The link between failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager John Podesta is growing exponentially. The newest revelation regarding John Podesta’s brother, Tony Podesta, is raising a new set of questions.
Now, it is common knowledge that the Podesta Group, a lobbying firm owned by Tony Podesta, helped to represent Uranium One, a formerly Canadian-owned company now controlled by Russian state-owned Rosatom. According to The Daily Caller, Podesta’s representation of the company took place under the Obama administration, during which the Podesta Group failed to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
During Podesta’s time working with Uranium One, he collected around $180,000 in lobbying fees. This information came to light through the Center for Responsive Politics.
The group discovered through the Uranium One website that they are a “wholly owned subsidiary” of the Russian State Corporation for Nuclear Energy. The Russian involvement is in the name.
At this point, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has already pointed out that Podesta and his company did not register as a lobbyist organization with the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, a direct Ukraine government entity.
The role that Podesta had in this situation is seen as on par with Paul Manafort, former President Trump campaign chair. Manafort was indicted on 12 counts on October 30th of this year.
Included in charges against Manafort is his failure to register under the FARA act, much like Podesta’s group. Richard Gates, a business partner of Manafort, was also indicted for similar reasons.
A committee that was led by former Secretary of State and failed presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, approved the sale of Uranium One back in 2010 under the Obama administration. As a result, Russia obtained 20 percent of the United States’ uranium reserves.
Now, three investigations are taking place surrounding the sale of Uranium One to find out the truth behind this deal. One group is seeking to determine whether Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation took in money and gifts from Russian business owners around the time of the deal.
The general speculation seems to be that gifts were given to Bill Clinton, for example, his $500,000 payment for a speech to a Russian bank, which helped pave the way for the Uranium One deal.
The Podesta Group is connected to the Uranium One deal. Will the media report on this?
There are also allegations that an FBI informant had noticed criminal activity taking place on the Russian side of the deal. This information was never passed on to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. This is sparking more speculation on what the Obama administration knew going into the Uranium One deal and why they didn’t do anything to stop the criminal wrong-doing.
Records show the Podesta Group lobbied for Uranium One in 2012, 2014, and 2015, according to information discovered by the Center for Responsive Politics. At the time of the sale in 2010, the Podesta Group was not listed as a lobbyist, raising even more suspicion. During the entire time that the Podesta Group lobbied for Uranium One, they never once filed under FARA. This is leaving many to question why these officials seem to think that they are above the law and don’t have to reveal such crucial information.