President Donald Trump is coming after Tony Podesta and his brother, John Podesta, two very well-connected Democrats who abruptly closed their lobbyist firm amid allegations of “pay for play” and shady behavior.
On Sunday, Trump targeted the Clinton allies with a tweet that amassed a ton of attention, asking why they haven’t been charged or arrested for their potentially illegal behaviors.
….and why hasn’t the Podesta brother been charged and arrested, like others, after being forced to close down his very large and successful firm? Is it because he is a VERY well connected Democrat working in the Swamp of Washington, D.C.?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018
As noted by Fox News, Tony is the older brother of John, who served as the Clinton’s campaign chairman during the 2016 presidential election.
The Podesta brothers are very well-connected to liberal inner circles, and arguably ran a “pay for play” scheme nearly as powerful as the Clinton Foundation.
Leading up to the 2016 election, the Podesta Group served as a lobbying powerhouse that racked up millions of dollars from top politicians in the U.S. and other figures across the globe.
John not only served in Clinton’s campaign, he also worked in former President Barack Obama’s administration. John used his government power and connections to swing donors, figures, and groups to do business with the Podesta Group, which was run by Tony.
.@JudicialWatch uncovered news docs on Podesta Group foreign connections. Stark reminder Mueller’s special counsel operation more interested in alleged foreign ties of @realDonaldTrump team, rather than Hillary Clinton’s (and Barack Obama’s) associates. https://t.co/JkPwEzQuav https://t.co/IrNXmGvrII
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) May 20, 2018
The media has outright refused to touch the story of their illegal behavior, but all of that might change now that Trump has sounded a big alarm with his powerful Twitter account.
Trump’s tweet was in reference to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating the Podesta Group in October 2017 for illegal business dealings with Ukraine and Russia officials, notably during the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller’s team has indicted former Trump campaign aides — Paul Manafort and Rick Gates — for being connected to a nonprofit group called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.
The Podesta Group and both brothers are also connected to ECMU, but Mueller’s team let them off the hook and has not brought down a single indictment.
— Peter Luis Venero (@peterluisvenero) May 20, 2018
Trump’s point is that Gates and Manafort were indicted for not reporting their political activities with the group, yet the Podesta brothers were given a pass for carrying out actions that were far worse.
ECMU paid the Podesta Group $1.02 million between 2012 and 2013. In 2015, the Podesta Group raked in $5 million in overseas business, which is around the same time as when Clinton announced her candidacy for president.
Here’s the cherry on top: on the same day that Gates and Manafort were indicted by Mueller, Oct. 30, 2017, the brothers abruptly stepped away from the Podesta Group and haven’t been connected to it since then.
Just like to take a moment to thank President Trump for reminding the world that both Podesta brothers are still at large
— Jack Posobiec❌ (@JackPosobiec) May 20, 2018
In 2017, when the Podesta brothers stepped away and Clinton was a private citizen, the group’s lobbying income plummeted from a high of $29.3 million in 2010 to $18.4 million, its lowest income since 2008. Apparently, none of that is suspicious to Mueller.
The Podesta brothers have been hiding under the radar for months, but Trump’s powerful tweet just brought back a lot of attention on the allegations of illegal and shady behavior.
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