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Paul Manafort and two others indicted in Russia probe, Tony Podesta steps down from the Podesta group

October 30, 2017

  There are two big stories today, and they might be related so I thought I would combine them into one post. Of course the big news is that Paul Mannafort, one of his aides, and a third person were all indicted today in the Russian collusion investigation.

  I think we all expected Paul Manafort’s indictment after the FBI raided his house so this is not surprising but it looks like he is facing quite a bit of jail time for money-laundering, tax fraud, and ten other counts.

  I guess the good news for Donald Trump is that none of these charges appear to be related to collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign. The questions are, what else does he know, if anything? Does he have any information on the campaign he would be willing to trade for his freedom?

  I tend to believe he has no information which can be used against Donald Trump however I wonder about the third person, George Papadopoulos, who has already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his timeline on contact he had with a London professor who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton.

  The President is claiming George Papadopoulos was a volunteer who was acting on his own but was he? Does he have information on Donald Trump he would be willing to give up to avoid jail time for perjury? I would think this scenario is more likely than Paul Manafort having anything on the President.

  With the news last week that the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign were funding Fusion GPS when that group hired a foreign spy with ties to Russia in order to dig up dirt on Donald Trump I find the timing of these indictments, and the news being leaked to CNN two days ago, to be suspect.

  Which leads me to the second big story of the day: Last week the FBI opened up a criminal investigation into the Podesta Group and its ties to Russia, and today Tony Podesta announced he was stepping down. Here is more on the much less covered story of the day:

Democratic power lobbyist Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group, is stepping down from the firm that bears his name after coming under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Podesta announced his decision during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure.

The investigation into Podesta and his firm grew out of investigators’ examination of Manafort’s finances. Manafort organized a PR campaign on behalf of a nonprofit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine. Podesta Group was one of several firms that were paid to do work on the PR campaign to promote Ukraine in the U.S.

Podesta Group filed paperwork with the Justice Department in April stating that it had done work for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine that also benefited the same Ukrainian political party that Manafort once advised. Podesta Group said at the time it believed its client was a European think tank untethered to a political party.

So it appears as if there are ties between the Podesta Group and Paul Manafort. Oh what a tangled web we weave…

  Where does the investigation go from here and how deep is the corruption? Only time will tell but I do know this: if I was heavily involved in the campaign for either side I would not be sleeping well tonight.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2017 10:38 pm

    Well, I was wrong on this one.. I thought lower fruit to be squeezed would be the order of the day.. This Papas guy, that is the one I am more worried about…they lie sometimes to keep their scalp…
    They say the judge for Manafort will be a Obama pick. Lucky him.

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    • October 30, 2017 11:26 pm

      Yeah, be good to more ‘forward’ with the past group first!

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      • October 31, 2017 5:38 am

        Hopefully they will get what is coming to them eventually.

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    • October 31, 2017 5:38 am

      I think that third guy could be trouble as well and I just saw on the Daily Caller he might have been wearing a wire as part of the deal he struck.

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  2. October 31, 2017 1:32 am

    So this is turning into a Ukraine investigation. How is Mueller keeping the Clinton Foundation and Secretary of State Hillary out of the mix?

    Why did it take a special investigator to due the FBI’s job? That’s right he and Comedy were do nothing FBI Directors.

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    • October 31, 2017 5:39 am

      I have to think at some point they will have to turn to the Clinton’s. Maybe Podesta will be the first shoe to drop.

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  3. October 31, 2017 11:50 pm

    Manafort has had a long time to figure out how he can beat any charges brought against him. He could have left the country at any time and gone to a non extradition country – Russia or Ukraine.

    Supposedly not registering as a foreign agent is fixable – fill out an amended form and pay a penalty. Laundering money I think will be hard to prove. The money was not obtained from illegal activities – drugs, prostitution or gambling. Avoiding taxes fixable – amend your returns and pay a fine. Lying to the FBI – this is what got Martha Stuart in jail.

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    • November 1, 2017 7:00 pm

      I think you nailed it! All of this can be corrected but the lying. This is probably what they will get him on. To quote the FBI leader in the movie National Treasure, “somebody has to go to jail.”

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  4. November 1, 2017 4:33 pm

    This doesn’t have Manafort but it does connect many dots ~ even the cat knows:

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    • November 1, 2017 7:04 pm

      The cat is right! Not only does Mueller have to recuse himself but he needs to be investigated! This video does tie it all together, thanks for sharing it.

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