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Old 09-15-2018, 07:47 PM
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Default How Paul Manafortís plea brings the special counsel probe closer to its endgame

Manafort, Papadopoulos,tRrumpís former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn,Rick Gates, Alex Van der Zwaan, Twelve Russian intelligence officers were indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2016, Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities were indicted in Muellerís investigation in February, accused of tampering in the 2016,Konstantin Kilimnik, a Manafort aide in Ukraine and political operative with alleged ties to Russian intelligence, was charged on June 8 with tampering with witnesses about their past lobbying for Ukraineís former pro-Russian government. Its all a coincidence to the tRumpeters.

<First came George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who was arrested by the FBI when he stepped off a plane at Dulles International Airport and soon agreed to help the special counselís office as part of a plea agreement.>

<Then there was Michael Flynn, the presidentís former national security adviser who admitted he lied to the bureau and would now be cooperating with Robert S. Mueller IIIís team to make things right.>

<Next to fall was Rick Gates, Trumpís former deputy campaign chairman who conceded he conspired to defraud the United States and tried to deceive investigators looking into his overseas work.>

<Manafortís plea could be a key cog in pushing Muellerís case toward its ultimate end. Legal analysts say Manafort must have something valuable to share with Muellerís team, which agreed to drop five of the seven charges he faced and potentially urge leniency at his sentencing if his cooperation is helpful.>

<Generally, those who plead guilty sit down with prosecutors to detail what they know in a ďprofferĒ session, so the government knows what it will get in the bargain. Manafortís plea makes reference to a written proffer agreement on Tuesday ó showing he has been in talks with the special counselís office at least for several days.>

<Whether Manafort ultimately implicates the president remains to be seen. Manafortís defenders and Trumpís lawyers have long insisted that the political consultant, who left the campaign in August 2016, had no information that would incriminate Trump.>

<Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani said Friday that it would impossible for Manafortís cooperation with Muellerís office to imperil the president. That is because Trump and Manafort continued to have a joint defense agreement ó an informal arrangement among lawyers to share information ó which Manafort would have to cancel if he believed his cooperation could expose Trump to legal jeopardy, Giuliani said.>

<Inside the White House on Friday after the plea, the mood was ďoddly calm,Ē said one Republican in frequent touch with officials there. A number of people had expected some sort of agreement, and Trumpís legal team recognized it couldnít control Manafortís desire to avoid a second trial after being convicted on eight of 18 counts in a related case in Virginia last month.>

<Trump himself has not yet addressed the plea directly.>

<The charges to which Manafort pleaded guilty had nothing to do with the president. Rather, they focused on Manafortís personal money laundering, failure to register as a foreign agent for work he did on behalf of Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian former president of Ukraine, and obstructing justice with Konstantin Kilimnik, whom prosecutors have linked to Russian intelligence.>

<Manafortís plea agreement short-circuited a trial in the District that was scheduled to begin in coming days with jury selection. He instead agreed to admit wrongdoing and cooperate fully with Mueller, turning over any documents that may be relevant to the special counselís investigation and testifying in any proceedings where that might be necessary. He also agreed to give up five properties and a handful of financial accounts.>

<Having already been convicted in Virginia, Manafortís cooperation might be the best way for him to reduce his time in prison. He faces roughly 10 years in the D.C. case and perhaps another 10 in Virginia ó though he would probably be able to serve those together, particularly if prosecutors urge judges to go easy on him.>

<So far, the special counselís office has charged 32 people, and six have pleaded guilty. Though Mueller has shrouded his probe in secrecy, he is pushing to wrap up a substantial portion of his investigative work soon and is referring cases to U.S. attorneyís offices that can handle prosecutions once the special counsel probe is disbanded, according to those familiar with Muellerís work who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive legal deliberations.>

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Old 09-16-2018, 02:09 AM
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Whether Manafort ultimately implicates the president remains to be seen.
Oh wow...An article that says it's not drawing conclusions to draw conclusions...

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Old 09-16-2018, 02:17 AM
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Default Re: How Paul Manafortís plea brings the special counsel probe closer to its endgame

Obviously we all get our news from different sources. And some of those sources are exact opposites in what is true or not.
It's getting pretty hard to have a discussion or debate someone when we don't agree what the facts are.
This is done intentionally to keep us a part imho and keep us partisan.
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