The Podesta Group is a high-powered lobbying firm with extremely strong ties to Hillary Clinton. Co-founders are long-time Clinton pals, brothers John Podesta (Clinton’s campaign chairman and former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton) and Tony Podesta (a major donation bundler for Clinton’s campaign).
Daily Caller reports that on March 6, 2015, the Podesta Group signed an agreement with a sharia-compliant Bengali bank which has ties to terrorism, according to government records. The Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd. paid the Podesta Group $390,000 to lobby the Senate and House on international banking issues. The agreement, which was never covered by the media, ended just last month.
The bank’s connection to terror groups was made public long before the Podesta Group accepted money from them. In fact, it was the very reason for the relationship, as the bank was trying to smooth over the reputational and financial damage received after a U.S. subcommittee report in July 2012 linked the bank to Islamist terror groups.
According to Daily Caller, the subcommittee found the bank had been fined three times for providing services to militants, and had provided an account to a Bangladeshi who was involved with a terrorist bombing.
In 2014, one of the bank’s directors, Mir Quasem Ali, was sentenced to death in Bangladesh after being convicted of war crimes, and several other top officials in the bank are members of Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamic fundamentalist group. The bank also has a relationship with another fundamentalist group, Jamaat-ul-Mujahedin, which is responsible for many bombings in Bangladesh.
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