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    Paul Manafort Indicted on 12 charges including conspiracy against the US

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    Manafort indicted; ex-Trump aide pleads in Russia probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) ó Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election revealed its first targets Monday, with a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump admitting he lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russians. Separately, Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former Manafort business associate were indicted on felony charges of conspiracy against the United States and other counts.

    The guilty plea by the former adviser, George Papadopoulos, marked the first criminal count that cites interactions between Trump campaign associates and Russian intermediaries during the campaign.

    The charges ushered Mueller's sprawling investigation into a new phase with felony charges and possible prison sentences for key members of the Trump campaign.

    Trump quickly tweeted that the alleged misdeeds by his former campaign chairman were "years ago," and he insisted there was "NO COLLUSION" between his campaign and Russia.

    He added, as he has a number of times recently, "Why aren't Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????"

    Papadopoulos' plea occurred on Oct. 5 and was unsealed Monday. In court papers, he admitted lying about the nature of his interactions with "foreign nationals" who he thought had close connections to senior Russian government officials

    Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents working for special counsel Mueller about his dealings with several Russians who were offering "dirt" on Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

    The separate charges against Manafort and Rick Gates contend the men acted as unregistered foreign agents for Ukrainian interests. The indictments also include several other financial counts involving tens of millions of dollars routed through offshore accounts.

    Manafort's indictment doesn't reference the Trump campaign or make any allegations about coordination between the Kremlin and the president's aides to influence the outcome of the election in Trump's favor. The indictment does allege a criminal conspiracy was continuing through February of this year, after Trump had taken office.

    The indictment filed in federal court in Washington accused both men of funneling payments through foreign companies and bank accounts as part of their political work in Ukraine. Manafort and Gates surrendered to federal authorities Monday, and were expected in court later in the day to face charges brought by Mueller's team.

    The indictment lays out 12 counts including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, acting as an unregistered foreign agent, making false statements and several charges related to failing to report foreign bank and financial accounts. The indictment alleges the men moved money through hidden bank accounts in Cyprus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Seychelles.


    In total, more than $75 million flowed through the offshore accounts, according to the indictment. Manafort is accused of laundering more than $18 million.

    A spokesman for Manafort did not immediately return calls or text messages requesting comment. Manafort and Gates have previously denied any wrongdoing.

    Manafort, 68, was fired as Trump's campaign chairman in August 2016 after word surfaced that he had orchestrated a covert lobbying operation on behalf of pro-Russian interests in Ukraine. The indictments against Manafort and Gates were largely based on activities disclosed in August 2016 by The Associated Press, which reported that the pair had directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine's ruling political party.

    Citing internal emails, the AP noted that Gates personally directed the work of two prominent Washington lobbying firms. The indictment quotes from some of the same emails the AP had obtained.

    The indictment accuses Manafort and Gates of orchestrating a nearly decade-long conspiracy to covertly work for Ukrainian interests and launder millions of dollars through offshore accounts. Specifically, the indictment accuses Manafort of using "his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States, without paying taxes on that income." That included using offshore accounts to purchase multimillion-dollar properties in the U.S., some of which the government is seeking to seize.

    Mueller was appointed as special counsel in May to lead the Justice Department's investigation into whether the Kremlin worked with associates of the Trump campaign to tip the presidential election.

    The appointment came one week after the firing of James Comey, who as FBI director led the investigation, and also followed the recusal months earlier of Attorney General Jeff Sessions from the probe.

    Mueller's investigators have focused on Manafort for months. In July, they raided one of his homes in Virginia, searching for tax and international banking records.

    Manafort joined Trump's campaign in March 2016 and oversaw the convention delegate strategy. Trump pushed him out in August amid a steady stream of negative headlines about Manafort's foreign consulting work.

    Trump's middle son, Eric Trump, said in an interview at the time that his father was concerned that questions about Manafort's past were taking attention away from the billionaire's presidential bid.

    Manafort has been a subject of a longstanding FBI investigation into his dealings in Ukraine and work for the country's former president, Viktor Yanukovych. That investigation was incorporated into Mueller's broader probe.

    Previously, he denied any wrongdoing related to his Ukrainian work, saying through a spokesman that it "was totally open and appropriate."

    Manafort also recently registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for parts of Ukrainian work that occurred in Washington. The filing under the Foreign Agents Registration Act came retroactively, a tacit acknowledgment that he operated in Washington in violation of the federal transparency law.

    Mueller's investigation has also reached into the White House, as he examines the circumstances of Comey's firing. Investigators have requested extensive documents from the White House about key actions since Trump took office and have interviewed multiple current and former officials.

    Mueller's grand jury has also heard testimony about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower attended by a Russian lawyer as well as Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

    In Gates, Mueller brings in not just Manafort's chief deputy, but a key player from Trump's campaign who survived past Manafort's ouster last summer. As of two weeks ago, Gates was still working for Tom Barrack, a Trump confidant, helping with the closeout of the inauguration committee's campaign account.

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    Also:

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    Former Trump campaign adviser pleads guilty to lying to FBI

    One of President Trump's former advisers from his presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Monday.

    George Papadopolous, the 30-year-old foreign policy adviser, pleaded guilty earlier this month, according to court filings unsealed on Monday. The DOJ unsealed the documents shortly after it announced charges against two other higher-ranking, Trump campaign officials - Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.

    Prosecutors charged Papadopolous with lying to investigators about his conversations with a foreign professor who told him that Russians had thousands of emails containing "dirt" on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

    The Trump aide allegedly told the FBI that those conversations happened before he joined the campaign, statements rebutted by the Justice Department's timeline.

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    Old news

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewersfan255 View Post
    Old news
    It's actually pretty recent news. I daresay important enough for it's own thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewersfan255 View Post
    Old news
    It literally broke this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valade16 View Post
    It literally broke this morning.
    He thinks Manafort's actions are independent of Trump...which very well may be the case. But that's all he cares about: not implicating Trump. It's no big deal that Trump hired someone like this, Trump didn't collude so he's good to go and that's all that matters.

    I don't really care to hear Trump fans tell us we shouldn't care when we all know damn well that if any Democratic Presidential candidate hired a person indicted on conspiracy charges they'd have the pitchforks ready to go.

    It's a huge deal...whether or not it is "Russian collusion" or not.
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    Money laundering and The Ukraine? I though this was the Trump-Russia probe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fingerbang View Post
    Money laundering and The Ukraine? I though this was the Trump-Russia probe.
    If it makes you feel better the second post of the thread is directly linked to the Trump campaign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezekial View Post
    If it makes you feel better the second post of the thread is directly linked to the Trump campaign.
    I think it makes you feel better, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fingerbang View Post
    Money laundering and The Ukraine? I though this was the Trump-Russia probe.
    Seriously! I mean what does the Ukraine have to do with Russia?! Are they even on the same planet? Mueller thinks he can just bring in other unrelated charges just because he has the authority to? Pfft Does Manafort even know what a "Trump" is?

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    There's gotta be something you can get Trump on. Get it already, lol. I've been told this was a given for like a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fingerbang View Post
    I think it makes you feel better, lol.
    Nah it makes me feel pretty ****** about the state of our government of liars and citizens who blindly defend people.


    Deflect! Lie! Put the blinders on!

    I can at least say with honesty that I hope Hillary Clinton gets investigated and thrown in jail if found guilty.
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    This is obviously a bad sign for Trump.


    I wish we could toss away all politicians and just start over, both sides.


    Some of this feels like a witch hunt (both sides are doing it with Russia). If you as a politician can't be completely transparent about what you are doing, you shouldn't be a ****ing politician.


    We got arguably, the two worst politicians in the last 50 years with Clinton and Trump. The swamps need to be drained, and unfortunately, Trump is definitely not the guy to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fingerbang View Post
    There's gotta be something you can get Trump on. Get it already, lol. I've been told this was a given for like a year.
    Failing to faithfully execute the laws and Constitution, taking things of value from foreign governments, violating the 1st amendment on respecting a religion or standing in the way of a free press, potential for obstruction of justice.....but we all know the Constitution is just a liberal conspiracy to keep the corporate tax rate high!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fingerbang View Post
    There's gotta be something you can get Trump on. Get it already, lol. I've been told this was a given for like a year.
    I agree, this doesn't really point to Trump in any meaningful way other than he hired an unsavory campaign chair, which while not optimal, certainly doesn't prove any direct collusion from Trump and Russia.

    If this is the beginning of a far larger probe (or designed to get Manafort to plea and spill the beans), we'll see more. But as of now, this doesn't really implicate Trump in anything nefarious.

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