Tony Podesta Resigns as Mueller Closes in on Clinton Circle

Tony Podesta Resigns as Mueller Closes in on Clinton Circle

Tony Podesta Resigns as Mueller Closes in on Clinton Circle

Podesta, brother of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign Chairman John Podesta, resigned from the firm on Monday following Manafort's indictment by a grand jury.

Podesta's decision to leave the Podesta Group was announced to the firm on Monday morning, Politico reported, and came a week after it was revealed that the government was investigating whether Podesta violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires individuals that lobby for foreign entities to disclose activities on behalf of those entities to the Department of Justice. Company A refers to Mercury Public Affairs and Company B refers to the Podesta Group, three sources with knowledge of the investigation told the news outlet.

The investigation into Podesta and his firm initially started when Manafort's finances were examined by Mueller's unit.

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

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.

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager John Podesta, told staffers and clients of his Podesta Group lobbying firm that he is stepping down after he became part of Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

The Podesta Group previously withheld from disclosing its work under the Foreign Agents Registrant Act (FARA), claiming they believed the group was not affiliated with the Ukranian government.

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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 US lobbying records.

A spokeswoman for Mercury could not be reached for comment.

NBC News reports that the Podesta Group corrected its FARA disclosures after its financial dealings with the ECMU were highlighted in the news media.

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.

Tony Podesta announced his departure at a staff meeting on Monday.

"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", the company said in a statement.

As John rose up the ranks of Democratic politics, Tony was following a similar ascent in the world of political influence - emerging as one of the most powerful Democratic lobbyists (and biggest party donors) in Washington.

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