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Ex-Trump aide Manafort faces charges in first trial of Russia probe
Thompson Reuters Foundation News ^ | By Nathan Layne, Sarah N. Lynch and Karen Freifeld

Posted on 07/31/2018 10:57:33 AM PDT by 4Runner

The tax and bank fraud trial in a Virginia federal court represents the first test of Mueller's ability to win a conviction of a former Trump aide. Three other aides, including Manafort's longtime business partner Rick Gates, have already pleaded guilty and are cooperating with Mueller's probe.

Trump has vacillated between showing sympathy for Manafort and trying to distance himself. Manafort worked on Trump's presidential campaign for five months and attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians that is a focal point of Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the campaign and the Kremlin.

A Manafort conviction would give momentum to Mueller, who has indicted or secured guilty pleas from 32 people and three companies since the probe started 14 months ago. An acquittal would support efforts by Trump and his allies to portray the probe as a "witch hunt." Trump denies any collusion with Russia, and on Tuesday tried to make the case publicly that collusion would not be a crime anyway.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Russia; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2005; 2014; 201606; 20180731; manafort; mediawingofthednc; partisanmediashills; presstitutes; smearmachine; trumprussia; veselnitskaya
Manafort is being held in solitary confinement 24/7 and being treated badly by design. Mueller hoping to break him and have him testify against the President. Manafort is prohibited from meeting with his attorneys or having access to the "law library" at the penal institution to aid him in preparing his own defense. Mueller and the deep state cabal are unspeakably evil.
1 posted on 07/31/2018 10:57:33 AM PDT by 4Runner
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To: 4Runner

Who says that political prisoners do not exist in the USA?


2 posted on 07/31/2018 11:04:13 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: 4Runner

EXCEPT IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA


3 posted on 07/31/2018 11:06:59 AM PDT by Mr. K (No consequence of repealing Obamacare is worse than Obamacare itself.)
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To: Mr. K

It’s a tax and bank fraud trial of Trump’s former campaign chairman who was getting paid under the table by pro-Putin forces in Ukraine. Nothing to do with Russia at ALL!


4 posted on 07/31/2018 11:09:54 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: babble-on

allegedly


5 posted on 07/31/2018 11:10:14 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: 4Runner
Manafort worked on Trump's presidential campaign for five months and attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians that is a focal point of Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the campaign and the Kremlin.

Blatant demonstrable lie ...

6 posted on 07/31/2018 11:11:02 AM PDT by dartuser
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To: 4Runner

Bad headline. Ill leave it at that.


7 posted on 07/31/2018 11:11:31 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Mr. K
EXCEPT IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA

Exactly. It can't be said enough.

8 posted on 07/31/2018 11:12:56 AM PDT by gubamyster
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To: 4Runner

Three bylines. Multiple reporter bylines is always a sign of B.S.


9 posted on 07/31/2018 11:15:15 AM PDT by Flick Lives (Suddenly someone'll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o' shrimp out of the blue, no explanation.)
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To: 4Runner

I want to know Managort’s witness list


10 posted on 07/31/2018 11:20:52 AM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: 4Runner

USSR / Stalin / Cambodia / Pol Pot / Red China / Mao / North Korea / Iran

This information must get “out there”.


11 posted on 07/31/2018 11:22:06 AM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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Ex-Trump Aide Manafort Faces Charges in First Trial of Russia Probe

1. Manafort did consulting work in the Ukraine, not Russia

2. This work took place in 2004 and 2014

3. This has nothing whatsoever to do with Russia

4. This addresses actions that took place two to twelve years before Manafort worked for Trump.

5. Due to these facts, this trial cannot be the first trial that addresses the Russian probe

6. Manafort never worked as a Trump aide, a title to make it look like he was advising or helping Trump to implement policy. He was a campaign manager.

Other than that, this headline is spot on...

12 posted on 07/31/2018 11:26:45 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (01/26/18 DJIA 30 stocks $26,616.71 48.794% > open 11/07/16 215.71 from 50% increase 1.2183 yrs)
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To: 4Runner

Did the Russians make him commit tax fraud, or did the Russians make him commit bank fraud?


13 posted on 07/31/2018 11:26:46 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: gubamyster

Indeed bet the word RUSSIA never comes up Mueller is the poster child for loser.


14 posted on 07/31/2018 12:07:52 PM PDT by Vaduz (women and children to be impacIQ of chimpsted the most.)
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Alexandria, 57,000 Clinton. 13,000 Trump. Did Manafort's attorneys even ask for a change in venue? I just checked and a jury has been seated already. That was quick.

I can see it all now

Prosecutor: Please state your full name
Manafort: Paul John Manifort, Jr

Prosecutor: Are you the person responsible for securing the nomination of Donald J Trump at the GOP Convention?
Manafort: ah ah yes

Prosecutor: Speak up so the jury can hear you
Manafort: Yes

Judge: The jury shall reframe from displaying displeasure at the witnesses answers.

15 posted on 07/31/2018 1:03:40 PM PDT by Karl Spooner ( ยท)
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To: Mr. K

The things he supposedly did happened in 2005 and 2014.

They always include his brief stint with the Trump Campaign and Russia, but fail to report when this supposedly happened.


16 posted on 07/31/2018 1:06:02 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (THEY LIVE, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses.)
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To: DoughtyOne

They’re trying to link it with the Russian lawyr at the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting... problem is she links to the Democrats.


17 posted on 07/31/2018 1:44:07 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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Ex-Trump aide Manafort faces charges in first trial of Russia probe

Mueller Delivers First Scapegoat in Anti-Trump Show Trial
18 posted on 07/31/2018 2:08:18 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen ((Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong))
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To: Karl Spooner
Did Manafort's attorneys even ask for a change in venue?

Yes. The request was denied.

19 posted on 07/31/2018 2:36:26 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: piasa

Thanks Piasa. I wasn’t aware they were trying to do that.

So many issues, so little time...


20 posted on 08/01/2018 9:09:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (01/26/18 DJIA 30 stocks $26,616.71 48.794% > open 11/07/16 215.71 from 50% increase 1.2183 yrs)
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