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>> Special Council, Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election is now widening to include Tony Podesta, NBC reports. One of Washington's best known and most influential lobbyists. His firm, The Podesta Group has deep ties to Democratic Party leaders. Including his own brother, John Podesta, who was chairman of Hilary Clinton's 2016 campaign.
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NBC reported Mueller is investigating whether the Podesta Group properly reported its work in Ukraine, during the controversial rule of Viktor Yanukovych. Marco Zimbalist following the story.>> Reuters reported, in 2013, that a front group essentially for the pro-Russian Politicians in Ukraine had hired Podesta Group to lobby against legislation that would've penalized Ukraine for its Russian ties.
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>> The Russia back leader was chased out of the country following a bloody crackdown on protesters.>> Now today NBC came out with the story. Basically saying that Mueller is now investigating the role of Podesta in lobbying for Ukraine. And the fact that his group had not registered with the Justice Department as foreign agents.
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Although, they did register with Congress as lobbyists for Ukraine. So maybe that gets them off the hook.>> His firm on Monday said it is fully cooperating with Mueller's probe. Mueller's curiosity about Podesta grew out of the investigation into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort who had to resign over his own lobbying work for Ukraine.
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Until now, Mueller's probe is focused mainly on Republicans associated with the Trump campaign in the White House. But the Podesta probe shows its investigative net reaching across party lines. John Podesta has no remaining connection to his brother's firm. But he has been a key name in the ongoing Russia probe after his campaign emails were hacked and posted on Wikileaks.
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With intelligence agencies pointing the finger at Vladimir Putin.