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


Podesta Group, a well-known lobbying firm with close ties to the Democratic Party and the Obama administration, might close its doors after being caught in the crosshairs of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, CNN reported on Saturday.

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.

Manafort was recently indicted, along with his associate Rick Gates, on 12 counts related to money laundering and his work as a foreign agent primarily associated with Ukraine’s pro-Russia Party of Regions.

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.

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