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Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta Steps Down Amid Mueller Probe

Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta Steps Down Amid Mueller Probe

The biggest story yesterday, the one that has the Dems in a dither, is Podesta running from his firm.

How investigators with the special counsel's office are viewing Podesta's role in the investigation remains unclear. His decision to step down is a significant outcome of Mueller's probe, but he's drawn outsize interest on the right because he's the brother of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

The Clinton associate's brother, Tony Podesta, chair of the left-leaning Podesta Group, stepped down Monday, following Mueller's indictment of Paul Manafort, who briefly served as President Donald Trump's campaign chair.

"What he know about Crooked Dems is earth shattering".

"Now I'm the victim of a big lie campaign by the American President".

After being introduced to the lobbying firms, the European nonprofit paid the Podesta Group $1.13 million between June 2012 and April 2014 to lobby Congress, the White House National Security Council, the State Department and other federal agencies, according to USA lobbying records.

The inquiry is reportedly into Podesta's work for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, which was not disclosed until after payments from the group to Podesta's firm were discovered by the press.

Probably even more well-known though - at least outside of Washington - is his brother John Podesta, who ran the 2016 presidential campaign for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. (Several Ukrainian leaders were facing public condemnation from the American government for their treatment of political opponents.) The Podesta Group, along with Manafort's firm, were tasked with leading that effort on behalf of the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.

NBC News reported last week that Tony Podesta and the Podesta group had become subject of Mueller's probe into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Both Manafort's firm and the Podesta Group filed FARA registrations for the ECMU work only after the payments were reported by the media past year.

"If you want something done in Washington, DC, you go to Tony Podesta", his bio page on the Podesta Group website says.

The Party of the Regions is a pro-Kremlin political base for Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russian Federation three years ago.

On Monday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Tony Podesta's lawyer Geoff Garinther with Venable LLP, demanded the show "immediately cease and desist disseminating false and misleading reports about Mr. Podesta and the Podesta Group". The firm said at the time that it believed its client was a European think tank with no connections to a political party.

The resignation of high-powered Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta from the firm bearing his name follows a string of failures by him to disclose his advocacy for foreign entities that put him under the microscope of special prosecutor Robert Mueller. "The ECFMU provided formal certification that it was neither funded by nor directed by a government or political party".


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