Judge Presiding Over the Fusion GPS Case Teaches and is Friends With… John Podesta
Well, there goes a fair trial. The Podesta family has an interest in the Fusion GPS case going away and it just so happens that John Podesta, as of 2008, was teaching a course with Judge Richard Leon on congressional investigations since 1996 at Georgetown University Law Center. John Podesta graduated from that institution in 1976.
The course entitled “Congressional Investigations Seminar” deals with “Congress’ powers to conduct oversight and investigations of the Executive branch. This seminar will cover the scope of Congressional inquiries and investigations, Congress’ subpoena powers, grant of immunity powers as well as hearing and rulemaking powers, the use of select committees, the GAO, and other special investigative techniques. The course will examine the use of prehearing depositions, rights of witnesses, preparation of witnesses, the role of the press and the interaction between Congress and prosecutorial functions including investigations conducted by special and independent counsel statute.”
The judge teaching the course with John Podesta is Richard Leon, who was appointed to the Washington DC bench by George W. Bush, and he is presiding over the defamation case regarding Fusion GPS.
He had this to say about John Podesta:
“He is smart and has good judgment. In a city with a lot of hidden agendas and not a lot of humility, he is a very rare combination of personal qualities — genuinely humble and an honest broker.”
Sparta Report has learned that he still teaches the spring course seminar with Judge Richard Leon at Georgetown Law Center.
John Podesta served as Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff for the 2016 campaign for president. He was brought before Congress and interviewed in a closed-door session with the Senate Intelligence Committee. He claimed in front of Congress not to have known who funded the “research” done by Fusion GPS, while his attorney, Marc Elias, sat right next to him during the testimony:
In recent closed-door interviews with the Senate intelligence committee, Podesta and Wasserman Schultz said they did not know who had funded Fusion GPS, the intelligence firm that hired British Intelligence Officer Christopher Steele to compile the dossier on Trump, the sources said.
Podesta was asked in his September interview whether the Clinton campaign had a contractual agreement with Fusion GPS, and he said he was not aware of one, according to one of the sources.
Marc Elias’ law firm, enlisted Fusion GPS to continue the Trump dossier research. It was revealed in October by Senate intelligence Chairman Richard Burr that Fusion GPS had been paid by the Clinton Campaign and the DNC.
The three Russian oligarchs mentioned in the fake Trump dossier, who sued Buzzfeed for defamation back in May, announced the defamation lawsuit against Fusion GPS in early October. The judge who was assigned the case, again, was none other than the very same Judge Richard Leon, the friend and teaching colleague of John Podesta. The very same John Podesta who deceived Congress about his true relationship with Fusion GPS.
Why did Judge Richard Leon not immediately recuse himself from the case due to extensive ethical conflicts? Maybe because in Bush-Clinton land, there are no ethical standards.