Manafort Violated Bail by Communicating With Russian Intel Official LAST WEEK
File that under ‘Well that didn’t take long.’
I mean Manafort just got out on bail last week. And that’s all the time it took him to write an op-ed with someone linked to Russian intelligence.
“Federal prosecutors are opposing Paul Manafort’s request to be released from house arrest on bail, citing his recent efforts to co-write an opinion piece about his work in Ukraine with a person believed to have ties to Russian intelligence — and publish the piece anonymously.”
“Prosecutors filed an objection in federal court Monday that said, “Manafort worked on the draft with a long-time Russian colleague of Manafort’s, who is currently based in Russia and assessed [by U.S. officials] to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.”
“Manafort and his unnamed coauthor were writing the opinion piece in English as recently as Nov. 30, according to the prosecutors’ filing. Manafort had planned to publish the article anonymously in an unnamed publication, according to prosecutors.”
“The filing asserted that if the article were published, it would violate the judge’s gag order prohibiting both sides from making statements about the case.”
“Prosecutors have obtained a draft of the opinion piece and have filed it under seal with the court.”
As to the identity of the Russian associate Manafort was coauthoring with, he is believed to be a figure of Russian intelligence.
“Federal prosecutors asserted Monday that a longtime associate of Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Trump’s campaign, has been “assessed to have ties” to Russian intelligence — the first time the special counsel has alleged a Trump official had such contacts.”
“The statement came as prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III withdrew their support for a joint bail deal filed last week that would have released Manafort from home detention and GPS monitoring while he awaits trial on charges including money laundering and fraud.”
“In the four-page filing Monday, prosecutor Andrew Weissmann urged the judge to reject the bail deal, arguing that Manafort and a Russian colleague have been secretly ghostwriting an English-language editorial that appeared to defend Manafort’s work advising a Russia-friendly political party in Ukraine.”
They said Manafort worked on the draft as recently as last week with “a long-time Russian colleague . . . who is currently based in Russia and assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.” They indicated they would file further supporting evidence under seal.”
So is this Russian intelligence figure? The first name that comes to mind is Kilimnik a figure with ties to Soviet intelligence who said when asked about a meeting they had in July of 2016 declared Of course we discussed Trump
Back to the Washington Post:
“Prosecutors said the editorial Manafort was writing violated a court order prohibiting the parties in the case from making public statements outside of court that could influence jurors.”
The piece “clearly was undertaken to influence the public’s opinion of defendant Manafort,” prosecutors wrote, noting there would be no other reason for Manafort and the colleague to have it published under someone else’s name.
“The allegation is the first time that prosecutors have claimed any former Trump campaign official has had contacts with a Russian tied to that country’s intelligence services.”
The Palmer Report connects the dots:
“The WaPo doesn’t say as much, but in realistic terms, this is obviously the end of Mueller’s bail agreement with Manafort. Considering that Manafort was actively working with the Russian government to taint the jury pool and sabotage his own prosecution, there’s a strong chance Mueller will convince the judge to throw Manafort in jail until his trial in the spring of 2018. Now that he’s been caught and may pay an immediate price, the question is what Manafort will do next. He only has two options.”
“If Paul Manafort doesn’t want to rot in jail for six months until his trial begins, and then continue to rot in jail while his trial takes place, he’ll need to quickly cut a deal with Robert Mueller against Donald Trump. On the other hand, considering how cartoonishly Manafort is acting in the name of trying to get off the hook, perhaps he’s too far gone to be reasoned with about cutting a deal. If he keeps fighting this, it seems unlikely he’ll ever taste freedom again.”
“Let me finish this with one thought. This is all great news and great work by Mueller. But we should not become complacent and develop a false sense of security. Even assuming Trump doesn’t fire Mueller-some fear that his recent comments and tweets are building the basis for that; and maybe the GOP with visions of Medicare repeal in their heads may let him get away with it-there is a Congressional role in this too and while the GOP has allowed some investigations they are providing nowhere near the level of insight that should be focused on Trump both regarding Russia and a whole host of other issues-emoluments, his collusion with Fox news on Seth Rich, the actions of the Jeff Sessions DOJ to name just a few.”
Also you see Trump’s agenda unfortunately moving forward now. The #TaxScamBill last night his Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, approved his Muslim ban.
We must have a Democratic Congress. Until that happens there is no resting easy. The GOP has shown time and again they care only for victory. Can we please stop deceiving ourselves that it will ever be otherwise?
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