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Fri Mar 15, 2019, 09:24 AM

New: Mueller may not be done with Manafort yet. Court documents suggest ammo that goes to "heart" of

New: Mueller may not be done with Manafort yet. Court documents and pre-sentence hearings that dealt with the breach of his plea deal suggest that prosecutors might have more ammunition to go after him on matters that go “to the heart” of the Russia probe.



Mueller Might Not Be Done With Manafort Yet
Source: The Atlantic

The disgraced operative still needs to answer for his ties to a suspected Russian spy.

Seventeen months, two trials, and one voided plea deal later, the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has finally learned his fate: He’ll spend about seven years in federal prison for crimes he committed over more than a decade, marking one of the biggest prosecutorial victories for Special Counsel Robert Mueller since he launched his investigation nearly two years ago.

Nevertheless, Mueller might not be quite done with Manafort yet, former prosecutors tell me. Court documents and pre-sentence hearings that dealt with the breach of Manafort’s plea deal suggest that prosecutors might have more ammunition to go after the 69-year-old on matters that go directly to the question of a conspiracy with Russia, rather than the financial crimes and violations of foreign-agent laws that he’s been charged with to date.

Manafort pleaded guilty to tax and bank fraud and failing to register as a foreign agent for Ukraine. But he “intentionally made multiple false statements” to the FBI, the special counsel’s office, and the grand jury “concerning matters that were material to the investigation: his interactions and communications” with the suspected Russian intelligence officer Konstantin Kilimnik, D.C. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled last month. As such, questions remain about Manafort’s interactions with Russians during the campaign—questions that go to the main focus of the Mueller investigation into a potential election conspiracy.

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The first clue that Mueller’s interest in Manafort goes beyond his financial crimes came early last month, when one of the top prosecutors on Mueller’s team, Andrew Weissmann, said in a closed-door hearing that a meeting Manafort had in August 2016 goes “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.” (Manafort’s deputy Rick Gates was also at the meeting, The Washington Post said, citing court records. A status update for Gates, who has been cooperating with Mueller, is due on Friday.) During that meeting Manafort provided internal Trump-campaign polling data to Kilimnik and discussed a “Ukraine peace plan” favorable to Russia. Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with” Trump’s campaign, as his appointment memo described it; Jackson agreed that the topic of Manafort’s meeting was at “the undisputed core of the Office of Special Counsel’s investigation.”

Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/03/mueller-might-not-be-done-manafort-over-kilimnik-ties/584995/

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Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:20 AM

1. yeah, i kinda figured they were softening him up.

they knew the ny charges were coming.
they knew he was angling for a pardon.
they were just waiting.

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Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:27 AM

2. Noticed the Gates

hearing has just been pushed back.

Guardian Eourpe reported out a story Team Mueller looking into Brexit,Manafort and other ties.

Team Mueller is not going away for quite some time.

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