Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The 2016 nominating conventions had recently concluded and the presidential race was hitting a new level of intensity when Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman, ducked into an unusual dinner meeting at a private cigar room a few blocks away from the campaign's Trump Tower headquarters in Manhattan. Court records show Manafort was joined at some point by his campaign deputy, Rick Gates, at the session at the Grand Havana Room, a mahogany-paneled room with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the city. The two Americans met with an overseas guest, a longtime employee of their international consulting business who had flown to the United States for the gathering: a Russian political operative named Konstantin Kilimnik.


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The Aug. 2, 2016, encounter between the senior Trump campaign officials and Kilimnik, who prosecutors allege has ties to Russian intelligence, has emerged in recent days as a potential fulcrum in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation.


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Carol Leonnig @CarolLeonnig (Washington Post reporter)

What I like most in this story:

It takes you to a cigar bar in Aug 2016, & a Russian operative w/ "important messages" to give Trump campaign chair.

It knits together string that @PostRoz, @thamburger and WaPo team have been gathering for 2 1/2 years.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-12 09:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

To say nothing of the meeting having been held in an exclusive club located at the top level of 666 Fifth Avenue, a building owned by Jared Kushner and his family.


#2 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-02-13 02:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Paulie thinks he has the upper hand against Mueller and can tough it out. Come March 13, Manafort, at Mueller's recommendation, will get a very long prison sentence in a very bad federal pen. Which comes next: a Trump pardon or an attempt to put Paulie's walnuts in Mueller's vise to squeeze out his cooperation? Maybe both?

Imagine if you are Individual-1--do you pardon a guy from whom you have attempted to distance yourself, or run the risk of him blabbing about you and your deepest, darkest secrets and sins? This will be TV worth watching...

#3 | Posted by catdog at 2019-02-14 08:58 AM | Reply

Trump/Prison 2020

#4 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-02-14 09:46 AM | Reply

Proof of collusion!

#5 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-14 10:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Pardoning someone carries with it its own risks.

For example, if Trump were to pardon Manafort, he could then be subpoenaed and FORCED to testify since he will NO LONGER have a 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination as he will NO LONGER be in jeopardy of losing life and liberty as a result of anything he says in court.


#6 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-02-14 10:43 AM | Reply

To say nothing of the meeting having been held in an exclusive club located at the top level of 666 Fifth Avenue, a building owned by Jared Kushner and his family.

And then taking this precaution:

"The new details provide a rare hint at what Mueller is examining in the final stretch of his nearly 21-month-old investigation -- and underscore his deep interest in the Grand Havana Room gathering, which ended with the three men leaving through separate doors, as Judge Amy Berman Jackson noted."

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-14 10:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Bye Bye Manny!!

Remember that mansion and all those millions you acquired with your Traitorous & Dirty Deeds??

Poof!! Hope you enjoyed it all while you could.

YOUR retirement is gonna suck.

I may never get rich but I won't end up anywhere near the prison cells where Humpy's minions will be caged.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-02-14 05:32 PM | Reply

John Weaver @jwgop (Bush 41, McCain, Kasich strategist)

The campaign chairman (mgr) and the deputy mgr walked down the street from Trump Tower to a clandestine meeting with a GRU asset & handed him the most private polling/targeting material from the campaign.

Within weeks the Russians (for which they have been indicted) were conducting sophisticated targeting in key states of American voters to move them to Trump or away from Hillary. Stop with the no proof of collusion (conspiracy). It is right in front of us.

In the meantime, Trump was continuing negotiations with Kremlin for Trump Tower in Moscow, even offering Putin $20 million gift. And, "coincidentally" or in exchange, offering reductions in sanctions, blind eye re: Crimea and change in GOP platform re: Ukraine.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-14 05:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Whether or not Manafort or anyone else filled Trump in on these Russian efforts to interfere in our presidential campaign, and whether or not Trump was behind it wittingly or unwittingly, he has not acted in America's interests against our primary adversary and their formerly head of the KGB president.

Trump's rhetoric has been straight out the playbook authoritarian leaders use; flood the public with so many lies they don't know up from down, make America less trusting of the press, "you're the puppet" psychological techniques, and other classic moves. That in addition to praising despots while mocking our allies and our own intelligence services should be enough for any rational minded person from either side of the aisle to question his actions and determine Trump aspires to be an authoritarian leader.

#10 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-02-15 06:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm not part of the "conspiracy theory", and I accepted the narrative about LHO and Kennedy..until I saw the Zapruder film. I truly believe now that we still haven't, or ever will, hear the government tell us what really happened in Deeley Plaza.

I find it easier to believe with each bit of new evidence, that the vote tally was rigged and trump's election was assisted by the russians. again, even if that's correct, I doubt that the government will tell us. and I can see why but at the same time, it just makes trumps' very presence that much harder to stomach

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