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Washington Post hires John Podesta as columnist

Washington Post hires John Podesta as columnist
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John Podesta, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — First lady's office pushes for ouster of national security aide | Trump taps retired general as ambassador to Saudis | Mattis to visit border troops | Record number of female veterans to serve in Congress Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February What midterm exit polls tell us about 2020 MORE's former presidential campaign chairman, has joined The Washington Post as a contributing columnist, according to a Thursday announcement by the paper.

"No one knows more about how Washington works, how the White House operates, and how policy ideas are translated into reality than John Podesta,” said the Post's editorial page editor, Fred Hiatt, in a statement.

“His long experience in Congress, inside two Democratic White Houses and on the front lines of numerous presidential campaigns, will offer readers vital insight into Washington and politics at the start of a new era.”

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Podesta had recently written two op-eds for the Post slamming the Trump administration on Russia and the president's war with the media.

The 68-year-old Chicago native served as chief of staff to President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Amazon picks NYC, Northern Virginia for new offices | CNN suing Trump over Acosta press pass | Pelosi machine lobbies for Speakership Lewinsky: Bill Clinton should want to apologize Lewinsky participated in Clinton series so what happened to her 'never happens to another young person in our country again' MORE and was a counselor to President Obama.

Podesta became a household name after emails from his personal account, some of which were critical of Hillary Clinton, were dumped before the election by WikiLeaks. The Trump campaign seized on some of them as evidence of collusion between some members of the media and the Clinton campaign.