BREAKING: Tony Podesta Resigns From Lobbying Agency Amid Mueller Investigation
Tony Podesta, the founding father of D.C. lobbying agency the Podesta Group is stepping down from the corporate amid Robert Mueller’s probe. Podesta made the announcement at a company-wide assembly on Monday.
The political powerhouse and brother of John Podesta, a former Clinton/Obama aide has been a fixture of Democrat politics for many years.
Podesta is handing over full operational and monetary management to longtime agency CEO Kimberley Fritts, in response to a number of sources with information of the assembly. Fritts and a senior group of the Podesta staff can be launching a brand new agency within the subsequent one or two days. Sources mentioned the transition has been within the works for the previous a number of months.
“[Tony] was very magnanimous and mentioned, “That is a tremendous group of individuals,” a supply mentioned of Podesta’s remarks. Podesta additionally advised employees he “doesn’t intend to go quietly, or learn to play golf.” He mentioned he “must battle this as a person, however doesn’t need the agency to battle it.”
Fritts additionally addressed the gathering, telling employees that she is “thrilled at this chance” and that, “This isn’t about me, that is about y’all.” A number of different senior employees spoke about their pleasure about the way forward for the agency. The assembly ended with a standing ovation for Podesta.
As The Gateway Pundit beforehand reported, Tony Podesta and his agency, the Podesta Group, are below federal investigation by Mueller in reference to the Russia investigation, three sources advised NBC Information.
The Podesta Group was subpoenaed in late August together with 4 different public relations corporations who labored with former Trump marketing campaign supervisor Paul Manafort throughout a 2012-2014 lobbying effort for a pro-Ukraine assume tank – the European Centre for a Trendy Ukraine (ECMU) – tied to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.
Two of the subpoenaed corporations embody Paul Manafort’s Mercury, LLC and the Podesta Group, based by John and Tony Podesta and operated by the latter.
Manafort’s agency earned $17 million between 2012 – 2014 consulting for Yanukovych’s centrist, pro-Russia ‘Occasion of Areas.’ Throughout the identical interval, Manafort oversaw a lobbying marketing campaign for the pro-Russia “Centre for a Trendy Ukraine,” a Brussels based mostly assume tank linked to Yanukovych which was pushing for Ukraine’s entry into the European Union.