Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager John Podesta is scheduled to go before Congress and testify about his role in the alleged meddling in the U.S. election by the Russian government, it was reported Thursday.
The House Intelligence Committee will hear his testimony as they continue their investigation into the alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign before the election.
Podesta was a central figure in the election and noted more for his emails that were leaked to WikiLeaks than he was for his managing of Hillary’s campaign. The thousands of emails were an embarrassment to the Hillary Clinton campaign, as her top aides’ candid thoughts were used as fodder to slam the candidate.
The email leak came as a result from Podesta’s misunderstanding with a campaign official who told him to reset his password after receiving a “phishing” email scam. The leak was also the source of the “PizzaGate” conspiracy theory that claimed Podesta and Clinton were a part of a secret Washington, D.C., pedophilia ring.
Podesta implied during an interview in February that there was a conspiracy among members in the FBI to bring down Clinton in the election.
“There are at least forces within the FBI that wanted her to lose,” he told Bloomberg Politics editor John Heilemann “I’m not sure they really understood the alternative, but they wanted her to lose. I think that’s one possibility.”
He also blamed former FBI Director James Comey for the loss of election as a result of the announcement he made a week before voting day that they were reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“[Comey] made a bad judgment, and I think virtually anybody who has opined on the topic … have said it was a terrible mistake of judgment,” he told Heilemann. “And I think it did terrible damage to us. If you look at the polling at that period time, that’s when the race began to tighten in that week.”