Podesta resignation is the real story

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For most news outlets, the first indictments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation was the biggest story of the day, but on Monday evening right-wing sites like Breitbart, Drudge, and the Daily Caller were more interested in the resignation of powerful Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta. What he know about Crooked Dems is.

"He and his brother [John Podesta] could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled", Trump tweeted.

What, exactly, is President Donald Trump talking about?

John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman, testified in the House Russia investigation but is unaffiliated with the Podesta Group.

What does Trump say about Podesta?

Tony Podesta is the brother of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who is not under investigation. The charges against Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates that are related to the act, coming as powerful members of Congress are demanding more enforcement of the law, were seen by some as a shot across the bow of Washington lobbyists.

Podesta was the chairman of Podesta Group - a namesake firm that he also founded. "Despite the recession, lobbying scandals and frequent denunciation from President Obama about their outsize influence, lobbyists are more in demand than ever".

After being introduced to the lobbying firms, the European nonprofit paid the Podesta Group $1.13 million between June 2012 and April 2014 to lobby Congress, the White House National Security Council, the State Department and other federal agencies, according to US lobbying records.

The former Hillary Clinton campaign manager slammed Trump as his family's lobbying group comes under scrutiny in the Russian Federation investigation. Manafort's ties to prior political work in Ukraine raised questions shortly before he resigned from the Trump campaign in August 2016.

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Manafort hired Podesta's firm as part of a public relations campaign he created for the European Centre for Modern Ukraine.

The indictment, unsealed Monday, refers to "Company A" and "Company B" as the firms Manafort and Gates solicited in 2012 to lobby on behalf of the Ukranian government.

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.

The Party of the Regions is a pro-Kremlin political base for Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russian Federation three years ago. It subsequently amended its required filings. The Podesta Group's work for ECFMU, a non profit think tank, was in support of Ukraine's admission to the European Union, a position supported by foreign policy experts at the time. "The ECFMU provided formal certification that it was neither funded by nor directed by a government or political party".

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.

President Trump tweeted earlier today that Democrats are "in a dither" over the Podesta controversy.

John Podesta is fighting back.

"Now I'm the victim of a big lie campaign by the American President".

There's no evidence yet to disprove that fact.

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