John Podesta: 'I'm the Victim' of Donald Trump's 'Big Lie'

Jerome Frank
November 1, 2017

John Podesta and other members of the Democratic National Committee had their emails hacked past year by the Russians, and they were later slowly released by leak site WikiLeaks beginning in July 2016.

Podesta Group is said to be "Company B" in the indictment against Manafort that was unsealed Monday; Manafort recruited Podesta's firm to do public relations work on behalf of Ukraine, though insinuations are that that was a front for work on behalf of former Ukranian president Victor Yanukovych, the pro-Russia official who was forced out in 2014.

For most news outlets, the first indictments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation was the biggest story of the day, but on Monday evening right-wing sites like Breitbart, Drudge, and the Daily Caller were more interested in the resignation of powerful Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta.

Later in the day, Podesta announced his resignation at a staff meeting at the Podesta Group's Washington headquarters.

Paul Manafort makes his way through television cameras as he walks from Federal District Court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. "If you want something done in Washington, DC, you go to Tony Podesta", his website advertises. By working with none other than Paul Manafort, the one-time campaign chairman for Trump, who now faces a 12-count indictment linked to his work in Ukraine.

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The Podesta Group has ranked among the five most prosperous lobby firms in Washington for most of the past decade, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The Party of the Regions is a pro-Kremlin political base for Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russian Federation three years ago. The companies were later revealed to be the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs, according to NBC News.

Podesta "was very magnanimous and said, 'This is an wonderful group of people, '" a source told Politico, recalling Tony Podesta's remarks. It subsequently amended its required filings. "The Podesta Group has fully cooperated with the Special Counsel's office and taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms compliance with the law". The firm said at the time that it believed its client was a European think tank with no connections to a political party. "The ECFMU provided formal certification that it was neither funded by nor directed by a government or political party".

What Trump seems to be doing in his tweets is trying to wrap Manafort, Tony Podesta and John Podesta into one big ball of corruption.

Podesta and Mercury came into focus for prosecutors as they delved deeply in to Manafort's finances earlier this year.

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