Special Counsel Robert Mueller, assigned to investigate Russian intervention in the election and Donald Trump’s potential involvement with Russia, has added a new name to his list of potential leads and suspicions. However, much to the dismay of Hillary’s camp, it is one of her own: Podesta.
Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group, a Democratic lobbying firm, are being investigated by Mueller for their involvement with Russia; a criminal investigation.
According to The Daily Caller:
Mueller’s investigators began looking into the Podesta Group after they discovered that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort worked with the firm on a pro-Ukrainian lobbying effort. What began as a cursory examination of the firm, designed to gauge Manafort’s level of involvement in the lobbying campaign, has become a criminal investigation into possible violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by the Podesta Group, sources told NBC News.
Manafort reportedly worked along side the Podesta Group for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), a nonprofit dedicated to increasing pro-Ukrainian sentiment in the west. Investigators are currently examining whether the lobbying firm violated FARA by failing to disclose their work for a foreign government. Both Manafort and the Podesta Group did not disclose their relationship with the ECMU until media reports exposed the arrangement.
As reported by NBC News, the Foreign Agents Registration Act requires “people who lobby on behalf of foreign governments, leaders or political parties” to “file detailed disclosures about their spending and activities with the Justice Department.”
If there is “willful failure to file the forms,” that is a felony and could potentially lead to five years in prison.
According to NBC, The Podesta Group filed FARA registration “for its work with ECMU only after the payments were reported by the media. Manafort’s firm also filed a FARA registration after media reports in June disclosed its work in Ukraine from 2012 through 2014.”
Of course, the spokesperson said the firm “is cooperating fully with the Special Counsel’s office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance.”
Of course they are compliant now! They officially got caught with their hand in the cookie jar! What would you expect?
Compliance now certainly does not suggest innocence earlier.
They would have never registered had this not come out through the media.
Just as a reminder, Tony Podesta is the brother of John Podesta, and he was Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman.
None of this should really be all that shocking to you, that is if you have been paying attention.
What surprises me, however, is that the Clinton campaign and all those who want to blame Russian intervention for her loss are so darn adamant about Russian investigation.
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Shouldn’t they have realized what was going to happen?
Obviously dirt will be dug up on them as well….no? Only so much can be swept under the rug before someone decides to look at what that giant bulge is.
Did they really think this would not be found out?
Are you surprised by this? What do you think will happen next?