Former Clinton Campaign Chair's Brother Steps Down From Lobbying Group Amid Manafort Indictment

ola olugbemi | October 30, 2017

Tony Podesta, of the D.C. lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, has stepped down from the company he founded  30 years ago., where have we heard that name before?

Yes, Tony Podesta is the brother of John Podesta, the former campaign chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential election.

To further sweeten the pot, Podesta stepped down on the very same day that Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted former Trump campaign advisor Paul Manafort on 12 charges, including money laundering. Now, let’s connect some dots.

The Hill reported that from 2012-2014, the Podesta Group, along with lobbying group Mercury, worked for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, a pro-Russian Ukrainian non-profit organization. Who was the head of Mercury you ask? Why, Paul Manafort of course, the same guy who was charged with conspiring with foreign agents against the United States of America.

On Monday, Manafort and his associate, Robert Gates, were charged with evading foreign lobbying disclosure laws by doing work with the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, the same company that the Podesta Group worked with.

How’s this for a loop? The Podesta Group claimed to have had no idea that the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine had any connection with the Ukrainian government.

Tony founded the company with his brother John in 1998, which helped them donate ample amounts of money to Democratic candidates. But now, all of a sudden, he’s stepping down.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Why watch actors fake an hour of political drama when you can watch the real thing in real time?