How much trouble is Tony Podesta in?

Tony Podesta

Tony Podesta

Podesta announced his decision to leave The Podesta Group during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure, Politico reported.

Two lobbying firms, the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs, are the unnamed companies in the grand jury indictment of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, three sources with knowledge of the investigation told NBC News.

Two unnamed companies were solicited by Manafort and Gates, Manafort's longtime business partner, to engage in lobbying on the Hill on behalf of the Ukrainian government, with the Centre nominally being listed as their client, according to the indictment.

An attorney representing Democratic mega-lobbyist Tony Podesta sent the Fox News host a letter demanding that the show "immediately cease and desist disseminating false and misleading reports about Mr. Podesta and the Podesta group", Carlson said Monday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight".

Sarah Sanders Accused Of 'Lying' During Press Briefing On Paul Manafort Charges
The separate charges against Manafort and Rick Gates contend the men acted as unregistered foreign agents for Ukrainian interests. While Sanders asserted that the former aide had a limited role in the campaign, Acosta continued to press the issue.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Donald Trump's Russian Federation connections followed Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman.

Over the course of several years, the ECMU paid the Podesta Group $1.13 million to lobby Congress, according to the AP.

Flying a bit under the radar given the indictments of Trump campaign staffers, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly been closing in on Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta. Manafort's ties to prior political work in Ukraine raised questions shortly before he resigned from the Trump campaign in August 2016.

The Podesta Group has repeatedly insisted that it was unaware that Manafort was using the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine to improve the image of then-Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

UN Syria envoy skip Astana meeting on Syria due to Geneva talks
Delegations from the Syrian government and armed opposition groups as well as the three guarantor states are present at the talks. The Astana talks - sponsored by Russia, Iran, and Turkey - focus on cease-fire and other battlefield matters.

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

Podesta "was very magnanimous and said, 'This is an fantastic group of people, '" a source told Politico, recalling Tony Podesta's remarks.

"The Podesta Group has fully cooperated with the special counsel's office and taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms compliance with the law", the company said in a statement.

Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the Podesta Group, said the firm's work was "in support of Ukraine's admission into the [European Union]", and the Brussels nonprofit had certified that "it was neither funded by nor directed by a government or political party".

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Set To Launch Today From Cape Canaveral
The successful release of Koreasat 5A concluded SpaceX's 44th Falcon 9 mission, and the 16th this year. Little is known about the mission, which was not publicly disclosed until earlier this month.

What Trump seems to be doing in his tweets is trying to wrap Manafort, Tony Podesta and John Podesta into one big ball of corruption.

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