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Washington Post hires John Podesta as columnist

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John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’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.”

{mosads}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 Clinton 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.

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