Manafort to Accept Plea Deal, Podesta Implicated, No Russia Collusion

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The left is salivating over the Paul Manafort plea deal since, as part of the deal, Manafort has agreed to cooperate with Robert Mueller.  The left is rejoicing because they think “the jig is up” for the President. That is probably not the case.

NO RUSSIA COLLUSION

The deal dismisses deadlocked charges against Manafort from an earlier trial, but only after “successful cooperation” with Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow on its efforts.

Politico reports, however, and it’s important to note, a source close to the defense told them, “the cooperation agreement does not involve the Trump campaign. … There was no collusion with Russia.”

Paul Manafort managed the Trump campaign for several months until he was fired.

HILLARY’S FRIEND TONY PODESTA

So far, the Manafort indictment implicates lobbyists, Tony Podesta, and Mercury Public Affairs. They, as well as Paul Manafort, all failed to register as foreign agents of Ukraine for the work they did.

Clinton-connected lobbyist Tony Podesta knew he was working with Paul Manafort on behalf of a Ukrainian politician, according to an indictment released Friday by the special counsel’s office.

Podesta is the brother of Hillary’s campaign manager John Podesta.

As part of his “lobbying scheme,” Manafort solicited two lobbying firms in February 2012 to lobby on behalf of then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

“Various employees of Companies A [Mercury operated by Vin Weber, a Republican ] and B [the Podesta Group] understood that they were receiving direction from MANAFORT and President Yanukovych, not the Centre, which was not even operational when Companies A and B began lobbying for Ukraine,” reads the indictment. The Centre is a reference to the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, a Brussels-based non-profit that the government says was used to support Yanukovych.

Everyone knew they were working for Ukraine.

About half of DC hasn’t been registering under FARA.

GUILTY PLEA ON NUMEROUS CHARGES

Manafort is expected to plead guilty on Friday to a conspiracy against the United States and obstruction of justice. He was convicted in federal court in Virginia on Aug. 21 on bank fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering charges. He was scheduled to face trial in Washington, D.C. on the FARA charges — not registering as a foreign agent — and money laundering charges.

This is like the deal they made with Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen. It seems like Mueller wants to insinuate the President is a conspirator and obstructionist.

The Manafort deal puts a ten-year cap on any prison sentence and erases the deadlocked charges in Virginia. Manafort is 69 years old and is facing 8 to 10 years for the convictions last month in Virginia alone. He won’t face trial in D.C. Manafort will also have to forfeit four properties.

Mueller will not let him out of jail prior to sentencing and he will have to cooperate in any future cases.

TRUMP’S ATTORNEY DISCUSSES MANAFORT

Trump’s attorney, Rudy Guiliani offered his comments about the impending plea deal.

“We can see a reason why he might want to do that. What’s the need for another trial?” he told POLITICO on Wednesday. “They’ve got enough to put him in jail. His lawyer is going to argue they shouldn’t. The judge should decide this. Not Mueller. I think it’s pretty clear if they were going to get anything from him, they’d have gotten it already.”

Giuliani added that “From our perspective, we want him to do the right thing for himself.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. This whole overly punitive and unnecessary legal charade by Mueller, was designed to try and find ANY Real Russia, Russia, Russia Crap, but Didn’t…And only because Manafort is a friend of Donald Trump, did Mueller go digging to charge him with anything, including Spitting on the damned sidewalk if they could make that stick! They seem to want to send the message that anyone connected with Trump can and will be punished for very little, just to cause the victim and Trump anguish and anger! And this totally miserable bastard has magnified the anguish by throwing this man in prison, saying he was a flight risk. REALLY ???Where the hell was Paul Manafort going to go, Mars? What I want to see, after viewing all the photos of Paul Manafort with red-rimmed eyes and tousled hair is Robert Mueller treated the same way and looking rumbled and unhappy. Let’s see how the crooked-Left likes it when the shoe is on the other foot. And while I’m thinking about it, I want Mueller to be wearing his shoes on the wrong feet ….That should really make him look uncomfortable ! …Bastard!

  2. Paul Manafort’s pro-Ukraine campaign reached the top of the White House, with one of the members of his lobbying effort meeting President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in 2013, according to new court documents released Friday.

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