Tony Podesta Granted Immunity to Testify in Russian Hacking Investigation
Special Counsel Robert Mueller offered controversial Podesta brother deal in return for testimony
John Podesta's brother Tony has cut a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify in the Russian hacking investigation in return for immunity.
Tony Podesta was granted immunity by Mueller to give evidence against Paul Manafort in the ongoing probe into interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential election, Fox News' Tucker Carlson reported.
Podesta's brother was head of Hillary Clinton's campaign run, and both John Podesta and HRC's emails were leaked.
Since losing the election, Democrats have been pushing the "Russian hacking" narrative to suggest that Trump was working with Russia to steal the election from Clinton.
The leak of John Podesta's emails in 2016 triggered the Pizzagate scandal after the conversations suggested high-level Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and the Podesta brothers, were part of an elite pedophile ring.
The allegations shone a light on Tony Podesta's controversial art collection that almost exclusively features child abuse and torture.
Fox News reports: Podesta is the founder of the Podesta Group and brother of John Podesta, who was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The Podesta Group reportedly worked with Manafort -- a former chairman of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign -- to lobby on behalf of Ukrainian interests in the United States, without properly registering at the time under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), Carlson said.
Manafort and the group worked on a campaign called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, the Washington Times reported.
"In other words, for a near identical crime, Bill and Hillary's friend could escape and emerge completely unscathed while Paul Manafort may rot in jail," Carlson said.
Podesta did not register as a foreign agent under FARA, Carlson said in a segment last October.
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Mueller is also offering immunity to five potential witnesses in the upcoming trial of Manafort, the Washington Examiner reported.
Mueller's team is requesting "use immunity," which is a limited type of immunity, the publication reported, citing court documents filed Tuesday.
The five people have not been charged or identified publicly with the case, prosecutors for Mueller’s team said, according to the Examiner.
Tony Podesta resigned from his lobbying group in October in response to Mueller’s investigation of the firm, the report said.
The firm was reportedly closed by the end of last year.
The special counsel’s office did not immediately respond for comment.
Manafort is accused of multiple financial crimes in connection with lobbying work he performed in Ukraine.
The first of his two upcoming trials, in Virginia, is scheduled to begin next week.