Paul Manafort resigned just about a year ago from the Trump campaign amid outrage from the left over his consulting firm’s ties to a lobbying campaign designed to sway American public opinion in favor of the Ukraine’s pro-Russsian government.
The top political news on Friday was the unexpected resignation of Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, which was the result of emerging revelations that his political consulting firm, DMP International, had orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation in the period 2012-2014 on behalf of Ukraine’s then ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government (which was overthrown in a CIA-orchestrated coup in early 2014).
As the AP reported yesterday, the lobbying included attempts to gain positive press coverage of Ukrainian officials in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press. Another goal: undercutting American public sympathy for the imprisoned rival of Ukraine’s then-president. At the time, European and American leaders were pressuring Ukraine to free her. Furthermore, under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act (or FARA), US entities who lobby on behalf of foreign political leaders or political parties must provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department.
Now, just one year later it seems as though a leftist attempt to destroy Trump’s presidency may ensnare a rather unlikely victim, namely The Podesta Group.
As Project Republic’s audience is certainly aware by now, The Podesta Group (PG) was co-founded by Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman, John Podesta, and is still run by his brother, Tony Podesta. Now, according The Daily Caller, PG, one of six lobbying firms that worked on Paul Manafort’s campaign to get Ukraine into the European Union between 2012 to 2014, finds itself directly in the cross-hairs of Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia meddling investigation. (Related: Hannity, DotCom, Assange, Rep. Rohrabacher – Assange Could Be Pardoned For Info About DNC Leak Source)
Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued subpoenas seeking testimony from executives who worked on a campaign organized by Paul Manafort – including the Podesta Group — an NBC exclusive report published Friday revealed.
An executive, whose firm received a subpoena, said Mueller’s team is particularly interested in taking a close look at the lobbying campaign that included the Podesta Group.
“We think they are trying to figure out, was this a legitimate project?” the executive told NBC News. “From our perspective it was — we did a lot of work. We took it seriously.”
The unnamed executive told NBC News that six firms participated in the campaign that Manafort coordinated, which was paid for by the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, a non-profit based in Brussels.
The report shows that two groups, the Podesta Group and Mercury LLC, worked in Washington D.C. with Paul Manafort’s partner Rick Gates, according to lobbying disclosure records.
All of this puts the deep state, establishment (GOP and DNC) and MSM in a rather conflicted position since it’s looks increasingly likely that their efforts to expose the Trump administration could turn the spotlight back on their favorite failed candidate and her allies.
Meanwhile, Special Counsel Mueller’s interest in the Podesta Group comes just as the Washington Examiner noted that the firm belatedly filed numerous new disclosures regarding their ‘pro-Russia’ work.
The Podesta Group belatedly filed multiple new disclosures with the Department of Justice (DOJ) related to their work in the Ukraine during Manafort’s campaign, the Washington Examiner reported on Thursday.
The recent August 17 filings by the Podesta Group include registration statements for six Podesta Group employees and a list of political contributions made by “relevant employees” throughout 2013.
The Podesta Group’s most recent belated filing with the DOJ on August 17 came just one day after Politico reported that a “Ukrainian member of parliament requested a criminal investigation into possible meddling by his country’s government into last year’s U.S. presidential elections.” (Related: Hannity Tweets Another Cryptic Message – Teases “Major” Battle On “3 Different Fronts” – Hires Lawyers)
I hope the United States, and particularly the left is ready for the skeletons that will come out of this closet.