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Russia Scandal Swallows the Podesta Brothers

Saturday, November 11, 2017 16:25
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It must be really, really bad.

Hindenburg bad.

Space Shuttle Challenger bad.

I say that because The New York Times just dropped a dukie on the Podesta brothers.

If the Times is on the case, its editors obviously feel this story is going to break like a tidal wave across the political landscape, with or without them.

[John] Podesta’s older brother, Tony Podesta, has been ensnared in the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, into Russia’s meddling in the race and whether it involved any associates of President Trump. The efforts by his firm, the Podesta Group, to win support for the agenda of Viktor F. Yanukovych, the Russia-aligned former president of Ukraine, were cited in an indictment handed down last month against two former campaign aides to Mr. Trump, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, who arranged the Ukrainian lobbying work.

Neither Tony Podesta nor anyone at the Podesta Group has been publicly charged in the case. But Mr. Mueller has subpoenaed the firm and its employees for documents and testimony related to their work and interviewed roughly half a dozen people about Tony Podesta’s involvement. And as the Podesta Group has withered under the scrutiny, its employees were informed in a tearful meeting on Thursday that they may stop receiving paychecks after next week, according to people in attendance.

…John Podesta, 68, served as a top White House aide to the last two Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and was believed to be in line as White House chief of staff if Mrs. Clinton had won the presidency. In between campaign and White House stints, John Podesta helped to create and run some of the leading institutions on the American left, including the Center for American Progress think tank, and provided policy and political advice to generations of Democratic politicians and operatives.

Tony Podesta, 74, built one of the highest-grossing lobbying firms in Washington, signing clients across industries and ideologies — including defense contractors like Lockheed Martin, banks like Wells Fargo, drug makers like Mylan and foreign regimes like the government of the former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. Tony Podesta is known for his fund-raising — in 2016, he donated or raised nearly $900,000 for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party — as well as for a lavish lifestyle.

Had Mrs. Clinton prevailed, as official Washington expected, it most likely would have cemented the legacies of both brothers — John Podesta as a key confidant to presidents and one of the most important Democratic strategists of the past century, and Tony Podesta as the go-to lobbyist for Democratic administrations. Instead, the Podestas have been drawn into the vortex of investigations and conspiracy theories that have enveloped Washington in the Trump era.

Tony Podesta stepped down from his firm hours after it was obliquely referenced in the indictments of Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates, though he had been in talks about leaving for months. It is unclear what will happen to his investment in the Podesta Group, which has been hemorrhaging clients and employees, both because of the mounting scrutiny and because businesses are looking for lobbyists with connections to the Trump administration, according to interviews and lobbying filings…

…Some firm partners are starting a new firm next month called Cogent Strategies, in which Tony Podesta will have no stake.

Last week’s indictment did not name the Podesta Group or another firm with which it worked on the Ukraine account, Mercury Public Affairs. Instead, the indictment referred to them as “two Washington, D.C., firms” that were recruited by Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates.

While both firms disclosed the work to Congress under less-rigorous domestic lobbying rules, they did not initially register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The indictment alleges that was done intentionally — by routing the money through a Brussels-based nonprofit — “to minimize public disclosure of their lobbying campaign” that “was under the ultimate direction” of Mr. Yanukovych, his party and his government.

Tony Podesta and his lawyers are working to navigate the issues raised by the Mueller investigation…

…John Podesta, for his part, has dedicated his time since the election to trying to expose the connections between Mr. Trump, his associates and Russia.

After the postelection publication of a dossier by a former British spy into those connections — which included some salacious claims — John Podesta met with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the firm that commissioned the opposition research, to compare notes on Russia’s involvement, according to an associate of Mr. Podesta.

During the general election season, the firm’s research was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, though John Podesta has told congressional investigators that he had no knowledge of those payments. The associate said the meeting came as Mr. Simpson was considering whether, and how, his firm could continue its Russia-related Trump research. A spokeswoman for Mr. Simpson’s firm, Fusion GPS, declined to comment.

As an aside, Tony Podesta decorates his house with stuff like this, a sculpture modeled after a photo found of a victim of murderer Jeffery Dahmer.

But, no, it’s the Pizzagate conspiracy theorists who are weird.

Hat tip: BadBlue Uncensored News. 


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  • 2QIK4U

    How about instead arresting them on being in the area when Madeline McCann disappeared?

    • Hi NSA, kiss my artichoke

      I have been wondering if Hollyweird hasn’t been throwing some of their own under the bus to get the pedo/sex-offender meme going so that the PTB can more easily (in the public awareness) use it against threats to the establishment.
      A certain judge comes to mind.
      Pizzagate, that certainly had enough smoke to warrant LEO investigation, wasn’t covered, was foo pawed, and anyone that thought it did was a nut
      Now, it’s pedo this and sex pred that.
      They’ve used this weapon for blackmail for years… Have they found a new way to use it?

      • King of Shambhala

        Now judge will chrage Obama for the birth forgery.
        Nothing’s holding back Trump and Joe Arpaio.
        How long did we wait for disclosure? So long.

        • GUNNY

          FROM NOW ON you will SPEAK only when SPOKEN TO!!

          And the FIRST and LAST words out of your filthy sewer will be SIR!!!

          • King of Shambhala

            Homos are responsible for 95% of HIV and homo Obama is headed for hundreds of thousands of years in jail: AND IT’S A GOOD AND GREAT THINGfor Christ’s sake!!
            Jesus rejected homos like GUNNY (His homos are responsible also for 85% of Syphilis which is the shame of Humanity.).
            Homos are responible for millions of dead with the Obama homo agenda.

          • GUNNY

            You do NOT PACK the GEAR to SERVE in my beloved CORPS!!!

      • 2QIK4U

        Agreed. Even nobody actor’s in Australia are coming out to be noticed… I think maybe to many of us know the truth so they must appear to fix it but like the war on drugs and the war on terror ( both Bush saying’s that wasted a decade each) The real top of the ladder’s are safe… Notice they’re again looking at Epstein’s island.. What about Epstein’s competition? Kidnapper’s and pedophiles have the same business competition everything else does. I think the old cabal is being sacrificed for the new.. I’m afraid while we clean up today’s scum we are helping set up tomorrow’s scum… ?:(

        • King of Shambhala

          There are trolls here who work for psyops that support Obama and Hillary like and “Organizing for Action”.
          They’re criminal moles working covertly on Internet to spy on people and distract from the truth.
          They’re the spies for the Left so watch out: this is 1984 and like the Soviets and Nazis.

          • GUNNY


  • King of Shambhala

    It’s god to see 2QIK4U and Hi NSA, kiss my artichoke posting to this thread because they’re known Obama shills and they’ve turned coat now.
    They’re acting as chief prosecutors against the Dems in the comments’ thread of this article.
    That’s good and very refreshing to see they learn from their errors and can turn coat when the boat starts sinking and the rats are jumping ship.

    • King of Shambhala

      There’s troves of revelations to come such as Obama’s real name Barry Parks and his real birthplace in Topeka, Kansas.
      Obama’s crime of hiding his identity is the greatest crime in History and that’s Trump and Arpaio that both said that.
      It’s on par with being the Antichrist because no human except for the Biblical Satan could have coughed up so big a criminal act – not to mention that Obama also fits the Biblical description of the Antichrist as a homo (seeing the Bible calls the Antichrist the “Abomination” i.e. a homo.)

      • King of Shambhala

        This is great: this is the Apocalypse.
        How long have we waited?
        2000 years.

      • Hayduke

        Before you told us his name was Barry Soetoro and he was born in Kenya. Is Topeka located in Kenya now? :eek:

        • King of Shambhala

          The Obama shills are panicking at BIN. I wonder why they do politics at all seeing they’re CLUELESS.
          First Donna Brazile and now the Podestas, Trump’s really got the DOJ down pat and nhasthe Leftists running scared seeing they’re facing jail just like the shills trolling the comments here, they face jail too.

          • King of Shambhala

            mitch51 is an HIV-infested homo.
            He’s an Obama shill working for and “Organizing for Action” the psyops disinformation criminal orgs.
            Watch out, he’s evil.

          • GUNNY


        • Hi NSA, kiss my artichoke

          Sorry mitch. We’re still trying to get that thorazine drip at the right dosage.
          He gets a bit confused. :roll:

          • King of Shambhala

            Isn’t it suspicious how the shills react to the news about the Podestas?
            Obviously they’re trolling for Obama/Hillary.
            They work for Satan.

    • Hi NSA, kiss my artichoke

      “Turned coat?”
      I think not my trained French frog! :wink:
      $666.66 a week to troll your slimy, green butt. Payed from Bo’s personal account! :cool:
      PS, Bo want’s to know if you got that red Rocky Horror Picture Show outfit yet? :twisted:

      • King of Shambhala

        I didn’t mean that turning coat was bad: you misunderstood me.
        Unless you turn coat you’ll not go to heaven: I was saying that for you not for me.
        Turning coat is a GOOD THING but if you don’t even want to be saved, then that’s not my problem.

        • 2QIK4U


      • King of Shambhala

        There are and “Organizing for Action” psyops and disinformation criminals polluting the comments here to protect Obama who is Satan!
        Watch out.
        They’re evil.

        Hillary’s going to be investigated again and this time she’ll end up in jail.
        The Obama shills polluting these comments are panicking.
        Too bad for them, they’re Leftist garbage like Hitler was also Socialist.

        • 2QIK4U

          Go to hospital and save yourself you lying fake bhudist.

          • King of Shambhala

            The lying face of Christian Anti-Buddhists.
            They say they’re compassionnate but they’re hating bigots.
            I’m the Messiah because Christians told me I was so.

          • GUNNY

            From now on, you’re GOMER PYLE.

            Do you think I’m CUTE Private Pyle? Do you think I’m FUNNY?!?

    • 2QIK4U

      Hahababababa o damn laughing so hard I can’t type……. You really are dumb aren’t you! How about showing me all these pro Clinton comment’s I’ve made? The only LIAR IS YOU. Where’s your proof that Clinton is in Jail? Your telling everyone she’s in prison WTF? It will happen soon but not off your lies.

      • King of Shambhala

        Isn’t it suspicious how panicked the shills working for Obama have suddenly become?
        Look at the comments here, the trolls are scurrying around like cockroaches all of a sudden.
        The trolls are like worms coming out of the woodwork at the last moment before the end for them.

        Don’t the Leftists know the Far Left has never succeeded ever in the history of the world?
        It always leads to Fascism like Hitler who started out as a Far Left just like Stalin.
        They all turn into Fascists like Hillary and Obama and the Podestas.
        They’re all basically crooks and thugs from the Mob and Mafia.

  • King of Shambhala

    Isn’t it suspicious how panicked the shills working for Obama have suddenly become?
    Look at the comments here, the trolls are scurrying around like cockroaches all of a sudden.
    Tyhe trolls are like worms coming out of the woodwork at the last moment.
    Are they like the elephants during the Thailand tsunami, who were smart enough to run for huigh ground BEFORE THE WAVE HIT?
    They broke their chains and ran for their lives.
    Maybe the clueless dumb and ugly shills, like vampires, run when the sun rises and the light of justice shines forth and the Podestas are put in jail.

    • 2QIK4U

      Go back to your own shitposts and stop ruining this Guy’s article. Sorry Doug Ross. Have you ever wondered why the L.A County sherrifs badge is surrounded with pedophile symbol’s? Notice Bill has stayed mile’s away from his own wife? Afraid he will brought down by her?

      • 2QIK4U

        Still haven’t heard SOLID reports regarding the Pedo Podesta brother’s arrests? While this idiot above that call’s himself the king of the sheepfkrs(Rama lamb a Dingdong) is making article’s saying that Hitlery Clinton is in jail! Would love to see something solid….

  • King of Shambhala

    The Obama shills are running wild in panic.
    If the Podestas are jailed then the DNC is compromised and that means the GOP will also be doomed for colluding with the Demoncrats.
    Donna Brazile may be the first of a long line of Democarts truning coat on Hillary and Obama which will see most of the Establishment locked up for corruption and graft.

  • raburgeson

    Our economy:

    Lobby money = bribe money = treason

    Special interest groups do not represent the people. All lobby firms need to become extinct. Lobby money gets pocketed by thieves. If the peoples paycheck isn’t large enough then they should not have run for the job. It is a very big flag that millions are spent by both sides chasing a job that pays half a million or less a year. People better wake up. How many billions left the country to the Ukraine and how many millions did the crooks pocket? We are looking at .1 cents per dollar return and this is only one example of hundreds slammed onto the national debt. That happens to be the peoples to pay list. That is debt stacked up against the people by way of corruption.

    Then we can go onto other methods of stealing like pork spending. The first thing is to stop the creation of laws by the corrupt crooks in government and the military/industrial complex. You all absolutely put this in your dim memory banks and highlight it.


    “…dropped a dukie (sic)on the Podesta brothers…”

    You mean a dookie? Ain’t even gonna spell it right?

    And wouldn’t you feel like more of a MAN if you said: DROPPED A SHIT BOMB ON THEIR FACE?

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