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Assistant Attorney General Involved in New Clinton Email Investigation is Podesta Friend

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By Emily Zanotti | 12:45 pm, November 1, 2016

On Monday, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik sent a letter to Congress assuring Democratic leaders that any investigation into newly discovered emails—from the laptop that Huma Abedin shared with Anthony Weiner—would be over quickly and efficiently.

The letter appeared to indicate that Kadzik was involved in, at least, the Department of Justice aspect of the investigation, and that he had inside knowledge of how things were proceeding. “We assure you that the Department will continue to work closely with the FBI and together, dedicate all necessary resource and take appropriate steps as expeditiously as possible,” Kadzik told legislators.

But this should raise alarm bells with anyone familiar with the thousands of Podesta emails that were stolen in a hack and are now being posted by Wikileaks. Kadzik’s name appears in them regularly, as both a friend of Podesta’s and a Clinton crony.

Kadzik is an attorney, and before he worked for the federal government, he represented Podesta during the Monica Lewinsky affair, when Podesta testified before the Kenneth Starr commission. They clearly stayed close.

Here’s an email from right after the Benghazi hearings, showing Kazdik and Podesta meeting up for dinner at Podesta’s home.

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They also had dinner early in 2016.

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In May of 2015, Kazdik’s kid, PJ, felt comfortable enough with Podesta that he reached out to him, seeking a job on the Clinton campaign.

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When the time came for Barack Obama to start staffing his Justice Department, it was Podesta who suggested that Kadzik should be considered for a legal position.

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Kadzik is now the head of Office of Legislative Affairs, and in that capacity, serves as a liaison between the Department of Justice and Congress. He’s not part of the FBI per se, but his position allows him to have direct contact with investigators on Clinton’s case (or, really, cases, given that there are at least five in process). It also likely gives him enough inside knowledge of what’s happening that he’ll be able to keep Clinton’s allies in Congress, and her campaign, abreast of developments.

He could have impact going the other direction, too, using his position as Congress’s contact in the DOJ to help pressure the department’s investigators into speeding up their search.

 

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