Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is in charge of the investigation into Russian meddling, has now set his sights on Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group. Despite the mainstream media’s obsession with Russia, this juicy scoop was largely ignored by CNN, Washington Post, and the New York Times.
According to a report from NBC News, the criminal inquiry into the brother of Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager John Podesta and his lobbying firm came from information found while investigating Paul Manafort and the ECMU.
“Manafort had organized a public relations campaign for a non-profit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU). Podesta’s company was one of many firms that worked on the campaign, which promoted Ukraine’s image in the West,” NBC News reported.
According to multiple sources who spoke to NBC News, the investigation was initially a fact-finding mission, but has morphed into a criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Under FARA, people who lobby on behalf of foreign governments or interests must register with the Justice Department and disclose their spending. Failure to do so is a felony that can result in up to five years in prison. The Podesta Group complied with FARA only after media reports documented their work with Ukraine.
Though CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times have been frothing at the mouth over any links to Russia from the right — this juicy criminal inquiry of a Democratic donor did not make it to the front page of any of their websites by Monday afternoon.
“The report said the ECMU campaign was designed to sway public opinion and included attempts to solicit favorable press coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal,” NBC said of the ECMU’s pro-Ukraine lobbying campaign.
In a statement to NBC, the Podesta Group said that it “is cooperating fully with the Special Counsel’s office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance. In all of our client engagements, the Podesta Group conducts due diligence and consults with appropriate legal experts to ensure compliance with disclosure regulations at all times — and we did so in this case.”
Mitch McConnell Censured by Nelson County, Kentucky Republican Party for Betrayal of President Trump
Kentucky Republicans aren’t happy.
Kentucky Senator and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been formally censured by the Nelson County, Kentucky Republican Party, with party officials accusing the establishment Republican of betraying President Donald Trump.
A censure resolution was unanimously approved on Tuesday evening, in response to McConnell’s claim that President Trump was responsible for a raucous protest at the US Capitol earlier this month.
The censure “demands (McConnell) retract his statements impugning the honor of President Donald J. Trump,” referring to claims made that President Trump incited the Capitol riot. President Trump had urged rallygoers to proceed to the Capitol peacefully, before a small minority of those present took matters too far and trespassed onto Capitol grounds, disrupting election certification proceedings.
“I think it’s despicable. I think it’s a shame what he did today, because he used us over the past year to get his sorry butt reelected,” said a Kentucky Republican who phoned into the Nelson County GOP meeting in which McConnell was censured. “He used us.”
The censure resolution accuses McConnell of having “abandoned his Republican base that put him in office.”
McConnell has even gone so far as to suggest that he’d consider convicting President Trump in an impeachment trial, even after he’s left office. Such a development would represent no less than a final, ultimate betrayal of President Trump, with legal experts suggesting such a move isn’t even legal, with the Senate lacking jurisdiction to convict a private citizen.
Kentucky Republicans are also pushing for a rebuke of McConnell within the Kentucky Republican Party at the state level, and activists aim to pass a resolution requesting that McConnell shut down a second, hoax impeachment trial of President Trump, who has since left office.
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