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.
"He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled", he wrote.
"[Tony] was very magnanimous and said, "This is an unbelievable group of people", a source said of Podesta's remarks". Fritts and a senior group of the Podesta team will be launching a new firm in the next one or two days. That raised concerns that the brother of Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta might know more than he's letting on about Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
After the arrest of Paul Manafort on Monday, Hillary Clinton bundler Tony Podesta announced he would be stepping down from leading the Podesta Group and that the firm would dissolve.
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Flying a bit under the radar given the indictments of Trump campaign staffers, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly been closing in on Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta.
Trump on Tuesday said Tony Podesta's exit from his firm was Monday's "biggest story" instead of the indictment of Manafort.
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. This transition has been underway for several months now, according to multiple unnamed sources with knowledge of the Monday meeting, Politico reported. Carlson also reported that Manafort's company, the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, was a major client of the Podesta group.
"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", a spokesperson for the Podesta Group told ABC News. "Based on our due diligence and on the recommendation of definitive legal experts, the firm immediately filed the appropriate public disclosures of its representation of the ECFMU over five years ago, and in eight subsequent public filings".
The Podesta Group, along with Manafort's firm, were tasked with leading an PR effort on behalf of a group called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine. The firm said at the time that it believed its client was a European think tank with no connections to a political party.