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How much trouble is Tony Podesta in?

How much trouble is Tony Podesta in?

President Trump in a Tuesday tweet said the biggest story on Monday that has the "Dems in a dither" wasn't the indictment against his former campaign manager in the Russian Federation probe but a top Democratic lobbyist stepping down from his firm.

While announcing the decision to step down, Podesta handed the reins of the company fully to CEO Kimberley Fritts, who is expected to launch a new lobbying and PR firm with other high-ranking Podesta Group staffers soon.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Donald Trump's Russian Federation connections followed Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman.

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

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman John Podesta, has stepped down from his namesake lobbying group citing the current news environment, according to a source familiar with the situation.

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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In a subsequent report, the Associated Press revealed that Manafort helped the Party of Regions "secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012".

Washington, DC-based Podesta made the announcement Monday morning during a full company meeting; after being named in the alleged Russian election meddling probe lead by special counsel Robert Mueller.

A spokeswoman for Mercury could not be reached for comment.

"Podesta's lawyer wasn't trying to inform us of anything - but to threaten us, to shut down our reporting on his client", he said.

Beyond being mentioned in the Manafort indictment, it's not clear how large a role the Podesta Group - or Tony Podesta himself - will play in Mueller's investigation going forward. 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.

Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the Podesta Group, said the firm's work was "in support of Ukraine's admission into the [European Union]", and the Brussels nonprofit had certified that "it was neither funded by nor directed by a government or political party". The European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), a pro-Yanukovych nonprofit, allegedly paid the $2.2 million to the Podesta Group and the Mercury LLC - to lobby the White House and Congress for positions in line with Yanukovych's government.


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