John Podesta: I'm the victim of a 'big lie campaign' by Trump

Image Paul Manafort campaign manager to Republican Presidential Candidate Trump leaves as reporters ask about the Republican National Convention Committee on Rules in Cleveland

A big-shot lobbyist and Democratic donor has gotten caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation because of his firm's ties to the lobbying organization led by President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

On Monday, the world watched as Manafort and Gates turned themselves in to the team led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller and that Papadopolous had pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators, but it also learned that Podesta, a Democrat, stepped down from his lobbying firm the Podesta Group after being drawn into the investigation by the counsel as well.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted, "The biggest story yesterday, the one that has the Dems in a dither, is Podesta running from his firm". What he know about Crooked Dems is.

"He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled", he wrote.

Among the charges against former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates on Monday were making false or misleading FARA statements.

John Podesta and other members of the Democratic National Committee had their emails hacked past year by the Russians, and they were later slowly released by leak site WikiLeaks beginning in July 2016.




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

As John rose up the ranks of Democratic politics, Tony was following a similar ascent in the world of political influence - emerging as one of the most powerful Democratic lobbyists (and biggest party donors) in Washington.

Mr. Podesta, a major Democratic donor and lobbying powerhouse, announced his departure at a staff meeting on Monday, according to a partner at the firm who did not want to be identified discussing delicate internal affairs.

Manafort now faces a 12-count indictment related to his work in Ukraine. Manafort worked for the Party of Regions, a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party whose president, Viktor Yanukovych, ruled Ukraine between 2010 and 2014. She added: "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 Podesta Group's work for ECFMU, a nonprofit, was in support of Ukraine's admission to the European Union, a position supported by foreign policy experts at the time. The group claimed it thought it was working for a European think thank that was not linked to a political party.

On October 23, reports came out that Mueller included the Podesta Group after Mueller investigated Manafort's finances.

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