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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 ClintonCornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Groups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's MORE's 2016 campaign chairman fired back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report 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 StoneFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn 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 ManafortFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next On The Money: Initial jobless claims rise for 2nd week | Dow dips below 30K | Mnuchin draws fire for COVID-19 relief move | Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges to NY high court 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.