Peter Kadzik

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Public life

From The United States Department of Justice website:[1]

Peter J. Kadzik is the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice (Department). In that capacity, he heads the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), which is responsible for managing the Department’s relationships with Congress, and advancing its interests on Capitol Hill.  OLA – working closely with the Department’s leadership offices, law enforcement components, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, litigating divisions, and grant-making components – advises and assists Department leadership on a wide variety of congressional matters; advocates for the Department’s legislative priorities; and responds to congressional inquiries and oversight requests.  OLA also prepares Department witnesses for testimony before congressional hearings and nominees for confirmation hearings. Mr. Kadzik recently led the successful effort to confirm Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates.

Relationship to #Pizzagate

Connection to Hillary Clinton

Kadzik was in charge of the FBI's review of Hillary Clinton's emails to Huma Abedin found on Anthony Weiner's laptop.[2]

Connection to John Podesta

Kadzik helped John Podesta in several legal issues, including during Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky scandal.[3]

According to the Daily Caller, reporting on Podesta emails in the Wikileaks archive:[4]

The Daily Caller recently reported on how emails released by WikiLeaks showed the tight relationship between Podesta and Kadzik. The two met for dinner along with other friends the night after Clinton testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

A few months later in January, Kadzik asked Podesta if his son could get a job on the Clinton campaign. According to Linkedin, PJ Kadzik didn’t get the job. Then in May, Podesta and Kadzik met for dinner at Podesta’s house.

In one email Podesta described Kadzik as a “fantastic lawyer” who “kept me out of jail.” It is unclear what Podesta is specifically referring to, but Kadzik represented Podesta during the Monica Lewinsky probe. Podesta at the time had made false statements to a grand jury impaneled by independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

A 2002 House Oversight Committee report described Kadzik as a “long-time friend” of Podesta’s.

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