Paul Manafort and former business partner to surrender in Mueller investigation - The Washington Post
DONALD TRUMP TRIUMPHS!!!
15 months of intensive Russia collusion investigations (FBI, Senate committees and Mueller), and the greatest, craziest, most vicious media witch hunt in US history to find a smoking gun, has come to naught. It's not Russiagate. It's not Watergate. It's not even a Valerie Plamegate.
WHAT IS IT?
IT'S A NEW "GATE"
WORST OF THEM ALL
A UKRAINIAN BUSINESS/LOBBYING "CONSPIRACY" THAT STARTED BEFORE TRUMP'S 2016 CAMPAIGN
It's an indictment of alleged white-collar crimes unrelated to the Trump-Russia collusion probe (which remains a gigantic laughable nothing burger) - charges unsuccessfully used by Mueller - starting in September (see below) - to pressure Manafort to turn against Trump whether or not he has dirt on him. Manafort is the only potential weapon Mueller has to nail big fish in the Trump administration going up to the top. And Manafort so far to his credit has been steadfastly uncooperative and useless to Mueller as if he regarded the charges against him as unserious and easily beatable - which I believe they are.
Manafort and Stone
Indeed, it seems that everyone has forgotten that late last month former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone told reporters that Manafort's attorneys told his attorneys that he Manafort expected to be indicted; it looks like Mueller was already threatening Manafort with felony charges and possible jail time if he didn't fall in line - and Manafort was convinced he wasn't bluffing. But Manafort wasn't intimidated; though like Edward Snowdon he could have fled to Russia the guest of Vladimir Putin he decided instead to stay put and fight the indictment defiantly telling Mueller to 'BRING IT ON!'
And Mueller did: Manafort and Gates were charged with failing to register as foreign agents for their Ukrainian clients (a crime rarely prosecuted by the DOJ); and the millions they made as lobbyists is said in the indictment to be laundered as if it was dirty money derived from criminal activities. It's no wonder Manafort didn't flee to Russia:
the unregistered lobbyist charge is a misdemenor, and the laundering charge is ridiculous. Tom Delay overturned a money laundering conviction that was far more serious than this (see).
Manafort and Libby
In this way, Manafort resembles Scooter Libby who rebuffed corrupt Patrick Fitzgerald's threats to charge him with perjury and obstruction and put him in jail if he didn't comply and lie about his boss Dick Cheney in the Valerie Plame affair. In short, Manafort is Mueller's Scooter Libby loyal to Trump like Libby was to Dick Cheney. That's admirable and will be remembered by Trump if Manafort is convicted on Mueller's lame charges.
This is much ado about nothing blown up by the Trump hate media into a criminal collusion conspiracy and vindication of Russiagate scandal which they created. George Papadopoulos a young, low level, stupid, easily duped volunteer foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign had ties to a professor with alleged “substantial connections to Russian government officials” - which proved false. Papadopoulos suggested that the campaign use his contact to meet with Russians to discuss campaign and foreign policy issues; Manafort and members of Trump's foreign policy team (who didn't need Papadopoulos to do this) rejected the suggestion; but he went ahead anyway and met with Russians who turned out to be frauds. One such meeting was with Vladimir Putin's daughter who turned out to an impostor.
Apparently, Papadopoulos lied to Mueller about his perfectly legal relationship with the professor, and his perfectly legal meetings with the phony Russians (set up by the professor) to get dirt on Hillary (that never materialized). He was trying to be a hero and land a place in the Trump world. He was caught in a lie about when he started these Russian contacts and pleaded guilty to perjury. And that's it. His collusion with Russians was perfectly legal; if not he would have been charged with additional crimes. Papadopoulos, in short (though you wouldn't know it from MSM), is no smoking gun.
WHAT RUSSIA RELATED CRIMES WILL ROBERT MUELLER FIND THAT THE IRS, GSA AND OTHERS MISSED WHEN INVESTIGATING TRUMP?