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MSM Strangely Quiet on Mueller’s Podesta Group Investigation

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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.

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“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.”

 

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KENYA: Nairobi News Outlet Declares ‘Barack Obama is Home, Finally’

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Barack Obama is home. That is, according to The East African, a verified news agency in Nairobi, Kenya.

The former President is in Kenya as part of a scheduled trip to Africa where he is set to meet with Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of Kenya. Following his visit to Kenya, Obama will then travel to South Africa to meet with political leaders and attend a meeting for the Obama Foundation.

On Monday, the publication tweeted an article about Obama’s visit to Kenya with the caption, “.@BarackObama is home, finally #ObamaReturns.”

The word “home” was an interesting word choice for the publication, and quickly caught the attention of thousands of Twitter users who noticed that the Kenyan publication was claiming Obama’s home or origin is Kenya, a claim that holds explosive political ramifications.

When Obama ran for president in 2008, questions concerning the legitimacy of his birth certificate came into question when his opponents accused him of having a phony birth certificate. In order to become President of the United States, one must be a natural-born citizen of the U.S., as required by Article Two of the U.S. Constitution.

Many people believe that Obama, who claims to have been born in Hawaii, was actually born in Kenya where his father if from. One of the most famous individuals who publicly stated that they don’t believe Obama was born in the United States was pre-Oval Office Donald Trump.

In 2011, to quell rumors, the White house released a copy of what looks like a long form birth certificate from Hawaii. However, there are many Americans who still believe Obama was born in Kenya, and not on American soil.

During Obama’s presidency, President Trump, prior to announcing his run for candidacy, caused a firestorm on October 24, 2012 when he announced that he would make a $5 million donation to charity if Obama produce his citizenship and college records.

During an interview in 2014 on Irish TV, Trump said, “The president (Obama) should come clean. A lot of people feel it wasn’t a proper certificate.”

However, in September of 2016, Trump held a press conference in which he said, “President Obama was born in the United States”, causing many on the Left to accuse Conservatives of promoting what they dubbed “birther conspiracy theories”.

Two years later, Trump is President of the United States of America, and Obama has returned “home”, to Kenya, where the local media has claimed Obama as one of their own, a Kenyan.

According to Mwakilishi, “Kenya’s diaspora news leader”, Barack Obama will be accompanied by Oprah Winfrey during his trip throughout Africa. Winfrey recently flirted with the idea of a 2020 presidential run and has been making political waves after she gave a highly politically charged speech about Trump at the Golden Globes in January.

In 2013, President Obama awarded Winfrey with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. However, it is unknown why she will be accompanying Obama on his trip to Africa and why it wasn’t previously disclosed in his official statement about the trip.

“President Obama looks forward to meeting these emerging leaders for the first time, hearing about the extraordinary work they are doing across Africa, and discussing how the Obama Foundation can support their civic leadership development,” Obama’s spokesperson said in an official statement released regarding the former President’s visit to Africa.

Obama’s trip to Kenya is reportedly his first trip back to Kenya since leaving office. However, in June, Big League Politics learned from sources on the ground in Kenya that Obama visited his family in Kenya at the end of June in an unannounced secret trip, which raises the question: What is Obama hiding in Kenya?

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