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Looks like Trump really might be a Russian Obligate, where there’s smoke there’s often fire.
Posted: 03 April 2018 06:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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Beltane - 02 April 2018 07:08 PM

This means Paul Manafort is in trouble. Trump wasn’t involved, so he walks.

Amazing how you know the outcome of these trials before they happen.

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Posted: 03 April 2018 10:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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Beltane - 02 April 2018 09:03 PM

SMH at your constant retardation. OMG shock
I guess the next step is waiting for the Supreme court to rule that media speculation is the same as evidence.
(hmmm, evading the issues with distractions yet again.  Why can’t we try an actual discussion?
Rather than empty zingers, why not explain something, simply rejecting everything you don’t like is like .....................)

Funny that.  There’s an article that I think you need to read

In a footnote, Mueller sends a warning shot to Trump
By Philip Bump April 3 at 11:41 AM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/04/03/in-a-footnote-mueller-sends-a-warning-shot-to-trump/

Paul Manafort’s legal strategy for evading the charges filed against him by special counsel Robert Mueller was fairly straightforward.
His attorneys argued, among other things, that many of the charges Manafort faces — which include fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy —
are largely outside the scope of Mueller’s authority.

After all, Mueller was appointed to investigate collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 race.
What does Manafort’s allegedly having laundered money by buying real estate in Brooklyn have to do with any of that?

Late Monday night, Mueller’s team answered, in the form of a 53-page response
( https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4429626/4-2-18-US-Oppo-Manafort-Motion-to-Dismiss.pdf )
to Manafort’s motion to dismiss the charges.
Not only did Mueller explain why he had the authority to prosecute Manafort for alleged financial crimes, but, in a footnote,
he explained why he also has the authority to investigate any attempts to obstruct his probe — including, presumably, by the president of the United States. ...

Nah Beltane, before you ask, I admit, I have not read Mueller’s 53 page response,
but I’ll tell you the highlights as reported in the Washington Post are still pretty damned interesting.

... The broad argument made by Mueller’s team in its response memo goes something like this.
When he was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May
(after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s recusal from any investigations involving the 2016 presidential campaign),
Rosenstein issued a public outline of the scope of Mueller’s authority. We’ve walked through this before; it includes three main things:

“Any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”
“Any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”
“Any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).”

That section of the Code of Federal Regulations — 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a) —
allows Mueller to investigate “federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation,”
including lying to authorities. ...

Mueller’s response to Manafort notes that his having financial ties to Russian interests alone falls under the purview of the first point above. ...

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Posted: 04 April 2018 12:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Lausten - 03 April 2018 06:33 AM
Beltane - 02 April 2018 07:08 PM

This means Paul Manafort is in trouble. Trump wasn’t involved, so he walks.

Amazing how you know the outcome of these trials before they happen.

Well, it is the only possible conclusion.

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Posted: 04 April 2018 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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Citizenschallenge-v.3 - 03 April 2018 10:39 PM
Beltane - 02 April 2018 09:03 PM

SMH at your constant retardation. OMG shock
I guess the next step is waiting for the Supreme court to rule that media speculation is the same as evidence.
(hmmm, evading the issues with distractions yet again.  Why can’t we try an actual discussion?
Rather than empty zingers, why not explain something, simply rejecting everything you don’t like is like .....................)

Funny that.  There’s an article that I think you need to read

In a footnote, Mueller sends a warning shot to Trump
By Philip Bump April 3 at 11:41 AM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/04/03/in-a-footnote-mueller-sends-a-warning-shot-to-trump/

Paul Manafort’s legal strategy for evading the charges filed against him by special counsel Robert Mueller was fairly straightforward.
His attorneys argued, among other things, that many of the charges Manafort faces — which include fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy —
are largely outside the scope of Mueller’s authority.

After all, Mueller was appointed to investigate collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 race.
What does Manafort’s allegedly having laundered money by buying real estate in Brooklyn have to do with any of that?

Late Monday night, Mueller’s team answered, in the form of a 53-page response
( https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4429626/4-2-18-US-Oppo-Manafort-Motion-to-Dismiss.pdf )
to Manafort’s motion to dismiss the charges.
Not only did Mueller explain why he had the authority to prosecute Manafort for alleged financial crimes, but, in a footnote,
he explained why he also has the authority to investigate any attempts to obstruct his probe — including, presumably, by the president of the United States. ...

Nah Beltane, before you ask, I admit, I have not read Mueller’s 53 page response,
but I’ll tell you the highlights as reported in the Washington Post are still pretty damned interesting.

... The broad argument made by Mueller’s team in its response memo goes something like this.
When he was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May
(after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s recusal from any investigations involving the 2016 presidential campaign),
Rosenstein issued a public outline of the scope of Mueller’s authority. We’ve walked through this before; it includes three main things:

“Any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”
“Any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”
“Any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).”

That section of the Code of Federal Regulations — 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a) —
allows Mueller to investigate “federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation,”
including lying to authorities. ...

Mueller’s response to Manafort notes that his having financial ties to Russian interests alone falls under the purview of the first point above. ...

As usual you don’t know which end is up.

Mueller’s response spells out what I posted upthread —  Manafort is in trouble, Trump is not.

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Posted: 04 April 2018 03:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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Beltane - 04 April 2018 12:39 PM

Mueller’s response spells out what I posted upthread —  Manafort is in trouble, Trump is not.

You haven’t spelled out anything.
Then every time I do some more looking, there’s only more smoke and insinuating heat.

The many paths from Trump to Russia
By Marshall Cohen and Tal Yellin - Updated December 1, 2017, 2:30 p.m. est
https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/politics/trump-russia-connections/

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and committees in both chambers of Congress are investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election
and whether there were any links or coordination between the Trump orbit and the Russian government.
Here is a summary of known connections between Trump associates and Russia.

All of Trump’s Russia Ties, in 7 Charts
By MICHAEL CROWLEY March/April 2017
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/connections-trump-putin-russia-ties-chart-flynn-page-manafort-sessions-214868

Seems they don’t go away, instead evidence seems to keep accumulating.

The web of connections between Trump and Putin, visualized
By Philip Bump March 28, 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/03/28/the-web-of-connections-between-trump-and-putin-visualized/

A court filing from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team on Tuesday made explicit what had previously only been suggested: A longtime business partner of former Trump campaign staffers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates had direct links to Russian intelligence.

While the filing doesn’t name the business partner, it’s widely interpreted to refer to Konstantin Kilimnik, who ran Manafort’s office in Kiev, Ukraine, when Manafort was supporting the political efforts of that country’s Russia-allied Party of Regions. When the FBI interviewed lawyer Alex van der Zwaan in the fall, he said that Gates had informed him that the unnamed individual was a former officer with Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU. When Manafort was serving as Trump’s campaign chairman (and Gates as Trump’s deputy campaign chairman), he met on more than one occasion with Kilimnik. ...

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Posted: 07 April 2018 08:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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Beltane, cat got your tongue?

Justice Department authorized Robert Mueller to investigate Paul Manafort’s work for Ukraine
by Kelly Cohen
| April 03, 2018 09:00 AM
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/justice-department-authorized-mueller-to-investigate-manaforts-work-for-ukraine

The top Department of Justice official overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation authorized the investigation of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s work for the Ukrainian government and possible collusion with Russia, according to new court filings.

The filings late Monday night included a classified Aug. 2 memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that allowed Mueller to probe whether Manafort “committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government’s effort to interfere with the 2016 election.”

The Rosenstein memo also specifically authorized Mueller to look into payments Manafort received for his work in Ukraine, and any crimes “arising out of payments he received from the Ukrainian government before and during the tenure of President Viktor Yanukovych.”

Manafort, who was on Trump’s campaign team from March to August 2016, has alleged in both a civil suit and motion to dismiss that the charges brought against him are outside the special counsel’s authorization. But the memo shows Rosenstein allowed that line of inquiry.

“An investigation of possible ‘links and/or coordination’ between the Russian government in its political-interference campaign and ‘individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump ’ would naturally cover ties that a former Trump campaign manager had to Russian associated political operatives, Russian-backed politicians, and Russian oligarchs,” the Monday court filing read, citing Rosenstein’s original public order.

Mueller’s prosecutors added, “Every key step in this case — including the investigative path and the Indictment itself — has been authorized by the Acting Attorney General through ongoing consultation.”

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Mueller Was Authorized to Investigate Paul Manafort’s Work for Ukraine
Court filings show that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave the special counsel authority to probe Ukraine-government dealings

By Del Quentin Wilber and Aruna Viswanatha
Updated April 3, 2018 9:54 a.m. ET


WASHINGTON—Special counsel Robert Mueller was authorized in a secret memo to investigate former Trump campaign chairman
Paul Manafort’s work for the Ukrainian government, in addition to alleged collusion with Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 elections, according to court filings.

The classified August memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was disclosed in a court filing by Mr. Mueller’s prosecutors. It seeks to counter arguments by Mr. Manafort’s lawyers that his indictment should be thrown out. Mr. Manafort…

If a long term strategy was to entrap trump, who’s long broadcasted his crush on Putin the Russian dictator,
than even working for the Ukrainian government, created and nurtured plenty of opportunities for ties with Russian operatives,
which provided further moments of opportunities for further subterfuge.

Opportunism creates strange bedfellows.
Just as character creates destiny.    smirk

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Posted: 11 May 2018 09:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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W.T.F.J.H.T.  grrr

Day 477: Big mistake.
05/11/2018 Updated: 05/11/2018 03:00:12 PM PDT


1/ In 2014, the FBI warned that Viktor Vekselberg might be acting on behalf of Russia’s intelligence services, saying a foundation he controlled “may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research, development facilities and dual-use technologies with military and commercial applications.”

Earlier this week Michael Avenatti released a dossier that claims Columbus Nova, a Vekselberg company,
made more than eight payments to Essential Consultants, totaling more than $1 million in payments between 2016 and 2017.
Essential Consultants is owned by Michael Cohen, who is Trump’s personal lawyer.

Avenatti suggested that the Columbus Nova funds could have been used to reimburse Cohen for the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about her alleged affair with Trump. (NPR)

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Posted: 16 May 2018 09:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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While the beat goes on . . .

Judge: Special counsel had authority to prosecute Manafort
CHAD DAY, ASSOCIATED PRESS   May 15, 2018 Updated: May 16, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/politics/article/Judge-Special-counsel-had-authority-to-prosecute-12916974.php

WASHINGTON (AP) — ...

... a setback for Manafort in his defense against charges of money-laundering conspiracy, false statements and acting as an unregistered foreign agent related to his Ukrainian political work. Manafort had argued that Mueller had exceeded his authority because the case was unrelated to Russian election interference.

But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson disagreed.

Citing Manafort’s years of work in Ukraine, his prominent role on the Trump campaign and his publicized connections to Russian figures, Jackson said it was “logical and appropriate” for Mueller’s team to scrutinize him as part of their investigation into Russian election meddling and possible coordination with Trump associates. ...

In her 37-page ruling, Jackson went through a point-by-point rejection of Manafort’s arguments,
including his contention that Mueller had been given a “blank check” to investigate anything “he may stumble across.”

Jackson said Justice Department regulations allow for a “broad grant of authority” for special counsels. And regardless, she wrote, it was clear that Mueller had been specifically authorized to investigate not only Manafort’s possible links to Russia but also his Ukrainian business. ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FfwUMzopdA
at about 5:15

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Posted: 16 May 2018 09:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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The document itself:
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4463454-Judge-s-ruling-denying-Manafort-motion-to-dismiss.html

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