NEW YORK – Peter Kadzik, the assistant attorney general who briefed Congress Monday on the emails discovered in the Anthony Weiner investigation, gave his friend John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, a “heads up” last year on the investigation of Clinton’s handling of classified information, an email released by Wikileaks revealed.
On May 19, 2015, Kadzik wrote Podesta, under the subject line “Heads up”: “There is a HJC [House Judiciary Committee] oversight hearing today where the head of our Civil Division will testify. Likely to get questions on State Department emails.”
The email shows Kadzik went offline from the Department of Justice email system, using his private gmail account to warn Podesta that the Judicial Committee was going to quiz the head of the DOJ Civil Division on Clinton’s private email system.
Kadzik, as head of the DOJ Office of Legislative Affairs, is charged with responding to inquiries from Congress on issues dealing with Department of Justice investigations.
Tight beltway friendship
ZeroHedge.com was the first to report, Oct. 26, of the close relationship between Kadzik and Podesta, noting an email dated Oct. 23, 2015, from well-known Washington lobbyist Vincent Roberti and other “well-placed Beltway fixtures” confirmed a reservation at a fancy upscale D.C. restaurant at which both Podesta and Kadzik were to be guests. It was just one day after former Secretary Hillary Clinton gave 11 hours of testimony to the Benghazi Committee.
An email dated Jan. 13, 2016, confirmed Kadzik and Podesta had dinner together at Podesta’s home.
Another email, May 5, 2015, confirmed that Podesta had helped Kadzik’s son obtain a job with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The Washington Free Beacon reported Oct. 18 a September 2008 email in which Podesta, who headed the Obama transition team, had praised Kadzik to the late Obama campaign operative Cassandra Butts, the former general counsel of the Obama transition team, who at that time was searching for a lawyer to help vet potential staffers or appointees.
In that email, Podesta praised Kadzik as a “fantastic lawyer” who “kept me out of jail,” referring to 1998, when Kadzik had represented Podesta, then Clinton’s White House deputy chief of staff, when Podesta testified before independent counsel Ken Starr’s grand jury investigation into the Monica Lewinsky affair.
On Dec. 12, 2000, Kadzik placed a telephone call to Podesta, seeking to lobby for a presidential pardon for tax fugitive Mark Rich, who was being represented in the pardon controversy by Kadzik’s law firm.
“My first recollection of this matter is that some time in mid-December 2000, I returned a call from Mr. Peter Kadzik who has been a friend of mine since we attended law school together [at Georgetown University] in the mid 1970’s,” Podesta testified subsequently.
According to FEC records, Kadzik contributed to Hillary Clinton U.S. Senate campaign in 2000 and to her presidential campaign in 2008.
On Wednesday, Zero Hedge commented, “If there is one person in the DOJ who is John Podesta’s, and thus the Clinton Foundation’s inside man, it is Peter Kadzik.”