Mueller’s Deal: Tony Podesta Could Be The Greatest Beneficiary In The Gates Plea Bargain

440px-Director_Robert_S._Mueller-_III-1The greatest beneficiary of the Gates plea may not be Rick Gates himself but Tony Podesta, the former head of the Podesta Group and the brother of John Podesta, the former head of the Hillary Clinton campaign.  Tony Podesta recently resigned by the Podesta Group and has been cited as one of the Democrats who also engaged in work for Russian-backed interests in the Ukraine.  Podesta suddenly registered as a foreign agent in the midst of the Russian investigation. (The Manafort-Gates indictments contained Foreign Agent Registration Act charges).  Now, Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have given Podesta legal shelter from any charge in working for the same interests as Manafort and Gates.  Buried in the Gates plea agreement is a key section that could have been written by Podesta counsel in establishing a defense to a future charge.  While there is still the possibility of charges against Podesta or his former company, the filings strongly suggest that Manafort and Gates knowingly hid both critical facts and sources of payments from two lobbying groups including the Podesta Group.  Mueller has been filing “speaking indictments” and these papers notably do not speak to any criminality on the part of Podesta.

The Podesta Group was one of six lobbying firms that Manafort and Gates used to help Ukraine between 2011 and 2014.

Mueller only required Gates to plead to a false statement and a conspiracy charge. However, in the filings below, Mueller made clear that Gates lied to “Company A” and “Company B.”   — believed to be the Podesta Group (Company B) and Mercury Public Affairs (Company A).  The filing effectively clears Podesta of failing to file under FARA due having Gates take responsibility for giving false or misleading information to the Group.

Gates wrote to Company A that it would be representing the Government of Ukraine in [Washington,]

22. MANAFORT repeatedly communicated in person and in writing with Yanukovych, and Gates passed on directions to Company A and Company B.  . . .

23. At the direction of MANAFORT and Gates, Company A and Company engaged in extensive lobbying. Among other things, they lobbied multiple Members of Congress and their staffs about Ukraine sanctions, the validity of Ukraine elections, and the propriety of Yanukovych’s imprisoning his presidential rival, Yulia Tymoshenko. In addition, with the assistance of Company A, MANAFORT directly lobbied a Member of Congress who had Ukraine within his subcommittee’s purview, and reported that lobbying effort to senior Government of Ukraine leadership.

24. To minimize public disclosure of their lobbying campaign and distance their work from the Government of Ukraine, MANAFORT, Gates, and others arranged for the Centre to be the nominal client of Company A and Company B, even though in fact the Centre was under the ultimate direction of the Government of Ukraine, Yanukovych, and the Party of Regions, and reported to the First Vice Prime Minister. . . .

25. Neither Company A nor Company registered as required with the United States Department of Justice. In order to avoid such registration, Gates provided the companies a false and misleading signed statement from the Centre, stating that it was not directly or indirectly supervised, directed, controlled . . . in whole or in part by a government of a foreign country or a foreign political party. In fact, the Centre took direction from Yanukovych and the Ukraine First Vice Prime Minister.

26. To conceal the scheme, MANAFORT and Gates developed a false and misleading cover story that would distance themselves and the Government of Ukraine, Yanukovych, and the Party of Regions from the Centre, Company A, and Company B. . . .

Here is the filing: Gates_Plea_Agreement
Here is the criminal information: Rick-Gates-Plea-Agreement
Here is the superseding indictment: 2-16-18-Manafort-Superseding-Indictment

63 thoughts on “Mueller’s Deal: Tony Podesta Could Be The Greatest Beneficiary In The Gates Plea Bargain”

  1. If Hillary’s escapades – Uranium One, Veropharm, BleachBit, 30,000 e-mails, etc. – as Secretary of State, Bill Clinton’s huge Russian speaking fees, contributions to the Clinton Foundation by leaders from around the globe, etc. are illegal, then Robert Mueller is a co-conspirator as he was the FBI Director during Hillary’s term. Either Mueller was a competent FBI Director and knew all about and provided cover for Hillary’s crimes or he was criminally incompetent.

    Mueller failed to discover Manafort’s crimes during his term as FBI Director. Mueller is covering his own crimes. Mueller has assembled a political hit squad investigating phantom Russian “collusion” –

    Coups “R” Us.

    1. Haha. He said “uranium one.” As if.

      this is to “tinfoil sale down to the piggly wiggly this weekend” georgie

  2. And where is the Russian collusion with the Trump campaign? What does all this do for the country?

    1. The “swamp” denizens successfully execute a coup d’etat and remain in control of America in order to facilitate its being subsumed by the communist One World Government – the Dictatorship of the Proletariat – the Intelligentsia – the Egalitarians – the Collectivist Redistributionists.

      1. Don’t forget the manufacturers of those special “black helicopters.”

        this is to “my TV is spying on me, I think” georgie

  3. Are you on drugs son? Or auditioning for another spot on Tucker’s hour of propaganda?

    The republican Mueller, representing an FBI with only republicans at the top, indicts the criminal Gates and you try to find some tenuous link based on last names to link democrats? Even though Mueller could always bring additional charges and does nothing to clear Podesta, your pre-law interpretation still attempts to create some non-existent intent.

    “It is also important to note in fairness to Podesta and his colleagues that FARA violations are rarely prosecuted and that late filings as foreign agents is not uncommon” – by typing this you are admitting your thread is at best garbage and sadly seemingly only propaganda to prop up the Putin/Trump conspiracy.

    There is lame……and then those really lame……..and then miles and miles beyond that there is this thread by JT. I am not sure what subject you teach, but with threads like this it must boarder on irrelevancy.

      1. I think JT really knows that if he doesn’t regularly feed them, the American trolls will gravitate back to their echo silo, and then he’s left with just the paid Russian trolls.

    1. All the key FBI and DoJ people are not Republicans. They are Democrats. Comey is a Democrat. But truthfully most of them are part of the uni-party more than anything.

  4. The Clinton’s certainly performed “Foreign Agent ” acts of the sort. The opening of jail gates await both.

  5. A gratuitous defense of Podesta written in an indictment drafted by 10 Democrats and 7 “unaffiliated” deputy prosecutors and headed by swamp Republican! I’m shocked, shocked I say.

    1. Mueller has been a life long republican. Rosenstein, who read the other indictment is a republican. Comey was a republican. The FBI is controlled by republicans.

      You see – it’s easy when one wants to be honest.

  6. In days of old “Tony” was known as “Anthony”. Regarding names and foreign events: the Podesta family hit Ellis Island and had a name choice. They could go with Corleone or go with the name of the town from which had departed, Podesta, Italy. They chose Podesta and the name has stuck.
    John Podesta went to Knox College. He was “an Indy” and did not join a frat. Later as a Democrat he was sort of an Indy or about himself.

  7. The notion that Tony Podesta is the principal beneficiary of Rick Gates’ plea deal is risibly specious on the face of it, since that risibly specious notion completely and totally absconds with the intuitively obvious fact that Paul Manafort is the principal target of Mueller plea deal with Gates. Remember: Gates served on Trump’s transition team. Gates has taken orders from Manafort throughout their partnership. Manafort knows many things about Trump, Trump Jr. and Kushner.

    Moreover, somebody posted something yesterday on another thread about “Special Pleading” and “Grasping at Straws.” Evidently, the import of those posts were utterly lost on Turley. Not so for Gates’ understanding of the import of Mueller’s additional indictments of Gates and Manafort, in Virginia, just the day before Gates changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. How much longer can Manafort hold out before changing his plea from not guilty to guilty?

    Robert Swan Mueller The Third will not be deterred.

    1. Paul C. Schulte,..
      Do you know if students are still required to diagram sentences?
      Also, are they taught about puncuation?

        1. I can understand that.
          Forcing a POW, or a student, to diagram some of your sentences would be worse than waterboarding. 😉

          1. Have a gander at “Ivanhoe,” by Sir Walter Scott, the next time you get that masochistic feeling.

    2. Here is da deal. Da T rump propagandists want da public to get Tony Podesta confused with John Podesta. Did some research on Tony and saw that he was not employed by da Clintons. He worked for other dems in the seventies and eighties. He could have had crooked dealings for all we know but da fact is he did not work for da Clintons. The T rump propagandists want you to believe he and Johnny are da same person. Johnny worked for da Clinton’s but left da firm in da early nineties. Da Ruskie triolls and da far right USA trolls are fightin to get rid of Mueller and misinformation is their propaganda tool. We were unaware but we are woke to their dirty tricks.

      1. Ken, you’re right, of course, but, until Manafort changes his plea from not guilty to guilty, Mueller will have to prove his case against Manafort in a court of law. The propagandists seeking to discredit Mueller don’t have to prove anything. They just have to fling at the wall and see if any of it sticks. OTOH, if Manafort cops a plea and becomes a cooperating witness . . . OMG. The smear campaign against Mueller will go into hyper-drive.

          1. John and Tony Podesto are detrimental to the Democratic Party. The Podesto Group, during Hillary’s campaign, had as CEO, a self-described Republican operative who had been the deputy campaign manager for Gov. Jeb Bush. There is an online video of John Podesto on a dais with Jeb Bush and Chester Finn asking wealthy donors to contribute to school privatizing candidates.

            (Belatedly), Dems should announce condemnation for influence peddling firms rather than defend those who have steered the Party to plutocracy. The Republican party of the Koch’s has no interest in ridding itself of its legacy of corruption. But, the Dems can prune the branch of its party that serves the richest 0.1% e.g. the Center for American Progress and New America (tech monopolists).

            1. Linda, I wish Mueller had indicted Tony Podesta, who could have, and should have, known that the cover letter Gates’ sent him from the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine was false and misleading and that Manafort was the one actually paying Podesta from off-shore accounts most likely in Cyprus.

              When lobbyists fail to register as foreign agents under FARA, they evade oversight from the forensic accountants at the Treasury Dept. If the lobbyists weren’t up to no good, there’d be no reason not to register under FARA. However, Mueller will not indict anyone for any crime unless and until Mueller can make a case against that person in a court of law.

  8. You can bet that, if Gates has dirt to dish on Podesta, he will dish it with gusto, in an effort to get a lighter sentence.

    This post, like the post speculating that routine order issued by the new Judge in the Flynn case has some significance beyond the fact that the Judge issues that order in every criminal case, is pure trash.

    1. From the article linked above:

      The indictment, unsealed Monday, refers to “Company A” and “Company B” as the firms Manafort and Gates solicited in 2012 to lobby on behalf of the Ukranian government. Company A is Mercury Public Affairs and Company B is the Podesta Group, the sources said.

        1. From the article linked above:

          Mercury Public Affairs was co-founded by Kirill Goncharenko and Kieran Mahoney in 1999. It began as a small political communications firm in Manhattan. By 2003, however, the firm had been purchased by the Omnicom Group, an international marketing and communications company.[2] In 2006, Mercury merged its Washington, D.C., government relations division with Fleishman-Hillard, another Omnicom media firm. The two firms kept their names and Mercury was responsible for daily operations.

          1. Turely cited the following from the filing for the Gates plea deal:

            “Gates wrote to Company A that it would be representing the Government of Ukraine in [Washington,]”

            Company A is Mercury Public Affairs. The Podesta Group is Company B.

            Turley also cited the following from the filing for the Gates plea deal:

            “In order to avoid such [FARA] registration, Gates provided the companies a false and misleading signed statement from the Centre, stating that it was not directly or indirectly supervised, directed, controlled . . . in whole or in part by a government of a foreign country or a foreign political party.”

            Had Gates written to the Podesta Group (Company B) the same thing that Gates wrote to Mercury Public Affairs (Company A)– that it would be representing the Government of Ukraine in [Washington]–then Mueller might have been able to show that Tony Podesta knew, or ought to have known, that the signed statement from The European Centre for a Modern Ukraine that Gates had provided both Companies A and B was false and misleading.

            1. Ken, I forgot to mention that Mueller has not indicted Kirill Goncharenko and Kieran Mahoney of Mercury Public Affairs, either.

              1. Also, there’s no reporting available yet on the question of whether Kirill Goncharenko and Kieran Mahoney of Mercury Public Affairs had registered as foreign agents under FARA.

  9. Russian Collusion Democrats Schumer & Pelosi’s rule: We can. Sessions can’t. Chucky parties with Putin in NYC & Nancy can’t recall.

  10. Turley has increasingly been practicing writing for Infowars, or Fox & Friends. His speculation is just that, speculation, yet some are running with it as if it were fact. Fake news runs more than one way!

  11. Actually, I thought we had settled that you could try and convict two people for the same crime using the same evidence. That convicting one did not preclude convicting the other, even though only one person could have committed the act.

    1. What the devil are you caviling at, now, Paul? It is in the nature of a conspiracy to involve two or more people in the same crime or crimes. The idea that one, and only one, conspirator could have committed the criminal act (say, an assassin squeezing the trigger of a sniper’s rifle, for instance) is directly contrary to the very notion of a conspiracy.

      The question is whether each and every last conspirator is fully cognizant of the entire scope of the conspiracy. For example, did Tony Podesta know, or ought he to have known, that Paul Manafort used off-shore accounts (in Cyprus, most likely) to pay the Podesta Group??? Likewise, did Tony Podesta know, or ought he to have known, that The European Centre for a Modern Ukraine was a shell entity for the Ukrainian government during the tenure of Yanukovich and The Party of Regions???

  12. Always remember my Golden Rule: The Deep State always takes care of their own corrupt, crooked, calumnious criminals.

    1. From the entry on Special Pleading:

      Applying standards, principles, and/or rules to other people or circumstances, while making oneself or certain circumstances exempt from the same critical criteria, without providing adequate justification. Special pleading is often a result of strong emotional beliefs that interfere with reason.

    2. This “Deep State” organization which you have so cleverly discovered is intriguing. Kindly elaborate on the manner and means of detection which you utilized to bring this nefarious cabal of ne’er-do-wells to the light of day. It seems that your crackerjack detection abilities have uncovered a hyena’s-den of malefactors, all of which are hell-bent on eradicating our way of life, vaccinating our most vulnerable, or fluoridating our precious bodily fluids.

      this is to “Inspector Clouseau redux” ralphie

  13. “The greatest beneficiary of the Gates plea may not be Rick Gates himself but Tony Podesta, the former head of the Podesta Group and the brother of John Podesta, the former head of the Hillary Clinton campaign.”

    A person one hop away from the Clintons received shelter from this investigation? Well……

    1. From entry for “Grasping at Straws:”

      1) To make a desperate attempt to salvage a bad situation.
      2) To depend on something that is useless; to make a futile attempt at something.
      3) Make a desperate attempt at saving oneself.

      For example, He had lost the argument, but he kept grasping at straws, naming numerous previous cases that had little to do with this one. This metaphoric expression alludes to a drowning person trying to save himself by grabbing at flimsy reeds. First recorded in 1534, the term was used figuratively by the late 1600s.

  14. So in the midst of this BS Podesta registers as a foreign agent after the fact and he’s off the hook. So all the bad actors of real collusion will just walk away. I sure would like to know what J Sessions is doing.

      1. Turley has revised his original post for this thread in just such a way as to clarify his previous brick-laying effort on this issue. One wonders who reads Turley’s blawg for him and reports recommendations for revision of the initial rough draft.

  15. So….a team of a dozen prosecutors comprising 97% staunch DNC operatives and one GOP member, author a plea deal increasing risk for Trump’s guy Manafort, and a legal defense for HRC’s right hand man Podesta.

    I’m shocked, just shocked, I tell ya! It makes no sense at all…..

    /sarc off

    1. JoJo said, “a team of a dozen prosecutors . . . author a plea deal increasing risk for Trump’s guy Manafort.”

      From Dante’s Divine Comedy:

      Through me you pass into the city of woe:
      Through me you pass into eternal pain:
      Through me among the people lost for aye.

      Justice the founder of my fabric mov’d:
      To rear me was the task of power divine,
      Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.

      Before me things create were none, save things
      Eternal, and eternal I endure.
      All hope abandon ye who enter here.

      Such characters in colour dim I mark’d
      Over a portal’s lofty arch inscrib’d:
      Whereat I thus: Master, these words import.

      1. From the Corleone bumper sticker on Mercedes Benz cars in Podesta, Italy: Don’t mess with the bitches or families.

    2. Wrong Podesta; but don’t let facts stand in your way.

      this is to “but hannity didn’t tell me that part” joey

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