Podesta demands Daily Caller correct article on financial disclosures
Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman, John Podesta, is demanding that the Daily Caller correct an article alleging wrongdoing in his financial disclosures.
Podesta’s attorney, Marc Elias, said he sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Daily Caller’s publisher, Neil Patel, on Wednesday, accusing the conservative news website of libel for a March 26 article titled “EXCLUSIVE: John Podesta May Have Violated Federal Law By Not Disclosing 75,000 Stock Shares.”
“Mr. Podesta reported more information on his financial disclosure forms than was required,” Elias writes in the letter. “All false accusations to the contrary are injurious to Mr. Podesta’s reputation. Accordingly, I demand that you immediately cease publication of this false and libelous claim.”
The letter also demands that the Daily Caller publish a correction saying that Podesta met his financial reporting obligations.
The Daily Caller’s article alleges that Podesta did not disclose his stock holdings in a Kremlin-financed company when he began working for former President Obama as counselor.
Elias denied any wrongdoing on Podesta’s part, asserting that Podesta went above and beyond to abide by federal laws and financial disclosure requirements.
Podesta himself took to Twitter, suggesting that the Daily Caller was trying to “cover up” President Trump’s “growing Russia problem.”
False stories about me can’t cover up Trump’s growing Russia problem https://t.co/ODkadp3N63
— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) March 29, 2017
The Daily Caller article has not been retracted, and no correction has been published.
As the Washington Examiner points out, the address for the Daily Caller at the top of Elias’s letter is incorrect.