By Matt Palumbo, Contributor – October 31, 2017
Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group, announced that he’d be stepping down from the firm yesterday after coming under investigation by special counsel Robert Muller.
The investigation into Podesta and his firm grew out of investigators’ examination of Paul Manafort’s finances. Manafort organized a PR campaign on behalf of a nonprofit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, while Podesta Group was one of several firms that were paid to do work on the PR campaign to promote Ukraine in the U.S.
Not long after stepping down, the lobbyist was quick to pick a legal battle of his own, this one targeted at Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
According to the Daily Caller, Tucker told his audience last night, “Podesta isn’t just complaining about us, he’s threatening us.”
He continued, saying that the letter, “demands that the show ‘immediately cease and desist disseminating false and misleading reports about Mr. Podesta and the Podesta group.’ It demands we retract and delete all our prior reporting on the Podesta group and warns that if we don’t do this, ‘Mr. Podesta may pursue legal action, including for damages in order to fully protect his rights.”
Carlson also said, “Podesta’s lawyer wasn’t trying to inform us of anything — but to threaten us, to shut down our reporting on his client. One lawyer we talked to earlier today said the Podesta people have used this tactic with others before, it’s common. It’s an effort to use fear to control press coverage. We’re not intimidated, we have ample evidence from Mueller’s indictment and from a number of confidential sources to paint a pretty clear picture of exactly what the Podesta Group was doing for years here in Washington. We’ll let the facts speak for themselves, and we’re confident the Mueller investigation will be revealing a lot more about his lobbying practices in the near future.”
During his segment, Carlson tweeted out the following:
Tucker said he found the most amusing line of the letter to be the Podesta’s lawyer’s claim that “Paul Manafort did not work with the Podesta Group in its representation of the European center for a modern Ukraine.”
Tucker said it was obvious the lawyer had not read the Manafort indictment, which clearly stated otherwise.
So threatened by Carlson’s reporting, Podesta not only demands a retraction, he wants all prior reporting on him deleted from Fox’s archives.