US probe of lobbyists Podesta and Weber ends without charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation of two prominent lobbyists that was spun off from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has concluded without charges.

Justice Department lawyers recently informed representatives for Tony Podesta and former Rep. Vin Weber that they have ended the investigation.

Their unregistered lobbying work for pro-Russia Ukrainian interests had come under investigation first by Mueller and later by federal prosecutors in New York.

Weber lawyer Robert Trout says he and his client are “obviously” pleased with the outcome.

The move, first reported by The Washington Post, follows the acquittal of prominent Washington lawyer Greg Craig. He had been accused of misleading the Justice Department about his work for Ukraine.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan declined to comment.

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