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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Paul Manafort and Julian Assange have both denied The Guardian's report that the pair held secret meetings. "It is rare to have such diametrically opposed accounts on physical meetings that can be easily confirmed," writes Jonathan Turley who details the conflicting stories and the ramifications. "London is covered in CCTV cameras and embassies (particularly the Ecuadorian embassy) are subject to a high level of surveillance. Someone is clearly lying and the story would implicate Manafort in criminal conduct in previously denying such meetings to federal investigators."

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I suspect the folks at the Ecuadoran Embassy keep track of folks coming and going. I also suspect that Mr. Mueller has already asked the folks at the embassy about any visitors Julian has received. I suspect Mr. Manafort will enter the federal penal system soon...

#1 | Posted by catdog at 2018-11-28 09:06 AM | Reply

There is nothing to see here. Jerome Corsi simply used his amazing psychic powers and pass the info on to Manafort.

#2 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-11-28 09:40 AM | Reply

"@WikiLeaks is willing to bet the Guardian a million dollars and its editor's head..."

They've even volunteered to bring their own bone saw.

#3 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-11-28 09:42 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

It can be both totally true, they never met in person, while simultaneously completely irrelevant to other forms of communication.

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-11-28 09:49 AM | Reply

Manafort is known to have more than one passport. Maybe Paul Manafort never met with Julian Assange but one of his aliases did.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-11-28 09:54 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Well, the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has a registry. Air lines and private planes have to file a manifest on international flights. The investigators have every e-mail and device Manafort used. So prove the actuation or drop the charges. People are supposed to be judged on evidence not speculation.

#6 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-11-28 10:02 AM | Reply

"Paul Manafort and Julian Assange have both denied The Guardian's report that the pair held secret meetings."

Your Honor
I submit to you as evidence scooby-doo episode Sdd-7 "The Harum Scarum Sanitarium" as proof my clients are innocent
They are being framed by the ghost of Dr. Coffin, (AKA OBAMA) a former community organizer of the Deep State, who is said to have gone insane and is performing experiments to control "conservatives"

Plus, they said they didn't do it.

I rest my case

----rightoecentre

#7 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-11-28 10:03 AM | Reply | Funny: 5

It will be interesting to see of Paul and Julian sue the Guardian or are just pulling a Trump. Lots of people are placing their bets:

John Schindler @20committee

Paulie Walnuts [Paul Manafort] and WikiLeaks lie nonstop. That's their MO. Tweeted denials are meaningless.

The salient point is that Manafort's lawyers, when asked by the Guardian about their client's multiple visits to Assange, declined to answer.

Among adults, this is called The Tell.

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-11-28 10:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Why didn't Mueller include a gag order in Manafort's plea deal like the one that was put in Gates's plead deal?:

southpaw @nycsouthpaw

To the extent this line in NYT's piece is based on the filing, it's not quite right. Manafort's team only wrote that Manafort personally "believes he has provided truthful info," which is different from being truthful in toto or the lawyers believing it.

As to the larger story of Downing briefing Trump's lawyers, remember that someone specifically negotiated to remove this provision of Gates's plea agreement from Manafort's -- a difference pointed out in my old dumb spreadsheet comparing the plea agreements.

This is what Manafort's cooperation provision looks like. You can see the gag agreement, which is highlighted above in Rick Gates' agreement, doesn't appear here.

twitter.com

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-11-28 10:26 AM | Reply

www.youtube.com

Dean Martin is the DR right

#10 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-11-28 10:48 AM | Reply

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Trump has a lot of respect for liars.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-11-28 10:53 AM | Reply

So now we know why Trump asked publicly for the email release.... to cover that he had arranged it privately.

And another case of the Steele Dossier being correct:

"That Russia was responsible for the DNC email hacks[100][124] and the recent appearance of the stolen DNC e-mails on WikiLeaks,[100][125] and that the reason for using WikiLeaks was "plausible deniability".[126] (Dossier, pp. 7–8)"

en.wikipedia.org

There's your collusion.

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-28 11:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wow.

If any of this is true, the RNC has to be disbanded.

Isn't that the ACORN Rule from a few years back?

#13 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-11-28 11:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Manafort lawyer is said to have briefed Trump attorneys

A lawyer for Paul Manafort, the president's onetime campaign chairman, repeatedly briefed President Trump's lawyers on his client's discussions with federal investigators after Manafort agreed to cooperate with the special counsel, according to one of Trump's lawyers and two other people familiar with the conversations.

The arrangement was highly unusual and inflamed tensions with Mueller's office when prosecutors discovered it after Manafort began cooperating two months ago, the people said. Some legal specialists speculated it was a bid by Manafort for a presidential pardon even as he worked with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, in hopes of a lighter sentence.

www.bostonglobe.com

So, Manafort thinks he's secured his pardon, which is why he continues to lie about meeting Assange.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-28 12:10 PM | Reply

So now we know why Trump asked publicly for the email release.... to cover that he had arranged it privately.- #12 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-28 11:36 AM
Trump asked for Russia to find any emails from HRC's server to be released, not for Podesta's and the DNC's hacked emails to be released.

#15 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-11-28 12:16 PM | Reply

"Trump asked for Russia to find any emails from HRC's server to be released, not for Podesta's and the DNC's hacked emails to be released."

Oh, so he was being a good citizen when he asked Russia to release emails from Hillary's server. Your values are quite questionable.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2018-11-28 12:23 PM | Reply

People are supposed to be judged on evidence not speculation.

#6 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2018-11-28 10:02 AM

LMAO, are you new here?

#17 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-11-28 12:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

"People are supposed to be judged on evidence not speculation.
#6 | POSTED BY DOCNJO"

Yeah, if you could just head on over to the Clinton Foundation Pay to Play thread here www.drudge.com and explain it to JeffJ, that'd be great.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-28 12:30 PM | Reply

#17

Here, where real estate paper pushers, er, I mean attnys, are Constitutional lawyers... and werk pro bozo for Trump Trolls.

#19 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-28 12:47 PM | Reply

and werk pro bozo for Trump Trolls.

#19 | Posted by Corky

I thought they were -------- werkers.

Trump never was a good business man.

Humpy is in real estate. To me that is like a glorified used car salesman. A professional Liar. Kinda like a lawyer. Only nicer.

More than half the time they are trying to sell you a Pig n a Poke.

For Humpy it is about 99% of the time.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-28 01:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Manafort, emissary of Donald the L'orange
parlayed with the Australian man, julian Assange

So in London town..they gathered around
..at the Ecuadorian embassy
they plotted and schemed.. until finally it seemed
leaking stolen e mail...was their strategy

The Russians hacked Clinton and then told Assange..
who told roger stone and he told L'orange
and then Donald, with glee, said on national TV, "Wikileaks..you are my friend"
from here I don't know.. where it will go
but it'd be so apropos..if Wikileaks brought L'orange to an end

#21 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-11-28 01:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"To me that is like a glorified used car salesman"

just read that trump loses to used car salesmen by 6 points, (Things more Popular than Donald Trump)

The poll also shows that Trump is losing to head lice by 26 points.

#22 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-11-28 01:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Wikileaks..you are my friend"

Imagine Assange, Manafort, and Stone totally freaking out when he said that.

#23 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-28 01:35 PM | Reply

"While the disgusting Fake News is doing everything within their power not to report it that way, at least 3 major players are intimating that the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts & they will get relief. This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!" Trump tweeted Wednesday, a day after blasting the special counsel as a "conflicted prosecutor gone rogue."

www.cnn.com

Lil' Donnie sounds just like the kid who got caught with his hand in the collusion, er, cookie jar.

#24 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-28 01:48 PM | Reply

#23 | POSTED BY CORKY

FULL DISCLOSURE...there isn't a rhyme for 'orange'....... for Assange to come along and align the stars with his name,
trump's complexion and the french, L'orange....that'd be karma my man lol

" When the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars "

#25 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-11-28 01:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

In the end Donnie's downfall is going to be one of the sadder most pathetic displays of Narcissism in history as he is more than willing to tear down the other two branch's of government to protect himself and his merry band of kleptocrats.

#26 | Posted by Scotty at 2018-11-28 02:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Oh, so he was being a good citizen when he asked Russia to release emails from Hillary's server. Your values are quite questionable. -#16 | Posted by Danni at 2018-11-28 12:23 PM

I understand that you suffer from a dramatic lack of reading comprehension, but nothing that I posted was anything like your insinuation that I made any claim about Trump's citizenship from making the request.

there isn't a rhyme for 'orange' - #25 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-11-28 01:50 PM

Eminem disagrees with you: https://genius.com/videos/Eminem-rhyming-with-orangecom/videos/Eminem-rhyming-with-orange">genius.com

#27 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-11-28 02:17 PM | Reply

#3 - I agree. The Deep State will just start killing Trump associates.

#28 | Posted by JordyPete at 2018-11-28 02:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#27 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

OK..that explains a lot. is english your first language?

#29 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-11-28 02:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Former Watergate special prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Tuesday that if the report of Manafort-Assange meetings was correct it would be extraordinary.

"What in the world would Mr. Manafort be doing meeting with Julian Assange if not to talk about Assange's role as a cut out for disseminating information the Russians obtained by illegal hacking?" Ben-Veniste said.

"A meeting with Julian Assange would be the smoking gun," said Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee.

www.cnn.com

#30 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-28 03:18 PM | Reply

OK..that explains a lot. is english your first language? -#29 | POSTED BY 1947STEAMER AT 2018-11-28 02:51 PM

It is. Take a listen. www.youtube.com

#31 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-11-28 04:42 PM | Reply

#31 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

IFWY on the ain-gleese but all i'll say about EM is he came up hard and i'm glad he caked..but..i think the thing that intrigues me the most about the law, is the way that the language can be used and EM can't write a brief to the beat. i like weird Al better than EM

#32 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-11-28 05:21 PM | Reply

#27 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

OK..that explains a lot. is english your first language?

#29 | Posted by 1947steamer

Avigdore rhymes with "He's a whore". (in Russian)

#33 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-28 05:26 PM | Reply

Avigdore rhymes with "He's a whore". (in Russian)

#33 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

"Whore" we coulda' been called, there's many the time
we shoulda' stepped up, and ended the crime
but life has a habit...it gets in the way
"I should have said something..I just couldn't today"

so you let it stand and you pass up your say
"I need the damn job", so yeah I'm a whore..8 hours a day

#34 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-11-28 06:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


One interesting aspect of this turned up in yesterday's White House Press Briefing.

www.whitehouse.gov

...Q Sarah, the Guardian is reporting today that Paul Manafort met with Julian Assange around the time that he was coming onboard with the Trump campaign. I'm wondering if you know if that meeting took place, and if you remain confident in the White House's repeated denials that no campaign officials were involved in discussions about the plans to release John Podesta's emails?

MS. SANDERS: Certainly, I remain confident in the White House's assertion that the President was involved in no wrongdoing -- was not part of any collusion. The things that have to do with Mr. Manafort, I would refer you to his attorneys to address that....


There is a subtle change of wording in what looks to be a carefully crafted response.

No longer is the White House saying there was no collusion.

The current phrasing specifically mentions the President... "...the President was involved in no wrongdoing -- was not part of any collusion...."

So we went from nothing burgers, to there was no collusion, to the President was ot part of any collusion. The latter being a tacit acknowledgement that collusion may have occurred.

#35 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-11-28 06:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

I have yet to see any evidence that Manafort was even present at this embassy.

#36 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-11-29 10:51 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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