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Friday, August 11, 2017

Adam K. Raymond, New York: Paul Manafort squealed to authorities about the now-infamous 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, Bloomberg reports in a piece about special counsel Robert Mueller putting the screws to the former Trump campaign manager. The revelation about the meeting, which Manafort attended, is buried in a story that emphasizes Mueller's attempt to flip the 68-year-old Trump ally and make him an asset for the prosecution.




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It's unclear when Manafort told authorities about the meeting, which is a detail of some import. But if we assume Manafort tipped off investigators about the meeting before it became public last month, then he's shown some openness to helping out the prosecution, which may give Mueller reason to believe he can be persuaded to fully switch sides.


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For people like Manafort it's not a matter of 'switching sides,' and more a case of perceiving where his best interests lie.

He certainly doesn't come across as someone standing in line, waiting for an opportunity to take the fall for anyone.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-08-11 06:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Doc, I think that is one of the lessons that Trump may learn the hard way.

His expectation of loyalty from others without reciprocation is likely going to be his downfall.

#2 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-08-11 09:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Paul Manafort is getting new lawyers as the Russia investigation heats up around him

... Manafort, who has emerged as a central subject in the FBI's probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, "in the process of retaining his former counsel, Miller & Chevalier, to represent him in the office of special counsel investigation," said his spokesman, Jason Maloni.

"As of today, WilmerHale no longer represents Mr. Manafort," Maloni said.

FBI special counsel Robert Mueller was a partner at WilmerHale before he was he was appointed to lead the Russia probe in May. ...

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-08-11 10:09 AM | Reply

Interesting '~take a step back and observe~ type of article...

Mueller Turns Up The Heat With Unusual Search Warrant In Russia Probe

...Federal prosecutors have lots of ways to intensify pressure on the people they're investigating, from early morning FBI raids to leaning on relatives of those under government scrutiny.

But even by those measures, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in last year's presidential election is moving with unusual speed and assertiveness, according to half a dozen legal experts following the probe.

Consider disclosures that FBI agents executed a search warrant last month for business and tax records at the suburban Virginia home of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. That step would have required them to prove to a judge that there's probable cause a crime has been committed.

Kenneth Starr, the Whitewater independent counsel frequently criticized for alleged overreach by then-President Bill Clinton, never utilized search warrants, two members of the team told NPR. Neither did the special counsel investigating the leak of a CIA operative's identity in the George W. Bush administration, said William Jeffress, a Washington attorney who represented White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby in that probe.

"A search warrant in a case like this is highly unusual," Jeffress said...

Mr Mueller does indeed appear to be moving forward very quickly here. Is it because he may be on to something, or because he is concerned he will be shut down soon?


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-08-11 10:33 AM | Reply

Manafort knows where all the juicy Nothing Burgers are. 🍔

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-08-11 11:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Mueller has been tightening the screws on Manafort for months:

Manafort's son-in-law met with federal investigators, sources say

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's son-in-law, Jeffrey Yohai, met with Department of Justice investigators in recent months, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Yohai provided information and documents to federal investigators in New York more than two months ago, according to one of the sources.

The sources say the Justice Department was seeking cooperation related to the federal investigation into Manafort for possible money laundering or tax violations in his business dealings with pro-Russia parties in Ukraine.


#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-08-11 02:57 PM | Reply

All that "birds of a feather flock together" stuff seems to be losing altitude. Hopefully their gooey bird poop will land squarely on Donald Trump's head on the way down.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-08-12 01:25 PM | Reply

#1 Doc_Sarvis,

The best rule of prosecution is the first person to rat out the rest walks! Perp-walk or cake-walk?

#8 | Posted by john47 at 2017-08-13 09:22 AM | Reply

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