The New York Times yesterday confirmed that Tony Podesta had left his position with the Podesta Group. Tony Podesta is a well-known lobbyist from America. Other than being a lobbyist, he is a renowned Democratic donor who has given millions for liberal and noble causes. People familiar with the situation confirmed that he had left the company due to the increasing scrutiny that the firm had been subjected to by the Robert S. Mueller investigation into whether there was a collusion between the Russians and Americans in interfering with the US election. The sources confirmed that the co-founder of the Podesta group made the difficult decision without coercion. They further noted that the firm has been losing clients at a fast rate since his name was mentioned in the investigation. During the investigation, he is suspected to have colluded with the Russians through the Podesta Group and another company that he used to work for that is known as Mercury Public Affairs. Although he has not been mentioned by name, there are speculations that he is part of the indictments surrounding former Trump’s campaign manager Paul J. Manafort and his longtime associate Rick Gates.
However, the Times noted that no charges have been brought forward against Tony Podesta. This is the same for any official working with the firm. However, the firms have been served with subpoenas by the special counsel where they are expected to present testimonies and records for a client they worked for five years ago. This was a Brussels based company known as European Center for Modern Ukraine. For instance, some of the work that was conducted by the European Center was mentioned on Monday. This links Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and former Ukrainian President Victor F. Yanukovych. Tony Podesta said that he was leaving the firm during a staff meeting. For starters, Tony Podesta is the brother of John Podesta, the campaign chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The two co-founded this company a few years ago. In the recent days, he has become the center of attacks by conservatives who want to divert the investigation into the Democrats path. The source who revealed his departure to the press said that he mentioned that he was leaving because of the press attacks. He mentioned Fox News attacks as the recent one. However, the sources could only speak anonymously as they were not authorized to speak on behalf of the company. At the same time, they didn’t want to jeopardize the prospects of their career.