The Democrat joy over the Robert Mueller indictments for former Trump campaign officials was immediately tempered when John and Tony Podesta were named in the indictments as well.
Now, John Podesta, the former campaign chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential run in 2016, has been tied to Fusion GPS and the discredited Trump Dossier compiled by the firm.
Even worse, Podesta may be guilty of perjury.
All of these accusations stem from a report released by a former Podesta employee who claims that Podesta met with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, to discuss the firm’s then-ongoing investigation of Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
This meeting immediately called Podesta’s recent testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee into question, for Podesta said that he did not know who paid Fusion GPS for the now discredited dossier.
According to a report by the New York Times, Podesta’s meeting with Fusion GPS indicates how closely the Clinton campaign worked with the “opposition research” firm, although the Times article does not state whether or not Simpson and Podesta explicitly talked about the dossier — or the research found by Fusion.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign contributed as much as $1 million towards the creation of the dossier.
Marc Elias, the Clinton campaign lawyer employed by the law firm Perkins Coie, also told the Senate that he did not know about contributions to Fusion GPS. This was also a lie, for Perkins Coie was used by the Clinton campaign to funnel money to Fusion GPS, which in turn gave $168,000 to former MI6 agent Christopher Steele as payment for creating the document.
Along with John’s troubles, brother Tony Podesta has been forced to step down as CEO from his own lobbying firm after Mueller’s investigation team revealed that the Podesta brothers worked alongside Paul Manafort in order to support a pro-Russian Ukrainian president.
The Podestas, Manafort, and others are accused of working for a Ukrainian non-profit that engaged in money laundering and other illegal tactics until 2014.
The Podesta Group, once one of the most powerful organizations in Washington, looks like it is on the verge of closing its doors for good. Some former associates have even told the press that the Podesta name is shunned throughout the city because of Mueller’s corruption allegations.
John Podesta may also find future work in American politics difficult not only because of the new perjury allegations, but also because his hardline stance against Russia belies the fact that he made millions off of a Kremlin-backed company.
Furthermore, the leaked DNC emails from Podesta’s Gmail account show that the former campaign manager is unethical, and his handling of the Clinton campaign has been justifiably criticized.
Will Podesta face justice?
For Democrats, the news of the Podesta downfall is troubling, even if the Clinton machine seems to be on its last legs. Looking from the outside, especially in light of former DNC chair Donna Brazile’s recent allegations, it seems clear that the Democrats have to remove Clinton’s toxic brand from the party.
This means that a major Democrat purge is needed.