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Close Relationship Between Peter Kadzik and John Podesta Raises Questions And Concerns

This Monday, October 31, Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik sent a letter to several congressmen regarding the FBI’s discovery of new Hillary Clinton emails during their investigation of Anthony Weiner’s computer. The letter assured the congressmen that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be working closely with the FBI to “dedicate all necessary resources and take appropriate steps as expeditiously as possible.”

#BREAKING Senior DOJ official sends letter to lawmakers responding to request for more information about email review.#8days pic.twitter.com/PCgT2ODkQd

However, the sender of the letter garnered more attention than the letter itself. Pretty soon twitter users, including WikiLeaks, began to tweet links to the Podesta emails that WikiLeaks has been releasing for several weeks now. These emails show a close relationship between Kadzik and John Podesta and, by extension, the Clinton campaign itself.

Close ties

This email shows Kadzik having called Podesta to talk back in 2008. This email shows Kadzik receiving an invitation to “Tony’s birthday” (presumably Tony Podesta). This email was sent by a student to ask Podesta to put him in touch with Kadzik. This email from a “PJ Kadzik,” Kadzik’s son, discusses helping Podesta with Clinton’s campaign. Finally, Podesta and Kadzik had dinner together.

In another email (from 2008), Podesta explains a part of his connection to Kadzik, saying, “Willing to help. Fantastic lawyer. Kept me out of jail.” Kadzik is also shown to have donated to Clinton’s campaign and went to Georgetown University’s law school with Podesta.

The Marc Rich Connection

Also on Monday, the FBI released to the public files on the Marc Rich investigation. The timing was odd (the case was closed in 2005) and it was made public via a tweet on a twitter account that isn’t very active (prior to October 30, 2016, the last tweet was in October of 2015). The FBI has since released the following statement:

The reason I bring this up is because of the connection between Marc Rich, John Podesta, and Peter Kadzik. Looking on Rich’s Wikipedia page, you can find a file entitled “THE CONTROVERSIAL PARDON OF INTERNATIONAL FUGITIVE MARC RICH.” In this very large file is Exhibit 129, which is on page 1077 of the PDF. Here is the page in question:


Kadzik’s name is mentioned many times throughout the document, which states on page 289: “We’ve learned John Podesta’s personal lawyer Peter Kadzik was
lobbying Mr. Podesta on behalf of Marc Rich.”

Potential Conflict of Interest

All of that being said, so far the only thing that’s demonstrated is a potential conflict of interest due to the close relationship of Kadzik and Podesta. It is possible that Kadzik could be entirely objective in his role with the email investigation. Furthermore, the Justice Department has stated that Kadzik’s role in the current investigation is to act as a messenger to Congress.

Yet, an email released by WikiLeaks today suggests that even being a messenger may be problematic. In an email with the subject line “Heads up,” Kadzik writes to Podesta:

“There is a HJC oversight hearing today where the head of our Civil Division will testify. Likely to get questions on State Department emails. Another filing in the FOIA case went in last night or will go in this am that indicates it will be awhile (2016) before the State Department posts the emails.”

This email suggests that Kadzik was giving the Clinton campaign prior knowledge of the moves the DOJ and State Department would be doing in relation to the Clinton email investigation.

Written by Raven Payne

Recently awakened progressive in pursuit of truth in all things.

Raven Payne is an Editor and Writer for Progressive Army, and a member of its Editorial Board.

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