Trump Behind 'Big Lie Campaign' on Russian Investigation, Says John Podesta

Image Paul Manafort campaign manager to Republican Presidential Candidate Trump leaves as reporters ask about the Republican National Convention Committee on Rules in Cleveland

Many times before, Trump has been chastised for allegedly attempting to distract his supporters from the Russian Federation investigation by pointing fingers at his predecessor, Barack Obama, and at his former election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The Podesta Group is not named in the newly released indictments, but the company is one of two indirectly referenced in the charges.

Later in the day, Podesta announced his resignation at a staff meeting at the Podesta Group's Washington headquarters.

John Podesta and other members of the Democratic National Committee had their emails hacked past year by the Russians, and they were later slowly released by leak site WikiLeaks beginning in July 2016.

Mercury LLC, another Washington, DC-based lobbying firm that allegedly works with the Podesta Group, said Monday that it is cooperating with Mueller's team.

Podesta "was very magnanimous and said, 'This is an unbelievable group of people, '" a source told Politico, recalling Tony Podesta's remarks. Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, and Manafort's business associate Rick Gates have pleaded not guilty to felony charges of conspiracy against the U.S., and other counts.

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.

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Manafort had previously worked for a pro-Russian Ukrainian president who was eventually ousted by his people and sought asylum in Russia.

"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", a spokesperson for the Podesta Group told ABC News. The Podesta Group's work for ECFMU, a nonprofit, was in support of Ukraine's admission to the European Union, a position supported by foreign policy experts at the time.

Podesta, who in July told the president to "get a grip," appeared to be responding to Trump's accusations against him and his brother, Tony Podesta, on Twitter earlier Tuesday morning.

The Podesta Group and Mercury said they relied on assurances provided by the nonprofit group that it was neither funded nor controlled by any foreign government or party.

John Podesta is fighting back.

"Now I'm the victim of a big lie campaign by the American President". The truth is, we don't know.

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.

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