The name Podesta is synonymous with influence pedaling in Washington DC. John Podesta, his brother, and his brother’s ex wife are lobbyists extraordinaire. John Podesta came to Obama’s White House to right the ship a couple of years ago. Now he heads Hillary Clinton’s White House effort.
Mr. Podesta has been one of the lead voices spinning the idea that the Russians had something to do with the DNC leaks which illustrated how the Democratic Party gamed the primaries for Hillary Clinton.
Podesta does seem to be a bit of a Russia expert.
In 2014, the FBI issued what it called “an extraordinary warning” to several technology companies involved with Skolkovo. “The [Skolkovo] foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research development facilities and dual-use technologies with military and commercial application,” warned Lucia Ziobro, the assistant special agent at the FBI’s Boston office. She added: “The FBI believes the true motives of the Russian partners, who are often funded by the government, is to gain access to classified, sensitive, and emerging technology from the companies.”
Still, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta sat on the executive board of a small energy company called Joule Unlimited. Joule, too, received the FBI letter warning about Skolkovo. Other Joule board members included senior Russian officials. According to the GAI report: “Two months after Podesta joined the board, Vladimir Putin’s Rusnano announced that it would invest up to one billion rubles into Joule Unlimited, which amounts to $35 million. That represents one-fifth of the entire amount of investment dollars Joule collected from 2007 to 2013.”