As allegations are heating up into the Podesta Group over the Uranium One deal, another CEO departed after Tony Podesta (brother of John Podesta, former Chairman of the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign)
left the shaken group two weeks ago, just hours, after an indictment was issued to Paul Manafort and Rick Gates after violating foreign lobbying law. Tony Podesta selected Kimberely Fritts to replace him as CEO at the Podesta Group. As reported by Politico:
“Fritts had been expected to relaunch the Podesta Group under a new name in the days after Podesta stepped down. But after more than a week of working to hammer out the details of what the new firm would look like, Fritts announced at a staff meeting late this afternoon, that she would resign and start a new firm, exacerbating questions about the future of the Podesta Group and its dozens of employees. One Podesta Group staffer described Fritts’ decision as the next step in rebuilding the firm without Tony Podesta. “Tony Podesta’s name had become a scarlet letter,” the staffer said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “I expect a lot of the top talent will go with her,” the staffer added.”
It appears, Fritts is starting her own firm and taking the top talent with her and leaving the Podesta’s out of the new firm.
It’s no secret, that the lobbyists are affectionately known as “the fourth branch of the government” and it begs the question if lobbyists should have as much power as they do over our elected and appointed government officials. Back in late January President Trump signed an Executive Order that was meant “… to fulfill a key portion of his pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, banning administration officials from ever lobbying the U.S. on behalf of a foreign government and imposing a separate five-year ban on other lobbying.” as reported by NBC.
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