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Daily Caller: Podesta Firm Did Not Register as Foreign Agent

Daily Caller: Podesta Firm Did Not Register as Foreign Agent
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By    |   Monday, 06 November 2017 03:57 PM

The Podesta Group lobbying firm did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Tony Podesta collected lobbyist fees of $180,000 from Uranium One — while Robert Mueller already is looking into Podesta and his firm for allegations of failing to register as a lobbyist for the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, a Ukrainian government entity.

At least three congressional committees are looking into whether the Clinton Foundation got financial gifts from Russians and the CEO and owner of Uranium One, the Daily Caller reported.

The Podesta Group lobbied on behalf of Uranium One for part of 2012 and in 2014 and 2015, according to the Justice Department. The group was not listed as a Uranium One lobbyist when Uranium One was sold in 2010, the Daily Caller reported. 

The group did not file for FARA in any of its years lobbying both Congress and the White House.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said that the Podesta Group not filing under FARA would be "another unusual and concerning development around the Uranium One issue that Congress will be looking into," he said in a statement.

The group defended its decision not to sign up with FARA, saying that the Department of Justice rule applies specifically to any business "owned in whole or in part by a foreign government," a spokesman for Podesta told the Daily Caller.

Dan Pickard, an attorney who handles FARA issues, said that the group should have registered. "When there is uncertainty as to whether a foreign government directly or indirectly supervised, directed, controlled, financed or subsidized in whole or in major part’ of the underlying activities, prudence dictates making a FARA filling in an overabundance of caution," he said.

According to Time, the FARA law was enacted in 1938 to curb Americans in the U.S. working for Nazis.

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