Author: tmeyer@politico.com Theodoric Meyer

Why a storied lobbying firm gambled on Michael Cohen

When Edward Newberry, a top lobbyist for Squire Patton Boggs, started telling people last year that his firm planned to team up with President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, several people tried to talk him out of it. Cohen was unpredictable, three people who spoke with Newberry — and who were familiar with both the firm and Cohen’s reputation — say they told him at the time. One described Cohen as “a bull in a china shop.” Another warned that Cohen could be the next Jack Abramoff, who was sentenced to four years in prison in 2008 on...

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Inside the Podesta Group’s last days

Less than two weeks after Tony Podesta stepped down as chairman, the firm he founded 30 years ago may soon shut its doors | Jacqueline Larma/AP Photo The firm’s chief executive is leaving to start her own lobbying shop as Tony Podesta’s firm prepares for the end. By THEODORIC MEYER 11/10/2017 10:43 PM EST Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Tony Podesta’s lavish art collection is coming down off the walls at the Podesta Group, as the lobbying firm — among the largest and most powerful in Washington — prepares to close up shop. Workers started removing dozens of...

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