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Posted: October 31, 2017

Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary Clinton campaign chair, leaves lobbying firm amid Mueller probe

Tony Podesta Steps Down From Lobbying Firm Amid Mueller Investigation


Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary Clinton campaign chair, leaves lobbying firm amid Mueller probe
WASHINGTON DC-August 2, 2011: Heather and Tony Podesta (Chairman Podesta Group) attend a barbecue at Esther Coopersmith's DC home to celebrate the marriage of lawyer Jack Einwechter to Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) (Photo by Rebecca D'Angelo/For the Washington Post)

By Patrick McMahon,


Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta lobbying group and brother of former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, has alerted clients he is stepping down from the firm.

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That announcement came this morning in an all-staff meeting at the firm, according to Politico.

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Last week, NBC News reported that special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation was looking into the Podesta Group and Tony Podesta for possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Podesta Group CEO Kimberley Fritts and a “senior group” will launch a new firm.

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Podesta’s announcement came on the same day that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates turned themselves into the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a 12-count indictment charging them with “conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts,” per the indictment.

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