Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta is stepping down from his lobbying firm Monday after becoming a subject of investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled. Podesta! Wait, isn't that the guy who ran Hillary Clinton's campaign?
Podesta was the chairman of Podesta Group - a namesake firm that he also founded. Fritts and a senior group of the Podesta team will be launching a new firm in the next one or two days. 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.
Tony Podesta announced his departure at a staff meeting on Monday.
Trump did not say what specifically he thinks Podesta knows or how it affects the special prosecutor's case.
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John Podesta, who served as Hillary Clinton's campaign manager in 2016, is playing the victim card in response to news about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Podesta Group broke the law by working for a pro-Russia lobbying organization.
The firm makes an appearance in the Manafort indictment as "Company B". In the past three decades it's become one of the most profitable lobbying shops in D.C. While John spent most of his career in government, Tony gained influence as a bundler, hosting lavish fundraisers at his home in Kalorama and donating almost $1.2 million to Democratic candidates over the years.
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. Sources said the transition has been in the works for the past several months.
The Podesta Group didn't properly file disclosure forms detailing the 32 meetings it had with government officials at the State Department and the Vice President's office on behalf of the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, according to CNN reporting. "Based on our due diligence and on the recommendation of definitive legal experts, the firm immediately filed the appropriate public disclosures of its representation of the ECFMU over five years ago, and in eight subsequent public filings".
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. "The ECFMU provided formal certification that it was neither funded by nor directed by a government or political party".