For those following the insane Russiagate witch hunt story very few are aware that Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, and one time advisor to ousted pro-Russian Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukowych and lobbyist for Ukrainian groups, has been under criminal and counter-intelligence investigation by multiple federal agencies (FBI, CIA, NSA, DNI, DOJ*, IRS** and now Team Mueller) since 2014 (see). And to date no investigator of any agency (including two separate Senate investigations***) has found so much as a smidgen of illegality or criminality (or collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 election) in any of Manafort's political, financial, lobbying and real estate dealings. Zero. Zilch. Nada. And you can be sure that if a desperate, failed, frustrated Mueller brings charges against Manafort it will relate to his failure to register as a lobbyist for his Ukrainian clients - which he did retroactively (see). However, FARA violations aren't regarded as serious crimes by the Justice Department, and are rarely prosecuted. In fact, in the last 50 years there's been just  seven FARA prosecutions and only one conviction: an Iraqi-American businessman who was fined and sentenced to probation (see and see).

*FISA Court wiretaps (see). 

**Manafort was investigated for tax fraud, money laundering and other financial crimes by the IRS's Criminal Investigation Division (see). They found nothing. Moreover, Mueller invited the IRS to participate in the FBI raid on Manafort's home; but they refused. Having found no crimes in their two year long investigation of Manafort participation was unwarranted  (see).  

***Judiciary and Intelligence Committiees


And it appears that despite rumors and reports that Mueller and his "dream team" of 16 all-star cracker jack lawyers are zeroing in on Manafort for the big kill that will bring down Trump, in reality they are no closer to hanging him than others have been over the last three years. Indeed, contrary to what we are hearing from the Trump derangement press the recent, pre-dawn "extraordinarily invasive," "intimidating" "no knock" guns drawn FBI raid on Manafort's Alexandria home (where a trove of documents and records were reportedly seized) proved, it seems, to have been a complete bust - another dead-end yielding nothing that can be used to hang Manafort, Donald Trump or anyone in the administration.


I say this for the following reasons: According to the Washington Post on July 25th, less than one full day before the raid, Robert Mueller learned that Manafort had been subpoenaed to appear on the 26th before the Senate Judiciary Committee in an open session. The reason for the subpoena was Manafort's apparent lack of cooperation in voluntarily producing certain records and documents that the committee requested for its investigation. What were these documents? Whatever seems to be pertinent to the Russiagate witch hunt, of course.

Manafort with Putin and Ukrainian President Yanukovych.

Indeed, since last March, according to the Business Insider (see), the committee has been examining Manafort's financial and political history with Russian oligarchs, especially as a paid advisor and lobbyist (which made him millions) to the "Party of Regions" in the Ukraine - this was the pro-Russian political party that elected Manafort's client Viktor Yanukowych president in 2010.  Apparently, it was docs related to this part of the probe that Manafort seemed at first was reluctant to produce and underlie the subpoena.

Now on July 25th (that very same day) shortly after the Senate issued its subpoena two things happened: 1. Manafort agreed to produce the documents causing the Senate committee to immediately withdraw the subpoena; and 2. Mueller, it appears (and this is crucially important), took the Senate subpoena to a federal judge and convinced him to issue a warrant to search Manafort's Alexandria home. In other words, the Senate subpoena was the basis for the search warrant and triggered it. 

Indeed, the Senate subpoena for Russiagate related documents and the court warrant for the raid being issued within hours of each other are inextricably linked; for it was a load of docs that the FBI reportedly took from Manaford's home. As the Washington Post reported:

"The search warrant indicates that investigators may have argued to a federal judge that they had reason to think Manafort could not be TRUSTED to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena ." 

 In other words, because the Senate briefly couldn't trust Manafort to produce certain documents (the reason for the subpoena) neither could Mueller trust him; and apparently with the newly issued subpoena in hand Mueller convinced the federal judge that his distrust was warranted; that it was possible Manafort was in possession of incriminating evidence of financial and campaign wrongdoing that he might try to conceal, destroy or alter; and that an immediate invasive search of his home was necessary to prevent that from happening. Persuaded by Mueller that immediate and urgent action was needed the judge issued the warrant; and within hours the FBI raided Manafort's home carting away boxes of records, docs, computers and what not.

Indeed, given the coincidence on July 25th of the search warrant issued just hours after the Senate subpoena my theory linking the docs requested by the Senate with what was reportedly seized in the raid looks quite valid. Also valid is my theory that the raid proved a complete failure and bust. For if not then why leak the raid to the press two weeks later? If Team Mueller had found a smoking gun leaking the raid makes no sense unless they had nothing better to leak and hurt Manafort (and Trump) with.  

Indeed, if after two weeks of processing the seized records and docs Mueller's team found something damning for a grand jury indictment then that's what they would have leaked - that an indictment was imminent. Leaking info about the pre-dawn raid is a sign of frustration with the Manafort investigation; that it is going no better for Mueller then it went for Comey and the FBI after ten months; or for the CIA, NSA, DNI and the IRS's crime division for three years; or for Senate committee investigators since March when they started their probe.

In other words, after 13 months and millions spent the Russiagate investigation is still thick black plumes of artificially media created smoke desperately searching for a fire and smoking gun; after 13 months the bloodthirsty, destroy Trump witch hunt still has no one to hang, crucify or burn.  

UPDATE  (9/19/17)


The NY Times reports that Special Council Robert  Mueller's team advised Paul Manafort that they plan to indict him. For what? The Times doesn't say. Manafort is allegedly under investigation for possible violations of money laundering and tax laws as related to his unregistered lobbying activity (he belatedly registered) for the Russian backed Ukraine government of Vicktor Yanukovych. In other words, these possible indictments have zero to do with Russiagate: of criminal collusion of Team Trump with Russia to tilt the election in President Trump's favor.

However, assuming that this is true and an indictment unrelated to Russiagate is coming down for Manafort he doesn't seem the least bit troubled by it. For if he were, if he feared a conviction and jail time, he would likely have done an Eric Snowden by now fleeing to Russia the guest of Vladimir Putin, living with Yanukovych safely beyond the reach of US law.  

As I've been predicting all along at worst Russiagate will be Plamegate 2 with Mueller (who was FBI chief during the Plamegate investigation) grabbing a Scooter Libby or two for perjury, obstruction or something else, but finding nothing on the President. Could Manafort be Mueller's Libby? If that should happen it will turn this probe into one big wasteful fiasco just like Plamegate when Fitzgerald was unable to squeeze Libby into becoming a cooperative witness against Dick Cheney.

BTW, Mueller was the FBI chief during the Plamegate investigation and started it several months before Comey picked friend Patrick Fitzgerald to be special prosecutor in the case. I take this to be a sign of where Mueller's Russiagate investigation is going.

UPDATE (9/25/17)


Roger Stone, a longtime ally and informal campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, said Tuesday that he expects former campaign manager Paul Manafort to be indicted.

"His attorneys told my attorneys he expects to be indicted,” Stone told reporters after a closed-door meeting with the House Intelligence Committee, which is probing Russian meddling in the U.S. election. Stone added that he didn’t know what charges Manafort might be facing and that he hasn’t been contacted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

If Manafort was expecting a grand jury indictment on a  SERIOUS charge (not some alleged white collar crime like tax evasion or money laundering) where they'd likely be a conviction and jail time he would probably be (as I said above) in Russia right now the guest (like Edward Snowdon) of Vladimir Putin's safe from US prosecution. But Manafort unafraid is staying put, confident he can beat whatever BS Mueller charges him with.

UPDATE (10-30-17)

Paul Manafort, Rick Gates charged with conspiracy in connection with special counsel probe - The Washington Post

Just as I predicted. Mueller (finding no Russian collusion crimes) out of frustration did the unusual thing and used Manafort's and Gate's failure to register as lobbyists (the scale of unregistered foreign lobbying is huge in Washington and rarely prosecuted) as the basis of a totally ridiculous and unprecedented money laundering charge and "conspiracy against the U.S."

Because Manafort and Gates (like Tony Podesta and Vin Weber who Manafort recruited) were unregistered lobbyists for the Ukraine government Mueller is treating the millions legally made in consulting fees from their clients as dirty criminal mob-like money that was washed when it was invested in assets like businesses, real estate, boats and the like. Outrageous though it is it's what desperate prosecutors do when they can't find real crimes - they make them up.  

Watch Manafort's attorney (a top-notch former DOJ prosecutor who has specialized in foreign tax compliance for 20 years) pick the indictment to pieces, or get it tossed out of court; or if Manafort is tried and convicted watch him get it overturned on appeal. Working as an agent of a foreign government is only a serious crime if it involves spying and espionage - which Manafort hasn't been charged with. So much for the conspiracy charge.







  1. My feelings about the raid exactly, Apollo. If Mueller found evidence of a crime he would have leaked that an indictment was coming.

  2. AS is right, there is nothing there. But folks…I think the fix is in. The democrats and their handlers are behind it, but it is being supported by never-trumpers on the republican side. There is the real collusion. But it is going nowhere, thank God.

    1. If the left wins the house in 18, no matter what the facts are, they will try to impeach the president…with the support of many republicans. If that happens we will see incredible civil conflict.

  3. Apollo, Apollo, Apollo. Absolutely! YES YES YES! If Mueller had one shred of evidence on Manafort it would have been leaked so fast to the press we would have already heard about it.

    1. Maybe somebody should ‘take a leak’ on Mueller’s head and stop this nonsense.
      Surely there must be better ways for the swamp to bring this country down?
      Or are they just that stupid?!

  4. LoL Now comes evidence from the WaPo that the Trump campaign continually rejected meetings with the Russians. How long will this farce continue?

    1. Initially, we were told that all 17 members of the intelligence community unanimously agreed that Russia hacked the DNC server but it was soon revealed that only Clapper, Comey, and Brennan were actually behind the claim which is the sine qua non of the entire Russian collusion narrative. Now Mueller leaks the raid because he’s got nothing on Manafort.

  5. Mueller is silently daring Trump to fire him. It’s just more distraction to keep Trump away from opening the swamp drain, or getting any legislative wins. The spineless Republicans are too frightened to help their own President. I’m amazed Congress gets an 8% approval rating. It ought to be zero.

  6. We are witnessing a coup d’etat. The Democrats are about to grab what they couldn’t win in an election. The Republicans are complicit in the whole sordid mess. God help the Republic.

  7. The “Russian collusion” is nothing more than a smoke screen from going after the real criminals, Rice, Powers, Rhodes, Jarrett, Clinton,…..

  8. Dick Morris on AM 680 WCBM Baltimore the other day said: “We need a special counsel to investigate the special counsel.”

    1. Even if Mueller has to quietly back off of the Russian collusion charge, he is still extremely dangerous to the Trump administration. I won’t rest until Mueller is gone along with his nothing burger.

      1. As long as “the dark cloud that hangs over the administration” narrative is useful, Mueller will be around. Even if he finds some small indiscretion it will become a scandal of epic proportions to humiliate Trump.

  9. It’s fun watching the “Resistance” clinging to the smallest hope something will still be discovered after year of nothing..

    1. Well, at the very least, every single person, left and right, who has been spewing “Russia, Russia, Russia” looks like a total dum bass / feces-head.

  10. My question is, Mueller’s goal is to flip Manafort to get him to reveal what? There was no collusion or obstruction of justice. So what is Mueller doing?

    1. “So what is Mueller doing?”

      The game here is to find somebody, anybody to make a contradictory statement, then slap them with a perjury charge.

      Thousands of man hours, millions of dollars GOTCHA!

      When Mueller is done his office should be audited, and the results published.

      1. Exactly what they did with Martha Stewart. Same game tactic will prevail. I bet Donald Jr will be the one to snap the trap.

  11. Russiagate seems pratically dead. The Dems have moved on to NAZI NAZI NAZI, 24/7. They’ll always have something.

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