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Joy Reid's Take on Indictment: Russians dangled the bait, the Trump team & advisors came running

It all comes back to the quest to find Her Emails. The Russians dangled the bait, the Trump team and “advisors” came running...


COLLUSION: Papadopolous Has Flipped-ADMISSIONS OF GUILT-Lying re: connections between RUSSIA & TRUMP

COLLUSION: Papadopolous indictment contains ADMISSIONS OF GUILT around lying about connections between RUSSIA AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN.


Remember, days after being appointed, went to work trying to set up meetings between the Trump campaign and “Russian Leadership – Including Putin.”

We’re reading through the Papadopolous charges now. They are pretty bad and go directly to the Russia issue. More soon.

It's clear from this part of the indictment that Papadopoulos has flipped. wow


George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with an influential Russian. This is how it relates to the campaign.



For those who say Mueller's office is leaking (@seanhannity) - a Trump advisor was arrested in late July & we're just finding out about it

Drip, Drip:Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopolous has pled guilty to to making...

Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopolous has pled guilty to to making false statements to FBI agents.


Papadooulos indictment contains ADMISSIONS OF GUILT around lying about connections between RUSSIA AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN.


George Papadopolous, another of those first five campaign advisors announced in March 2016 (Carter Page was another), pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2017, to making false statements to FBI. Unsealed this morning.

More soon.


There Was No Reason To Hire Manafort Except to Collude with Russia

by David Atkins
October 29, 2017

As the political world waits anxiously for the seal to be broken on special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments, the smart money is on Paul Manafort as the principal target. Manafort is clearly corrupt, having made millions under the table selling his services to pro-Putin forces in Ukraine. He’s the target of an FBI probe focused on at least 13 suspicious wire transfers related to his dealing overseas.

Beyond pathetically attempting to redirect attention to Hillary Clinton and attack the integrity of the Steele dossier, the conservative line is that while Manafort may have been involved in shady dealings, and while Trump’s family and campaign may have met with Russians promising to deliver dirt on his opponent, Trump himself was not complicit with Russia to interfere in the election.

This is almost assuredly untrue, because there was no reason to hire Manafort in the first place except to collude with Russia.


Manafort was a terrible choice for campaign manager, both in terms of competence and optics. It was neither a pick designed to buoy his populist credentials, nor was it a sop to the GOP establishment that Trump desperately needed at the time. The only thing Manafort had in his favor was his close ties to Putin, and there is no conceivable reason to have hired him except to leverage those ties.

If Manafort is indeed the primary target of Mueller’s probe, it’s a guarantee that the Trump campaign absolutely intended to collude closely with Russia as a longshot path to a difficult election.


For Posterity...



My favorite page of the indictment: "together with others"


Manafort's wife is tied in, too.


An Appropriate Toon For This Auspicious Day

THE CHARGES: Whoa, conspiracy against the US?

Conspiracy against the United States!! BOOM! That's not tax evasion, my friends.

APBREAKING: Special Counsel: Ex-Trump campaign chairman indicted on conspiracy against the US, money laundering, other charges.



President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and a deputy campaign official, Rick Gates, have been indicted on 12 counts of charges, according to a spokesman for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The charges include "conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts," the spokesman said.

The indictment was unsealed Monday after Manafort and Gates surrendered to the FBI. Read it in full here.
The charges are the first in Mueller's investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.



The charges aren't directly about Manafort/Gates work for Trump. But this is who the "America First" candidate hired to run his campaign:


The international populist white nationalism has been very lucrative for a handful of people.

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