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With The Postponement Of Mike Flynn’s Sentencing, Mueller Sends A Terrifying Message To Donald Trump

This was the week that Donald Trump’s Republican Congressional puppets tried their damnedest to get Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to admit that the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has gone on long enough and needs to be ended immediately. Or, in the hypocritical words of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Grand Inquisitor of the endless Benghazi hearings:

“If you have evidence of wrongdoing by any member of the Trump campaign present it to the damn grand jury. If you have evidence that this President acted inappropriately, present it to the American people. Whatever you got, finish it the hell up, because this country is being torn apart.”

A day after the contentious House Judiciary Committee hearing where Gowdy and others in the GOP repeatedly attacked Rosenstein, Robert Mueller sent a message of his own to the White House and Donald Trump’s most ardent defenders. The message? I’m about to bring the world down on Donald Trump’s head.

On Friday, Mueller informed a federal judge that he wants to delay the sentencing of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for 60 days. It’s the third time Mueller has requested a delay in Flynn’s sentencing on the charge of lying to federal investigators, but the deeper meaning behind this latest postponement cannot possibly be overstated.

Here’s what this latest delay in Flynn’s sentencing means, according to MSNBC national security reporter Ken Dilanian, who has been covering the Trump-Russia story from the beginning:

“Mike Flynn is cooperating with Robert Mueller’s investigation, [which] suggests that he still has a lot more to give them. You can contrast that with George Papadopoulos, another Trump campaign aide who pleaded guilty and was nominally cooperating, his sentencing has been scheduled for September. So they are sort of done with him it appears at this point. But Flynn may have a lot more to say.”

If Trump wasn’t already terrified of Mueller (he is), he should be now. Flynn knows the Russia story from beginning to end and was given a plum administration job despite the fact that he’d been working as a foreign agent for both Russia and Turkey, taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from both countries.

So while Trump’s Congressional allies may have seemed more enraged and unhinged than usual this week, they have good reason to be: Robert Mueller is about to take down their orange savior.

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A $10 Million Loan Paul Manafort Took From Russia May Prove Trump Accepted Payoffs From Putin

On Wednesday, as part of a court filing related to a search warrant issued against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, we learned for the first time that Manafort once received a $10 million “loan” from a Russian oligarch who just so happens to be a close personal friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As Reuters reports:

“In an affidavit attached to the July 2017 application, an FBI agent said he had reviewed tax returns for a company controlled by Manafort and his wife that showed a $10 million loan from a Russian lender identified as Oleg Deripaska.

“[Special Counsel Robert] Mueller has been investigating the financial links between Manafort and Deripaska, a metals magnate who is known to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Deripaska was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the United States in April.”

Interesting information, but there’s also a connection to Donald Trump that goes far beyond the fact that Manafort was running his campaign during the 2016 election, and that connection could well be the final link Mueller needs to prove that Trump took financial payoffs directly from Vladimir Putin himself.

Deripaska, who was named in the search warrant for Manafort’s residence, is also close friends with another Russian oligarch, Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Rybolovlev, who is also under investigation by Mueller, made Trump a very sweet deal on a piece of Florida real estate back in 2008, as CNN reports:

“The Maison de L’Amitie is a massive beachfront estate in Palm Beach, Florida. The 81,738 square foot mansion sits on 6.2 acres — with 475 feet of sandy beach facing the Atlantic Ocean. It belonged to Abraham Gosman, a millionaire who owned health care properties across the country — until he went bankrupt.

“In a 2004 auction, Trump snapped up the property from Gosman’s Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Estate for $41 million, according to property records.

“Four years later, Trump sold the mansion for $95 million.”

So in four years, the property increased in value by $51 million. How did that happen? The answer is of special interest to Robert Mueller, and that should be of great concern to Trump.

There has long been suspicion that Trump was given $95 million by Rybolovlev as a way of funneling approximately $50 million from Putin, who had already begun grooming Trump as a Russian asset who would pay dividends down the road. At the time, Trump was unable to borrow money from American banks due to his many bankruptcies which left the big U.S. banks on the hook for billions in losses incurred as a result of Trump’s risky real estate ventures.

Also, it now seems likely that the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June of 2016 wasn’t just a way for Russia to convey “dirt” they had on Hillary Clinton. It may also have been a way for Russian operatives to give tens of millions of dollars in cash to Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Manafort, all three of whom were at the meeting. That money was later used to finance the 2016 Trump campaign.

As is usually the case with greedy assholes like Donald Trump, it all comes back to money, and following the money trail is how Robert Mueller will finally bring an end to the criminal enterprise being run by the traitorous American president.

Tick tock, Donnie; Mueller is coming for you.

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Robert Mueller’s Next Move: Money Laundering Charges Against Trump

According to Donald Trump, the indictments announced in February by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities prove that he’s done nothing wrong. There’s been “no collusion,” Trump bragged on Twitter:

But the facts about the Mueller probe are light years away from what Trump is asserting. And the direction the investigation is now going in is especially troublesome for Trump because it involves money.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s business partner, Rick Gates, is the latest Trump campaign official to cut a deal with Mueller. In exchange for a reduced charge and leniency at sentencing, Gates is about to tell everything he knows about Russian money flowing into the Trump Organization over the years and how that included the federal crime of money laundering.

Back in February, former U.S. intelligence officer Malcolm Nance commented:

Ah yes, the Trump tax returns. The tax returns he refuses to release, no matter what. Mueller probably has them already, but Manafort and Gates can provide a blueprint that will allow investigators to find the source of all the funds sloshing around in Trump’s various bank accounts and business ventures.

Robert Kuttner, a professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School, explains why the indictments handed down against the Russians are so damaging to Trump:

“Trump and his family relied on massive bailouts of his failing business enterprises from Russian oligarchs close to the Kremlin. When he became a presidential candidate, the Russians treated him as an asset ― a useful idiot, as Stalinists used to put it. And when the campaign finalists turned out to be Trump versus the hard-line Clinton, the Russians sought to destroy her and elect Trump. Trump, meanwhile, became the most pro-Russia president in U.S. history, refusing to breathe a word of criticism of Putin, behaving like the head of a client state. This much of the story is hidden in plain view.”

For Trump, money is valued above all else. But that mindset, which has gotten him so far during his life and career, could wind up being the Achilles heel which leads to his destruction. And that final act of immolation is likely to transpire before the end of summer.

Long live the resistance!


Senate Intel Committee Dem Says Something BIG Is About To Break In The Russia Probe

Whenever I write about the Russia investigation, I get asked the same question time and time again: Why isn’t Robert Mueller moving faster? Trump is destroying this country and we need to get rid of him ASAP!

While I share the impatience of others in the resistance, I also know that a careful man like Mueller is not going to be rushed, and that’s actually a very good thing, because if he isn’t meticulous, the results he reports and charges he files could wind up being dismissed or thrown out of court. These things take time, but in the age of the internet, we all expect everything to happen at the speed of light.

All of this makes what was said over the weekend by Senator Mark Warner, (D-VA), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee even more intriguing.

At an annual Democratic Party dinner held at Martha’s Vineyard, Warner told his fellow Democrats:

“If you get me one more glass of wine, I’ll tell you stuff only Bob Mueller and I know. If you think you’ve seen wild stuff so far, buckle up. It’s going to be a wild couple of months.”

Warner didn’t reveal anything he wasn’t supposed to, but he certainly did get everyone’s attention with his warning that we need to “buckle up” for the surprises that are ahead in the next couple of months. And while we cannot possibly read Senator Warner’s mind to determine what he knows, here are some things you might want to keep an eye on:

  • Mueller will probably release one or more of the reports of his findings no later than September because he doesn’t want to be viewed as trying to influence the midterm elections if he waits until October or later.
  • Paul Manafort could well be on the verge of cooperating with Mueller.
  • Michael Cohen has told friends he’s ready to spill what he knows about the Trump-Russia case to federal investigators.
  • There are dozens of sealed indictments related to the Russia probe still on file in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. Those indictments all have people’s names on them and will be eventually be made public.

So what happens next? We can’t know for sure, but as Senator Warner reminded us, we’re in for a wild couple of months. Buckle up!

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A Just Released Document PROVES Trump’s 2016 Campaign Colluded With Russia

Almost every single time he’s asked about the ongoing Russia investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Donald Trump says the same thing:

“No collusion.”

Trump’s defenders have also claimed that collusion isn’t even a crime and isn’t listed in the U.S. Code, which specifies each and every criminal charge the Department of Justice can prosecute a person for.

Collusion, we now know, is just another way of saying “conspiracy,” which is a major crime, punishable by decades in prison.

But as it turns out, the man who oversees Mueller’s probe into the 2016 election — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — also uses the word collusion, and a recently released document given to Mueller by the Deputy AG makes it clearer than ever that members of Trump’s campaign did indeed collude/conspire with Russia.

In a classified memo Rosenstein sent to Mueller on August 2, 2017 which authorized Mueller to investigate former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the Deputy AG wrote that Mueller’s team was to look into whether or not Manafort:

“Committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election for President of the United States, in violation of United States law.”

Keep in mind that one of the many charges Manafort was indicted for includes conspiracy against the United States. Clearly, conspiracy and collusion are the same thing, and a member of Trump’s 2016 team has been charged with exactly that.

So far, Manafort has been unwilling to cooperate with Mueller, but that seems likely to change in the days ahead. As CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin noted recently:

“[Manafort] is in desperate legal trouble. Now that his right hand man, (Rick) Gates, has pleaded guilty and cooperate against him, I think his case is nearly indefensible.

“And I just think the walls are closing in on Manafort, where he’s really in an untenable legal position.”

Manafort is charged with collusion/conspiracy. If he turns on Trump and tells what he knows to avoid spending the rest of his life in federal prison, he could provide all the evidence Mueller needs to make Trump’s boasting of “no collusion” prove not only moot, but ironic as hell.