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Ohoh: Podesta Group Subpoenaed by Mueller in Russia Probe

Postby 1989TransAm » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:55 pm

Looks like the Podesta Group is being dragged into the Russian probe. I saw yesterday that they filed some revisions to their Russian connections. :mrgreen:

Podesta Group Subpoenaed by Mueller in Russia Probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued grand jury subpoenas seeking testimony from public relations executives who worked on a lobbying campaign organized by Paul Manafort, including the Podesta Group.
The Podesta Group, co-founded by former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign John Podesta, was one of six lobbying firms who worked on Manafort’s campaign between 2012 to 2014 to get the Ukraine into the European Union, NBC News reported.

“One executive whose firm received a subpoena” told NBC News that Mueller’s team is closely examining the lobbying campaign that the Podesta Group was part of.

“We think they are trying to figure out, was this a legitimate project?” the unnamed executive said. “From our perspective it was — we did a lot of work. We took it seriously.”

The executive said six firms participated in Manafort’s campaign, which was paid for by a Brussels-based non-profit called the European Center for a Modern Ukraine. The stated goal was to build support for Ukraine’s entry into the European Union, NBC News reported.

Two of the firms, Podesta Gorup and Mercury LLC, worked with Manfort partner Rick Gates, according to lobbying disclosure records, NBC News reported. Three other firms worked in Europe.

At the time of Manafort’s campaign, Ukraine was run by a pro-Russian political party that paid Manafort $17 million for consulting in 2013 and 2014, according to a lobbying disclosure filing.

Manafort’s spokesman, Jason Maloni, declined to comment to NBC News.

At the time, neither Manafort nor the firms had registered as foreign agents. The unnamed executive told NBC News it was because the non-profit said that it was not funded by a government or a political party.

In recent months, the Justice Department told the Mercury and Podesta firms that they should have registered as foreign agents, and they did so, according to NBC News.



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Re: Ohoh: Podesta Group Subpoenaed by Mueller in Russia Probe

Postby 1989TransAm » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:59 pm

The Podesta Group belatedly filed several new disclosures with the Justice Department on Aug. 17 related to work the firm completed between 2012 and 2014 on behalf of a pro-Russia Ukrainian think tank.
Back in April, the powerful Washington lobbying firm run by Clinton ally Tony Podesta filed a document admitting its work for the pro-Russia European Centre for a Modern Ukraine may have principally benefited a foreign government. New disclosures revealed dozens of previously unreported interactions the firm made with influential government offices, including Hillary Clinton's State Department and the office of former Vice President Joe Biden, while lobbying on behalf of the center. Embattled ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort failed to disclose his extensive lobbying efforts on behalf of the center at the time as well.
Anyone lobbying or doing public relations on behalf of foreign governments is required to register as a foreign agent in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The Aug. 17 filings include short-form registration statements for six Podesta Group employees and an amendment to the firm's registration statement that includes a list of political contributions made by relevant employees throughout 2013.
A review of those donations shows both parties received cash from Podesta Group lobbyists.


The individual employee filings appear to be uniform and lawyerly, each describing what their services were supposed to entail as, "Research and analyze issues related to principal's organizational mission of improving ties between Ukraine and the West counsel on activities in Congress and executive branch and developments that relate to the principal's organizational mission; and maintain contact, as needed, with legislative and executive branch officials, members of the media, and NGOs." One of the filings is for Tony Podesta himself, who was a bundler for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Tony and his brother John--Clinton's 2016 campaign chairman--co-founded the lobbying firm in 1988.


Last August, the AP reported that Manafort oversaw the lobbying efforts on behalf of the center carried out by the Podesta Group and Mercury, another high-powered firm. As the Washington Examiner noted in May, the Podesta Group was paid more by the think tank than Mercury -- the firms earned $1 million and $720,000 between 2012 and 2014, respectively.
At the time of the firm's retroactive filing in April, Politico reported CEO Kimberly Fritts "said in a statement that the firm relied on assurances from the think tank, the European Centre for Modern Ukraine, that it was not controlled or financed by a foreign government or political party. Based on that information, the firm disclosed its work to Congress rather than to the Justice Department."
Even after filing with the DOJ in April, it appears the Podesta Group is still cleaning up its own mess.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/how-d ... le/2632538

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Re: Ohoh: Podesta Group Subpoenaed by Mueller in Russia Probe

Postby 1989TransAm » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:00 pm

The dimoKKKRATS have far and away more Russian connections than President Trump ever had. Not even close. :D

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Re: Ohoh: Podesta Group Subpoenaed by Mueller in Russia Probe

Postby mk e » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:39 pm

1989TransAm wrote:The dimoKKKRATS have far and away more Russian connections than President Trump ever had. Not even close. :D


Time will tell....but they were working for Manafort on a project that on the surface seems to directly conflict with out work Manafirt was doing which is almost certainly what caught Mueller's attention.

And who's campaign was Manafort running again... ;)
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Re: Ohoh: Podesta Group Subpoenaed by Mueller in Russia Probe

Postby 1989TransAm » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:09 pm

Well, let's see. John Podesta was and advisor to Bill Clinton starting in 1993. In 2015 he joined the Hillary campaign. John Podesta has been with the Clintons on and off for a long time. Manafort was only with the Trump campaign for maybe 5 months.

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Re: Ohoh: Podesta Group Subpoenaed by Mueller in Russia Probe

Postby mk e » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:19 pm

1989TransAm wrote:Well, let's see. John Podesta was and advisor to Bill Clinton starting in 1993. In 2015 he joined the Hillary campaign. John Podesta has been with the Clintons on and off for a long time. Manafort was only with the Trump campaign for maybe 5 months.


Pedesta was working for Manafort at the time in question. Pedestal may very well have been breaking the law.....but he was still working for Manafort so thius doesn't really help Rump any ;)
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Re: Ohoh: Podesta Group Subpoenaed by Mueller in Russia Probe

Postby 1989TransAm » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:23 pm

President Trump was not involved in whatever happened in the Ukraine. There is no connection.

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Re: Ohoh: Podesta Group Subpoenaed by Mueller in Russia Probe

Postby mk e » Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:30 pm

1989TransAm wrote:President Trump was not involved in whatever happened in the Ukraine. There is no connection.

Perhaps
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