A top Democratic lobbying firm caught up in Mueller’s Russia probe is on the verge of shutting down

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  • Podesta Group, the lobbying firm founded by brothers John and Anthony Podesta that has close ties to the Democratic Party, may be shutting down.

    Podesta Group – which was founded by brothers John and Anthony Podesta – got roped into the investigation over work it did for Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

    Kimberley Fritts, the CEO of Podesta Group, told staff on Thursday that the lobbying firm would close its doors by the end of the year, sources told CNN. Fritts also asked employees to clean out their belongings and told them they would not be paid past November 15.

    While investigating Manafort’s consulting work for the party, Mueller has been scrutinizing Podesta Group and the lobbying group Mercury Public Affairs. As part of their lobbying efforts, Podesta Group and Mercury were tasked with improving Yanukovych’s image in the West, and particularly in the US.

    To that end, Podesta Group lobbied Congress “About Ukraine sanctions, the validity of Ukraine elections,” and the validity of jailing Yanukovych’s political opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko, according to the indictment.

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