Tony Podesta reportedly leaving the lobbying firm he founded amid Mueller investigation

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Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman John Podesta, has resigned from his position as the head of his lobbying firm following his inclusion in Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, Politico reported on Monday.

"Podesta announced his decision during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure", Politico reported. He will give full operational and financial controls to CEO Kimberley Fritts, according to Politico.

"(Tony) was very magnanimous and said, 'This is an unbelievable group of people, '" a Politico source said of Podesta's remarks.

Podesta vowed that he will "fight" back against accusations, but this is not the first time he has found himself in hot water for his failure to follow disclosure laws regarding his work for foreign clients.

He told the staff he "doesn't intend to go quietly, or learn how to play golf", Politico reported, citing a source.

It was reported last week that Mueller's team is investigating the left-leaning Podesta Group and its founder, whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation believes breached the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) while working for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), a pro-Russian nonprofit also linked to Manafort.

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Fritts said she was "thrilled at this opportunity", adding "This is not about me, this is about y'all".

Podesta Group filed paperwork with the Justice Department in April stating that it had done work for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine that also benefited the same Ukrainian political party that Manafort once advised.

The investigation started as a "fact-finding mission", but eventually became "a criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, known as FARA". FARA requires representatives of foreign governments, political parties and foreign-government controlled organizations to disclose detailed information about their activities, including each contact they make with a government official.

Between 2012 and 2014, the lobbying firms were paid more than $2 million from the accounts, prosecutors said.

In separate interviews, three current and former Podesta employees said disagreements broke out within the firm over the arrangement, which at least one former employee considered obviously illegal. The firm brought in an estimated $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, down from $6.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.

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