Beyond Parody: Paul Manafort Advised Trump After Russia Investigation-on the Russia Investigation
I mean irony is dead, hyperbole is dead. What is left for satirists-how do they compete with the real thing? It just seems that Manafort would be a guy you wouldn’t want to talk to if you’re Trump.
But then, this is his MO. We know that he has still been speaking to Mike Flynn recently as well-‘Stay strong.’ Reportedly, Flynn saw that ‘stay strong’ thing as threatening.
Nixon had similar problems and got charged with witness tampering. But Trump can’t help it. These are people from his inner orbit. And he can as soon stop speaking to them as the sun will stop rising. Trump only trusts those from his inner orbit.
So Manafort-who is in Russia up to his own eyeballs and can implicate Trump-advised Trump on Russia.
“Months after the FBI began examining Paul Manafort as part of a probe into ties between President Donald Trump’s team and Russia, Manafort called Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus to push back against the mounting controversy, according to four people familiar with the call.”
“It was about a week before Trump’s inauguration, and Manafort wanted to brief Trump’s team on the alleged inaccuracies in a recently released dossier of memos written by a former British spy for Trump’s opponents that alleged compromising ties between Russia, Trump and Trump’s associates, including Manafort.”
Manafort offering up Trump his critique on the Steele Dossier. That must have been good.
“On the day that the dossier came out in the press, Paul called Reince, as a responsible ally of the president would do, and said this story about me is garbage, and a bunch of the other stuff in there seems implausible,” said a person close to Manafort.
While Trump has continued to dismiss Russia, Manafort realized early this could be real trouble:
“It suggests that Manafort recognized months ago the potentially serious problems posed by the investigation, even as Trump himself continues to publicly dismiss it as a politically motivated witch hunt, while predicting it won’t find anything compromising.”
“The discussion also could provide fodder for an expanding line of inquiry for both the FBI and congressional investigators. They’ve increasingly focused on the Trump team’s handling of the investigations, including evolving explanations from the White House, and the president’s unsuccessful efforts to get the FBI to drop part of the investigation, followed by his firing of FBI director James Comey. All that has led to claims that the president and his team may have opened themselves to obstruction of justice charges.”
Manafort’s inclination was to dismiss the dossier:
“According to a GOP operative familiar with Manafort’s conversation with Priebus, Manafort suggested the errors in the dossier discredited it, as well as the FBI investigation, since the bureau had reached a tentative (but later aborted) agreement to pay the former British spy to continue his research, and had briefed both Trump and then-President Obama on the dossier.”
“Manafort told Priebus that the dossier was tainted by inaccuracies and by the motivations of the people who initiated it, whom he alleged were Democratic activists and donors working in cahoots with Ukrainian government officials, according to the operative.”
“Manafort, a 68-year-old veteran of five U.S. presidential elections and many overseas campaigns, has emerged as a focal point in the escalating investigations. His representatives say he is cooperating with investigators. This month, he voluntarily provided documents to the Senate intelligence committee, while also offering to be interviewed by the House and Senate intelligence committees.”
“Meanwhile, a federal grand jury empaneled as part of the FBI’s investigation reportedly has issued a subpoena for records related to Manafort, as well as Trump’s former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.”
Remember when McCain said every few days another shoe is going to drop? Then he adjusted it to every day. Now it’s more like several times per day. At least.
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