Tony Podesta Resigns As Head Of Lobbying Firm After Becoming Target In Mueller Probe

As the left and the media ramp up their Manafort-ian mania against Trump, it appears the trail of destruction from special counsel Mueller's probe has spread to Democratic power-lobbyist Tony Podesta.

As we explained in Aug 2016, Paul Manafort - now under indictment on 12 charges - and his deputy Rick gates previously worked with the Podesta Group, run by Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

...emails obtained by the Associated Press showed that Gates personally directed two Washington lobbying firms, Mercury LLC and the Podesta Group, between 2012 and 2014 to set up meetings between a top Ukrainian official and senators and congressmen on influential committees involving Ukrainian interests. Gates noted in the emails that the official, Ukraine's foreign minister, did not want to use his own embassy in the United States to help coordinate the visits.

 

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And this is where the plot thickens, because while the bulk of the press has so far spun the entire Ukraine lobbying scandal, which led to Manafort's resignation, as the latest "proof" that pro-Moscow powers were influencing not only Manafort but the Trump campaign in general (who some democrats have even painted of being a Putin agent), the reality is that a firm closely tied with the Democratic party, the Podesta Group, is just as implicated.

 

As AP further adds, the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, a Brussels-linked nonprofit entity which allegely ran the lobbying project, paid Mercury and the Podesta Group a combined $2.2 million over roughly two years. In papers filed in the U.S. Senate, Mercury and the Podesta Group listed the European nonprofit as an independent, nonpolitical client. The firms said the center stated in writing that it was not aligned with any foreign political entity.

And now, just hours after Manafort and Gates handed themselves over to the feds, Politico reports, the founder of the Podesta Group, is stepping down from the lobbying shop that bears his name after coming under investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Perhaps Podesta knows what is likely to happen next. Podesta announced his decision during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure.

“[Tony] was very magnanimous and said, “This is an amazing group of people,” a source said of Podesta’s remarks.

 

Podesta also told staff he “doesn’t intend to go quietly, or learn how to play golf.” He said he “needs to fight this as an individual, but doesn’t want the firm to fight it.”

 

Fritts also addressed the gathering, telling staff that she is “thrilled at this opportunity” and that, “This is not about me, this is about y’all.”

 

Several other senior staff spoke about their excitement about the future of the firm. The meeting ended with a standing ovation for Podesta.

It emerged last week that Podesta is the subject of a criminal investigation led by Mueller's team for potentially violating a federal disclosure law. That law, known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act, pertains to working on behalf of foreign governments. An NBC report found that the Podesta Group was one of several firms working on Paul Manafort's public relations campaign for European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, which the Podesta Group claims it thought was a nonpartisan think tank, something which this site reported first last August.

It goes without saying, that Podesta's brother, John, is arguably one of the top figure in Democratic politics, serving most recently as chief of staff in the Bill Clinton White House and also as the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

What happens next to Tony (and perhaps his brother John) is to be determined, but one thing is clear: both sides of the swamp should probably control themselves in any premature celebrations as this appears to be far from over. And here is one reason why we suspect more than a few on the left are now concerned...

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macholatte Offthebeach Mon, 10/30/2017 - 14:34 Permalink

 Mueller: Tony, this is serious. Take my cock out of your mouth long enough to answer a couple questions.  Did you collude with the Ruskies?Podesta: Nope. Not me. Mueller: Are you a pedophile? Podesta: Nope. Not me. Mueller: Did you launder any money?Podesta: Nope. Not me. Muller: Well I think that about wraps it up. Good job, Tony. Open your mouth. 

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MisterMousePotato 847328_3527 Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:39 Permalink

I am curious. I have seen figures in excess of $140 million by Canadians and/or Russians to the Clintons in connection with the Uranium One sale.That number dwarves everything on the above list all added together.What gives?By the way, for the benefit of those who, like me, tend to dislike research on ancillary matters, the claim that Mueller personally delivered uranium samples to the Russians in connection with the Uranium One deal may, in fact, be untrue. Based my conclusion on what was written on Snopes. This is the only time I have ever found Snopes even halfway credible. Having said that, it is in fact all kinda weird.

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jcaz MisterMousePotato Mon, 10/30/2017 - 17:34 Permalink

LOL- talk about spin.....  The mere fact that the "Podesta Group" has grown large enough to act like Fortune 500 company is proof enough that this shit has spun out of control, WTF.......Go ahead, douchebags- give your standing ovations to your Overlord-  reality is about to hit you upside your sychophantic heads-  you do NOTHING, you're a disease which has infested our society like a virus-  time for some Trump vaccine.....Re: your questions about contributions to the foundation-  as with everything else Clinton, there is no visability regarding donations.    I'm sure that these numbers are vastly underreported, because this foundation answers to NO ONE-  it's building a "library", remember?Why the fuck are we paying for Secret Service protection for these idiots?  We're funding their criminality, for God's sake.......

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Yog Soggoth philipat Mon, 10/30/2017 - 21:24 Permalink

Yeah. Seems to be a lot of admitting to smaller crimes, looking at jail time, stepping down from positions, claiming they are a victim too, all before indictments lately.  Lot's of familiar names in the same circle. I would not be surprised if some were going rabbit right now, or are on vacation. There could be boatloads of passport people on yachts trying to wire/smuggle as much as possible, leaving the rest of the rats behind.

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wolf pup Bastiat Mon, 10/30/2017 - 20:14 Permalink

http://livingresistance.com/2016/11/18/podestas-involved-mccanns-abduct…
A decent description of the McCann case in regard to the Podesta brothers, the child disappearance/abduction case which brought forth police sketches of "parties of interest" i.e., suspects.
The sketches are real and are these brothers. To their moles.
Their whereabouts "unknown" during the poor child's abduction, with the Podestas keeping mute and others swearing they were there in some pedo's villa on "vacation".
Also, photos of some of his ... artwork found in above link.

Stomach churning, psychotic bastards, the Podesta brothers.
They both need to be disappeared forever.
Link to police sketches which most people have seen, I'd think: http://livingresistance.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/30748819321_9f07…

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Chupacabra-322 NihilistZerO___ Mon, 10/30/2017 - 14:13 Permalink

@ Nihilist,

Brother I can end this so quickly with 15 or 20 Honest Military Patriots. A jet, helicopter & four White GMC SUV’s.

White SUV’s so the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths understand the Symbolism.

Arrest.

Indict.

Enprison.

Tri.

Convict.

And,

Execute.

The Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths. For Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against the American People.

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WillyGroper Yog Soggoth Mon, 10/30/2017 - 22:20 Permalink

idk.  GW was going to OH to investigate the murder of a fambly of 8 when he was jttf'd...1 corpse had money scattered on it.  he wanted to find out the name of the trucking company 1 of the victims worked for.the remaining survivors moved to AK.  this traffic appears to congregate in a hub in canukistan.  weird the HP posted the name of a cutout involved.perhaps U1 is mere candyland/cover compared to the results he posted on the dna tests.might also explain all the hollyweird revelations to keep eyes off the worst of the worst skullfkery.grim!Gen. 8:20-21

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Yog Soggoth NihilistZerO___ Mon, 10/30/2017 - 20:40 Permalink

Bombshell Report: Hillary Connection With Robert Mueller ... Hillary Clinton Spotted Cavorting With Focus of Mueller ...  Not a bombshell for anyone who was paying attention for the last decade. Conflict of interest. It is not legal for Mueller to even investigate, much less prosecute, any of them. He could recuse himself, or make a deal to become a witness. This is a Rico case.

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Give Me Some Truth Shitonya Serfs Mon, 10/30/2017 - 13:59 Permalink

Check out the jack all these lobbying firms are getting.Me thinks there's a reason that every former elected offcial, and politico staffer, ultimately goes to work for a lobbying firm. And why the suburbs of Washington D.C. are the richest zip codes in the country.And why every company and association in the world is willing to spend millions on lobbying. The return on investment must be mind-boggling.Anywho ... as swamps go, this is an affluent one.    

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Demon Slayer pot_and_kettle Tue, 10/31/2017 - 06:09 Permalink

On top of these crimes, the Pizza Gate emails, and Spirit Cooking point to him and his pervert demonic brother also being also involved in child sacrifice, child rape, Satanic rituals, and cannobalism..Nice huh..Burn the house down (not literally, but I want every corrupt politician and government official investingated, indicted, and punished severely..I want all those guilty of Treason executed by Firing Squad on World Wide Live Feed.P.S. - Everyone should know that Hillary Clinton and company are Saul Alinsky radicals, and Hillary wrote a gleaming, complimentary expose of Alinsky in her College Thesis.  One of the main Rules for Radicals by Alinsky is TO ACCUSE YOUR ENEMIES OF THE CRIMES IN WHICH YOU'RE ENGAGED in a march toward a Marxist Totalitarian unicorn police state.God help us from wickedness in high places.

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Solio Bastiat Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:24 Permalink

The children are in great danger everywhere. How does anyone stand for them with so many families changed forever with divorce? Courts have been instructed that it is best to give the children to the mom even when it is she that went off the deep end. I have seen this repeatedly.

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Demon Slayer Solio Tue, 10/31/2017 - 06:16 Permalink

My third hardest prayer in my life is help from Heavenly Beings to bring these Satanic freaks and corrupt and compromised officials into the Light and taken out..My first prayer is for the Light of Heaven to enter every soul on Earth, the second one is for Heaven (God / Jesus / Archangels) to Light me up in order to serve Heaven in helping as many souls as possible..and that's not finished by the phony "believe in Jesus, get dunked in the water, and you're saved", because that is a cheap distortion of fraud..It's takes a lot more than that.

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