Paul Manafort

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What the Russian spy’s guilty plea tells us about Trump’s chances of surviving Mueller’s investigation. A report this week by NBC News that suspected Russian spy Maria Butina will plead guilty to violating laws regarding government agents operating within the United States is the worst news Donald Trump has faced in months, but not for the reason many think.Butina will reportedly admit to conspiring with a Russian official believed to be Alexander Torshin "to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics . . . for the benefit of the Russian Federation" (Torshin recently retired from being a deputy director of the Russian central bank). She will also admit to attempting to influence the National Rifle Association and “Political Party 1,” believed to be the Republican Party. Butina will admit to setting up a meeting between senior officials of the NRA and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in December 2015,...
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Last week, federal prosecutors in Washington and New York filed sentencing memorandums with federal judges in advance of the sentencings of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and his former personal lawyer had pleaded guilty to federal crimes, and the memorandums, which are required by the federal rules of criminal procedure, set forth the prosecutors' desired prison sentences for them.
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A prosecutor and a lawmaker broke the law by revealing details about possibly illegal payments earmarked for Paul Manafort, which “resulted in meddling” in the 2016 election, a court in Kiev said.
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A federal judge said on Tuesday she needs more information about the kinds of alleged lies that Paul Manafort told prosecutors in order to determine whether he has blown up his plea deal.
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In a heavily redacted court filing Friday, Mueller laid out five lies Manafort is alleged to have told after he signed the plea agreement.
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A federal judge in the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has set a tentative hearing date to hear arguments from both sides over whether Manafort breached his plea deal.
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Defense attorneys for Paul Manafort indicated Tuesday they might not contest special counsel Robert Mueller's allegations that President Trump's one-time campaign chairman lied to federal prosecutors.Attorney Richa...
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Defense attorneys for Paul Manafort indicated Tuesday they might not contest special counsel Robert Mueller’s allegations that President Trump's one-time campaign chairman lied to federal prosecutors.Attorney Richard Westling said in court...
 
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Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort told a U.S. judge on Tuesday they need more time to evaluate prosecutors' allegations that Manafort lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and breached his plea deal.
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Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort told a U.S. judge on Tuesday they need more time to evaluate prosecutors' allegations that Manafort lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and breached his plea deal.
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Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort told a U.S. judge on Tuesday they need more time to evaluate prosecutors' allegations that Manafort lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and breached his plea deal.
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Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort told a U.S. judge on Tuesday they need more time to evaluate prosecutors' allegations that Manafort lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and breached his plea deal.
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WASHINGTON ― An attorney for Paul Manafort said Tuesday that the former Trump
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Their fortunes sliding in divergent directions, two former Trump aides are pleading their case to judges Tuesday in hopes of easing the punishment they could ...
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Trump unloads a barrage of tweets out of fantasy land. Trump has ended a newsy week with a fountain of what by even his own standards are pretty down-is-up and untrue statements.For a president increasingly isolated and facing a growing number of challenges from the world, politics and incoming investigations, there is a distinct reflection of self-delusion and an air of desperate flailing strong enough for all to sense. It’s a sign that we all should strap in for more as these investigations come closer to him.Indeed, “The White House is adopting what one official termed a ‘shrugged shoulders’ strategy for adverse news, calculating that most GOP base voters will believe whatever the president tells them to believe,” according to one Washington Post report.In just a few days, Trump:Blamed rioting protests in Paris on failed efforts to address climate change and claimed that protesters were calling for Trump to intervene. Um, no – on all counts. The protests are aime...
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"We are ready to make public all correspondence if the US side gives its consent to it." A top Russian official says the Kremlin is willing to declassify and release its correspondence with the United States on Russia's attack on the 2016 election.Nikolai Murashov, a deputy head of the Russian National Coordinating Center for Computer Incidents, said Russia would release the documents if Washington agrees, the Associated Press reports."We are ready to make public all correspondence if the US side gives its consent to it,” Murashov said, according to RT, the Kremlin's propaganda arm.Russia has fervently denied it attacked the U.S. elections, although Vladimir Putin admitted that he wanted Trump to win.U.S. Intelligence agencies agree Russia's initial goal was to destabilize and sow distrust among Americans in the U.S. electoral system. Putin later decided he wanted to help Trump win.Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has led to a conviction for former...
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A rush to impeachment now would backfire on Democrats. Instead, it’s time to focus on serious investigations. Like most Americans who retain some semblance of sense, I was happy to see what was in the sentencing memos offered by federal prosecutors regarding the fate of Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump's former lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen. Those memos introduced new evidence pointing to Trump's likely involvement in a couple of criminal conspiracies.The most clear-cut evidence relates to Trump's involvement in campaign fraud. Cohen has alleged, with audio recordings to back him up, that Trump directed illegal payoffs to women who said they'd had affairs with him. Both documents also hint that Trump could be implicated in obstruction of justice conspiracies and some kind of involvement with Russian election crimes, but there is clearly a lot more information to be discovered and released before drawing any firmer conclusions on that front.Still,...
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A federal judge has scheduled a status hearing on prosecutors request that Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement by lying to special counsel Robert Mueller.
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Ex-diplomat: The Mueller Show Is a Dud “A baby born when Robert Mueller started his investigation would be talking by now,” observes Peter Van Burden in The American Conservative. Yet the special counsel hasn’t produced any “real evidence” of Russian “collusion.” A recent Mueller memo about Paul Manafort underscored that the one-time Trump campaign chief’s...
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A judge has set a court date for this week for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort after prosecutors with the special counsel’s office detailed ...
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"I think there's other problems out there that we really should be focused upon," McCarthy insisted. It was Fall, 2015. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was all set to become Speaker of the House after John Boehner announced his retirement.But his own gaffe (and challenges with the English language) got in the way, ultimately derailing his candidacy.On September 29, 2015, Rep. McCarthy, the number two man in the House Republican caucus, bragged live on-air that the Republicans' Benghazi investigation was a political, partisan attack designed to derail Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy."Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?" McCarthy told to Fox News' Sean Hannity. "But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought."Exactly one month later, October 29...
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Three Russia-linked cases involving Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and Maria Butina have hearings in federal court this week.
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A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Tuesday to weigh whether Paul Manafort should be declared in breach of his plea agreement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused him of lying about his contacts with White Hou...
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Trump looms over our lives, our planet, in a way no other human being ever has, not even a Joseph Stalin or a Mao Zedong, whose images were once plastered all over the Soviet Union and China. Breaking News! -- as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast. Here, in summary, is my view of the news that’s breaking in the United States on just about any day of the week:Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump.Or rather (in the president’s style):Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!!!!!!!!Or here’s another way of thinking about the news unmediated -- a word that's gained new resonance in the age of The Donald -- by anyone but him: below you’ll find a set of run-on tweets from you-know-who to his base -- and by that I mean not just his American fans but "the Fake News Media" that treats such messages as the catnip of their twenty-first-century lives. These particular ones are from the afternoon of November 29th and the morning of November 3...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has set a court date for this week for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort after prosecutors with the special counsel’s office detailed lies they say he told them. The scheduling conference will take place Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. It’s unclear if Manafort will attend. In […]
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The former FBI director answered the question on everyone's mind. The latest court filings against President Donald Trump's former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen directly implicate Trump in the scheme to pay off women he slept with ahead of the 2016 presidential election — which prosecutors with the Southern District of New York say constitutes a federal crime.This raises the a huge question: did Trump himself commit a felony?According to former FBI Director James Comey in an interview with NBC's Kasie Hunt, it is unclear — but Trump should count himself lucky he is president right now."Is the President of the United States right now an unindicted co-conspirator?" asked Hunt."We don't know," said Comey, who was famously fired by Trump last year in an attempt to shut down the Russia investigation. "Not in the formal sense that he's been named in an indictment, where you could actually say that this defendant and named others, or others by pseudonym, conspired together,...
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Columnist sneers at diversity and claims the WASPs were better rulers. The president of the United States is a larger than life figure. As seen with George H.W. Bush, this is even more true in death.The senior President Bush, who died last week, is now the subject of hagiographies that depict him as humble, kind and decent: A leader and man whose life was committed to public service, an exemplary human being and role model of civility in an ugly and tumultuously partisan America.In the age of Donald Trump, George Herbert Walker Bush has taken on new significance. It can appear as if for every way that Trump befouls the presidency and the White House, the elder Bush elevated it.Bush's critics have refused to play along with that script, instead highlighting the late president's many shortcomings. These include the race-baiting of the infamous 1988 "Willie Horton" campaign ad, lack of empathy for AIDS victims, efforts to restrict women's reproductive rights, the nomination of ...
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The Kremlin spokesman gives no comment on new accusations against Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort
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U.S. President Donald Trump would make a “terrible mistake” if he pardoned his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, after charges brought as a result of ...
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WASHINGTON — On Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) implored President Trump not to pardon former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. “It would be a mistake. And I would strongly counsel against it,” Rubio told CNN’s Jake Tapper. The Florida Republican explained that he didn’t believe the presidential pardon power was created to use for these types...
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Pardoning Manafort would not only hamper the Russia investigations, it would also deliver another serious blow to American democracy and the rule of law. Austin Sarat, Amherst CollegePaul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, may be hoping for a presidential pardon.In September, Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice and conspiracy against the U.S. He also agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. However, Mueller recently filed papers in the federal district court for the District of Columbia alleging that Manafort had violated his cooperation agreement by repeatedly lying to the FBI and to Mueller’s investigators.In addition, one of Manafort’s lawyers has been repeatedly briefing President Trump’s lawyers about his client’s discussions with the special counsel’s team.Manafort may have been trying to please two masters in this period by both claiming to cooperate with Mueller, yet at the same...
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Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he doesn't think President Donald Trump should grant a pardon to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, calling such a move "a mistake."
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Sen. Marco Rubio said President Trump would be making a 'terrible mistake' if he decides to pardon Paul Manafort.
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday said it would be a "terrible mistake" for
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., warned President Trump on Sunday that it would really stink if he decided to pardon Paul Manafort.
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Sunday on ABC “This Week,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said it would be a “terrible mistake” for President Donald Trump to pardon his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Rubio said, “I think it would be a terrible mistake if he did that. I do.” He continued, “Pardons should be used judiciously. They’re used for cases of extraordinary circumstances, and I just haven’t heard that the White House is thinking about doing it. I know he hasn’t ruled it out, but I haven’t heard anyone say, we’re thinking about doing it.” He added, “I don’t believe that any pardons should be used with a relation to these particular cases, frankly. Not only does it not pass the smell test, I think it undermines the reason that we have presidential pardons in the first place.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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We now know that prosecutors are proving Russian efforts at leverage in the Trump campaign and in the U.S. elections. This article originally appeared on DC Report.Throw all the prosecutorial sentencing reports together that emerged yesterday about Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, stir gently, and what do we have? The commentary was so quick to get to the details, that it is useful to pull back and see the whole picture:These are two bad guys who committed crimes, small and large, and they will get real jail time. Cohen will get a bit of relief in his sentence for cooperating partially, but not a magic wand dismissal of prison time. Manafort is facing up to 15 years for crimes so far—after he blew his chances for leniency by lying to the special counsel’s office to whom he had promised cooperation.Trump committed felonies for hush-money payoffs to women for sex in violation of campaign finance laws, according to the U.S. government. That would sink anyone who isn’t the Pr...
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U.S. President Donald Trump would make a "terrible mistake" if he pardoned his former campaign Chairman Paul Manafort after charges brought as a result of the federal probe into Russian election interference, Republican Senator Marco Rubio said on Sunday.
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U.S. President Donald Trump would make a "terrible mistake" if he pardoned his former campaign Chairman Paul Manafort after charges brought as a result of the federal probe into Russian election interference, Republican Senator Marco Rubio said on Sunday.
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Sunday that it would be a "terrible mistake" for President Trump to pardon former campaign chairman Paul Manafort."I think it would be a terrible mistake if he did that," Rubio ...
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Dan Abrams, Chris Christie and Asha Rangappa weigh in on the sentencing memo for Michael Cohen from the Southern District of New York and the special counsel's filing on Paul Manafort.
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Several more pieces of Mueller’s work came into focus through a flurry of filings on Friday -- memos for a judge who’ll sentence Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, and Mueller’s outline of lies he says ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told even after pleading guilty and agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors. The filings make clear that Mueller is delving into a real-estate deal in Moscow that could have been worth hundreds of millions for Trump’s company, and examining multiple links between Russians and people who worked for Trump’s business. Mueller also hinted at evidence he hasn’t spelled out yet.
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To boast, to flatter, to deceive others, to deceive himself, out of habit — or perhaps just because.
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Prosecutors on Friday made a series of bombshell filings in the cases of Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort that carry significant warning signs for President Trump.Federal prosecutors in New York said that Trump directed Cohen, his former...
 
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President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Saturday that Friday's court filings in the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen cases showed no collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russia.
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Fox News host Sean Hannity downplayed the importance of federal filings involving former longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Friday night, joking, "How will America ever rec...
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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report into Russian interference in the 2016 US election may never been seen in public, despite a drip feed of tantalising details being published over the last week. As key aides to Donald Trump prepare to be sentenced this week for crimes relating to the Russia inquiry, the president's lawyers are pouring over little-known rules that dictate how the long-awaited conclusion of the probe is handled.  On Friday, intrigue over the protracted investigation, which opponents hope could open the door to impeachment for collusion with Russia in the 2016 elections, was fuelled by Mr Mueller publishing key guidelines for sentencing suspects. Mr Mueller's team announced that Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for Donald Trump due in court on Wednesday, had met a Russian promising “political synergy” with the Trump election campaign, and even offering a meeting with Vladimir Putin. Mr Mueller also announced that Paul Manafort, Mr Trum...
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The sentencing memos suggest the possibility that Trump and perhaps others were involved in a series of lies from Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.
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The Trump-Russia scandal will likely end up being in many respects a bribery and money laundering and possibly even RICO scandal, with features of conspiracy to commit election fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Donald Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election marches onward. Trump and his alleged co-conspirators, defenders and allies appear to be encircled.This article wasoriginally published at SalonBeginning last week, there have been a series of events which could spell doom for Donald Trump. His attorney, personal fixer and consigliere Michael Cohen has agreed to fully cooperate with Mueller's investigation. Court documents reveal that Cohen has admitted to lying about Trump's real estate dealings in Russia and other business matters. Cohen has also admitted that Donald Trump was fully briefed and involved in these real estate and other dealings (including,...
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This week we learned more about the possible fate of Paul Manafort following the surprise collapse of his plea deal with the Special Counsel amid allegations that he lied to prosecutors.
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This week we learned more about the possible fate of Paul Manafort following the surprise collapse of his plea deal with the Special Counsel amid allegations that he lied to prosecutors.
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The White House is arguing that the Special Counsel cases involving Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort have nothing to do with President Trump. Cohen and Manafort are both former Trump associates.
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The White House is arguing that the Special Counsel cases involving Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort have nothing to do with President Trump. Cohen and Manafort are both former Trump associates.
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Trump and the Republicans believe they’re entitled to rule, democracy be damned. It’s a deeply dangerous moment You can tell a lot about a person by how they react to "A Few Good Men," the 1992 movie starring Jack Nicholson as a corrupt Marine and Tom Cruise as the noble young military lawyer who takes him down. The movie has a famous scene where Nicholson's character, Col. Nathan Jessup, explodes in rage after being exposed for his part in the killing of a young Marine and subsequent cover-up. "You can't handle the truth!" he barks, while raving about how hard his job is and how he feels this entitles him to do the awful things he did.The screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, isn't known for his subtlety. I always thought that Jessup was clearly the villain, an imperious monster who is lashing out like a cornered rat. But no -- apparently there are a lot of people who read Jessup as a hero for standing up against those namby-pamby "rule of law" liberals and for the belief that...
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There has been intense activity over the past two weeks in Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election and possible collusion by members of Donald Trump’s campaign team. Developments in the criminal prosecutions of three of Trump’s most important former advisers have enraged the president and shed new light on what Mueller has learned in the 19 months since his appointment as special counsel. Here, the Guardian reviews the key updates in the cases of Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort – and explores what the new disclosures could mean for Trump as the inquiry continues.
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CNN's Chris Cuomo discusses President Donald Trump's reaction to prosecutors filing sentencing documents against Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.
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