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AMAZINGLY IRRELEVANT !

Why Mueller isn't having success with Manafort

 

Lavish Lifestyle ... is not a crime... and it is all miles away from Muellers' mission

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What we learned from Paul Manafort trial opening statements

It may DESTROY MUELLER's credibility to be involved in such an amazingly irrelevant case.

Time to TURN this around, and start investigating the Real Criminals

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Judge TS Ellis nearly refused the Case - now he will allow no nonsense, no manipulation

Manafort's lawyer: "we will roll the Dice with the Jury"

Potential impact of Manafort trial on Russia probe

 

 

Compares Hillary's actual collusion with Don Jr's Russian meeting

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THE QUESTION everyone should be asking

Was a ‘Special Counsel’ Robert Mueller Really Necessary to Find Paul Manafort Guilty of the Fashion Crime of Buying a Really Expensive and Ugly Ostrich Coat?

There was a lot of buzz on Twitter Tuesday about President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, having spent $15,000 on an ostrich coat. Well, that coat is now a government exhibit, and a men’s clothier took the stand today to testify that Manafort paid for it via international wire transfer.

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Tucker Carlson on Paul Manafort Trial: Lead Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann ‘Avenging Hillary’s Defeat’

Tucker Carlson slammed the ongoing trial of former Trump campaign chairman and longtime lobbyist Paul Manafort.

Manafort has been charged with tax evasion and filing false loan documents. The trial started Tuesday in Alexandria, Va.

Carlson said the average sentence for tax fraud is about one year in prison, yet Manafort is facing up to 305 years.

He said that if convicted on all counts, Manafort -- who is 69 -- will likely die in prison: "The left thinks that's just fine -- Manafort ran Donald Trump's presidential campaign [and] they believe he deserves to die for that."

Carlson said Trump accurately compared Manafort's trial to that of 20th Century mobster Al Capone, who served 8 years of an 11-year sentence in connection with several murders.

"The plan for Paul Manafort is to ensure that he dies behind bars. Mueller's lead prosecutor in this case, Andrew Weissmann, is working hard to make sure that happens," Tucker Carlson said.

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1 hour ago, drbubb said:

Time to TURN this around, and start investigating the Real Criminals

You probably wont see any reporting for 3 weeks now that could sway it one way or another, so they don't influence the jury.

If they are only expecting it to last 3 weeks, I'd say manafort is screwed, but it will rest solely on gates testimony.

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Behold. The $15,000 ostrich coat Manafort bought with an international wire transfer, according to a men’s clothier who testified today. Government exhibit

 

THE USA HAS SPENT $20 MILLION on the Mueller Investigation !

For what?

To uncover Manafort 's purchase of expensive Ostrich coats?

That seems like good value, doesn't it?

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5 minutes ago, drbubb said:

Was a ‘Special Counsel’ Robert Mueller Really Necessary to Find Paul Manafort Guilty of the Fashion Crime of Buying a Really Expensive and Ugly Ostrich Coat?

305 years in prison for buying an Ostritch coat.

wow, that's messed up. you guys must love ostriches more than the brits love swans.

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Haha.

The USA has spent over $20 Million on Mueller's team - to uncover the "crime"

of buying an overpriced Ostrich Cost with taxfree funds.

Now THAT is value for money... showing us how Scum-ocrats work

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Before they knew about Coat, there was a prior trial...

Judge Napolitano Says Paul Manafort’s Defense Will be That He was Exonerated 8 Years Ago

IN a weird twist, Judge Napolitano said on Fox News that he knew what Paul Manafort’s defense will be to the charges that are being pressed against him by the feds.

Watch below:

VIDEO

I couldn’t find any reporting on this, but Napolitano says that Manafort was already charged with these crimes 8 years ago, and that he was exonerated!!

What’s more, he says that the lawyer involved in those efforts was a younger Rod Rosenstein!!! Napolitano said that Manafort will likely have his lawyers call Rosenstein to the stand and explain why he’s being accused of the same crimes twice when he’s already (supposedly) been exonerated.

Yuge, if true.

http://therightscoop.com/judge-nap-says-manaforts-defense-will-be-that-he-was-exonerated-8-years-ago/

The whole world will soon be roaring with laughter at Mueller & his merry band of Cover-up artists.

This faux investigation may implode on waves of RIDICULE !

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6 minutes ago, drbubb said:

Manafort was already charged with these crimes 8 years ago

I was caught for tax fraud 8 years ago and got away with it.

Is not a defense for filing false tax returns between 2011 and 2016 and defrauding a bank in 2016.

Defendants usually try and keep stuff like that out of a trial for very good reasons.

If he opens that door any chance of it not being willfull is gone.

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Right.

The revelation of the Ostrich Coat might just do him in -

How could Rod Rising-Slime know about that - 8 years ago?

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Is Mueller losing HIS Gamble?
Judge Loses Patience with Mueller Prosecutors; Ends Court Early...

DAY THREE / Mueller's Prosecuters Gambling by pressing irrelevant matters?

Paul Manafort‘s third day on trial over charges of bank fraud and tax evasion was cut a bit short on Thursday after government attorneys made the same mistake twice in a row.

The last witness called to the stand was J. Philip Ayliff, a certified public accountant (CPA) at Paul Manafort’s long-serving tax-preparation agency, Kositzka, Wicks and Co. (KWC), of Richmond, Virginia. As time inched along during the last witness’s testimony, nothing of particular interest seemed to be occurring at all.

. . . After the jury left, Ellis took a few minutes to tell the press and public all about the bench conference. As it turns out, not only was Ayliff a non-noticed witness being asked to give the equivalent of expert testimony, but the prosecution and defense had already agreed on what the term “financial interest” meant. Moreover, this agreement was provided on a proposed–and approved–jury instruction.

That is, not only was Ayliff not an expert and not a noticed expert as necessitated by the Federal Rules of Evidence–but his testimony had the potential to derail an already-agreed-upon definition of the term(s) in question. This, Ellis said, could have “confused or clouded” things for the jury.

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FALLING Apart? Has Mueller sold a beefless burger?

Judge Hammers Mueller Team AGAIN: Produce Hidden Star Witness or Your Conspiracy Case is Toast

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The federal judge in the trial of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Thursday they cannot prove a key part of their case unless prosecutors call Manafort’s former business partner to the stand.

U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III issued the warning after prosecutors suggested Wednesday that Rick Gates – who is cooperating with prosecutors and had been considered a potential star witness – might not be called to the stand after all.

Referencing Gates, Ellis told prosecutors in court they “can’t prove conspiracy without him.”

“Not necessarily,” Mueller prosecutor Greg Andres responded, before saying they still have “every intention” to call Gates to the stand.

Ellis, a 78-year-old Reagan-appointed judge known for colorful comments, also quipped that his “wife wasn’t fooled” by the prosecution’s comments on Wednesday leaving open the option of not calling Gates — suggesting he did not believe the prosecution was being serious about the possibility.

But the Mueller team was rebuffed by Ellis on Wednesday when it first tried to introduce photos of Manafort’s closets, filled with suits and other high-end articles of clothing. Ellis noted that those photos would eventually become fodder for the media, and called them “unnecessary” for jurors to see.

“Enough is enough. We don’t convict people because they have a lot of money and throw it around,” he said. READ MORE:

> https://truepundit.com/judge-hammers-mueller-team-again-produce-hidden-star-witness-or-your-conspiracy-case-is-toast/

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/paul-manafort-trial-donald-trump-robert-mueller-rick-gates-russia-a8472141.html

The bank fraud charges alone carry a maximum sentence of 270 years in total, filing false tax returns may result in a maximum of 15 years, and on the charges related to a failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts he faces up to 20 years.

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Not illegal to have a lavish lifestyle. 

Fucking stupid to be an American living a european lifestyle and f' with American banks and not pay Former United States taxes to the British monarchy.

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Styx speculates on what may come out of the trial - Nor Much!

It may backfire on Mueller & the Left, if the more serious charges are dropped

Left Wing Media Outraged at Manafort Judge as Slate Goes Ballsitic with Potential Libel

"The Mueller Probe is based on false evidence... and is limitless"

Rosen-slime has to go!

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-06/mueller-team-makes-debut-in-manafort-trial-trump-legal-update?utm_source=google&utm_medium=bd&cmpId=google

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Manafort’s lawyers initially put the blame for any wrongdoing on his right-hand man, Rick Gates. But the bookkeeper and accountant testified Manafort was the one to give orders and controlled the finances. That left Manafort’s lawyers arguing at week’s end that Manafort wouldn’t have left evidence around if he was trying to break the law.

looks like.

game

set

match

"if i was a criminal i wouldn't leave evidence behind" has been a successful defense strategy exactly never.

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Gates admits crimes with _ and embezzlement from _ Manafort

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The government's star witness in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort testified Monday that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the former Trump campaign chairman — and told jurors that he and Manafort committed crimes together.

Rick Gates, described by witnesses as Manafort's "right-hand man," calmly related his criminal conduct as prosecutors looked to provide jurors with damning testimony from a co-conspirator they say carried out an elaborate offshore tax-evasion and fraud scheme on behalf of his former boss.

Gates, who is expected to continue testifying for several hours Tuesday, has been regarded as a crucial witness for the government ever since he pleaded guilty this year to two felony charges and agreed to cooperate in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

The courtroom testimony brought Gates face-to-face with Manafort, his longtime boss and fellow Trump campaign aide, for the first time since his plea deal. His testimony, given in short, clipped answers as Manafort rarely broke his gaze from the witness stand, follows that of vendors who detailed Manafort's luxurious spending and financial professionals who told jurors how the defendant hid millions of dollars in offshore accounts.

Gates told jurors that he siphoned off the money without Manafort's knowledge by filing false expense reports. He also admitted to concealing millions of dollars in foreign bank accounts on Manafort's behalf and to falsifying documents to help his former boss obtain millions of dollars more in bank loans.

"We didn't report the income or the foreign bank accounts," Gates told jurors, noting that he knew he and Manafort were committing crimes each time.

Under questioning from prosecutors, Gates read off the names of more than a dozen shell companies he and Manafort set up in Cyprus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the United Kingdom to stash the proceeds of Ukrainian political consulting work.

Asked whether the money in the accounts was Manafort's income, Gates said, "it was."

Gates said he repeatedly lied to conceal the bank accounts and, at Manafort's direction, he would classify money that came in as either a loan or income to reduce Manafort's tax burden.

Gates, who also served in a senior role in Donald Trump's presidential campaign, is expected to face aggressive cross-examination once prosecutors are finished questioning him. Manafort's defense signaled early in the trial that they intend to blame Gates for any illegal conduct and to cast him as a liar and embezzler who can't be trusted.

Gates pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and to lying to investigators as part of his plea agreement. He is awaiting sentencing, and he told jurors Monday that in exchange for his truthful testimony prosecutors agreed not to oppose his attorney's request for probation at a later date. That recommendation is nonbinding as a federal judge will ultimately decide his sentence. He faces 57 to 71 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

The criminal case has nothing to do with either man's work for the Trump campaign...

> https://www.yahoo.com/news/testimony-hand-man-critical-manafort-050457924.html

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Four campaign associates were targeted: campaign manager Paul Manafort; Trump’s foreign policy advisor and Obama’s former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Michael Flynn; and foreign policy aides George Papadopoulos and Carter Page

https://amgreatness.com/2018/08/04/where-is-carter-pages-exoneration-by-the-fbi/

 

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could there be some twist when the defense presents its case?

Right now I don't understand why manafort plead innocent, its looking like he gets found guilty on all counts...

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Gates may be more guilty, but he "did a deal" (who authorizes these deals? btw)

Who else has Rick Gates informed against? Paul Manafort's turncoat deputy reveals he told Robert Mueller about several OTHER crimes as part of plea deal which will keep him from jail

Paul Manafort's deputy Rick Gates told a federal court Monday that he has revealed several other crimes to Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation beyond those his old boss is charged with.

The bombshell evidence will set off a new guessing game in Washington D.C. and beyond.

Gates was deputy to Manafort during his long-time boss's four months as Donald Trump's campaign chairman and was involved in all of his business dealings for years.

He was at Manafort's side at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland where Trump accepted the nomination, and was seen on stage as Ivanka Trump prepared for the speech she delivered before her father's acceptance speech.

Gates also revealed that the Mueller probe had said it would not oppose him if he applied for probation for the two crimes he pleaded guilty to in February - conspiracy against the United States and obstructing justice by lying to FBI agents.

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I did not hear an Apology - just more Lie Stream spin.

You gotta remember, Sparks, Media Liars are all around this case.

Take every report they give with a grain of salt

The Next News Network (on the right) who issued the Report about "Mueller Team Blasted", 

are also known for Spin - but on the opposite side.

The core of the story was the Judge's comment: "Look at me! Do not look down." (big deal?)

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13 minutes ago, drbubb said:

I did not hear an Apology - just more Lie Stream spin.

“Put aside my criticism,” the red-faced jurist told the panel, adding: “This robe doesn’t make me anything other than human.”

https://nypost.com/2018/08/09/judge-apologizes-to-manafort-prosecutors-for-yelling-at-them/

The only place i've seen make consistently incorrect, out dated and hyper spun lies in the last year or so is "whatreallyhappened" - mainstream generally spin a lie from the truth to fit their agenda, not just lie outright.

that kind of stuff doesn't help them. But All these lot are running their own agenda. Do you want to follow someone elses agenda, or live life by your own?

On the other hand, there's a rumur circulating that it was the CIA paying (at least some of) the bounties on the russian hacker forums... not seen that on any of the ussual suspects.

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"red-faced jurist", huh?

Nice, unbiased reporting there.

 

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