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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:33 am    Post subject: Manafort charged with 12 counts Reply with quote

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, have been indicted in a federal court on 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the United States, and making false and misleading statements.

Manafort turned himself in to the FBI field office in Washington on Monday morning.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/10.....paign=push


Gates is Manafort's #2 at the "consulting business" he ran in Washington.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Podesta has resigned from his own lobbying firm. It has to be a pretty serious step. The game has changed. Meuller seems to be following the Manafort leads to Podesta, which is one degree of separation from Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and the whole viper's nest of corruption now feeding off of Washington.

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Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta is stepping down from his lobbying firm Monday after becoming a subject of investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Podesta announced his decision to leave The Podesta Group during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure, Politico reported.

The lobbyist’s exit comes as former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted in a federal court Monday on 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the United States, and making false and misleading statements.

Podesta and The Podesta Group’s involvement in Ukrainian politics is also complicating the situation. Mueller expanded the investigation to focus on Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm with connections to Hillary Clinton, sources told NBC in an Oct. 24 report.
http://dailycaller.com/2017/10.....paign=push


It's easy to imagine that, if it's gotten to this extent, documents are being destroyed, cover stories arranged, and vacations in Brazil are being arranged -- at least until this blows over.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From National Review ... a long article with perhaps an over technical view. Read the whole thing if you are interested. This is edited heavily.

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The Manafort Indictment: Not Much There, and a Boon for Trump
October 30, 2017 2:20 PM @ANDREWCMCCARTHY

Do not be fooled by the “Conspiracy against the United States” heading.

The Paul Manafort indictment is much ado about nothing . . . except as a vehicle to squeeze Manafort, which is special counsel Robert Mueller’s objective — as we have been arguing for three months (see here, here, and here).

Do not be fooled by the “Conspiracy against the United States” heading on Count One (page 23 of the indictment). This case has nothing to do with what Democrats and the media call “the attack on our democracy” (i.e., the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election, supposedly in “collusion” with the Trump campaign).

Essentially, Manafort and his associate, Richard W. Gates, are charged with (a) conspiring to conceal from the U.S. government about $75 million they made as unregistered foreign agents for Ukraine, years before the 2016 election (mainly, from 2006 through 2014), and (b) a money-laundering conspiracy.

There are twelve counts in all, but those are the two major allegations.

The so-called conspiracy against the United States mainly involves Manafort’s and Gates’s alleged failure to file Treasury Department forms required by the Bank Secrecy Act. ... In addition, they allegedly failed to register as foreign agents from 2008 through 2014 and made false statements when they belatedly registered.

Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has turned himself into the FBI In the money-laundering conspiracy, they are alleged to have moved money in and out of the United States with the intent to promote “specified unlawful activity.” That activity is said to have been their acting as unregistered foreign agents.

On first glance, Mueller’s case, at least in part, seems shaky and overcharged.

[...]

The offense of failing to register as a foreign agent (Count Ten) may be a slam-dunk, but it is a violation that the Justice Department rarely prosecutes criminally. There is often ambiguity about whether the person’s actions trigger the registration requirement, so the Justice Department’s practice is to encourage people to register, not indict them for failing to do so.

[...]

Finally, the money-laundering conspiracy allegation (Count Two) seems far from slam-dunk. For someone to be guilty of laundering, the money involved has to be the proceeds of criminal activity before the accused starts concealing it by (a) moving it through accounts or changing its form by buying assets, etc., or (b) dodging a reporting requirement under federal law. Now, it is surely a terrible thing to take money, under the guise of “political consulting,” from an unsavory Ukranian political faction that is doing the Kremlin’s bidding. But it is not a violation of American law to do so.

[....]

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. [....]

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/.....-collusion
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