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After Mueller indictments, Tony Podesta steps aside from namesake lobbying firm

After Mueller indictments, Tony Podesta steps aside from namesake lobbying firm”

Podesta founded the eponymous Podesta Group in 1988 along with his brother, John, although John left in the mid-90s.

Trump went on a Twitter rampage Tuesday in response to the indictment of three of his former campaign staffers, deriding the coverage as "Fake News", and claiming the "biggest story" of Monday was the stepping down of Tony Podesta, a Democratic lobbyist being eyed by investigators, from his firm. Manafort and Gates approached "Company A" and "Company B" in 2012 about lobbying on behalf of the Ukrainian government, according to the indictment that was unsealed Monday.

Podesta says he was quitting because of the criticism he's been getting over the special counsel investigation, according to The Washington Post, telling employees "it is impossible to run a public affairs firm while you are under attack by Fox News and the right wing media".

Tony Podesta stepped down from his lobbying firm after it was found to be in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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"Mr. Podesta, a garrulous, gravelly voiced man known for his bold neckwear, is part of the elite group of lobbyists atop the industry who move easily between black-tie fund-raisers on Embassy Row and closed meetings on Capitol Hill". So far in 2017, the Podesta Group has raked in nearly $16 million in lobbying fees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The allegations come in the bombshell federal indictment in Washington, D.C., made public Monday as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Politico reports that Manafort organized a public relations campaign for a nonprofit organization called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU) which benefited from a political party in Ukraine that Manafort once advised.

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. Manafort worked for the Party of Regions, a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party whose president, Viktor Yanukovych, ruled Ukraine between 2010 and 2014.

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Podesta "was very magnanimous and said, 'This is an awesome group of people, '" a source told Politico, recalling Tony Podesta's remarks. It subsequently amended its required filings.

Trump added that Tony Podesta has "earth-shattering" information on Democrats. Podesta Group said at the time it believed its client was a European think tank untethered to a political party.

What Trump seems to be doing in his tweets is trying to wrap Manafort, Tony Podesta and John Podesta into one big ball of corruption.

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