by WorldTribune Staff, October 28, 2016
Clinton confidant John Podesta ignored a warning against associating with clients that were “likely criminal,” according to a newly released email from WikiLeaks.
In an April 2015 email, Joe Littlefield admonishes his friend Podesta for misplaced loyalty to Hillary and Bill Clinton.
“John – you are loyal to a fault,” the email begins. “You represent a client that is not honest and is most likely criminal. Hillary and Bill are not worth trying to defend as they are manipulative and they use people. Not exactly presidential material.”
The email goes on to explain that Podesta’s association with the Clintons reflects poorly on him.
“Your defense of them loses all credibility to those that admire you,” Littlefield continues. “I hope you can see truth, live it and not live a lie.”
Podesta obviously ignored his friend’s plea.
Another email released by WikiLeaks on Oct. 26 shows Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chair, created a holding company in order to conceal his own interests in an energy company with deep ties to the Vladimir Putin regime.
An earlier leaked email first revealed that Podesta transferred his holdings in the Putin-linked company Joule Unlimited to a private holding company — Leonidio LLC — upon joining the Obama administration.
“The disclosure that Clinton Chair John Podesta transferred his shares in Putin-backed Joule Unlimited to an anonymous holding company when he joined the Obama administration is extremely concerning,” the Trump campaign said in an official statement at the time. “Because the holding company is completely anonymous, we do not know whether or not he still has deep financial ties to Vladimir Putin and his regime.”
Last week, Breitbart reported that WikiLeaks released an email detailing the transfer of Joule stock to Leonidio and listing Megan Rouse — Podesta’s daughter-in-law — as a managing member of Leonidio. Her address is also listed as the address for Leonidio, proving Podesta’s ties to Russian interests were not severed when he joined the Obama administration.
An August report by the Government Accountability Institute found that Podesta failed to disclose his full involvement with Joule Unlimited before joining the Obama administration — nor did he disclose the full extent of his interests in Joule in his federal disclosure, listing only two of the three Joule boards on which he sat. The report further notes that “in his 2014 federal government disclosure filing, Podesta lists that he divested stock options from Joule.”