Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group and brother of Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chair, John Podesta, will reportedly resign from his lobbying firm in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s charges against President Donald Trump’s one-time campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
On Monday morning, the FBI indicted Manafort, charging the political operative for — among other things — conspiring against the United States.
Podesta made the major announcement Monday morning, during a company-wide meeting, Politico reported, and is now notifying clients of his impending exit.
It was reported last week that Mueller’s team is investigating the left-leaning Podesta Group and its founder, whom the FBI believes breached the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) while working for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), a pro-Russian nonprofit also linked to Manafort.
When news of the focus on Podesta first broke, the lobbying firm released a statement, saying it “is cooperating fully with the special counsel’s office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance,” per NBC News.
“In all of our client engagements,” the statement continued, “the Podesta Group conducts due diligence and consults with appropriate legal experts to ensure compliance with disclosure regulations at all times — and we did so in this case.”
FARA, enacted in 1938, requires any Americans working with foreign governments, leaders or political groups to disclose their activity to the U.S. Department of Justice. Neither Manafort nor Podesta complied with the regulation until after media reports revealing their connection to the ECMU.
In addition to Manafort, Mueller leveled charges against Rick Gates, one of Manafort’s former business associates.
And just hours after charges were filed against Manafort and Gates, George Papadopoulos, who once served as a foreign policy adviser to Trump, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI in relation to its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.