A representative for the Podesta Group said the firm initially did not disclose its work with the ECMU to the FARA officials because the nonprofit "had certified that it was neither funded nor directed by a foreign government or political party", according to NBC News.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller arrives at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee June 13, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Now Tony Podesta has chose to leave his lobbying company the Podesta Group after Special Counsel Robert Mueller included the group in his investigation.
For most news outlets, the first indictments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation was the biggest story of the day, but on Monday evening right-wing sites like Breitbart, Drudge, and the Daily Caller were more interested in the resignation of powerful Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta.
"What he know about Crooked Dems is earth shattering".
John Podesta accused President Trump of "asking the Russians to hack our campaign" and said he is now the target of a "big lie campaign" by the president. So far in 2017, the Podesta Group has raked in nearly $16 million in lobbying fees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Podesta Group, along with Manafort's firm, were tasked with leading an PR effort on behalf of a group called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.
John Podesta's emails were among those leaked by Russian hackers following their entry into the servers of the Democratic National Committee in October 2016.
Podesta was the chairman of Podesta Group - a namesake firm that he also founded. The charges against Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates that are related to the act, coming as powerful members of Congress are demanding more enforcement of the law, were seen by some as a shot across the bow of Washington lobbyists.
Trump on Tuesday said Tony Podesta's exit from his firm was Monday's "biggest story" instead of the indictment of Manafort.
On Monday, Podesta - Tony, that is - announced he was leaving the firm to concentrate full-time on his ties to special counsel Bob Mueller's investigation into Russia's attempt to influence the 2016 election.
CNN reported back in May that the Podesta Group failed to fully disclose the extent of its work in Ukraine to U.S. authorities, though it later updated a lobbying report with the U.S. Justice Department. "Based on our due diligence and on the recommendation of definitive legal experts, the firm immediately filed the appropriate public disclosures of its representation of the ECFMU over five years ago, and in eight subsequent public filings".