Podesta Group, Mercury Are Companies 'A' and 'B' in Indictment

Tony Podesta

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller arrives at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee June 13, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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.

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. What he know about Crooked Dems is.

Before becoming a lobbyist, he worked on presidential campaigns of Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, Edward M. Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton, the Times also noted.

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 USA lobbying records.

John Podesta's emails were among those leaked by Russian hackers following their entry into the servers of the Democratic National Committee in October 2016.




The firm makes an appearance in the Manafort indictment as "Company B".

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

Podesta Group filed paperwork with the Justice Department in April stating that it had done work for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine that also benefited the same Ukrainian political party that Manafort once advised. In the past three decades it's become one of the most profitable lobbying shops in D.C. While John spent most of his career in government, Tony gained influence as a bundler, hosting lavish fundraisers at his home in Kalorama and donating almost $1.2 million to Democratic candidates over the years.

Mercury said in a statement that it "takes its obligations to follow all laws, rules and regulations very seriously" and "has and will continue to fully cooperate with the Office of the Special Counsel in its investigation". It subsequently amended its required filings. Podesta Group said at the time it believed its client was a European think tank untethered to a political party.

Tony Podesta, John Podesta's brother, is stepping down as the head of a lobbying firm that is under investigation by the special counsel Robert Mueller. "The ECFMU provided formal certification that it was neither funded by nor directed by a government or political party".

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