UPDATED 8:01 AM PT — Thurs. Dec. 6, 2018
The Mueller probe appears to be taking an interesting turn by targeting several high-profile Washington insiders, who have close ties to the Democrat Party.
On Wednesday, sources close to the matter claimed Department of Justice prosecutors are renewing efforts to investigate the Podesta Group, Mercury Public Affairs, and Obama-era White House counsel Gregory Craig. They say federal investigators began interviewing potential witnesses and setting up closed-door meetings in recent weeks to get to the bottom of their apparent failure to register as foreign agents.
Both Craig and the lobbying firms reportedly spent years working on behalf of the Ukrainian government in connection with Paul Manafort allegedly receiving millions of dollars in payments from offshore bank accounts. While they did not properly report this activity to the U.S. government until recently, Tony Podesta and former Congressman Vin Weber maintain the decision was based off the advice of their lawyers.
Mueller dropped the case into the hands of New York authorities back in August, because it fell out of the scope of his Russia investigation.
The trail then went cold for several months, but appears to have picked back up in the wake of criticism from Republicans about Mueller’s apparent partisan nature for going after Manafort yet not his close Democrat associates.
“They should be looking at Podesta and all of that dishonesty,” President Trump told reporters. “They should be looking at a lot of things, and a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me”.
In addition to Podesta’s long history of lobbying for Democrat causes, his brother John ran Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign back in 2016.
Meanwhile, it remains unclear if charges will be brought against Podesta, Weber, and Craig. However, this seems to highlight President Trump’s message that this is a political “witch hunt” against his administration and not an investigation for the truth.