BREAKING: Judicial Watch Sues State Department For Podesta Group Records
Once again Judicial Watch is doing the heavy lifting.
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Monday that it filed a lawsuit against the State Department for records on the shady Podesta Group run by Tony Podesta, brother of Clinton fixture John Podesta.
Via Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State for all records about the Podesta Group Inc. and the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, which have both been connected to the recent special counsel indictment of Paul Manafort (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:17-cv-02489)).
Judicial Watch sued after the State Department failed to respond to a September 13, 2017, FOIA request for:
- All records of communication between any official, employee, or representative of the Department of State and any principal, employee, or representative of Podesta Group, Inc.
- All records produced related to any meetings or telephonic communications between any official, employee, or representative of the Department of State and any principal, employee, or representative of Podesta Group, Inc.
- All records regarding the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.
- The FOIA request covers the timeframe of January 1, 2012 to the present.
President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton had this to say about the Podesta Group:
“Mueller’s special counsel seems more interested in the alleged foreign ties of the Trump Team, rather than Hillary Clinton’s associates. Judicial Watch aims to figure out the truth of what exactly the Podesta Group was doing with the Obama State Department.”
As previously reported, The Podesta Group was subpoenaed in late August along with four other public relations firms who worked with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort during a 2012-2014 lobbying effort for a pro-Ukraine think tank – the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU) – tied to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.
Of course the fake news media did their best to downplay the subpoena and buried the story 9 paragraphs down while highlighting the Manafort drama.
Tony Podesta has since stepped down as the head of the Podesta Group.