Podesta Group Plays Key Role In Manafort Indictment

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Manafort was indicted along with his former business associate Rick Gates on conspiracy and money laundering charges as part of Mueller's probe, according to court documents.

Tony Podesta is stepping down from the lobbying firm that bears his name as a result of an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, Politico is reporting. Company A is Mercury Public Affairs and Company B is the Podesta Group, according to sources.

According to Politico, the investigation into Podesta and his firm is the result of investigators looking at former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's finances.

The Podesta Group worked on a Manafort-led campaign for a nonprofit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine to promote Ukraine to western nations like the U.S. The stated goal was to build support for Ukraine's entry into the European Union.

This year, it came to light that Podesta Group had not fully disclosed the extent of its work lobbying for a Ukrainian group also tied to Manafort, CNN reported. Mercury disclosed 60 meetings related to Ukraine, including three in March 2013 that were also attended by Manafort.

Additionally, former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopolous pleaded guilty to charges that he lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his meetings with a professor he knew was tied to the Russian government who offered him "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.

Podesta has represented a range of clients, both domestic and foreign.

Podesta, described as a "Democratic power lobbyist", is the founder of the Podesta Group.

Tony Podesta is stepping down from the lobbying giant The Podesta Group, Politico first reported Monday. His resignation comes just hours after the public learned of Mueller's first indictments in the Russian Federation probe.

"Manafort repeatedly communicated in person and in writing with Yanukovych, and Gates passed on directions to Company A and Company B", the indictment states. "They lobbied multiple members of Congress and their staffs about Ukraine sanctions, the validity of Ukraine elections, and the propriety of Yanukovych's imprisoning his presidential rival". After the indictment against Manafort was unsealed, Podesta stepped down from his eponymous company.

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