Snarky former Clinton camapaign honcho John Podesta sure seems to have a bad memory for someone who holds so many important positions involving large amounts of money and foreign governments – like Putin’s Russia, Russia, Russia.
In addition to failing to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) for his lobbying on behalf of Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, the Podesta Group’s 32 meetings with Ukraine as lobbyists during Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, Uranium One, Joule Energy and countless other “mental lapses” when his collusion completely slipped his mind, a new instance comes to light.
Just a few days ago, on August 17th, the Podesta Group belatedly filed several new disclosures with the Justice Department. They are relevant to the lobbying performed between 2012 and 2014 for a pro-Russia Ukrainian think tank. More Russian collusion by the Democrats – Adam Schiff needs to know about this. It could be vital to his “objective” Russian campaign collusion investigation.
In April, the Podesta Group, run by brothers, John and Tony, filed a document admitting that they conducted work for the pro-Russia European Centre for a Modern Ukraine and that it “may” have principally benefited a foreign government.
Now new disclosures have revealed dozens of previously unreported [withheld and secret] interactions the firm had with influential government offices as well as Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the office of former Vice President Joe Biden, while lobbying on behalf of the center. If Clinton had won the election we’d never have heard about it, which also explains the delay in the reporting. It was never supposed to have been admitted.
Paul Manafort was also apparently guilty of similar contacts on behalf of the same Russian client. It was likely intended to be used as blackmail against him and the fact that he’s now under investigation in the Mueller witch hunt may explain why the admissions are being made now. They expect Manafort might spill the beans, so they spilled them themselves and called it a filing error.
All lobbying or public relations representation on behalf of foreign governments requires the lobbyist to be registered as a foreign agent in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act. John Podesta and six others have now filed such papers. The 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.
One would think that a company such as the Podesta Group would have a compliance attorney or two, maybe even an entire department, devoted to making sure that they were safely in compliance with the mass of legal requirements structuring their conduct of business.
Surely the Podesta brothers were aware that they were failing to comply but made a decision to forgo the law as Clinton was felt to be unstoppable on her ascension to the Presidency. Hillary wouldn’t enforce the law and they’d be home free. Podesta got one thing right. She isn’t enforcing the law, but he missed the important reason why underlying it.
So if it’s a big deal that neither General Flynn or Paul Manafort revealed until a few months later their affiliation with foreign governments, why is it not newsworthy when Clinton people go half a decade before fessing up? The answer lies in the question – because they’re Clinton people.
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