According to an exclusive investigative article published last night by the Daily Caller, the ZTE Corporation, which has paid Democratic Super-Lobbyist Tony Podesta $500,000 last year, has pled guilty to criminal violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran and then lying to investigators about it. They are being forced to pay a massive $1.19 Billion fine.
Tony Podesta is the brother of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. Back in January of last year, the ZTE Corporation hired the Podesta group at $35,000 per month to help them handle negotiations with the Obama administration. According to the company’s lobbying forms, the Podesta group is still being paid and is still lobbying on behalf of the ZTE Corporation.
According to the Daily Caller,
Podesta did not report his representation of ZTE to DOJ under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and reports to the Senate clerk are much less detailed than those required under FARA.
Last year, Podesta also avoided FARA regulations with another foreign-based client, Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank. Podesta received $170,000 for six months of work as he sought to lift U.S. economic sanctions then weighing on the Russian bank, but did not report it under FARA, as reported by TheDCNF on March 6 and March 7.
Podesta also represented ZTE in 2013 to encourage the departments of Defense and State to maintain “open and transparent markets in U.S.-China trade relations,” according to a Reuters report that estimated ZTE paid Podesta $1.44 million in fees though March 2016.
Podesta organized a team in January 2016 comprised of 11 lobbyists to defend ZTE in the criminal investigation. Ten members of the team previously worked at either the departments of State, Defense or Commerce, or the NSC, including David Adams, who was the assistant secretary of state under Hillary Clinton.
To clarify: while the Democrats were attacking Donald Trump’s campaign for months of possibly having contact with Russian government officials, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman’s lobbying company and brother were actively and illegally representing a massive, corrupt Chinese corporation that was criminally violating active U.S. sanctions against Iran.
Source: The Resurgent