New Filings in Manafort Case Reveal Alleged Lies in Russia Probe

New Filings in Manafort Case Reveal Alleged Lies in Russia Probe January 8, 2019

So let’s talk about former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, for a bit.

There have been some developments.

First of all, back in September 2018 Manafort agreed to take a plea deal. He would plead guilty to several charges of conspiracy, and he’d also cooperate with federal authorities.

He was convicted on bank and tax fraud charges, after being wrapped up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

But Mueller accused Manafort in late November of lying to prosecutors with the special counsel’s office, and other Justice Department officials, in breach of his plea agreement. In a partially redacted filing last month, Mueller alleged that Manafort falsely stated that he had no direct or indirect communications with any Trump administration officials after signing his plea deal.

What we now know was happening was that Manafort was communicating with Donald Trump’s legal team, behind the scenes.

Manafort’s legal team were given until midnight on Monday to file their response to Mueller’s charges with the court. They did so, under seal.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the D.C. trial, has ordered that a redacted version of the filing be put on the public docket.

Are you curious as to what Manafort has been accused of lying about?

Prosecutors also accused Manafort of lying about meetings with Konstantin Kilimnik and his role in an alleged witness tampering scheme in which both were charged by Mueller last year. Kilimnik ran the offshoot of Manafort’s consulting business in Ukraine and is believed to have ties to Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU.

It’s not really a “believed to be” situation, folks. This guy is neck-deep in Russian intelligence.

Mueller’s team also said Manafort lied about a $125,000 payment to a firm working for him. Additionally, they accused him of lying to other Justice Department officials about information relevant to an unknown investigation being conducted in another district.

We can know about that part because it was apparently unredacted by Manafort’s lawyers, before being posted to the public docket.

I mean, there were some specific things Kilimnik was looking for from Manafort, according to investigators.

When Robert Mueller first dropped these new charges on Manafort, his defense team attempted to say that their client had felt he was telling the truth, and that he’d not violated terms of his plea agreement.

Seriously. Wouldn’t you know if you were telling the truth, or not? Especially about something this concerning?

Is this the smoking gun in the Russia probe?

I wouldn’t say that. It’s just another piece of the puzzle, but the picture being crafted by Mueller’s team is growing ever-clearer, with each new day.

I’d say this is the kind of information that you tuck in your side pocket, for the time being. Given the way things are transpiring, I suspect that there is a time coming very soon, when all this is going to make perfect sense.

No, I’m not predicting President Trump in an orange jumpsuit, but I don’t think he’ll escape all of this unscathed, either.

 

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  • Fmontyr

    It’s clear that Manafort as campaign chairman for Trump was in cahoots with the Russians for having their involvement in fixing the election. He was in desperate need for money and if Trump were elected he would have had his debts paid.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    The fact that Trump was willing (threatening?) to pardon Manafort is of concern to me.

    The fact that Trump hired him in the first place, then defended him even after the plea deal is also of concern as is the fact that he was cooperating and coordinating with the Trump defense team (warning of next moves ? tipping off potential witnesses ?) during and after his testimony to the grand jury and that Manafort (as head of Trump’s campaign team) was not above tampering with witnesses.

    All-in-all, it’s looking more like Trump is either incompetent (which is belied by his “genius” as well as his control-freak, micromanaging nature) is up to his eyeballs in the Russian corruption and influence campaigns to rig the election. Furthermore, we know that Trump was informed of the Trump Tower meeting long before he admits to knowing and from his rally speeches, he likely had pre-knowledge of the release of the Democrat emails as well.

    I think before it’s all over, Mueller will show that Trump is personally every bit as dirty as Manafort – if not more so.

  • Ellen Elmore

    Susan, I hope you are right about Trump not coming out of this unscathed. So far, just like Hillary Clinton, Trump has been totally immune to any consequences of his illegal dealings.

  • mersey

    Money is the root of evil. Donald Trump is a manifestation or product of money. I think it’s as simple as that.

  • Stephen

    Actually the Bible verse is more properly translated as money is the root of all matters of evil. Other lust also produce sin and evil. Coming to my mind is sexual lust which this President has a weakness to. But he is far from the only person or politician who has that weakness. Pride is another one. But you get the drift.

  • Stephen

    We do not elect angels. But I do expect at least trying to live an upright life. Any research into the president’s life showed how unfit he was. But most of his voters voted for him because he hates the same people they do. That to me has been the most shocking revelation that many of my family and friends think like that. I include church family in that too. These people are thank God are a minority. But they wanted an autocrat to inflict their world view on the rest of us. A secular thinker would conclude that Trump’s win was a fluke. A very low probability that proves statistics. I would disagree , Trump is a Saul (Old Testament) to chastise some Christians. He gave them what they been asking for instead of what He wanted to give them in l leadership. I think these Christians are a minority of us but I remember the lost sheep parable. When this is over a lot of those people are going to change their minds over what God expects of us. I am a older Christian who has served the Lord for decades.So I know not all of us are at the same level of maturity. Be patient brethren and pray that this lesson is well learned fast.

  • mersey

    I was using a more secular translation of the Bible verse. Using biblical text and Donald Trump in the same paragraph seems a bit blasphemous. 😉 Money is the axis of Trump’s world. Everything revolves around it, including women and power.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I would not say he’s been immune to consequences.
    Trump has lost his “piggy-bank” foundation that allowed him to spend money that was donated to charity on himself and his personal interests. He will not likely be able to reconstitute that “piggy bank” in his lifetime.

    Trump has lost his credibility in the eyes of most Americans and world financial institutions which means his primary god (money and business success) will be denied to him or harder to obtain in future.

    Trump has lost many of his legal protections (and several of his “fixers” and continues to lose legal protections and “fixers” as Mueller’s probe continues). This will leave him more vulnerable to lawsuits (for which he has lost all goodwill in the courts). With Southern District of NY now actively investigating his history, his ability to manipulate the legal, political and financial systems through intimidation, threats and behind-the-scenes “fixing” appears to be either nearing an end or is being drastically curtailed.

    With the dirt from the federal raids on both Cohen and his Chicago tax attorney, prosecutors likely have a wealth of back-charges lined up for prosecutorial action by state prosecutors. Now that Manafort has brought witness-tampering on Trump’s behalf into the light, it’s more likely that witnesses will receive necessary protection for testifying against Trump (as seen by senior officers in his campaign, his foundation and his business all cooperating with Mueller and providing documentation).

    I think Trump has not yet seen the full impact of all of his losses, but I think he HAS had losses as a result of public scrutiny and his own ham-handed and legally-questionable actions. I’m still waiting to see what other shoes drop from Trump’s closet-of-skeletons as Mueller continues to dig into Trump and his ring of co-conspirators.

  • Barros Serrano

    Clearly by now it is solidly known that Trumpolini has been acting on behalf of Putin, which makes him a traitor.

    His crimes are sufficient to warrant execution. That is the appropriate sanction.

    I advocate that it be done by hanging, on Fox during primetime.