Tony Podesta bails on lobbying firm amid Mueller probe

Tony Podesta bails on lobbying firm amid Mueller probe

Tony Podesta bails on lobbying firm amid Mueller probe

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

The revelation of the companies' identities points to more details about the players involved in the high-stakes venture run by Manafort and Gates to push the interest of a pro-Russia Ukranian political party inside the United States. As special counsel, Mueller has been tasked with investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. She and a senior group will be launching a new firm in the next one or two days.

Washington D.C. lobbyist Tony Podesta, the brother of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, resigned from his firm Monday.

Both Manafort and the Podesta Group failed to register as lobbyists acting on behalf of a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

The companies were paid more than $1.1 million each, according to lobbying filings, to try to rally support among American policymakers and opinion leaders for Mr. Yanukovych, and to quell concerns about his leadership and his government's jailing of a political rival.

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A spokeswoman for Mercury could not be reached for comment. Another source told Politico he said he "doesn't intend to go quietly", but he "needs to fight this as an individual, but doesn't want the firm to fight it".

Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, initially began looking into the Podesta Group as a way to find information on Manafort's involvement with the ECMU; however, he soon began to investigate whether the group violated the Foreign Agents' Registration Act, which requires anyone doing political work on behalf of a foreign element in the USA to disclose that relationship to the U.S. government.

Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the Podesta Group, said the firm's work was "in support of Ukraine's admission into the [European Union]", and the Brussels nonprofit had certified that "it was neither funded by nor directed by a government or political party".

In separate interviews, three current and former Podesta employees said disagreements broke out within the firm over the arrangement, which at least one former employee considered obviously illegal. "The Podesta Group has fully cooperated with the special counsel's office and taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms compliance with the law".

After the arrest of Paul Manafort on Monday, Hillary Clinton bundler Tony Podesta announced he would be stepping down from leading the Podesta Group and that the firm would dissolve.

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