Lobbyist Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta resigned today from the Podesta Group. He claims he is stepping down to take pressure away from the company after being investigated by the Robert Mueller Russian probe. The timing is quite curious after the indictment of former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort was announced today. And it could be the beginning of the trail that takes down Hillary Clinton.
“Podesta announced his decision during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure.
“Podesta is handing over full operational and financial control to longtime firm CEO Kimberley Fritts, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the meeting. Fritts and a senior group of the Podesta team will be launching a new firm in the next one or two days. Sources said the transition has been in the works for the past several months.
“'[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.”
This seems to indicate that Podesta may be the next to be indicted under the Mueller probe, although that’s just speculation at this point. But since he indicated he needed “to fight this as an individual,” that raises questions as to what exactly he is fighting.
The media has been trying to hide the fact that the Podesta Group has been under fire since at least August:
Buried nine paragraphs in: Podesta's firm received a subpoena. https://t.co/7K2X32rqVb
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) August 25, 2017
Tony Podesta may be in trouble for the same thing that ultimately led to Paul Manafort’s indictment:
Reminder: Podesta Group amended its FARA registration with ECMU only AFTER the payments were reported by the media. https://t.co/BlH0msepXs
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) October 30, 2017
The Podesta Group worked for the same nonprofit Ukrainian group tied to Paul Manafort:
“The investigation into Podesta and his firm grew out of investigators’ examination of Manafort’s finances. Manafort organized a PR campaign on behalf of a nonprofit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine. Podesta Group was one of several firms that were paid to do work on the PR campaign to promote Ukraine in the U.S.
“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. Podesta Group said at the time it believed its client was a European think tank untethered to a political party.”
And their clients have been leaving faster than rats on a sinking ship:
“Podesta Group has struggled in the wake of the Mueller investigation. More than a dozen of its lobbying clients have cut ties with the firm this year, according to lobbying filings. 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.”
“This news confirms yet again that Russia connections plague both sides of the aisle, and that Mueller’s investigation might end up damning for Hillary Clinton as well as for Donald Trump.
“Questions remain as to the connections between Clinton’s campaign and Fusion GPS (which the campaign hired to create the Trump dossier), and those between Fusion GPS and the Russian lawyer (Natalia Veselnitskaya) who met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower. Could that meeting have been a Clinton set-up?”
And not only is that a subject of interest but the Daily Caller reports that Hillary Clinton herself was spotted hanging out with Tony Podesta this past weekend. The timing, once again, is very suspicious:
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was spotted Sunday hobnobbing with a person who is currently at the focus of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference into the U.S. presidential election.
“Clinton hung out with Sidney Blumenthal and political consultant Tony Podesta this weekend at the former Democratic presidential candidate birthday bash. Podesta’s appearance at the party is awkward, considering he has become a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian influence in the election.”
Tony Podesta was also a bundler for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.