[Ed. – The referrals include sending the Tony Podesta investigation to the Southern District of New York. What they all seem to have in common is being anti-Trump. Even the Republican Vin Weber was a high-profile anti-Trumper. Mueller hasn’t referred his investigations as a rule. The signal is certainly that he doesn’t care to keep his hooks in these probes — regardless of what foreign ties or level of “collusion” they may turn up.]
Since the spring, Mueller has referred matters to SDNY involving longtime Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta and his work for his former firm, the Podesta Group, and former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber and his work for Mercury Public Affairs, the sources said.
One source said that former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig, a former partner at law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, is also part of the inquiry.
None of the entities involved have been charged with wrongdoing, and there is no indication the SDNY inquiry will result in criminal charges. …
Mueller had been scrutinizing all three firms as part of his inquiry into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate, Rick Gates, who were both charged by the special counsel’s office with failing to file as foreign agents relating to a decade of work they did for the Party of Regions, a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.