Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager to Turn Himself in Today
So-happy #MuellerMonday. I framed the title of this piece deliberately, lest anyone forget who Paul Manafort is. He was Trump’s campaign manager for 5 months. At a very important stretch in the campaign.
Trump and his apologists will do their level best to make it sound like he was a two day temp aide or something. But he was Trump’s campaign manager from the stretch drive of the GOP primary right through the convention where he was formally nominated.
Trey Gowdy said yesterday that if this charge against Manafort is about a ’15 year old business deal’ it’s not relevant to Trump-Russia. This is the same Trey Gowdy who wants to investigate Uranium One. The big crime allegedly was a Clinton Foundation donating from: back in 2001.
“Paul Manafort surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning, after a person close to the case said the first charges were filed in a special counsel investigation.”
“The charges against Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman were not immediately clear but represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over the president’s first year in office. Also charged was Mr. Manafort’s former business associate Rick Gates, who was also told to surrender.”
“Mr. Manafort walked into the F.B.I.’s field office in Washington about 8:15 a.m. with his lawyer.”
“Mr. Gates is a longtime protégé and junior partner of Mr. Manafort. His name appears on documents linked to companies that Mr. Manafort’s firm set up in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businesspeople in Eastern Europe, records reviewed by The New York Times show.”
“Mr. Manafort had been under investigation for violations of federal tax law, money laundering and whether he appropriately disclosed his foreign lobbying.”
“Attempts to reach Mr. Gates on Monday were not successful. A spokesman for Mr. Manafort did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”
IT'S MANAFORT https://t.co/pM2c0zPhl9
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) October 30, 2017
So the next big question will be: what are the charges? Certainly there are any number possible. While this may focus on his failure to register under FARA or various payments and wire transfers-yesterday a report came out that the FBI was interested in at least 13 separate wire transfers he was involved with-
it’s important to remember Manafort was also at that Trump Tower meeting with the Kremlin lawyer along with Donald Jr and Jared Kushner and he had emailed Konstantin Ilimnik about setting up a private campaign briefing with a Russian oligarch.
This, to be sure, wasn’t unexpected.
“Mr. Manafort has expected charges since this summer, when F.B.I. agents raided his home and prosecutors warned him that they planned to indict him. That warning raised speculation that Mr. Manafort might try to cut a deal to avoid prosecution.”
Get me Roger Stone:
“Some close to Mr. Manafort, including his former business partner Roger J. Stone Jr., have said he had nothing to offer that would help prosecutors build a case against Mr. Trump.”
“He’s not going to lie,” Mr. Stone said in September.
Great. I think we can all look forward to the truth of what really happened at that Trump Tower meeting with the Kremlin lawyer and the Russian intel agents.
Now we understand a bit more why Stone was so over the edge after news of Mueller bringing charges broke this Friday night. Bill Palmer correctly guessed it might be Manafort based on Stone’s Twitter rants.
Stone is now banned from Twitter-according to multiple reports. It seems it may be Roger Stone’s turn in the barrel soon.
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