Tony Podesta steps down from lobbying group amid Mueller investigation

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He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled.

What, exactly, is President Donald Trump talking about? The brother of former Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, Tony is now reportedly under scrutiny for possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) relating to his group's business with the Ukranian government.

Trump did not say what specifically he thinks Podesta knows or how it affects the special prosecutor's case.

The powerful Podesta family's troubles came into view Monday with lobbyist Tony Podesta's mysterious resignation.

Over the course of several years, the ECMU paid the Podesta Group $1.13 million to lobby Congress, according to the AP. "Despite the recession, lobbying scandals and frequent denunciation from President Obama about their outsize influence, lobbyists are more in demand than ever". Amid Mueller's investigation, Podesta announced Monday that he was leaving The Podesta Group, the lobbying firm he co-founded. The firm brought in an estimated $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, down from $6.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.

He is now being investigated by Mueller for failing to properly disclose these efforts to regulators. By working with none other than Paul Manafort, the one-time campaign chairman for Trump, who now faces a 12-count indictment linked to his work in Ukraine.

Manafort organized a PR campaign on behalf of a nonprofit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.




"[Tony] was very magnanimous", and said, "This is an awesome group of people", a source present at the meeting stated, according to Politico.

According to the indictment, Manafort began his work for the Party of Regions, led by Viktor F. Yanukovych, in 2006. It subsequently amended its required filings. The Podesta Group's work for ECFMU, a non profit think tank, was in support of Ukraine's admission to the European Union, a position supported by foreign policy experts at the time. "The ECFMU provided formal certification that it was neither funded by nor directed by a government or political party".

Podesta, 74, is the founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, which has been described by The New York Times as "one of Washington's biggest players".

President Trump tweeted earlier today that Democrats are "in a dither" over the Podesta controversy.

John Podesta is fighting back.

"Now I'm the victim of a big lie campaign by the American President". He said that even before the announcement, some of the firm's senior partners were trying to convince clients to remain with them as they worked to reintroduce the company with branding that would not include Mr. Podesta's name.

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