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Robert Mueller doubles the charges against Paul Manafort

February 22, 2018

  I what could be the understatement of the day, (year) it looks as if Paul Manafort is in serious legal trouble with Robert Mueller doubling the charges against him. Here is more:

Special counsel Robert Mueller turned up the pressure on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates, as a federal grand jury returned a new indictment Thursday charging the two men with tax and bank fraud.

The new 32-count indictment returned by a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia comes after Mueller separately charged the pair in Washington last year with money laundering and failing to register as foreign agents for their work related to Ukraine.

The new indictment accuses Manafort and Gates of dramatically understating their income on federal tax returns filed from 2010 through 2014. The pair is also accused of bank fraud totaling more than $20 million tied to three loans Manafort applied for in connection with various homes he owns.

In all, Manafort and Gates laundered more than $30 million in income, chiefly from their Ukraine work, the new indictment alleges.

The scrutiny of the pair so far has focused on their lobbying work on behalf of the Ukrainian government and former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych from 2006 to 2015. The initial indictment claimed they generated tens of millions of dollars through that work, which was then laundered through “scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts.”

  It gets worse for Paul Manafort because it is being reported in this article that Rick Gates will plead guilty and testify against him.

  This of course has nothing to do with Russia collusion:

None of the charges currently facing the pair appears to relate directly to the core of Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. But the special counsel has jurisdiction to pursue any crimes he finds in the course of his probe, and the new charges Thursday show he is ramping up pressure on the former aides to President Donald Trump.

  But the mainstream media will continue to try to make that connection based on Paul Manafort’s brief tenure as Donald Trump’s campaign manager and you need look no further than the Politico article I linked to above:

Some of the alleged bank fraud appears to have overlapped with the Trump campaign. 

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Fergus permalink
    February 22, 2018 11:12 pm

    What does any of this have to do with Russian collusion? What next tax fraud charges against Trump’s nanny?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Brittius permalink
    February 23, 2018 5:01 am

    Meanwhile, in the Flynn case, the judge is about to invoke the Brady Rule [1], and that throws out the conviction and pops the cork on Mueller. I wonder if Mueller is grasping at anything to keep from going under and losing a gravy train?


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    • February 23, 2018 6:25 am

      I heard a little bit about this, there is something really strange about this story but I don’t know what it is.

      Liked by 2 people

  3. Brittius permalink
    February 23, 2018 5:03 am

    Next, Mueller will be in the Mens Room, investigating who forgot to flush.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. February 23, 2018 9:43 am

    Mueller is desperate to dig into Trump’s tax returns no doubt. That is what they always go to when all else fails.

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 23, 2018 7:44 pm

      It is only a matter of time and I am surprised he hasn’t yet. Perhaps he is waiting to just before the election…


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