(National Sentinel)Â Two Systems: As news reports noted Friday, a former campaign manager for POTUS Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, has pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent for Ukraine when he was doing some lobbying work on that country’s behalf.
Manafort decided to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe rather than face another trial and the prospect of several dozen more years behind bars following his first trial in which he was found guilty on a number of financial crimes.
But now that Manafort has pleaded, doesn’t MuellerÂ now have to indictÂ someone who had connections to Hillary Clinton’s campaign?
The answer is, of course, yes?
If you’re Tony and John Podesta, the latter who was Clinton’s campaign manager, you might start lawyering up.
AsÂ The Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross reported:
Two lobbying firms, including one owned by Democratic superlobbyist Tony Podesta, knowingly worked with Paul Manafort at the direction of the Ukrainian government, according to an indictment released Friday by the special counselâ€™s office.
The indictment, which was released ahead ofÂ an expected plea dealÂ for Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trumpâ€™s presidential campaign, says that as a part of his â€œlobbying scheme,â€ Manafort solicited two lobbying firms in February 2012 to lobby on behalf of then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
â€œVarious employees of Companies A and B understood that they were receiving direction from MANAFORT and President Yanukovych, not the Centre, which was not even operational when Companies A and B began lobbying for Ukraine,â€ reads the indictment. The Centre is a reference to the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, a Brussels-based non-profit that the government says was used to support Yanukovych.
Company A has been identified as Mercury Public Affairs, a lobbying shop operated by former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber. Company B has been identified as Podesta Group, the firm that Tony Podesta founded with his brother, John, the chairman of Hillary Clintonâ€™s campaign.
The indictment also says Manafort, Gates, and â€œemployees of both Companies A and B referred to the client in ways that made clear they knew it was Ukraine, for instance noting that the â€˜clientâ€™ had an Embassy in Washington D.C.â€
Nobody from Podesta Group or Mercury Public Affairs has faced charges in the case, though the latest indictment suggests that the lobbying firms skirted federal law by failing to register as foreign agents with the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Mueller hasÂ no choice now but to have the Podesta brothers arrested and charged with the same conspiracy to commit crimes as Manafort.
“The indictment lays out evidence that Manafort, his business partner Rick Gates, and employees at Mercury Public Affairs and the Podesta Group were aware they were working for Yanukovych,” Ross wrote.