The lobbying effort included outreach with members of Congress and their staffs as well as the pushing of a report commissioned by Ukraine's government to justify the prosecution and imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko, Yanukovych's political rival.
Additionally, Manafort kept in touch with Yanukovych, via verbal and written communications, and passed his instructions on to Gates to then pass on to the lobbying companies, the indictment alleged.
Spokesmen for Podesta and Mercury didn't return calls and emails seeking comment on whether they are Company A and B identified in the indictment. To cover up their connections with those firms, Gates developed "false talking points" he gave to Company B, according to the indictment.
The allegations come in the bombshell federal indictment in Washington, D.C., made public Monday as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
They were accused of hiding foreign accounts from the US, failing to disclose their work for a foreign government and misrepresenting their work to authorities as recently as 2017, according to the indictment. Politico's sources said the transition has been in the works for the past several months.
Neither firm initially registered with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires firms that lobby or conduct public relations for foreign individuals, companies, governments and political parties to reveal detailed information about their work. Podesta, however, claims he was not aware that the ECMU was working for a foreign government and did not file a disclosure under FARA due to legal opinions attorneys gave him. The disclosures covered the period from April 2012 through April 2014.
The inquiry is reportedly into Podesta's work for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, which was not disclosed until after payments from the group to Podesta's firm were discovered by the press. Those allegedly false claims included Manafort and Gates claiming that their lobbying for the Party of Regions "did not include meetings or outreach within the USA", according to the indictment.
The lobbyist, who is the brother John Podesta, chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, also alerted clients of his impending departure.
In classic NASA fashion, the playlist also includes an explanation of what listeners are actually hearing in the sound clips. The compressed signals vary in frequency and time, and feature rising and falling tones similar to Earth's radio emissions.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that nearly everyone over six months of age should receive the flu vaccine . Washington had 278 confirmed flu deaths in the past year, and Throne says 6 of those were children.
Giving examples, he said India is ranked low at 164th in enforcement of contracts but with arbitration act will help improve this. In starting a business , India has reduced the time needed to register a new business to 30 days now, from 127 days 15 years ago.
He needed to be carted off the field, and replays on the video board of his leg bending the wrong way drew groans from the crowd. Trailing 7-0, Chicago used a 45-yard pass from Trubisky to Tre McBride to move to a first-and-goal at the Saints' 6-yard line.
Carmelo Anthony , Josh Huestis , and Steven Adams all posted photos of the plane shortly after it landed around 12:45 a.m. Despite the scary incident, according to WISN12, no one was injured as a result of the damaged plane.
Kurdish president Masoud Barzani gives a televised speech in Erbil, announcing his intention to step down, on October 29, 2017. The autonomous Kurdish Regional Government has faced strong criticism after it held an independence referendum last month.
It turns out, as many initially speculated, the wideout skipped practice to show his displeasure at Texans owner Bob McNair . According to ESPN , the team will meet Saturday night to consider some form of a demonstration before the game Sunday.
Selena Gomez and The Weeknd are breaking up
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Rising costs tarnish HSBC's Asia-driven profit growth
HSBC is able to move "up to 1,000" employees to France, he added, where it has been operating for nearly two decades. Asia loans and advances grew 17% in the three months to September 30, compared with the third quarter of 2016.
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Economy passengers on Lufthansa's Swiss airline have been asked to check in at least 90 minutes before departure. The new screening process is meant to help avoid bans on certain electronics, like laptops, in the cabin.