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Manafort Indicted, Turns Himself In

Former Donald Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort has been indicted in connection to the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and will turn himself in to the FBI Monday.

Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates, who was also been ordered to turn himself in and did so, are the first people to be arrested in connection with the probe.

But the indictment, which was unsealed Monday morning includes no charges related to the campaign. Nevertheless, the charges against Manafort could be used by Meuller to pressure him into revealing criminal activity committed by others on the campaign, including the president. That assumes there is any criminal activity at all. Manafort could always make some up, of course, to save his skin.

According to the Associated Press:

The indictment lays out 12 counts including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, acting as an unregistered foreign agent and several charges related to failing to report foreign bank and financial accounts. The indictment alleges that they moved money through hidden bank accounts in Cyprus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Seychelles. In total, more than $75 million flowed through the offshore accounts. Manafort is accused of laundering more than $18 million, according to the indictment.

The request for Manafort to turn himself in contrasts with the widely criticized pre-dawn raid on Manafort’s home in July, during which agents forced their way into his house with guns drawn.

Here is some video of Manafort surrendering to authorities.

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14 Responses to Manafort Indicted, Turns Himself In

  1. There is a truth we all believe: If the US government goes after someone, they will find something illegal and file charges.
    We don’t know what Manafort is facing, but it isn’t surprising.

  2. A few questions, which no doubt will be answered in time….1)Does Manafort’s indictment have ANYTHING at all to do with Trump or the Trump campaign (my guess is no); 2) What other indictments of people within the Trump-sphere (not necessarily close to him) will be brought? 3) Will Mueller have the stones to indict any non-Trump or non-Republican individuals?

  3. Since the can’t shoot straight gang of Mueller indicted Manafort?–no collusion or pay for play with Hillary and her forty thieves??? Mueller and his whole committee need to be replaced with a honest truly independent group of individuals who will investigate to find the truth and nothing but the truthll One more question Podesta(sp) group are they involved with Hillary. obama, lynch and a host of other important democRATS?

  4. And also, if Manafort and his partner are eventually acquitted (I have no idea whether or not they will be), will the MSM make a big deal out of it or will they barely mention it (I suspect the latter)?

  5. Note well that they’re bannering that he’s been indicted, but (as of yet) no word on what he’s been charged with.

    So, what, is it a three-year-old tax technicality? Because if it had anything to do with the election, we’d know already.

    Recall that at first, there was that leak to CNN over the weekend (which was arguably a crime, but that’s another story). Whoever leaked the indictment had to have known what the charge was, but oh no, they didn’t leak that.

    Now here we are on Monday, more sound and fury, with the actual charges to be unsealed later today, THEY SAY. I have my doubts about that.

    Now maybe I’m wrong, but so far, the cynics have been batting well over the Mendoza line when it comes to this sad-sack send-up of seventeenth-century Salem.

    CNN over the weekend, Pravda-On-the-Hudson today…isn’t it awfully convenient, that the drive-by media is getting first dibs on the first drafts?

    Such pristinely pre-packaged presentation, posits the possibility of a perfectly putrid pratfall.

    • Actually, WTOP has the list, and I quote:

      Manafort and Gates have been indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the U.S., conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading Foreign Agents Registration Act statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.

      The kicker? Even if all of that’s true, Manafort would have been an “agent” of the Ukraine, which wants to join NATO, and which is currently dealing with a years-long dispute with Russia over the Crimea.

      It would be like accusing FDR of getting electoral help from Germany, and then indicting an associate of his for not coming clean about their bank account in Czechoslovakia.

      How much are we on the hook for in this fishing expedition?

  6. So Mueller et al are like their own tiny FBI and can investigate anyone for anything?

    What Manafort and Gibson may have done sounds like nothing compared to the Clintons.

    Obama and ilk have made our government into a banana republic.

  7. Well, the Mueller/FBI/DNC/Media Star Chamber Marching Drum and Bugle Corp has finally arrived in town and it’s going to be loud, frantic and intense for quite awhile. Best to keep the horses and children inside so they won’t be frightened by the clamor.

    All the characters needed for the performance are in place. All the defendants–which is everyone associated with President Trump– being investigated are already supremely and permanently guilty of every crime against nature and humanity. They must now prove their innocence to the satisfaction of the hungry, black-robed crocodiles comprising the Mueller/FBI/DNC/Media Star Chamber.

    There’s going to be lots of “Hey, looky, looky at this shiny object over here. And there’s another one over there! And now here’s yet another one high up in this tree”.

    Meanwhile, the real criminal and anti-Constitutional activity of the Clintons, the Podestas, the Obamas, and the rest of the usurpers of our beloved Republic remain completely unexplored or examined. These self satisfied fanatic characters go off on their book tours and tropical vacations, sipping their early morning mint juleps, and noting that the water seems nice and warm for this time of year.

    Meanwhile, they all long to have their very own Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), like the one in the high mountains near Berchtesgaden. But there’s still time to build such a safe, secure place. And plenty of money and workers to build one. They’ll be safe there. They think.

  8. I’m trying really hard to see what the deal is – and how it relates to the election – and I’m just not seeing it.

    I mean, this stuff pales in comparison to what we know about the Clintons and Russia. Yet this is the Big. News. ???!!

    Whatever.

    • This is why you don’t have Special Prosecutors…they have the power and resources to look into anything and everything, whether it’s related to the original scope of the investigation or not.

  9. Most of the charges brought relate to events that occurred several years ago. Given the five year statute of limitations, an indictment needed to be made now in order to preserve the case.