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Paul Manafort and Richard Gates III face indictment on twelve counts that include laundering money, conspiracy against the United States, being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements. See full indictment papers here. These are serious allegations and if guilty these men face long prison terms, as they should. But if Manafort should be indicted then others should be also. Mueller may already have such indictments in mind. It was reported today that Tony Podesta stepped down from his law firm in light of the ongoing investigation:
Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group and brother of former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, is resigning from his lobbying company. Podesta and his lobbying firm were subjects of a federal investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Podesta Group was one of several firms that worked on a campaign called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine. The campaign was led by Manafort and promoted Ukraine’s image in the West. According to Politico, which first reported the story, Podesta will be handing over full operational and financial control to the company’s CEO Kimberly Fritts.
PJ Media list five things to be aware of in this indictment. It’s well worth a read. Number five could point to Podesta as being next:
At least one of the charges on which Manafort was indicted should spark fear in some notable allies of Hillary Clinton. The charge of misleading FARA statements — lying on documents required by the Federal Agents Registration Act — might also apply to Tony Podesta, who co-founded the Podesta Group with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager John Podesta, and who served as a Clinton bundler last year.
It should be noted that nothing in the indictment mentions the Trump campaign or his presidency. It should also be noted this investigation began during the Obama administration. The possibly illegal FISA warrants that allowed wiretapping in the Russia probe to derail Trump is the vehicle that led to the early morning raid on Manaforts residence and these indictments. These revelations bring up questions. Why wasn’t the FBI able to raid Manafort’s home earlier while Obama was president? Why have these charges been pursued rather than possible charges against Podesta…why hasn’t his home been raided? It seems his involvement crosses Manaforts…both were involved in talks with Ukrainians/Russians. While we’re at it, it should be noted that the judge in the Manafort case is an Obama appointee and Hillary Clinton donor and, all of the investigators working under Mueller are a Democrats.
Andrew McCarthy of National Review, “The Manafort Indictment: Not Much There, and a Boon for Trump,” concludes:
…there may be less to this indictment than meets the eye — it’s not so much a serious allegation of “conspiracy against the United States” as a dubious case of disclosure violations and money movement that would never have been brought had he not drawn attention to himself by temporarily joining the Trump campaign.
From President Trump’s perspective, the indictment is a boon from which he can claim that the special counsel has no actionable collusion case. It appears to reaffirm former FBI director James Comey’s multiple assurances that Trump is not a suspect. And, to the extent it looks like an attempt to play prosecutorial hardball with Manafort, the president can continue to portray himself as the victim of a witch hunt.
I doubt that Americans who have supported Republicans or President Trump will be happy that Manafort is the first to be indicted in this “probe” given the long list of evidence against others in the Democrat Party who seem always to escape prosecution, or the many ways that “collusion” appears to be the MO of Hillary Clinton and Co. Stay tuned….