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Podesta Group files new disclosures in Manafort-linked Ukraine lobbying (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Thursday, April 13, 2017, 00:45 @ Theresa

Lobbying powerhouse the Podesta Group filed paperwork with the Justice Department today acknowledging that its work years ago for a European nonprofit benefited the same Ukrainian political party once advised by Paul Manafort, who later ran Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

The filings, obtained by POLITICO, appear to clean up the firm’s requirement to disclose its role in foreign lobbying that Manafort reportedly orchestrated. The Podesta Group said it believed its client was an unaffiliated European think tank. But the new paperwork suggests the Justice Department has information tying the think tank to the pro-Russian Ukrainian Party of Regions — a possible source of continuing legal trouble for Manafort, because he never disclosed his own role in the lobbying campaign.

Manafort “is taking appropriate steps in response” to “formal guidance” he recently received from authorities, according to his spokesman, Jason Maloni. Manafort has been in discussions with federal authorities about disclosing his overseas political work since before the 2016 election, Maloni said.

“The work in question was widely known, concluded before Mr. Manafort began working with the Trump campaign and was not conducted on behalf of the Russian government,” Maloni said.

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