Judicial Watch Sues State Department For Podesta Group Records

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Nick Givas Media And Politics Reporter

Watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Monday they are suing the U.S. Department of State, in an effort to obtain documents related to the Podesta Group Inc. and the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.

The non-partisan watchdog filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, and is seeking all records of communication between the State Department and employees of the Podesta group — along with “all records” regarding the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, according to a Judicial Watch press release.

Special counsel Robert Mueller noticed the Podesta Group’s ties to Ukrainian politics. Mueller has expanded his investigation of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to include the group’s activities.

The European Centre for a Modern Ukraine was a major client of the Podesta Group and was reportedly backed by a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party that paid Manafort’s firm millions of dollars.

The Podesta Group has been racked with scandal after the company’s CEO Tony Podesta stepped down in October, when he became a target of Mueller’s Russia probe. The woman who took over for Podesta as CEO, Kimberley Fritts, also resigned earlier this month.

Tony Podesta’s brother John Podesta is a co-founder of the group, and served as Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman during her 2016 presidential run.

“Mueller’s special counsel operation seems more interested in the alleged foreign ties of the Trump Team, rather than Hillary Clinton’s associates,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. “Judicial Watch aims to figure out the truth of what exactly the Podesta Group was doing with the Obama State Department.”

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