Thursday, 14 December, 2017

GOP: Democrats Have 'Explaining to Do' On Their Own Connections to Russian Federation

Rebecca D'Angelo  The Washington Post  Getty Rebecca D'Angelo The Washington Post Getty
Andrew Cummings | 25 October, 2017, 01:04

What began as a cursory examination of the firm, created to gauge Manafort's level of involvement in the lobbying campaign, has become a criminal investigation into possible violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by the Podesta Group, sources told NBC News.

The Podesta Group filed a FARA registration for its work with ECMU only after the payments were reported by the media.

The Podesta Group was co-founded by Tony and his brother, John Podesta, a longtime Clinton aide who served as chairman of her 2016 presidential campaign.

Mueller's inquiry into the lobbying campaign appears to be part of a larger investigation into Manafort's work for the Party of Regions, his offshore banking transactions, his tax compliance and his real estate dealings, NBC reported.

The FBI's probe into President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign turned up a new character. Podesta told Reuters in December 2013 that his firm was "contacting United States legislators to argue that approving the [anti-Yanukovych] measures would only complicate efforts to improve relations between Ukraine and the West, including the European Union".

According to NBC News, Podesta's company was one of many firms that worked on a public relations campaign organized by Manafort that promoted Ukraine's image in the west.

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In August, Mueller issued subpoenas to several firms that worked on the Ukrainian PR campaign, and a source told NBC that investigators have met with staffers from the companies. The Podesta Group also worked on that campaign. The Podesta Group and Mercury did not respond to inquiries on Monday.

The firm sought to determine if ECFMU was in fact a front for the Party of Regions, and thus required the firm to comply with FARA, which comes in the form of filing publicly-available documents with the Justice Department.

In response to the announcement of the investigation, a Podesta Group spokesman said that they were "cooperating fully with the Special Counsel's Office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance. The [ECMU] provided formal certification that it was neither funded by nor directed by a government or political party". Among other things, the firm sent fliers, op-eds and other informational packets to Hill aides and other government officials advocating for Ukraine's acceptance into the European Union and arguing that the sketchy 2012 election in Ukraine was in fact clean.

The Podesta Group was paid $1 million for the campaign, according to a CNN report, and Mercury LLC received $720,000.

Criminal prosecutions can be brought under FARA for a willful failure to register lobbying work for a foreign agent; however, those prosecutions are exceedingly rare.

"Now Mueller is investigating Tony Podesta - it will be John Podesta - and then Hillary", writes Republican activist Scott Presler.

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