The Beginning of the End of Donald Trump-Arrests in the Russia Investigation


Manafort, Gates charged with conspiracy against US

 

“The arrest of President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort Monday and former Trump campaign official Rick Gates saddled the White House with a grave new political reality.”

When people are faced with prison, priorities change.  Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are longtime business partners.  They have been charged in a 12-count indictment including a claim that they conspired launder money, making false statements, conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.”

More significantly, the charges could be the first step in a series of actions by the special counsel that strike at the heart of Trump’s inner political and family circle, and could even put his presidency in jeopardy.
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Trump’s response to the charges was to ask for money from the American people.  A campaign e-mail was sent out asking supporters to contribute $1 before the end of the month.

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The special counsel alleged that for nearly a decade, the two men laundered money through scores of U.S. and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts, and gave false statements to the Justice Department and others when asked about their work on behalf of a foreign entity.

All told, more than $75 million flowed through offshore accounts, the special counsel alleged. It’s being alleged that Manafort laundered more than $18 million, using his wealth acquired overseas to “enjoy a lavish lifestyle” in the United States, purchasing multi-million dollar properties and paying for home renovation.

According to the indictment, Manafort and Gates arranged to hire two Washington-based lobbying firms to work on behalf of their Ukrainian clients, arranging meetings with U.S. officials and boosting their public image in the United States.

Prosecutors say, however, that Manafort and Gates arranged for a Brussels-based nonprofit to nominally hire the companies to hide the fact that their work was for Ukrainian government officials and would otherwise require registration under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

In fact, prosecutors allege, Manafort was communicating directly with then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych about the effort, promising in 2012 to provide him weekly updates about the effort.

To further obscure Ukrainian involvement in the lobbying effort, prosecutors say payments to the Washington firms were routed through obscure offshore companies. Prosecutors say that when the Department of Justice approached Manafort and Gates in 2016 and 2017 about whether they should have registered as foreign agents for the work, they responded with false and misleading letters, indicating they had not directed the lobbying effort and asserting they did not hold records reflecting their work, even though later searches showed they did, according to the indictment.

Manafort and Gates also were accused of willfully and intentionally trying to hide monies kept in foreign bank accounts — Manafort from 2011 to 2014 and Gates from 2012 to 2014 . And Manafort was accused of filing fraudulent tax returns — stating on tax forms he filed from 2008 to 2014 that he controlled no foreign bank accounts.

The men made tens of millions of dollars for themselves. From 2008 to 2014,  Manafort arranged to wire $12 million from offshore accounts to pay for personal expenses – including $5 million to a home renovation contractor in the Hamptons, more than $1.3 million to a home entertainment and lighting vendor based in Florida, $934,000 to an antique rug dealer in Alexandria, and $849,000 to a men’s clothier in New York.

The significant of the specific allegations indicates Mueller has obtained evidence of specific, revealing, wrong doing on the part of Manafort and Gates.

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5 thoughts on “The Beginning of the End of Donald Trump-Arrests in the Russia Investigation

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  1. I am glad this is coming to a head. Hillery is to blame for all of this. She coluded with the Russians to lose the election. It as plane to see as a boil on sarahs neck. Manafort is completely innocent. He may have replaced 75 million or so. That’s a ton of money to keep track of and launder.

    Manafort gave to charity all of the time. His hooker named charity said he was a huge tipper.

    The real problem is Halloween. Without spicer it may not come this year. I live a haloween sustinence living. Without it its grass soup and rocks. it may sound good but not without any teeth.

    well I have got to get back to trump he is playing with the football again. I hope to hell he does not nuke this mueler guy.

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  2. Malia – This is just the beginning. This is going to be entertaining to watch! The stories circulating that Trump didn’t know Manafort, Gates, and Papadopoulos are as ludicrous as the bogus stories about Hillary. It is amazing to listen to the spin by some of Trump’s surrogates. Where do these people come from?

    PS and O/T – Heads up – the Wasilla loon and the Toad are in Austin, Texas visiting Bristol. Check it out – Sarah is now on Instagram @sarahpalin97

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  3. The “Jaws” music just went from the long slow beat to a quicker beat with more bass drums. Keith Olbermann had a great talk using Christmas gifts as the analogy. It looked like a sweater and tie when we wanted a toy. Then he found the guilty plea and verbiage in the legal document stating “and others.” That means more gifts (indictments) are coming.

    Mueller is a master, an artist, at dealing with a collection of criminals. He gives no hint of the range of his investigation and nips away at the edges to induce fear. More people will just plead guilty or volunteer to testify for a lesser sentence. Expect some to just end it, choosing to select their own end to the story. We may see some with heart attacks or strokes. I’m shocked 45 is still upright with his poor diet and exercise habits.

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