But The Washington Post reported Monday that Podesta told his firm's employees that it was "impossible to run a public affairs firm while you are under attack by Fox News and the right-wing media". It also provides a glimpse into the material special prosecutor Robert Mueller has corroborated on both companies and the potential legal repercussions both groups could face.
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 earth shattering". First President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and then his former campaign foreign policy advisor. So far in 2017, the Podesta Group has raked in nearly $16 million in lobbying fees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. As part of that effort, in 2012 the two firms were hired to lobby for a Brussels-based nonprofit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.
John Podesta's emails were among those leaked by Russian hackers following their entry into the servers of the Democratic National Committee in October 2016.
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"[Tony] was very magnanimous and said, "This is an fantastic group of people", a source said of Podesta's remarks".
The Podesta Group didn't properly file disclosure forms detailing the 32 meetings it had with government officials at the State Department and the Vice President's office on behalf of the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, according to CNN reporting. In the past three decades it's become one of the most profitable lobbying shops in D.C. While John spent most of his career in government, Tony gained influence as a bundler, hosting lavish fundraisers at his home in Kalorama and donating almost $1.2 million to Democratic candidates over the years. The ECMU, however, was in fact supported by the Party of Regions, the pro-Russia political party of the ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, for whom Manafort lobbied in the US. Podesta Group said at the time it believed its client was a European think tank untethered to a political party.
Manafort and Gates attempted to distance themselves from the work of the lobbying firms after press reports in August 2016, according to the indictment. "The ECFMU provided formal certification that it was neither funded by nor directed by a government or political party".
Beyond being mentioned in the Manafort indictment, it's not clear how large a role the Podesta Group - or Tony Podesta himself - will play in Mueller's investigation going forward.