Podesta's brother Tony Podesta walked away from the Podesta Group as the lobbying group comes under scrutiny for its connections to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's shady Russian business deals.
The founder of a lobbying firm called the Podesta Group, Tony reportedly stepped down from his role Monday morning, the same day Manafort, along with former Trump campaign official Rick Gates, were hit with tax evasion and conspiracy charges by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to Politico. "What he know about Crooked Dems is.earth shattering", he tweeted.
"He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled", he wrote.
Tucker Carlson's reporting on the Podesta Group has apparently gotten under someone's skin.
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To this end, the traditionally left-leaning Podesta Group lobbied members of Congress "about Ukraine sanctions, the validity of Ukraine elections" and the validity of the jailing of Yanukovych's political rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, according to the indictment papers. "And we're confident the Mueller investigation will be revealing a lot more about Tony Podesta's lobbying practices in the near future".
Both Tony Podesta and Manafort have been accused of failing to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a regulation requiring Americans working for foreign leaders, political groups or governments to disclose their activities to the U.S. Department of Justice. Manafort turned himself in to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday, after being indicted on 12 counts, among which were "conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts". The meeting ended with a resounding ovation for Podesta. Carlson also reported that Manafort's company, the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, was a major client of the Podesta group. It subsequently amended its required filings. She added: "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 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.
While claiming that the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine was the client, that organization was actually "under the ultimate direction of the Government of Ukraine, Yanukovych and the Party of Regions", the indictment said.
Podesta and Mercury came into focus for prosecutors as they delved deeply in to Manafort's finances earlier this year.