Powerful Lobbyist Tony Podesta Steps Down Amid Mueller’s Russia Probe

John Podesta speaks at the Javits Center in New York City on Nov. 8, 2016. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jonathan Newton

Last week, Tony Podesta, an eminence in the annals of Washington lobbying, threw one of his signature events, a big birthday bash at his stately stone manse in Kalorama. His guests thought he was on top of his world, one of the men who makes the city go.

On Monday, hours after the first indictments in the investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, Podesta abruptly quit his post atop the Podesta Group, the capital’s eighth-wealthiest lobbying firm.

Podesta’s departure came as the indictments of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, raised questions about the work Podesta’s firm did with Manafort to buff the image of the Ukrainian government. Podesta, 74, said he was quitting because of the barrage of criticism he’s been getting as Special Counsel Robert Mueller pursues the investigation.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post ยท Marc Fisher, Carol D. Leonnig



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