Former Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.) will return to the lobbying firm Mercury, which he left amid former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE’s former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report MORE in 2012 to lobby for a think tank run by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
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 GatesTreasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence Trump Jr. was deposed in inauguration funds probe Trump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts 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.