NBC News is reporting that Tony Podesta the brother of Clinton campaign head John Podesta and the Podesta Group are now being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, three sources with knowledge of the matter told NBC News. The investigation of Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm grew out of Mueller’s inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to the NBC sources.
The Democrats keep pointing to Paul Manafort’s lobbying work for pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine as evidence of team/Trump Russia collision. They also point to the fact that at first Manfort didn’t register as a foreign agent of Ukraine. Well. if Manafort is guilty of collusion so is Tony Podesta, because Podesta’s firm worked on the same project as the Manafort team and they too forgot to register as a foreign agent.
Two of the firms, Podesta Group and Mercury LLC, worked in Washington with Manafort partner Rick Gates, according to lobbying disclosure records. Three other firms worked in Europe, the executive said. NBC News could not confirm the identity of those three.
At the time, Ukraine was run by a pro-Russian political party that had paid Manafort $17 million for consulting in 2013 and 2014, according to Manafort’s latest foreign lobbying disclosure filing, which he filed belatedly under Justice Department pressure.
They finally registered in August 2017
The Podesta Group belatedly filed several new disclosures with the Justice Department on Aug. 17 related to work the firm completed between 2012 and 2014 on behalf of a pro-Russia Ukrainian think tank.
Back in April, the powerful Washington lobbying firm run by Clinton ally Tony Podesta filed a document admitting its work for the pro-Russia European Centre for a Modern Ukraine may have principally benefited a foreign government. New disclosures revealed dozens of previously unreported interactions the firm made with influential government offices, including Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the office of former Vice President Joe Biden, while lobbying on behalf of the center. Embattled ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort failed to disclose his extensive lobbying efforts on behalf of the center at the time as well..
Presently John Podesta isn’t part of affiliated with the Podesta Group and is not part of Mueller’s investigation/ But In 1988, he and his brother Tony co-founded Podesta Associates, Inc., which is now known as the Podesta Group.
The Podesta Group was also paid over $24 million as a lobbyist for Sberbank. It seems this Russian bank was looking to have sanctions placed on it by Obama lifted. Both Podestas were lobbying for relief and believing Mrs. Clinton would make things happen. A little curious?
Here’s the real truth…there is no proof that anyone on the Trump Campaign had an improper relationship with Russia, perhaps though, Hillary’s campaign did. During the past week, we’ve gotten new information about Hillary and Uranium…now this on top. Perhaps Russia…was trying to interfere with the election and elect Hillary. Sounds crazy? Maybe not.