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Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group are now the subjects of a federal investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, three sources with knowledge of the matter told NBC News.
The sources said the investigation into Podesta and his company began as more of a fact-finding mission about the ECMU and Manafort's role in the campaign, but has now morphed into a criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, known as FARA.
The Podesta Group filed a FARA registration for its work with ECMU only after the payments were reported by the media.
Willful failure to file the forms is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison, though such prosecutions are rare.
The report said the ECMU campaign was designed to sway public opinion and included attempts to solicit favorable press coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
This is John Podesta's brother. It isn't him. I'm glad the special investigation is impartial, I'm interested in hearing about who did what when it comes to Russia.
The Podesta Group is a lobbying and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C.. It was founded in 1988 by brothers John Podesta and Tony Podesta and has previously ...
originally posted by: Gryphon66
Podesta had clear ties to Russia; let's follow the truth where it takes us.
........says it all really
Mueller, along with deputy attorney general James Comey, threatened the administration to resign from office, in March 2004, if the White House overruled a Department of Justice finding that domestic wiretapping without a court warrant was unconstitutional.Attorney General John Ashcroft denied his consent to attempts by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to waive the Justice Department ruling and permit the domestic warrantless eavesdropping program to proceed. On March 12, 2004, George W. Bush gave his support to changes in the program sufficient to satisfy the concerns of Mueller, Ashcroft and Comey
originally posted by: abago71
Tony Podesta is trending on Twitter.
In addition to his speaking and teaching roles, Mueller also joined the law firm WilmerHale as a partner in its Washington office in 2014 "
A team of Wilmer Hale attorneys represents the “Algerian Six”, a group of men who fell under suspicion of planning to attack the US embassy in Bosnia and who are now held in the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp
Mueller has his own questionable record of covering up cover ups.
In January 2007, Cully Stimson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, criticized Wilmer Hale and other major law firms for representing "the very terrorists who hit their bottom line back in 2001," and questioned whether such work was really being done pro bono or might actually receive funding from shadowy sources.
originally posted by: Sillyolme
a reply to: Grambler
Neither Manifort nor Flynn registered as foreign agents until they were discovered by investigations to be so. It seems to be a trend.