Tony Podesta reportedly leaving the lobbying firm he founded amid Mueller investigation

Dem lobbyist Podesta steps down amid Mueller scrutiny report

The Podesta Group has also lobbied for Uranium One, the Canadian-based energy company that has come under scrutiny as well. The indictment alleged that the Podesta Group and Mercury LLC knew that this was not the case and that they were working for the Yanukovych government with Manafort and Gates as intermediaries. They were accused of hiding foreign accounts from the USA, failing to disclose their work for a foreign government and misrepresenting their work to authorities as recently as 2017, according to the indictment.

Identified in Monday's indictment of Manafort and Rick Gates only as Company A and Company B, the firms were hired to lobby in the USA for Ukraine and the country's former president, Viktor Yanukovych, who is an ally of Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Tony Podesta, founder of lobbying firm the Podesta Group, is leaving the firm after becoming a subject in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Politico reports. The meeting ended with a resounding ovation for Podesta.

A person familiar with the announcement said a new firm with a new name will be formed in the hope of salvaging clients.

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Washington D.C. lobbyist Tony Podesta, the brother of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, resigned from his firm Monday.

The details of the lobbying firms' work and compensation were made public in the indictment unsealed Monday against Manafort and Gates, who were charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The Podesta Group was one of several companies paid to work on a PR campaign organized by Manafort to promote Ukraine in the U.S.

Manafort used the Centre, which ceased to operate in 2014 with the exit of Yanukovych, "to lobby and conduct a PR campaign in the United States and Europe on behalf of the existing Ukraine regime". Their real client was the government of Ukraine, the indictment says. Further, the source added that Podesta said he "needs to fight this as an individual, but doesn't want the firm to fight it".

John Podesta, the former Clinton campaign chairman, is not involved with the Podesta Group, though he did testify before the House of Representatives as part of its Russian Federation investigation, which is separate from Mueller's inquiry.

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