In the days leading up to the election, WikiLeaks spent nearly every day dropping new emails that they had taken from the account of John Podesta, which was Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. Ultimately his efforts to get Hillary elected failed as Donald Trump was the winner of the presidential election.
John wasn’t the only Podesta that has been involved with the Democrats however. His brother, Tony Podesta, has been known as a Democratic super-lobbyist. He has done what he could to raise money for Democratic causes, and has been very successful at it.
In fact, he has been so successful that he has been contacted, AND PAID, by foreign entities to try and achieve what they are asking of him. It has been learned that Tony Podesta was paid $170,000 during a six-month period to represent Sberbank. That would be Russia’s largest bank, proving that the Podesta’s have more ties to Russian than Donald Trump.
What Tony Podesta was trying to do was get the Obama administration to remove economic sanctions against Russia. Yes, he was doing what he could to get sanctions removed on Russia because a foreign bank paid him to do so. If that isn’t a Russian conspiracy, then nothing is.
Podesta is the founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, and he is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, at least according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received a large chunk of change from fees in 2016, to the tune of $24 million. Much of that money came from foreign governments, according ot eh nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
What had happened was former President Barack Obama had imposed sanctions on the bank after Russia has seized the Crimean region of Ukraine back in 2014. As this was hurting the bank, they hired Podesta’s firm to try and get the sanctions removed.
As it stands, his campaign targeted both Congress and the President. Podesta and other lobbyists had actually arranged at least two meetings between Sberbank officers and officials within the Department of State. That was according to Elena Teplitskaya, Sberbank’s board chairman, whom spoke to House aides back in August.
What this also does is make the Democrats look like hypocrites. Democrats try and claim that the Trump administration is too soft on Russia, while the Obama administration was harder on Moscow. However, nobody from the Trump administration had ever attempted to get sanctions lifted.
Podesta’s efforts weren’t alone. During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, he and several other lobbyists led an under-the-radar campaign to remove sanctions against Sberbank and VTB Capital, also known as the two largest banks in Russia.
Together, those banks spent over $700,000 in 2016 on Washington lobbyists attempting to remove the U.S. sanctions, according to even more Senate lobbying disclosure forms and other documents that were filed with the Department of Justice.
The Podesta Group themselves charged Sberbank $20,000 per month, plus expenses, on a contract that was from March to September of 2016. What makes this more interesting is the connection that Podesta has with some of the former presidents of the country.
Tony is one of the higher profile lobbyists, and he enjoys both personal and business connections to former President Obama AND Bill Clinton. John Podesta served as the chief of staff in Clinton’s White House and was a special counselor in the Obama White House.
The reason that the two banks want the economic sanctions lifted was because they are both facing cash shortages that can only be described as severe. The reason for that is because of the plunging oil prices on top of the U.S. sanctions. Should the sanctions be lifted though, both banks could legally receive funds from American financial institutions.
This is not sitting well with some congressional aides. One of them, who requested anonymity and met Teplitskaya told The Daily Caller, “The Democrats are sitting there trying to convince us that the Russians are trying to throw the election to Trump.”
“And then they’re with us here in the House and meeting directly with the administration behind closed doors on the issue of the sanctions. The hypocrisy could not be any richer,” said the aide.
Someone that joined the Podesta lobbying group was David Adams. He descrbies himself on the Podesta Group website as a “trust adviser” to Hillary Clinton, once serving as her assistant secretary of state for congressional affairs. Podesta and his group have represented a lot of other foreign government agencies, which means that they are not all for America as they may seem.
Not to mention that the Sberbank-Podesta partnership isn’t new. Sberbank was the lead financial institution in the Russian deal to purchase Uranium One. That was owned by one of Bill Clinton’s closest friends.
John Podesta has also been involved in some events that are highly questionable. In fact there was a communication line that showed Podesta was responsible for hiring a hit man that would be used to kill Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Podesta also had his email account hacked and that was the reason that the WikiLeaks releases were filled with a lot of information that the Democrats didn’t want people to see. In fact, Podesta was put in such a panic mode that he revealed a computer secret to save the election. It didn’t matter in the long run though.
Share this article to show everyone that another Podesta sibling was responsible for trying to help Russia over the United States. It’s especially ironic considering that the Democrats have been trying to paint the picture that Trump isn’t hard on Russia. It will be interesting to see how they explain this.