GOP Says Manafort’s Activities Pre Campaign Irrelevant; So Why Focus on Uranium One
This is the party of Whitewater. They spent the 1990s investigating Whitewater-a totally unimportant real estate deal from the 1970s. Right now they are talking about Congressional investigations into Uranium One which all centers around a donation someone who owns a uranium company made back in 2001 who later sold his company-in a totally unrelated transaction-to another company who later sold it to a Russian company.
Trey Gowdy yesterday said that if Manafort is charged with a real estate deal from 15 years ago it’s irrelevant to Trump Russia and ‘proves there was no collusion.’
This is all willfully obtuse in the extreme. That’s not how investigations work-it takes time to build a case of this level of complexity and magnitude.
Mueller has only been at it for 5 months and yet he’s already charged the Trump campaign manager. The actual charges, whatever they are, will be just the beginning. And much of Manafort’s financial issues relates to his time serving Putin interests in the Ukraine so it’s not at all unrelated.
Particularly considering that private campaign briefing Manafort offered that Russian oligarch to pay off his debts to him.
After all, the Trump campaign is on trial for colluding with the Russian government. In assessing guilt or innocence you don’t think the history of its campaign manager is relevant in terms of pattern?
On the other hand, if Gowdy thinks that 15 years is too long ago, why still talk about Uranium One-which was about a donation made in 2001?
More broadly, today’s news blows Trump’s whole FAKE NEWS narrative out of the water. Amber Phillips:
With this Paul Manafort indictment, Trump’s ‘fake news’ defense has zero credibility.”
“The independent investigation into Trump-Russia collusion just made its most serious move since it began in May. The Washington Post reported Monday morning that Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his former business partner, Rick Gates, have been ordered to surrender to federal authorities.”
“We don’t yet know what charges are in the indictment, nor if they are linked to any allegation of collusion with Russia in the 2016 election.”
“But what we do know is that this Russia investigation is very real. Neither President Trump nor the White House has commented on the indictments yet. But given that Trump has consistently claimed that this investigation is fake and a hoax, it’s possible — even likely — he’ll try to rebut this escalation of the investigation in similarly absolute terms. Over the weekend, as CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported charges were coming, Trump fired off nearly half a dozen tweets trying to pivot to Hillary Clinton.”
“As former Trump campaign aides Manafort, Carter Page and Michael Flynn have come under scrutiny in Mueller’s investigation, the White House has distanced itself from all three men.”
“If Manafort and his associate, Gates, are charged with something not directly related to Russia (say, for alleged financial crimes from before or after they were on Trump’s team), Trump and his allies could argue that this has nothing to do with them.”
“Except, this is likely the beginning of Mueller’s investigation, not the end, said Jeffrey Jacobovitz, a white collar lawyer who has represented Clinton administration officials.”
Exactly. We’re still very much in the early innings yet. That in mind, it’s amazing how much ground we’ve already covered.
Remember as well that the target of the investigation is the Trump campaign. So in assessing guilt or innocence Manafort as campaign manager is a very relevant figure. Certainly any past crimes go to pattern.
And as eluded to above, Manafort reportedly offered the wealthy Russian connected oligarch he was indebted to a private campaign briefing to pay back what he owed. So it’s totally relevant to the larger investigation into Russian collusion.
The news is coming fast and furious now.
BREAKING: Special Counsel: Ex-Trump campaign chairman indicted on conspiracy against the US, money laundering, other charges.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 30, 2017
We have the subject for my next post…
Hope you’re enjoying your #MuellerMonday as much as I am.
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