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New Court Filing In Paul Manafort’s Case Is The Worst Possible News For Trump

Donald Trump’s former 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been out of the news for a couple of months, and that’s mainly because he’s busy serving an extended sentence in federal prison for his many crimes. Rather than agree to testify against Trump, Manafort took the blame and is now incarcerated for up to 7 1/2 years.


But even though Manafort is serving time, there’s still news from his case, and that news could wind up providing evidence of Trump’s many crimes, CNN reports:

“Prosecutors told a federal judge on Sunday they are nearly ready to unseal details from court proceedings about how President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied during his cooperation, including about efforts to sway the President’s approach to Ukraine.

“Unsealing the details could potentially explain major questions about Manafort’s connections to the White House and fill in gaps about what Russia and Ukraine hoped from Trump after he took office.”

The key words there are Trump, Russia, and Ukraine, all of which led to the appointment of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and have also resulted in Donald Trump being impeached.


It may interest you to know that while prosecutors are more than willing to let us all see details from the case that was used to convict Manafort, the U.S. Department of Justice, under the so-called leadership of Trump toady William Barr, is fighting that release, with the U.S. Attorney’s office for District of Columbia siding with Manafort’s attorneys and asking to review the documents another time before they’re made public. Why in the world would they do that? What do they have to hide?

Based on the Mueller report, we know that Manafort had promised Russian oligarch Konstantin Kilimnik he would do his best to “sway” Trump on the matter of Ukraine:

“After the presidential election, Kilimnik wrote an email to Manafort expressing the view—which Manafort later said he shared—that the plan’s success would require U.S. support to succeed: ‘all that is required to start the process is a very minor ‘wink’ (or slight push) from [Donald Trump],'” the Mueller report says. “The email also stated that if Manafort were designated as the U.S. representative and started the process, [former Ukrainian President Viktor] Yanukovych would ensure his reception in Russia ‘at the very top level.'”


Ultimately, the decision on releasing those Manafort documents will come down to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who has already made it clear she isn’t about to dance to the DOJ or White House’s tune when it comes to issuing her rulings.

Within a week or so, we could be seeing that Manafort evidence, right as things are reaching critical mass on Trump’s pending impeachment trial in the Senate. And that might be very damaging to a president who is already trying to start a war with Iran in a selfish attempt to distract the nation from his problems here at home.

In the end, Manafort may help bring down Trump, even though he refused to testify against him.

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Former Federal Prosecutors Predict Rudy Giuliani Will Be Charged With These Three Felonies

The investigation of Rudy Giuliani and the ongoing Ukraine scandal continues to expand, with Politico noting a couple of months ago that prosecutors had brought more resources to the case:

“The scrutiny isn’t coming just from the previously known probes by FBI agents and the U.S. attorney’s office based out of Manhattan, according to two people familiar with the investigation. The criminal division of the Justice Department in Washington has taken an interest in the former New York mayor, too, meaning an expansion of resources that indicates the politically sensitive probe into the president’s personal attorney is both broader and moving at a faster pace than previously understood.”


Given those facts, it’s time to consider what exactly Giuliani may be charged with, according to former federal prosecutors Barbara McQuade and Joyce Vance, both of whom you’ve likely seen on MSNBC.


In a sort of “thought experiment” they did for Just Security, McQuade and Vance drew up a mock indictment of Giuliani, and here are the three charges they say the former New York City mayor could be facing based on the evidence now in the public record:

Conspiracy to Defraud the United States: This charge includes “knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the Federal Election Commission in administering federal requirements that prohibit soliciting, accepting or receiving a thing of value from a foreign national in connection with a federal election.”

Conspiracy to Commit Bribery: “Corruptly seek a thing of value, that is, an agreement by the government of Ukraine to publicly announce that it was investigating certain matters that were favorable to Individual-1’s (Donald Trump) political campaign, in return for being influenced in the performance of an official act, that is, releasing to Ukraine military aid that had been approved by Congress.”

Contempt of Congress: (Giuliani) “having been summoned by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States House of Representatives, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Committee on Oversight and Reform to produce documents pertaining to an impeachment inquiry, willfully made default, in violation of Title 2, United States Code, Section 192.”


There are other charges that may be in the offing, too, if the evidence supports them. Those include:

  • Money Laundering
  • Campaign Finance Violations
  • Tax Charges

Not long ago, Giuliani proudly declared he hadn’t hired a an attorney because “I don’t need one.”

Since then, we’ve learned that Rudy is indeed in the market for a good lawyer. And based on the charges he’s facing, he’d better get the best one that money can buy.

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Former Business Associate Says He Has Proof Donald Trump Committed Tax Fraud

You may recall that during one of the presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in September of 2016, the former Secretary of State accused Trump of not paying his taxes, suggesting he had broken the law. She remarked:

“There is something he is hiding.

“Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody’s ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn’t pay any federal income tax.”


In response to that accusation, Trump smiled and remarked:

“That makes me smart.”

But all of that “smart” may be catching up with the “stable genius.”


The owner of a hotel that once carried the Trump name on it has filed suit in federal court, and he alleges that the Trump Organization failed to pay taxes when they owned the property, according to NBC News:

“A filing in New York federal court by property owner Orestes Fintiklis alleges that Trump’s hotel management company evaded income and social security taxes when it managed the former Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower.

The filing says that Trump’s company misrepresented salaries paid to employees and other financial records of the hotel to cut its tax bill on fees it was collecting for managing the hotel, slash its social security payments and hand over less to owner Fintiklis. The filing does not state how much in taxes the Trump company allegedly should have paid.”


While the alleged crimes emanate from Panama, keep in mind that the Trump Organization is headquartered in New York, and that means the New York Attorney General, Letitia James, can investigate the charges and determine if they are part of a larger pattern that might lead her to impose what’s know as the “corporate death” on Trump’s business.

Donald Trump’s lifetime of criminal behavior is starting to catch up with him, and it could well cost him control of the company that bears his name.

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Former Federal Prosecutor: New Ukraine Emails Prove Trump Is Guilty Of High Crimes

Despite his best efforts to keep all of the evidence in the Ukraine scandal hidden from congressional investigators and the public, Donald Trump found out this week that the truth manages to find its way into the open eventually.


Unredacted emails obtained and published by Just Security on Thursday clearly state that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was directly ordered by the president to withhold military aid that had been allocated by Congress to Ukraine:

“’Clear direction from POTUS to continue to hold.’

“This is what Michael Duffey, associate director of national security programs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), told Elaine McCusker, the acting Pentagon comptroller, in an Aug. 30 email, which has only been made available in redacted form until now. It is one of many documents the Trump administration is trying to keep from the public, despite congressional oversight efforts and court orders in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation.”


Clear direction from POTUS. OMB was holding up the money to Ukraine. At Trump’s direction! That’s the smoking gun. And it’s why Trump is still trying to keep some emails secret. It’s speculated that those could be proof positive that the president was the driving force behind the Ukraine debacle and was in the loop every step of the way.


Those emails, however, are going to come out. And former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said Saturday that he’s willing to bet those are the emails that will make the “walls come tumbling down” for the White House:

“This is the statement they put out as their reason to decline to turn over the emails. They said among other things, ‘Disclosure of this material would inhibit the frank and candid exchange of views necessary for effective –’ Why don’t they just say, ‘Oh, heck, it’s got a whole rack of crime in there so we’re not turning them over.’ You know, they’re digging their own grave. And I don’t care what anybody says, the walls are going to come tumbling down with the Parnases and these emails that ultimately are going to see the light of day and they’re going to continue to show this is a corrupt administration.”

The very fact that the administration continues to stonewall every investigation — even take the matter of Trump’s tax returns to the Supreme Court — is because Trump knows he’s guilty as hell.

A reckoning is coming. And when it arrives, all the obstruction and lies in the world won’t be able to save the Criminal-in-Chief.

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Ghislaine Maxwell Reportedly Has Sex Videos Of ‘High Profile’ Politicians With Underage Girls

Ghislaine Maxwell, who allegedly served as an unofficial pimp and arranged the recruitment and grooming of underage girls for sex with the late convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, may have what could either be a “get of jail free” card or a ticket to her own untimely death, according to a friend of Maxwell’s who has his own sordid past.


According to The New York Post:

“Ghislaine Maxwell once boasted she had video of two ‘high profile’ US politicians, along with other powerful figures, having sex with underage girls, claims a former jewel thief who described the disgraced socialite as a nymphomaniac.

“The reformed thief and author, who uses the pseudonym William Steel, said he long suspected Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell were abusing underage girls after meeting them in a jewelry store in Palm Beach as he tried to sell his stolen wares, he said in an interview with The Sun.”

Meanwhile, The Daily Beast reports that an attorney for one of Epstein’s victims thinks Maxwell may have kept tapes of Prince Andrew engaged in sex with underage girls:

“David Boies, who is representing Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times, told the Mail on Sunday: ‘There is no doubt Prince Andrew would have been captured on footage filmed in rooms and private areas of Epstein’s property. We know there were cameras throughout the New York mansion and in Epstein’s other properties. We know there were a multitude of cameras and very large quantities of tapes.

“’Prince Andrew would have been included. He would certainly have been included among the people who would have been captured on the tapes.'”


The prospect of there being videos of powerful American political figures certainly raises the stakes when it comes to what Maxwell will offer prosecutors in order to lessen the charges against her. The case is being handled by prosecutors with the public corruption division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).

Donald Trump was known to be a close friend and associate of Epstein’s, and had this to say about the deceased pedophile when asked about him in 2002:

“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”


Despite that, Trump still chose to hang out with Epstein, which makes the entire Epstein-Maxwell saga that much more troubling for the president, who may well be forced to give a deposition regarding what he knew about his friend’s illegal activities.

Of course, keeping Maxwell alive is key to getting to the bottom of the entire matter. As we’ve already seen with Epstein’s “suicide” while in federal custody, Trump’s Department of Justice isn’t exactly good at providing security for high-profile suspects.