John Podesta Plays Victim Card in Response to Russia Investigation News

John Podesta Plays Victim Card in Response to Russia Investigation News

John Podesta Plays Victim Card in Response to Russia Investigation News

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Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta is stepping down from his lobbying firm Monday after becoming a subject of investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"Not bad enough that I was the victim of a massive cyber crime directed by the Russian President ... now I'm the victim of a big lie campaign by the American President", Podesta stated on Twitter.

As part of that effort, in 2012 the two firms were hired to lobby for a Brussels-based nonprofit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.

Many times before, Trump has been chastised for allegedly attempting to distract his supporters from the Russian Federation investigation by pointing fingers at his predecessor, Barack Obama, and at his former election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The firm makes an appearance in the Manafort indictment as "Company B". 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 was the target of an email hack during the 2016 presidential election.

Podesta founded the eponymous Podesta Group in 1988 along with his brother, John, although John left in the mid-90s. He and his former wife Heather Podesta were well known around town for hosting fancy fundraisers for high-rolling Democratic clients in their home.

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Manafort now faces a 12-count indictment related to his work in Ukraine.

Manafort had previously worked for a pro-Russian Ukrainian president who was eventually ousted by his people and sought asylum in Russia. But last week, the White House enjoyed a shift in focus, amid new revelations in the controversial Obama-era Uranium One deal and the payments behind the salacious anti-Trump dossier.

Podesta also told staff that he "doesn't intend to go quietly, or learn how to play golf", and he "needs to fight this as an individual, but doesn't want the firm to fight it".

Both Manafort's firm and the Podesta Group filed FARA registrations for the ECMU work only after the payments were reported by the media past year.

Podesta and Mercury came into focus for prosecutors as they delved deeply in to Manafort's finances earlier this year.

More than a dozen of its lobbying clients have cut ties with the firm this year, according to lobbying filings. The firm brought in an estimated $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, down from $6.1 million in the third quarter of 2016. "Podesta may pursue legal action, including for damages in order to fully protect his rights, '" Carlson said.

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.

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