With one guilty plea and two 12-count indictments announced on Monday, it has become clear that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has teeth. And so for one major democratic lobbyist who is said to be a target of that probe, it is a threat to be taken seriously.
According to Politico, Tony Podesta — founder of The Podesta Group and the brother of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta — is stepping down from his firm.
Per the Politico report, Podesta says that his departure is not a signal he’s waving the white flag — just a measure to protect the firm.
Through a source, Politico reports that Podesta told Podesta Group employees that he “doesn’t intend to go quietly, or learn how to play golf.” Further, the source added that Podesta said he “needs to fight this as an individual, but doesn’t want the firm to fight it.”
According to an NBC News report, Podesta’s name came up after an examination of Paul Manafort’s finances. Manafort, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, was indicted on 12 counts Monday.
In a statement last week (via NBC News), a spokesman for the Podesta Group said that the firm, “is cooperating fully with the Special Counsel’s office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance.”
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