John Podesta

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Podesta Has Choice Words for Trump: 'Unfit for Office'

The former Clinton campaign chairman isn't holding back

(Newser) - With a little time to reflect following Hillary Clinton's defeat in her bid for the White House, former campaign chair John Podesta isn't pulling punches on her opponent. In an interview on Politico podcast the Global Politico , Podesta opened up about James Comey's fate, his own hacked... More »

John Podesta: Russia 'Clearly Intervened'

Also, the FBI contacted him once about his emails—2 days after Wikileaks dropped them

(Newser) - John Podesta continued his assault on the FBI on Sunday, telling Meet the Press that he only heard from the bureau once about his hacked emails—and that was two days after WikiLeaks started dropping them. The timeline, per Podesta: On Oct. 7, the controversial Access Hollywood tape depicting Donald... More »

Podesta: Fix the FBI, and Quickly

Clinton campaign chair calls out 'deeply broken' bureau in wake of Russia hacks

(Newser) - The chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has taken a long look at the Russian hacking scandal and the FBI's role in dealing with it, and his conclusion in a Washington Post opinion piece on Thursday: The FBI needs a serious overhaul. And what took the entire situation... More »

One Typo Exposed John Podesta's Email to Hackers

According to a massive 'New York Times' investigation into Russian hacking

(Newser) - A single typo may have changed the course of history. In a massive report on the scale and method of Russian hacking from 1996 to the 2016 election, the New York Times reveals exactly how 10 years' worth of emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chief were used against him.... More »

Cops: Guy Investigating 'PizzaGate' Fired Shot in DC Eatery

Conspiracy theorists think restaurant is HQ of Clinton sex trafficking ring

(Newser) - Fake news has real consequences, the owner of Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in Washington, DC, said after a man who claimed to be investigating the "PizzaGate" conspiracy theory allegedly fired at least one shot inside the establishment Sunday afternoon. The Washington Post reports that North Carolina man Edgar... More »

Emails Reveal Clinton Camp Plotted Against Head of Party

Campaign also discussed need to 'dump all those emails'

(Newser) - Democratic Party head Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down just before the convention in July. But emails released by WikiLeaks Tuesday reveal the Clinton campaign was plotting how to get rid of her months earlier, the AP reports. A memo from a campaign aide and included in campaign chair John Podesta'... More »

Podesta Got Hacked Because Clinton IT Team Was Fooled

Probably

(Newser) - It appears we now know how John Podesta's email account got hacked, and it seems Russia was behind it. CNN reports a new batch of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman released Friday includes one from March with the subject line "Someone has your password."... More »

In Leaked Emails, Aides Were Candid About Clinton's Flaws

They were annoyed by her reaction to email scandal

(Newser) - The Clinton WikiLeaks keep on coming: In the latest release of emails from hacked campaign chief John Podesta, Podesta and other Clinton aides complain about her reaction to the emerging furor over her private email server. In one message from April last year, Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden... More »

Leaked Email: Clinton Looked to Tech World During VP Search

Bill Gates, Tim Cook, others among those considered

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton may have picked America's dad Tim Kaine as her running mate, but in an alternate universe her veep was one of America's tech giants. A leaked email sent by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and released by WikiLeaks Tuesday names Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Apple... More »

Bernie Sanders Asked to Be Endorsed by 'Bernie Sanders'

Email leak shows Clinton and Sanders wanted Larry David endorsement

(Newser) - Among the revelations included in a batch of Clinton campaign emails released Saturday by WikiLeaks: Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sought the endorsement of "Bernie Sanders." Politico reports a week after Larry David first played Sanders on Saturday Night Live last October, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta... More »

Leaks Raise 'Many Questions' About Clinton Campaign

Emails point to DOJ contacts and much more

(Newser) - There's more than talk of UFOs in leaked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign. One shows press secretary Brian Fallon—a former Justice Department official—communicating with the DOJ about the release of Clinton's State Department emails in May 2015. "DOJ folks inform me there is a... More »

Clinton Campaign Chief Sends Pro-Trump Tweet

John Podesta has 'switched teams.' Or he's very unlucky

(Newser) - Either John Podesta is very unlucky or he has been using "password" as his password. The Hillary Clinton campaign chairman, whose hacked Gmail emails are being released in batches by WikiLeaks, had his Twitter account hacked on Wednesday and used to send out a pro-Trump tweet, Politico reports. More »

In Latest Clinton Leak: Blink-182 Singer, Campaign Chair Talk UFOs

Tom DeLonge may have interviewed John Podesta for doc

(Newser) - What does Hillary Clinton's campaign chief have in common with Blink-182 rocker Tom DeLonge? A fascination with UFOs , apparently. WikiLeaks' latest email dump reveals DeLonge has sent several emails regarding extraterrestrial life to Clinton campaign head John Podesta over the past two years. In a 2015 email "relating... More »

Campaign Chairman Says Clinton Will Declassify 'UFO Files'

'The American people can handle the truth'

(Newser) - With The X-Files off the air—again—we need somebody to step into Fox Mulder's shoes. It looks like that somebody is going to be Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta. USA Today reports Podesta, who was also chief of staff for President Clinton and a member of... More »

Chamber Took $885K From 84 Foreign Companies

But says it doesn't use it for political purposes

(Newser) - The US Chamber of Commerce has flatly denied recent Democratic attacks claiming that it uses foreign money to fund its political campaigns, and mainstream media fact checkers have largely backed them up. But Think Progress says those organizations have missed the point, pointing to data from the Chamber’s own... More »

Rove Constructs 'Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy'

...by imitating Democrats

(Newser) - The Republican party's top operatives are quietly building a massive fundraising and organizing machine inspired by the one the Democrats used to sieze Congress and the White House. Headed up by Karl Rove and former party chair Ed Gillespie, the network of five connected groups is modeled after the "... More »

Under Obama, It's the 'Summer of the Lobbyist'

'It Girl' emerges as health, climate, economy converge

(Newser) - Barack Obama the candidate railed against lobbyists' influence—but under his administration, the Washington movers and shakers are flourishing. With health care reform, the environment, and the economy in focus all at once, it’s the “Summer of the Lobbyist,” writes Manuel Roig-Franzia in the Washington Post. At... More »

Kim Jong-Il Was 'Fully Engaged' During Clinton Visit

(Newser) - Longtime Bill Clinton aide John Podesta, who accompanied the former president on his recent rescue mission to North Korea, says leader Kim Jong-Il was "fully engaged" during the visit, Reuters reports. “I would basically say that the discussions were pretty straightforward and he was fully engaged,” Podesta... More »

He Can't Say It Like He Wants to Anymore

(Newser) - President Obama has backed off a bit on his “acted stupidly” comments concerning the arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates, saying they were not properly “calibrated.” But, aides say, it “was not a slip of the tongue,” Peter Baker writes in the New York ... More »

House Dems Want to Impeach Judge for Torture Memos

GOP, Obama can't halt proceeding vs. Bybee

(Newser) - House Democrats may start a constitutional confrontation over the fate of Judge Jay Bybee, and there’s nothing anybody—not even lukewarm President Obama—can do to stop them, reports Politico. As liberal think-tanker John Podesta argues, Bybee “authorized things that were illegal under US law” when he wrote... More »

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