As the worm turns, part deux…
Yesterday, it was the Democrats’ turns to gloat as the former campaign manager for Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, found himself indicted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller (read my article in The Daily Sheeple here).
Today, it was time for the Republicans to get in a little gloat as news began to surface late yesterday that another indictment was coming, this time of Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager, John Podesta. Couldn’t happen to a ‘nicer’ guy, if you ask me.
Democratic “power lobbyist” Tony Podesta is resigning from the Podesta Group, after coming under investigation by FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Politico reported Monday.
“Podesta announced his decision during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure,” Politico reported. Podesta’s brother, John Podesta, served as chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
The news came just hours after Mueller charged lobbyist and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his partner Rick Gates with 12 counts related to alleged money laundering, tax evasion, violating lobbying rules, and making false statements.
The charges were related to work they did for former pro-Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russian party “Party of Regions.” Manafort had organized a public relations campaign on behalf of a pro-Russian non-profit called European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), and the Podesta Group was one of several firms who worked on that campaign to promote Ukraine in the United States.
The Podesta Group belatedly filed paperwork with the Justice Department in April stating it had done work for the campaign, which benefited the Party of Regions. The Podesta Group said at the time it believed its client was a European think tank untethered to a political party, according to Politico…..
The Podesta Group has also lobbied for Uranium One, the Canadian-based energy company that has come under scrutiny as well. In 2010, the Obama administration allowed Uranium One to be sold to Russian energy company Rosatom, giving the company control over one-fifth of American uranium-mining capacity to Russia, despite an ongoing FBI investigation into a Rosatom subsidiary involved in a racketeering scheme. The Podesta Group received $180,000 from Uranium One over several years between 2012 and 2015, according to records at opensecrets.org.