll assume you're not trying to conflate the two but for those for whom it wasn't clear: the Podesta in question is Tony Podesta, not John. Tony Podesta is a lobbyist.

Is it illegal for Tony Podesta to take money to lobby for a Russian bank? Is it unethical for Tony Podesta to lobby for a Russian bank? Did Tony Podesta have any involvement with the Clinton campaign?

If there is good reason to believe that he did something wrong, it should be investigated. If Tony Podesta did something wrong, he should be punished. The same goes for all those members of the Trump campaign.

You should try getting on the right side of this thing instead of simply looking to score points. Also, just a matter of personal preference: you might consider citing Daily Caller instead of Pamela Wingnut Hatemonger Gellar citing Daily Caller. It's always better to get right to the source if they're not beyond a paywall or something like that.


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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 10:50 PM
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a reply to: theantediluvian

So John says to Tony ,look bro I have a problem

New WikiLeaks emails show Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta apparently maintained his connection to Russian government-backed Joule Unlimited long after he claimed to have severed ties and divested from the energy company.
can you help me out here .www.breitbart.com... -divested/


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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 10:57 PM
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a reply to: theantediluvian

Oh come on now. You are really going to act like the entire podesta group isn't tied to Hillary?

Lets go through a list of why thats not reasonable.

1. John Podesta founded the group with his brother.

2. Tony campaigned for a donated heavily to Hillary (no kidding its his brother campaign). he even had fund raisers at his house.

3. Hllary has personally used the Podesta group in her dealings. Remember when Bill met with a Saudi prince, and 2 weeks later the Podesta group was representing the same prince?

4. If someone on Trumps campaign, say Steve Bannon, had a brother that he funded a lobbying frim with, and that brother was representing and getting paid huge amounts of money by the Russians, are you honestly telling me you would say, "well thats just Bannons brother, he has no connection to Trump.

Here is an article by the liberal Huffington post decrying Hillarys connections to the Podesta group.


f I told you that Democratic Party lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is a registered foreign agent on the Saudi government’s payroll, you’d probably think I was a Trump-thumping, conspiratorial nutcase. But it’s true.

The lobby firm created by both Tony and John Podesta in 1988 receives $140,000 a month from the Saudi government, a government that beheads nonviolent dissidents, uses torture to extract forced confessions, doesn’t allow women to drive, and bombs schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods in neighboring Yemen.

The Podesta Group’s March 2016 filing, required under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, shows that Tony Podesta himself oversees the Saudi account. At the same time, Tony Podesta is also a top campaign contributor and bundler for Hillary Clinton. So while one brother runs the campaign, the other brother funds it with earnings that come, in part, from the Saudis.

John and Tony Podesta have been heavyweights in DC insider politics for decades. John Podesta served as President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, founded the influential DC think tank Center for American Progress (which regularly touts Saudi “reforms”), and was counselor to President Obama. Tony Podesta was dubbed by the New York Times as “one of Washington’s biggest players“ whose clients “are going to get a blueprint for how to succeed in official Washington.”

The brothers seem to have no problem mixing their roles into the same pot. Tony Podesta held a Clinton campaign fundraiser at his home featuring gourmet Italian food cooked by himself and his brother, the campaign chairman. The fundraiser, by the way, came just days after Tony Podesta filed his Saudi contract with the Justice Department, a contract that included an initial “project fee” payment of $200,000.


www.huffingtonpost.com...
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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 11:03 PM
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a reply to: theantediluvian

And further more on you questions of if it illegal for him to lobby for a Russian bank. Well the article says he was trying to get sanctions lifted.

This is exactly the same thing people are screaming about with Trump and his associates

Everyone has a problem with his supposed business ties, and manaforts business ties.

So if it is suspicious for trumps people to have business ties to russia, why shouldn't the podesta group be held to the same standard?

And given the podestas connections to Hillary, and many on the DNC, and the fact they were actively trying to get sanctions lifted, why shouldn't the whole team be investigated, just to be sure there was no wrong doing?



posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 11:04 PM
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originally posted by: the2ofusr1
a reply to: theantediluvian

So John says to Tony ,look bro I have a problem

New WikiLeaks emails show Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta apparently maintained his connection to Russian government-backed Joule Unlimited long after he claimed to have severed ties and divested from the energy company.
can you help me out here .www.breitbart.com... -divested/


Nice catch!


Edit: I bet you will find much more in Hillary's closet.
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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 11:05 PM
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originally posted by: MysticPearl
The hypocrisy from the left knows no bounds it seems. While they fabricated this Trump/Russia nonsense, the DNC themselves have been wheeling and dealing with Russia behind the scenes. We already know about Hillary and the uranium, now we have this, Podesta received 170K from Russia's largest bank to end Obama's sanctions.

I'm sure many of you remember this.



Former President Barack Obama imposed the sanctions following the Russian seizure of the Crimean region of Ukraine in 2014.


A bit of a pickle in which the Russians found themselves. But don't worry, the Dems were there to help.




Yes, the Podesta Group was paid $170,000 in a six-month period in 2016 to represent Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, to end an Obama administration sanction


But how can that be? The Dems hate Russia. Even talking to a Russian is a no no.




Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

The lobbying campaign targeted Congress and the executive branch, with Podesta and other lobbyists arranging at least two meetings between Sberbank officers and Department of State officials, according to Elena Teplitskaya, Sberbank’s board chairman, who spoke to House aides in August.

The discovery of high-profile Democrats like Podesta being paid lucrative fees for lobbying to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia contrasts with charges from Democrats that President Donald Trump and his key aides are soft on Russia while the Obama administration was tough on Moscow.

Podesta’s efforts were a key part of under-the-radar lobbying during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign led mainly by veteran Democratic strategists to remove sanctions against Sberbank and VTB Capital, Russia’s second largest bank.

The two Russian banks spent more than $700,000 in 2016 on Washington lobbyists as they sought to end the U.S. sanctions, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms and documents filed with the Department of Justice.


Am azing

It appears it's not just Podesta either but rather, many in the establishment who in front of the camera will tell you how evil Russia is and how it's a disgrace to do business with them, while away from the camera they have no problem doing business with Russia and lining their pockets.

The Russian witch hunt and those who fell for it are looking worse by the day.


Just research the : Podesta/Joule/RUSNANO/Hillary/Rusatom/sanctions/RUSNANO USA connections....it's all there in black and white....


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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 11:05 PM
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A bit more here.




Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta failed to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) when he agreed to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank.

Sberbank allegedly has close ties to Russia’s intelligence services, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Marc Raimondi, the national security spokesman at the Department of Justice, confirmed to TheDCNF that Sberbank never registered with the department under FARA. It did not directly register nor was not registered through any other agency such as the Podesta Group.






David Marin of the Podesta Group told TheDCNF it acted “appropriately” by instead filing with the U.S. Senate under the Lobbying Disclosure Act — or LDA. He justified the move, in part, because its contract was with Sberbank’s New York branch.

“We filed appropriately under LDA because we were working for the U.S. subsidiary,” he told TheDCNF via email. Podesta’s firm received $170,000 to lobby on behalf of the Russian bank for six months in 2016.

That justification was flatly rejected by Ronald A. Oleynik, a partner at the Holland & Knight law firm, who represents foreign clients that face economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. government like Sberbank and VTB Capital.

“FARA is quite clear you can’t hide behind the fact that the U.S. subsidiary hired us rather than the foreign parent,” Oleynik told TheDCNF.

“Someone thought they were doing that because they thought they were clever,” he said. “Shame on them, but it doesn’t change the requirement. It’s not a loophole in any way to say, ‘Oh I’m doing it for a New York corporation, not for the foreign parent.’”



As for a little more about the bank in question.




Sberbank was once known informally as the “KGB bank,” and now has a reputation for close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and to Russian intelligence services.

John Schindler, a former National Security Agency analyst and a former professor of the National War College, has charged Sberbank has operational ties to Russian intelligence.

Writing in an opinion article in the New York Observer last April, Schindler asserted that, “funds moving through Sberbank are regularly used to support clandestine Russian intelligence operations, while the bank uses its offices abroad as cover for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service or SVR.”

“A NATO counterintelligence official explained that Sberbank, which has outposts in almost two dozen foreign countries, ‘functions as a sort of arm of the SVR outside Russia, especially because many of its senior employees are ‘former’ Russian intelligence officers,” he said. “Inside the country, Sberbank has an equally cozy relationship with the Federal Security Service or FSB, Russia’s powerful domestic intelligence agency.”



Obviously the Dems and those close to Hillary don't think the Russians are too evil to do business with. Hey, what's wrong with turning a profit?


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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 11:07 PM
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a reply to: MysticPearl

Woah woah woah, so Podesta IS a total POS?? I'm shocked. Well, not really.. The hypocrisy has no bounds, and finally, its all being exposed..



posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 11:07 PM
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We need surveillance on Podesta, everyone involved in the Hillary campaign, Obama, and all democrats that worked with Podesta.


I'm going to guess that Tony Podesta's communications with Russian banking officials have already been captured as part of some sort of surveillance of either him directly or surveillance of the Russian bankers with whom he's in contact.

I'm all for investigating Tony Podesta and his links to Russia and if there is something questionable that took place, go after him and if it leads to his brother, so be it, go after him too. If he or they or others are guilty of something, prosecute and imprison them. The same goes for all those in Trump's circle. I wouldn't lose a wink of sleep to see them all locked up (if they're guilty) together in adjoining cells.

It's not an either or situation as far as I'm concerned.



posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 11:09 PM
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a reply to: burntheships

Burntheships,
Who gets the carbon credit fine money...the EPA? Do you know how much this amounts to?


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posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 11:09 PM
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a reply to: theantediluvian

Is Tony Podesta a well paid advisor for CNAS?

I'd say Hillary had him working for her, or John told him to, from day 1.

Maybe research CNAS and understand it is a Clinton think tank....



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