Our corrupt government trembles this morning – Trump campaign manager indicted

Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities Monday morning, the first charges in a special counsel investigation…

RTFA. Click the link. Enjoy your morning coffee.

Will Manafort be the first to flip on his ex-boss?

20 thoughts on “Our corrupt government trembles this morning – Trump campaign manager indicted

  1. keano says:

    Conspiracy against the US, money laundering, lying to the Feds…and more.

    Anyone expect Trump to be principled and NOT pardon Manafort?

  2. Due process says:

    The indictment against Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump campaign official Rick Gatesthe contains 12 counts: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. The charges do not cover any activities related to the campaign, though it’s possible Mueller could add additional charges. The two are scheduled to make their initial court appearances before US District Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson at 1:30 p.m. ET Monday. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/30/us/politics/document-paul-manafort-rick-gates-indictment.html
    Presumption of innocence: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presumption_of_innocence

  3. Pánico! says:

    Roger Stone has been banned from Twitter permanently after a vulgar meltdown Friday aimed at CNN reporters, which included threats, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
    The close friend and former adviser to Donald Trump went on a tirade after CNN reported Robert Mueller approved the first charges into his investigation on the Russian meddling of the 2016 presidential election. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/roger-stone-banned-twitter-threatening-cnn-anchors-1052758
    “‘DO SOMETHING!’: Trump lashes out as the Russia investigation heats up” http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-tweets-russia-dossier-mueller-clinton-comey-uranium-one-2017-10

  4. Orgy-porgy says:

    (October 30 at 9:32 PM) “Who’s who in the George Papadopoulos court documents” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whos-who-in-the-george-papadopoulos-court-documents/2017/10/30/e131158c-bdb3-11e7-97d9-bdab5a0ab381_story.html “Newly released court documents show that Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos communicated with several senior campaign officials about his outreach to the Russian government over a period of months. The recipients of Papadopoulos’s emails are not named in the filings, but The Washington Post has identified several individuals based on interviews and other documents. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty this month to lying to federal agents about his outreach to Russia.”

  5. Update says:

    ● A former top aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has agreed to plead guilty to fraud-related charges and will testify against the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday. Rick Gates’ decision to plead guilty is a reversal for the former Trump deputy campaign manager, who initially pleaded not guilty in October after being indicted on charges similar to the ones Manafort is facing. The pair were charged with 12 counts related to money laundering, tax fraud, conspiracy against the US, and failure to register as foreign agents. http://www.businessinsider.com/rick-gates-pleads-guilty-report-2018-2?r=UK&IR=T ● Trump Should Pardon Flynn, Gates, Himself and Everyone in the Russian Collusion Investigation, Conservatives say https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/19/trump-russia-pardons-mueller-flynn-417094 ● Trump attacks everyone but Russia : The president continues his barrage of tweets after the Mueller indictments. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/18/trump-twitter-mueller-fbi-russia-scandal-416858 ● Re: Mueller indictments see https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/mueller-roadmap/553604/

  6. Backstretch says:

    CNN (9:50 AM ET, Tue February 20, 2018): “Special counsel Robert Mueller has Just filed a charge against a lawyer for lying to investigators about his interaction with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates in September 2016. Alex Van Der Zwaan is expected to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon. The filing is further evidence of Mueller’s investigation of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Gates and their work for Russian-allied clients.” https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/20/politics/robert-mueller-rick-gates/index.html
    “Manafort Under Scrutiny For $40 Million In “Suspicious” Transactions” (BuzzFeed February 19, 2018) https://www.buzzfeed.com/jasonleopold/manafort-under-scrutiny-for-40-million-in-suspicious?utm_term=.yavWYAXw9#.iulYQVAlP “As the special counsel investigated President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, authorities obtained details on “suspicious” banking activity that was first unearthed in 2014 and 2015. Those records were part of an FBI operation to track international kleptocracy that ultimately failed, but which Robert Mueller’s team resurrected.”
    …what was Paul Manafort doing when he ran up $25,000 in “fraudulent charges” at Duane Reade drug stores in New York City in September 2007 and is it just a coincidence that this new evidence about Manafort was unleashed just a day after his longtime business associate Rick Gates formally agreed to testify against him.

  7. 4theRecord says:

    New charges were filed late Friday against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the special counsel investigation. https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/23/politics/manafort-mueller/index.html Prosecutors allege that Manafort, with the assistance of longtime business partner Rick Gates, “secretly retained a group of former senior European politicians to take positions favorable to Ukraine, including by lobbying in the United States.” See also “How The Trump Campaign Weakened The Republican Platform On Aid To Ukraine” (2016) https://www.npr.org/2016/08/06/488876597/how-the-trump-campaign-weakened-the-republican-platform-on-aid-to-ukraine

  8. Reality TV says:

    President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort Jr., will stand trial in mid-September in Washington on charges stemming from the Russia investigation, meaning the high-profile case will overlap with the midterm elections that could change control of Congress.
    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-manafort-court-20180228-story.html U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday set a trial date of Sept. 17 on five charges filed by prosecutors investigating a Russian plot to influence the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump’s associates during or after the campaign. That means the trial will be unfolding just as the congressional races are reaching their peak and will will include his former business partner and Trump’s deputy campaign chairman Richard Gates testifying about crimes that were committed by Trump campaign officials before, during and after the campaign.
    Manafort also faces a second federal trial in northern Virginia, where he was has been charged with 18 additional counts of bank fraud, money laundering and tax fraud. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. On Monday, federal prosecutors moved to dismiss nearly two dozen other charges that Gates faced in Virginia.

  9. Pardon me says:

    Mueller just drew his most direct line to date between the Trump campaign and Russia https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/03/28/mueller-just-drew-the-most-direct-line-to-date-between-the-trump-campaign-and-russia/
    Mueller has filed new documents in his case against Trump-Russia figure Alex Van Der Zwaan, which reveal that Van Der Zwaan has turned over a phone call he recorded between himself and Rick Gates. In that call, Gates admitted that he and Paul Manafort were knowingly conspiring with a former Russian government intel officer who still has active ties to the Russian government. Gates has cut a plea deal and agreed to tell Mueller everything, which means that Gates will testify to this in Manafort’s trial. So not only does Mueller have a recording of Gates confessing on Manafort’s behalf, he’ll also have the live testimony of Gates, confirming that the taped confession is real.
    See also “The web of connections between Trump and Putin, visualized” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/03/28/the-web-of-connections-between-trump-and-putin-visualized/

  10. Back door man says:

    “Paul Manafort Learns That Encrypting Messages Doesn’t Matter If the Feds Have a Warrant to Search Your iCloud Account” https://gizmodo.com/paul-manafort-learns-that-encrypting-messages-doesnt-ma-1826561511
    “How Did the FBI Access Paul Manafort’s Encrypted Messages?” https://slate.com/technology/2018/06/paul-manafort-how-did-fbi-access-whatsapp-messages.html
    “Paul Manafort’s case may undermine the FBI’s encryption argument” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-cybersecurity-202/2018/06/06/the-cybersecurity-202-paul-manafort-s-case-may-undermine-the-fbi-s-encryption-argument/5b16ae5e1b326b08e8839150/?utm_term=.d27d52f46ca0

  11. Update says:

    Paul Manafort Set to Plead Guilty, Avoid Second Trial : President Trump’s former campaign chief will appear in federal court this morning. https://www.thedailybeast.com/new-documents-filed-manafort-case-signaling-possible-plea-deal It was not clear if the plea deal includes a cooperation agreement with Manafort. The development comes weeks after a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, convicted him of eight counts following a financial fraud trial, but deadlocked on 10 other counts. Manafort has not been sentenced yet in the Virginia case, but after the verdict his attorneys reportedly began discussing a deal to avoid a second trial on charges related to his lobbying for Russia-friendly Ukrainians.

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