– Hiring Tony Podesta, a Former Democratic Lobbyist, and Others To Warm Relations With the Biden Administration
July 23, 2021
In February 2020, the Justice Department charged the company with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO — a key DOJ tool for going after organized crime – for its connection to Iran and North Korea, both sanctioned by the US. The DOJ has also brought charges against the company’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou who was arrested in Canada, where she is still fighting extradition to the U.S.
Huawei is not Podesta’s first major China client. Disclosure forms show that his former company also represented the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), which funds a host of activities in the U.S.
Podesta shut down his firm and stepped back from lobbying after Manafort’s indictment.
Podesta’s connections in DC – Podesta is expected to soon pick up more clients. He has known President Joe Biden for decades and is friendly with a number of his advisers. Podesta also lives down the street from former President Barack Obama in the glitzy D.C. neighborhood of Kalorama. His brother John was a counselor for Obama as well as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.
In addition to Podesta, Huawei recently hired several other representatives: the consulting firm of Lee Terry, a former Republican congressman from Nebraska; lawyer Stephen Binhak; Glenn LeMunyon, who was an aide to former House GOP Whip Tom DeLay; and the consulting firm J.S. Held. The company also retains white-shoe law firm Steptoe and Johnson, which has connections to power brokers throughout the nation’s capital. Christopher Fonzone, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has advised Huawei when he was a lawyer at the firm Sidley Austin.
Do you think Huawei still has a chance? When will American elites wake up to defend their own country?
Edited by：【Himalaya London Club UK】