Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta resigned from his firm, the Podesta Group, after the announcement of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation included him as a culprit in the Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 election, reported by Politico on Monday.
The investigation into Podesta, whose brother John Podesta was the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, emerged as a result of Mueller’s review of the financial records of Paul Manafort who was Donald Trump’s campaign manager and his connection to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Manafort was indicted along with his former business associate Rick Gates on charges of conspiracy and money laundering as part of Mueller’s investigation, according to court documents.
According to his website, Podesta notified his firm that he would depart udring a meting on Monday morning.
Podesta told his staff he “doesn’t intend to go quietly, or learn how to play golf,” according to Politico, citing a source. He said he “needs to fight this as an individual, but doesn’t want the firm to fight it.”
The Podesta Group was among several firms that worked on a public relations campaign, created by Manafort for the European Centre for Modern Ukraine, operating between 2012 and 2014.