John Podesta Plays Victim Card in Response to Russia Investigation News

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Paul Manafort at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Ohio

Rather than kowtowing to critics amid fallout from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, D.C. lobbyist and powerbroker Tony Podesta plans to fight them.

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. What he know about Crooked Dems is. He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled.

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.

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

The Podesta Group failed to disclose its ties to a lobbying effort organized by Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, that was backed by the pro-Russia Ukrainian political party of the ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.

Manafort now faces a 12-count indictment related to his work in Ukraine. But last week, the White House enjoyed a shift in focus, amid new revelations in the controversial Obama-era Uranium One deal and the payments behind the salacious anti-Trump dossier. Podesta also told staff he "doesn't intend to go quietly, or learn how to play golf".

Dubbed on of DC's "50 heavy lifters" by the Financial Times and one of "Washington's biggest players" by The New York Times, Podesta turned his once-modest lobbying firm into a DC heavy hitter.

After the arrest of Paul Manafort on Monday, Hillary Clinton bundler Tony Podesta announced he would be stepping down from leading the Podesta Group and that the firm would dissolve. Revenues have also declined: The firm brought in an estimated $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, down from $5.2 million in the second quarter of 2017 and from $6.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Manafort and Gates attempted to distance themselves from the work of the lobbying firms after press reports in August 2016, according to the indictment. "Podesta may pursue legal action, including for damages, in order to fully protect his rights, '" Carlson said on his Monday show. The host, Tucker Carlson, said that the Podesta brothers and Mr. Manafort were the "central figures" in Mr. Mueller's investigation.

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".

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