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Vin Weber returns to lobbying firm Mercury

Vin Weber returns to lobbying firm Mercury
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Former Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.) will return to the lobbying firm Mercury, which he left amid former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation, Weber confirmed to The Hill.

Weber, a partner at Mercury, resigned at the end of August, claiming that the investigation was a distraction for him and the firm’s work.

Mercury was hired by President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE’s former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortHow to combat Putin's financial aggression Like it or not, a Trump self-pardon may be coming soon DOJ veteran says he's quitting over Barr's 'slavish obedience' to Trump MORE in 2012 to lobby for a think tank run by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

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Manafort, who is now in jail, pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), among other crimes. Mercury and the now-defunct Podesta Group didn’t originally register as foreign agents either but did so in 2017 once the investigation started.

Rick GatesRick GatesHow to combat Putin's financial aggression Sunday shows preview: Trump COVID-19 diagnosis rocks Washington, 2020 election The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association -Trump enters debate week after NYT obtains his tax returns MORE, a former deputy Trump campaign chairman who was sentenced to 45 days in jail on Tuesday, told Mueller that he lied to Mercury, which has said lawyers advised it not to register under FARA for its work with the think tank.

The Justice Department stopped investigating Weber and Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group in September.