John Podesta: I Am Victim of 'Big Lie Campaign' by Trump

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Podesta stepped down from the Podesta Group on Monday following indictments against former President Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates in an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. "Now I'm the victim of a big lie campaign by the American President".

In April, the Podesta Group filed paperwork with the Justice Department stating it had done work for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, which also benefited the same political party in Ukraine that Manafort had at one point advised. First President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and then his former campaign foreign policy advisor. The Podesta Group was one of several firms that were paid to do work on a PR campaign organized by Manafort on behalf of a nonprofit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.

Podesta was the target of an email hack during the 2016 presidential election.

John Podesta and other members of the Democratic National Committee had their emails hacked previous year by the Russians, and they were later slowly released by leak site WikiLeaks beginning in July 2016.

Podesta is a steadfast Democrat, known for his campaigning and fundraising skills as well as his lobbying clout.

Manafort and Gates turned themselves in to federal authorities Monday while facing a 12-count indictment on a range of charges, including misleading the government about their secret work for a foreign government.

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Manafort had previously worked for a pro-Russian Ukrainian president who was eventually ousted by his people and sought asylum in Russia.

The special counsel probe and Russian Federation "hoax", as the president has described it, has cast a cloud over the Trump administration.

In a Monday email to his staff, Podesta said he was stepping down because he "needs to fight this as an individual, but doesn't want the firm to fight it", a person familiar with the farewell speech said.

The investigation into Podesta and his firm initially started when Manafort's finances were examined by Mueller's unit.

More than a dozen of its lobbying clients have cut ties with the firm this year, according to lobbying filings. According to Politico, the firm recently lost some clients, and brought in $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, down from $6.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.

The partner added that the effort had been fueled partly by Mr. Podesta's aggressive efforts to defend himself against coverage by the conservative news media on the special counsel's scrutiny of the Podesta Group.

Last week, Carlson said the Podesta brothers were "central figures" in the federal investigation.

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