Justice Department Indicts Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates (full pdf)…

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy against the United States and other felony charges. The indictments unsealed Monday in Washington contain 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money, failing to register as a foreign agent, false statements, and multiple counts of failing to file reports for foreign bank accounts.

The DOJ indictment charges that former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine lobbying work.

According to the indictment (pdf below): “In order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities, from approximately 2006 through at least 2016, Manafort and Gates laundered the money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts.”

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe focused on wire transfers Paul Manafort made from Ukraine to private accounts and whether he paid taxes on that income. Indictment:

The government alleges that at least $75 million was moved by Manafort to offshore accounts without declaring the income to the government. From there Manafort allegedly withdrew $18 million to fund a lavish lifestyle, and Gates pulled another $3 million out.

The indictment is purely focused on alleged financial crimes and does not include any charges related to the broader question that formed the basis of Mueller’s investigation – whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia.

The indictment describes criminal allegations that predate the Trump campaign; Trump’s name is not mentioned in the 31-page document.  Attorney Alan Dershowitz provides some context toward the motives and intents of the indictment strategy.

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310 Responses to Justice Department Indicts Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates (full pdf)…

  1. keebler AC ovfefe says:

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  2. keebler AC ovfefe says:

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  3. Greenmirror says:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/AndySwan/status/925067696290648065

    What CNN is trying to explain as reason for trump to be impeached

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  4. Bull Durham says:

    The big sin Manafort committed was managing the winning campaign for the Party of Regions/Yanukovych. The deal might have been for him to lose. But Donbass and some other areas voted for “Putin’s Choice” in a big way.

    Thus, the Nuland-State Department was incensed at Manafort for not ruining the campaign.

    This is payback.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_presidential_election%2C_2010

    Read this account of the Election and look at the results map in color.
    You will see the vote aligns perfectly with Donbass War and Crimea leaving the Ukraine to go home to Russia.

    This was 2010. Imagine when the nazis took over, illegally after snipers killed a hundred, many Berkut police in the Maidan, and then they announced the end to Russian language in Ukraine after 1000 years. And three months later send the military and nazi battalion to ethnically cleanse the Donbass.

    Manafort was an enemy of Hillary-Nuland-CIA and State Dept Russophobes from that election result onward. Today, they nailed him.

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    • Bull Durham says:

      The map with blue colors and shades is the area of Ukraine referred historically as Novorussiya (New Russia). It is what will be there when Ukraine splits up as it will inevitably. It runs from the East border down to Odessa oblast in the southwest.
      It is Russian culture and history and where all the blood in the big wars for 250 years was shed by Russians. And of course, connects to Crimea.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Read the indictment. On face value the evidence of the bank transfers and real estate investments is incriminating.

      Tax evasion. RICO. Money lobbying.

      The politics is BS. Before it is over, Democrats will go down to.

      LOBBYISTS are going to jail – regardless of party affiliation.

      The big sin Manafort committed was being a crooked lobbyist. High stakes. He lost. Too greedy. Should have paid his taxes. Should have learned the lesson from Al Capone.

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      • mike says:

        International tax situations can be incredibly complex and the US position is not merely that of a banana republic, but a nazi-like hegemon. Whatever the IRS claims of law are, agents stay out of many countries. I suspect because much of what they would do or want there is patently illegal there… with no Lois Lerner discounts on IRS crimes.

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    • Deplorable Ukie says:

      Bull,
      how many negative comments have you written about Russia, and how many about Ukraine? Why?

      How many negative comments have you written about Putin, and how many about President Trump? Why?

      President Trump is a truth teller.

      “Ukraine that is free from Russian occupation is one of the important interests of the United States, and Trump will insist on this interest and achieve it,”
      https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-politics/2249216-trump-to-insist-on-ukraines-liberation-from-russian-occupation-giuliani.html

      You are not a truth teller. One more example.
      “Bull Durham on January 10, 2017 at 12:43 pm
      Klobacher took the full Nazi tour of East Europe, Baltics and Ukraine, Got to love their Russophobic meme. These were the home of Nazis then, the 30’s-40’s, and the womb of the Nazis now. Godless, racist, thugs and rapists abound in those bastions of “democracy”.
      They are a joke, a sick joke.”

      I trust President D.J. Trump. And I know that our geopolitical adversaries will use media and internet to spread doubts and discontent among his supporters.

      “Bull Durham says:
      June 16, 2016 at 1:56 pm
      I communicate with folks over there, particularly in Crimea and Moscow. People who do know first hand the readiness of the forces.”

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      • G. Combs says:

        I also read what folks over there ( Luboš Motl , Czech theoretical physicist) have said about the Ukraine situation. It aligns most closely with Bull Durham’s.

        In short the USA (aka SOros) and the EU wants to grab the Ukraine and drag it into the EU as they did to other eastern bloc countries. However according to Luboš Motl when the Ukraine got it’s independence there were agreements made that the EU would keep it’s HANDS OFF. The EU (along with Soros) renigged on that agreement and ousted the elected president… Just like Soros is trying to oust OUR elected president.

        (Sorry I did not bookmark that page and I can no longer find it… SURPRISE!)

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        • Deplorable Ukie says:

          G. Combs,
          “I also read what folks over there ( Luboš Motl , Czech theoretical physicist) have said about the Ukraine situation. It aligns most closely with Bull Durham’s.”

          Who is this Luboš Motl? What is his proof? Why is he saying this?
          Follow the money.

          Bull Durham also said:
          “longiron2 says:
          February 28, 2016 at 11:59 am
          Please tell us who has not lied to us over the last 2 decades?
          Bull Durham says:
          February 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm
          Putin.”

          “on May 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm
          Trump is owning the Ethersphere….I think he has been studying Putin’s strategies and tactics.”

          “on July 22, 2016 at 3:02 pm
          The US needs a coup. This Regime has to go.”

          “on April 6, 2017
          Could be they sense Trump has been turned?”

          ” on April 4, 2017 at 7:44 pm
          And where to hide al Nusra terrorists to be used to keep a war against Syria going for many years…”
          / it was his comment on a coming meeting between our President and King of Jordan.

          “However according to Luboš Motl when the Ukraine got it’s independence there were agreements made that the EU would keep it’s HANDS OFF. The EU (along with Soros) renigged on that agreement and ousted the elected president…”
          It looks to me you combined 2 different events.
          August 1991.
          The Soviet Union collapsed very fast in the last quarter of 1991. Between August and December, 10 republics declared their independence. The Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 24 August 1991. The Act established Ukraine as an independent state. The Act was adopted in the aftermath of the coup attempt on 19 August (Августовский путч).

          “The EU (along with Soros) renigged on that agreement and ousted the elected president…”
          Autumn 2013- Winter 2014.
          Soros has his fingers in many things. But this interpretation ignores the wishes and actions
          of Ukrainian citizens.
          “(Polls show that a majority of Ukrainians support closer ties with Europe.) Many observers surmise that Yanukovych’s sudden decision to reverse course on policy towards Europe had a great deal to do with pressure from Russia, which has brought its considerable economic leverage to bear in its attempts to dissuade Ukraine from aligning itself with the West.”
          http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/12/06/the-ukrainian-presidents-big-broken-promise/

          Also, look up the birthday present Putin gave to his former KGB boss this year.(Hint: Pravda)
          As Sundance reminds us it is a battle for your mind.

          I trust President D. J. Trump and stand by him.

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    • realitycheck6 says:

      Have you cashed your check from pukeon yet for that misinformation … BTW, the Soviets attempted to erase the Ukrainian language from the 1920’s (as they tried to erase all other languages and cultures and put them under soviet rule)

      They did NOT vote to end the russian langauge, they did vote to make Ukrainian the official language.

      Yankucokicj was a criminal and went against his promises to his people (and totally selling out to his handlers in moscow) he also authorized the killing and assassination of hundreds (not just the 100 reported).

      The Ukrainians struggle to be free from the maniacal midget of russia and to have a chance for true freedom. Manafort is and almost always has been “shady” at best.

      Слава Україні! Героям слава! … the cheer from the Revolution of Dignity

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      • Oncefired says:

        I am not sure about all the Hundreds you say were killed by Yankucokicj, but the sniper kills were obviously done to move your Maiden Revolution to Overthrow. Unfortunately we had bad people in charge in the US and they did everything possible to overthrow your Government with Victoria Nuland taking the lead, and Hillary & Barry giving behind the scene orders. We are all binded together by PDJT and his MAGA Agenda, which doesn’t included overthrowing governments and starting wars all over the world and Nation Building. The biggest problem is the Ukraine went from one corrupt leader to a US installed corrupt leader, you will need to clean the Neo-Nazi’s out and hopefully rebuild an Honest Government with an Honest Leader.

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        • Deplorable Ukie says:

          Oncefired:
          “you will need to clean the Neo-Nazi’s out and hopefully rebuild an Honest Government with an Honest Leader.”

          As I said earlier, President D. J. Trump is a truth teller. Here are his own words about Ukraine and Ukrainians.

          September 2015.
          “Our president is not strong, and he is not doing what he should be doing for the Ukraine,
          It’s amazing what you’ve had to endure ( referring to the conflict with Russia.) The spirit of the Ukrainian people is absolutely incredible.”

          July 2017.
          “We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes — including Syria and Iran — and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization itself.”

          September 2017.
          “I wouldn’t say it’s the easiest place to live” but” it’s getting better and better on a daily basis. I do hear very good things. Ukraine is coming along pretty well,”

          All the nazi accusations for Ukraine are coming from the Kremlin propaganda machine.

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  5. scott467 says:

    This all seems like good news. If a criminal hack like Mueller can uncover this trail of alleged financial criminality, just imagine what a legitimate and credible prosecutor could do with the obvious and public financial crimes of Crooked Hillary.

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    • Bull Durham says:

      Concur.

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    • Joshua2415 says:

      Manafort, Gates and Podesta were both caught being “swampy”. Nothing but good for PDJT.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Had the O admin et al, including all the Commissioners of IRS, not been crooked, these RICO, tax evasion charges would have been prosecuted years ago.

      Once Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) law passed, Manafort was well on his way to money laundering, tax evasion for several years. It was just a matter of time for Manafort to be prosecuted.

      I fully believe PT has fully leveraged Mueller from the day they met (day before SC appt).

      Three crooked lobbyists were taken down. All squealing. More to come.

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    • Summer says:

      Legitimate and credible — these two things are hard to come by in the Justice Department.
      Yes, there are enough competent, efficient lawyers ready and willing to nail political opponents who happen to have (R) next to their name. But not (D). For D, it is a slow process, and in the end “no reasonable prosecutor” would ever file charges against these good people who never intended to break the law.
      Both R and D wings of the UniParty are corrupt but some animals are more equal — that’s the law of the swamp. Bottom line — don’t hold your breath,

      Best regards,

      Captain Obvious.

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  6. Dora says:

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  7. POP says:

    There’s an easy defence for Mani, just claims : “I didn’t know I was breaking any law, just like Hillary didn’t know about how her treatment of security rated emails was breaking any law.”

    Presto, he walks.

    (And Hillary has already confessed, no plea bargain necessary).

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  8. rsmith1776 says:

    Alan Dershowitz once again seems surprisingly honest and balanced.

    Look guys, I am encouraged, to an extent, by your optimism in interpreting today’s events.

    I would personally not trust Mueller as far as I could throw him.

    I very much pray to be proven wrong.

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    • mimbler says:

      I’m baffled by the optimism myself. This is what was pretty obvious from the start, and it is only republicans going down.
      Mueller is investigating financial crimes that have nothing to do with his charter. So that doesn’t look like a white hat.

      And the people that think Mueller is working for Trump don’t seem to realize that would make Trump a lawless subverter of the justice system. I don’t believe that for a minute.

      It certainly is the kind of thing Obama would do though.

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  9. Pam says:

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  12. VERY INTERESTING: Jay Sekulow is on Hannity’s radio show right now. Hannity has been bashing Mueller…and once again…Sekulow is not taking the bait. In fact, Sekulow comes across as unconcerned.

    Last week on Hannity’s radio show, Hannity was asserting that Mueller had to know about all things Uranium One. Sekulow was having none of it…he redirected the spotlight at Lynch.

    I am liking this vibe very much!

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  13. briandrake75 says:

    I’ve been at the office all day waiting for the right morsel from the harpies to update y’all on ….

    All I can report is that they seem to be of the opinion that–wait for it–the collusion evidence is forthcoming. Soon. Any day now.

    “It’s getting real. It’s really getting real. It’s not a theory anymore.”

    “But they’re still trying to blame it on Hillary.”

    “It’s like they think she’s the president. They’re crazy!”

    “The Trump house of cards is falling.”

    “It’s gonna happen.”

    “And what about Kevin Spacey???”

    And then they started talking about how fiction is like real life, because that’s apparently what liberals do a lot.

    Anyway there you go.

    #MAGA

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  14. An interesting analysis from National Review… they seem to think this is a weak case:
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453244/manafort-indictment-no-signs-trump-russia-collusion

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      This link is worth the click. Andrew McCarthy does a good job of evaluating the charges against Manafort. Shaky and overcharged. Weak.

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    • senda72 says:

      From the article ~
      “Even from Paul Manafort’s perspective, there may be less to this indictment than meets the eye — it’s not so much a serious allegation of “conspiracy against the United States” as a dubious case of disclosure violations and money movement that would never have been brought had he not drawn attention to himself by temporarily joining the Trump campaign.

      From President Trump’s perspective, the indictment is a boon from which he can claim that the special counsel has no actionable collusion case. It appears to reaffirm former FBI director James Comey’s multiple assurances that Trump is not a suspect. And, to the extent it looks like an attempt to play prosecutorial hardball with Manafort, the president can continue to portray himself as the victim of a witch hunt.”

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      • MaineCoon says:

        Dull argument in the article.

        Charges wouldn’t brought before because O admin wouldn’t allow anyone investigation via IRS or DoJ into Manafort. Why would they go after Manafort knowing it lead to Podesta.

        Dumb argument.

        RICO and tax evasion will send Manafort to jail. Count 10 of Indictment will make him cut a deal and squeal…gives names, give testimony. More crooked lobbyists (Podesta, et al) will be indicted, imo.

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    • G. Combs says:

      IF Manafort was using a company or series of companies IN EUROPE for work done IN EUROPE, then I would think this would be treated the same as General Electric who has paid ZERO US tax dollars.

      Also if the lavish livestyle was Manafort spending that money IN Europe, (Who the heck buys American suits when they can buy French or Italian) then again the USA has no claim on the money.

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  15. georgiafl says:

    FBI has got a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.

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  18. Pam says:

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  19. getfitnow says:

    FTA – It may well be that Manafort and Gates made false statements when they belatedly registered as foreign agents, but it appears that Mueller’s office has turned one offense into two, an abusive prosecutorial tactic that flouts congressional intent.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453244/manafort-indictment-no-signs-trump-russia-collusion

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  20. georgiafl says:

    H8O – more every day.

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  21. Pam says:

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  23. Sandra-VA says:

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    • maggiemoowho says:

      Pam do you know what that means or what the cases might be. Good or bad thing, I guess is what i’m asking😊

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      • maggiemoowho says:

        Sandra-VA sorry, I read both yours and Pam’s post😊

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      • Sandra-VA says:

        I am not Pam… but I did post the item you are replying to.

        The implication is that there are other sealed indictments waiting to be unsealed and arrests made….

        As for whether it is good or bad – Tony Podesta just quit his firm declaring he “wanted to fight this on his own”. So take from that what you will 😉

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        • Jim in TN says:

          I presume that other prosecutors file cases in this court. And there is a mark on Manaforts case that says it is indictment B. Likely the two are Mueller’s first and second filings.

          But, one or all could be Mueller’s. Prosecutors seal indictments to hide them from defendants who might flee. But they also will sometimes seal them when the defendant is cooperating. Lots of possibilities.

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  24. Pam says:

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  25. ray76 says:

    Making false statements…. That’s what Martha Stewart was charged with.

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    • Bull Durham says:

      That’s why lawyers always tell people, never talk. Never ever talk. Never explain.
      Go mute. Then get a lawyer. And never talk. You can’t help yourself if you talk.
      It isn’t obstruction to go silent.
      It’s your fifth amendment right to shut up.

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  26. Pam says:

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  27. Kathy says:

    MORE MUELLER INDICTMENTS COMING?

    Steve Reilly is an investigative reporter for USA Today … https://www.usatoday.com/staff/30847/steve-reilly/

    Earlier today he tweeted, “U.S. District Court for D.C. has four sealed cases in its docket with case numbers between Papadopoulos’ (182) and Manafort’s (201).

    You can find Steve @BySteveReilly on Twitter (sorry, I don’t know how to paste tweets).

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  28. Doyle says:

    CTH is the best place to go for rational, reasoned and calm analyses while Brietbart is more sensational and hyperbolic and designed to tweek the emotions far more than provide cogent detailed arguments.
    But the following article is the most concerning to me and it received little attention while Manafort’s and Gates’ surrendering dominated the news.
    ““George Papadopoulos, an early national security adviser to President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to giving false statements to the FBI about his communications with Russian-connected officials while serving as an adviser to the campaign….Papadopoulos also admitted that he communicated with a “high-ranking campaign official” about meeting with Putin and Russian connected officials and improving ties with the campaign…He was arrested in July 2017 at Dulles Airport, and has since provided information about the campaign to FBI investigators.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/30/donald-trump-campaign-adviser-george-papadopoulos-flips-pleads-guilty-to-false-statements-to-fbi/

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    • Doyle says:

      Trump is clearly Mueller’s primary target despite what the optimistic Trump lawyer Ty Cobb says and all other players including Manafort, Gates and even the Podestas are only potential dominoes to get Trump as Alan Dershowitz eloquently said.

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      • amwick says:

        I think this is the way our President wants it to appear.

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        • Summer says:

          You 100 D chess fans are beyond hope. Manafort and others were arrested and one guy was testifying about Muh Russia because President Trump wanted it to appear … what exactly?

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          • amwick says:

            He wanted it to appear that he was the target.. that the research was not really going to look at all the DNC HNC stuff. HE planned this… Manafort is tied to Podesta.. plain and simple.. And no we are not beyond hope. Not by a country mile. Sorry, tell that to somebody else.

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      • Yes, if he can’t get him impeached, it is to hamstring the presidency.

        Think of how the Clintons and Bushes, Reid and others have sold off almost the entire country to foreigners. And it looks like Paul Manafort’s going to jail for doing a fraction of what the rest have done… NOTE: I do NOT condone anything Manafort has done

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    • mimbler says:

      I can’t provide a link at this time, but I’ve seen it stated that Papadopoulos was rebuffed by the campaign when he offered to arrange the meeting. If true, it makes his statement meaningless.
      If I can find where this is reported, I’ll post the link.

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      In the court filings it shows that he was rebuffed by the campaign and none of these meetings ever happened. In addition, the campaign provided the emails to the investigators.

      This guy is just someone trying to be “important” and got caught being an idiot. He also lied, hence why he is now pleading guilty.

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      • Doyle says:

        I have to learn to read articles below first instead of top down. I wrote my comment before I watched Super Sara’s press briefing. She explained Papadaoplous’s short, voluntary “1 meeting” role but the MS media will continue to hype this in the usual endless way to damage Trump.

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  29. SPMI says:

    “This web page was reloaded because a problem occurred “
    WTF
    REALLY TOUGH TO READ ALL THE COMMENTS WHEN THEY KICKBOUT RANDOMLY
    AND RETURN TO BEGINNING.
    What is causing this?

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  30. georgiafl says:

    Papadoulos seems to be a consultant to the campaign or was just visiting:

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  31. Greenmirror says:

    CNN Brianna is dancing on tables, because papo contacted manafort who contacted Gates about Hillary Dirt. They also have pictures of Trump at large table where papo is sitting and audio of Trump saying papo is excellent oil guy.

    The spin room is full throttle right now.

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    • maggiemoowho says:

      Doesn’t matter, the WH turned Papo’s emails over to Mueller that got Papo charged, and the WH said no to any meetings with Russia. Papo was a volunteer, not paid and only had one meeting with Trumps and it was a group meeting.

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  32. Dutch Brewster says:

    Dershowitz’ analysis makes sense, but I am bothered greatly that Mueller has stepped way outside his mandate to investigate alleged Russian collusion. If he is using allegations of crimes committed outside the role of Trump campaign managers against Manafort and Gates as “leverage”, it means Mueller doesn’t have anything but hopes to get something. What’s more, the indictment of and plea agreement with Papadopoulos appears disconnected and isolated from anything Manafort and Gates are accused of, or anything else. Is Mueller doing anything more than trying to justify the government’s waste of money on him?

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    • Bull Durham says:

      No, its much more than justifying the money. There is real political purpose to it all.

      The meme is “Russians meddled”, Trump won because of it, and now they have “pointers” indicating criminality with people who once touched the campaign.
      Thus, though it is legally and logically disconnected, in the MSM it is the Meme.
      Putin, crime, Trump. Ergo, Trump is illegitimate.

      They will wrap crime on Trump associations, and link it to Russia_Putin with Memes on social media and mass media.

      That’s going to be the ‘history’ for the next elections.

      The Deep State Russophobes are threading the beads with sanctions, economic warfare, gas and oil warfare, associating Russia with Assad-Chemical warfare, Russia meddling with Taliban, banning RT and Sputniknews in America, special sanctions from Congress tying Trump’s hands in dealing with Russia, expanding the war in Ukraine, trying to block the Nord Stream 2 gas line to Germany, scaring NATO allies about Russia, threatening Turkey if they complete the purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defenses, and continuing to try to stop Russia’s World Cup hosting in 2018, interfering in the long-standing military relationship between Russia and India, trying to get Russia off the UNSC so it can’t veto what US wants to ramrod through, flying Global Hawks from Sicily over the Black Sea within ten miles of Russian border daily, and organizing insurgent forces to continue the war in Syria indefinitely to frustrate Russia’s success against ISIS, AQ and al Nusra.

      Blocking a second term includes these legal cases sliming Trump with the “deeds and misdeeds” of others.

      That’s Mueller’s mission. Stop him if you dare.

      Only the counter-weight of a separate Uranium One/Clinton investigation will put pressure on the Dems and MSM to back off on Trump-Russia.

      Don’t forget the UniParty and NeverTrump billionaires love the attacks on Trump.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      Lynch and Comey bundled together a lot of pre-existing cases into the investigation prior to the inauguration. Flynn was pre-existing too. When Rosenstein referenced the investigation that Coney was referring to in his testimony, that automatically included all these non-Trump, pre-campaign cases.

      Add to that the authorization Rosenstein included to pursue crimes that come up in the investigation, this stuff actually does fall under Mueller’s purview.

      I think the justification to include these earlier items is that they could form a basis for blackmail, giving the US a vulnerability. The real reason is to make it look like there is cause for FISA wire-tapping, but that has morphed into the need for leverage over people to use them against Trump.

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  33. ray76 says:

    On June 27, 2017 Manafort retroactively filed disclosure forms under the Foreign Agents Registration Act detailing his business relationship to the Ukrainian Party of Regions – https://lawfareblog.com/whats-actually-manafort-fara-filing

    On April 12, 2017 Podesta Group retroactively filed disclosure forms under the Foreign Agents Registration Act detailing his business relationship to the European Center for a Modern Ukraine – https://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/paul-manafort-lobbying-ukraine-podesta-group-237163

    Manafort has been charged. The Podestas haven’t.

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