Former Clinton campaign chairman defends brother after Trump Twitter attack

Former Clinton campaign chairman defends brother after Trump Twitter attack
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines The Memo: Trump lags in polls as crises press Biden savors Trump's latest attacks MORE's 2016 campaign chairman fired back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE on Wednesday after Trump questioned why no charges were brought against his brother, who was employed by a lobbying firm involved in the now-shuttered Mueller investigation.

John Podesta tweeted Wednesday that the Justice Department under Trump himself had cleared his brother, Tony Podesta, of wrongdoing, while taking aim at former Trump associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneRoger Stone to surrender to prison by June 30 Sunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Brzezinski says she arranged call with Twitter CEO to discuss banning Trump MORE, who is due to be sentenced for seven convictions including lying to investigators.

"What happened? YOUR Justice Department closed the case because, unlike your pal Roger Stone, my brother didn't lie to Congress, intimidate a witness, and obstruct a federal investigation," Podesta wrote.

His tweet came in response to Trump's, which questioned why "nothing ever happen[ed] to him, only to the 'other' side?"

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Tony Podesta was forced to leave his lobbying group after it was revealed by 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 to have been hired by Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortHarris, Jeffries question why Manafort, Cohen released while others remain in prison Cohen released from federal prison to home confinement due to coronavirus concerns Advocates call on states to release more inmates amid pandemic MORE. Manafort hired the group to represent a nonprofit that turned out to be controlled by the then-president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.

Manafort was eventually charged with numerous financial crimes, though Tony Podesta and his lobbying group were never charged. Politico reported that Tony Podesta said in September that he was no longer under investigation after Mueller passed off the investigation to prosecutors in New York.

Tony Podesta did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on the president's tweet.