Manafort Pleads Not Guilty, Placed Under Home Detention Following Mueller’s Grand Jury Indictment

RICK GATES, LEFT, SHOWN WITH PAUL MANAFORT.

There are at least three possibilities when it comes to today’s monster story involving Paul Manafort and business associate Rick Gates turning themselves in to the FBI following an unsealing of a grand jury indictment that could put them in prison for the rest of their lives:

1. Somebody’s guilty of money laundering, a crime normally investigated by the IRS. Since the money laundering allegations in this case took place during the Obama years in the White House, one is forced to ask why there were no prior investigations of the money flows at the center of this case.

2. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is showing off, giving the public something for the $100 million this investigation is probably going to cost. Manafort and Gates will be found not guilty.

3. The purpose of the Manafort and Gates indictments is to get the two men to turn state’s evidence in order to charge higher ups with crimes. Presumably the target would be Donald Trump, but there’s a least some possibility that Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation are on Mueller’s radar screen, if he’s an honest man.

Here’s a short article that tells you what you need to know about this morning’s drama.

Fox News

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates pleaded not guilty on Monday after being indicted on 12 counts by a federal grand jury as part of the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign officials in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty to all charges. A judge set bond at $10 million for Manafort, and $5 million for Gates. Both sides agreed to home detention.

The special counsel’s office told Fox News that the counts include conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading Foreign Agent Registration (FARA) statements, false statements and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign banks and financial accounts.

Manafort and Gates appeared before Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson on Monday for their initial appearance and arraignment.

Kevin Downing, an attorney for Manafort, said outside a federal courthouse in Washington Monday that there is “no evidence” his client or the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government, claiming Manafort was “seeking to further democracy and to help the Ukraine come closer to the United States and the EU.”

The attorney added the charges related to Manafort’s offshore money transfers are “ridiculous.”

Glenn Selig, Gates’ spokesman, said in a statement Monday that Gates “welcomes the opportunity to confront these charges in court.”

“He is not going to comment further until he has had a chance to review the lengthy indictment with his legal team,” Selig said. “He would appreciate you respecting his and his family’s privacy as they weather this unexpected and hasty proceeding designed to accommodate perhaps political and press considerations rather than his right to have counsel of his choice by his side during the most troubling and challenging day for him and his loved ones.”

Selig added: “This fight is just beginning.”

According to the indictment, reviewed by Fox News, between at least 2006 and 2015, Manafort and Gates acted as unregistered agents of the Government of Ukraine, the Party of Regions, a Ukrainian political party whose leader Victor Yanukovych was president from 2010 to 2014, and the Opposition Bloc. Manafort and Gates generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their work in Ukraine.

The indictment says that Manafort and Gates laundered the money through scores of the United States and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts in order to hide Ukraine payments from U.S. authorities.

More than $75 million flowed through offshore accounts. Manafort, alone, laundered more than $18 million which was used by the former Trump campaign chairman to buy property, goods, and services in the U.S. Manafort concealed that income from the U.S. Treasury and the Department of Justice.

Whatever the guilt or innocence of Manafort, there’s nothing related to the charge of the Special Counsel to investigate Russian influence on the American election.

Mueller should have turned any evidence that he encountered over to the IRS for investigation. But then, Mueller’s face wouldn’t be all over the news today.

SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER.

FBI Director Wray: ‘I Have Not Detected Any Whiff of Interference’ from Trump in Russian Probe

FBI DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY.

Christopher Wray was nominated by Donald Trump to replace James Comey as FBI Director.

Wray’s praise for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team of Clinton-crony investigators may be just politically correct nonsense from Wray to put off Mueller. On the other hand, if Wray’s praise is genuine, then we have another Deep State swamp creature heading up the FBI.

PJ Media

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday he’s seen no evidence of efforts by President Trump or the White House to interfere in the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election.

“I can say very confidently that I have not detected any whiff of interference with that investigation,” Wray said during a panel discussion at the Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington, D.C.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been leading an investigation into Russia’s interference in the election, alleged collusion between Moscow and members of the Trump campaign, and possible obstruction of justice. Mueller was appointed after the president fired former FBI Director James Comey last May.

Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8 that he had orchestrated the leak of a memo about a conversation with Trump because he thought it would lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the Russia investigation.

But Comey wouldn’t say if he thought the president had obstructed justice. “I don’t know,” he told the panel when asked. “That — that’s Bob Mueller’s job to sort that out.”

The FBI has reportedly been providing agents to assist in the investigation.

Via the Washington Examiner:

Wray, who was sworn in as FBI director last month, sought to quiet any questions that Mueller and the team he’s assembled for the Russia probe may not be impartial, and said he has “enormous” respect for Mueller.

“There’s a great group of people working on it and I have confidence in them to be able to do their job,” Wray said.

The FBI director’s comments came in response to questions from Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, according to Politico.

Wray said he stands by comments he made at his confirmation hearing in July that Russia made a significant effort to interfere in last fall’s presidential election.

“Now, I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot more fully, highly classified information….I have no reason to doubt the conclusions that the hardworking people who put that together came to,” the FBI director said, referring to an intelligence community assessment produced in both classified and unclassified versions in January.

Wray noted that while Mueller is focused on what happened last year, the FBI is tasked with combating Russian intelligence operations directed at future U.S. elections.

“There’s overlapping mission there. And I’m impressed with the strides that have been made on that front as well,” the FBI director said, adding: “You can’t cover everything all the time. And that’s something I worry about.”

The new FBI chief also reported that agency is working hard on another task of keen interest to Trump: rooting out leakers.

“This is a topic that’s a very high priority for us. It’s something we take very seriously,” Wray said.

Some would argue that much of the problem was solved when Trump fired Comey back in May.

Robert Mueller was FBI Director on 9/11. He’s adept at doing the bidding of the Deep State.

Disgusting Pig Michael Moore Says Trump is Hitler, Boy Scouts are Hitler Youth

Slovenly Michael Moore calls President Donald Trump’s well received Boy Scout speech “child abuse on a massive scale.”

Moore must be jealous that Trump was so wildly cheered by American male youth.

As usual with the left, he compared Trump to Hitler. He probably wasn’t thinking of the sensitive side of Hitler when making the comparison.

And what, pray tell, is wrong with the nation’s youth wearing a uniform and showing respect for its leader and its traditions!

Fox News

The spectacle of wealthy left-wing Hollywood elites lashing out at members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of their robust cheering for President Trump as he addressed their national gathering is producing a backlash among those familiar with both the White House and the 107-year-old youth organization.

Earlier this week, Trump gave a speech in West Virginia to the National Scout Jamboree, a yearly gathering of more than 40,000 Scouts, leaders and volunteers. Besides lauding Scouts’ values, Trump’s blasted his predecessor and made other highly partisan comments. Throughout the speech, the boys gave him repeated robust applause.

Criticism from across the political spectrum focused on the partisan tone of the speech, and the group’s leadership even issued a statement distancing itself from Trump’s comments.

The Boy Scouts of America “is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy. The invitation to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies,” the BSA statement said.

But while there was bipartisan criticism of Trump for injecting politics into Boy Scouts meeting, some on the left also ridiculed the Scouts themselves for cheering Trump.

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and soap opera actress Nancy Lee Grahn, for example, both likened the Boy Scouts meeting as reminiscent of Hitler youth rallies.

The Hitler invocations are not new where Trump is concerned. Many progressives routinely compare Trump to the Nazi leader. There’s even a Twitter account named @TrumpandHitler.

Moore tweeted: “I’m an Eagle Scout. Trump using the 30,000 Boy Scouts as his props tonight was a scene out of Triumph of the Will. Shocking abuse of children.”

Grahn, who appears on the soap opera “General Hospital,” tweeted: “Tragically, #boyscouts in 2017 applaud Trump just like the all blonde blue eyed youth did for Hitler in the 30’s.”

NANCY LEE GRAHN. WHERE DO I PASTE THE STAR OF DAVID?

Many say those who are drawing parallels to Hitler and young Nazis are being vicious and irrational.

“It’s customary to invite the president,” said John Stemberger, an Eagle Scout and a former Scoutmaster who founded Trail Life USA, a conservative group that opposes homosexuality and was formed as an alternative to Boy Scouts. “If you’re going to invite President Trump, you need to know he’s going to be President Trump. He was doing what he does.”

Though Stemberger has been a vocal opponent of the Boy Scout’s more progressive moves, such as allowing gay members and troop leaders, as well as transgender Scouts, he said he objects to the criticism that has been heaped upon the youths after Trump’s speech.

“There are many legitimate criticisms of the Boy Scouts of America, but it’s nonsense to compare them to Hitler youth,” Stemberger said. “It’s an irresponsible comment. The left is critical of anything that tries to promote uniformity and character-building. That’s a problem for them.”

Richard Painter, chief ethics lawyer in George W. Bush administration and now chairman of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, called Trump’s speech “highly inappropriate.”

“In a speech to the Boy Scouts, of course the president should go and speak, and give views on policy, on the healthcare bill,” Painter said, “But I don’t think that in front of the Boy Scouts you attack your predecessor, President Obama, and the Boy Scouts to cheer, or attack Hillary Clinton for an election that’s over. You’re using the Boy Scouts for a political rally.”

That said, Painter noted, tossing out terms like “Hitler youth” is unfair.

“I don’t want this to be an attack on the Boy Scouts,” said Painter, adding that the organization has to invite all presidents. “I think it would be sad for people to turn on the Boy Scouts and portray them as a right-wing organization.”

“Scouting prepares Democratic and Republican [boys] alike to be loyal to their country, their values transcend political party, and patriotism is critical [to them],” he said. “They have an American flag on their sleeve, not a picture of Donald Trump.”

Full speech. Judge for your self. About 35 minutes.

Video critical of Trump. Less than two minutes. I love it no matter how much the left calls it rambling and cringeworthy. GREAT LINES BY TRUMP!!!

Senator Caitlyn Jenner Has a Nice Ring to It

Former Olympian and TV star Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner may run for the United States Senate from California.

As Ann Barnhardt says of politicians, they’re all psychopaths. So why not have a real crazy in the Senate to go along with insane McCain and the rest of the fruits and nuts.

Caitlyn is a Trump supporter, so maybe he (I’m not calling Caitlyn a she because of his male chromosomes) can help drain the swamp by replacing a Democrat Senator from California.

Excerpt from The Independent

It is no secret the line between celebrity and politics is becoming increasingly blurred in America. Not only is the sitting President a former Apprentice host, WWE Hall of Famer and infamous property tycoon but Kid Rock just dropped a massive hint he will be running for the senate.

Caitlyn Jenner is now following suit and considering running for the US Senate to represent California.

The Olympic gold medallist and transgender activist, who is a lifelong Republican and formerly expressed support for Donald Trump, said she had a keen interest in politics.

“I have considered it. I like the political side of it,” Jenner said in a radio interview with New York’s AM 970 which was broadcast on Sunday.

The 67-year-old, who is a politically conservative Christian, said she planned to make a choice within the next six months or so.

She said: “I got to find out where I can do a better job. Can I do a better job from the outside, kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talk to anybody? Or are you better off from the inside, and we are in the process of determining that.”

​The transgender icon is a supporter of President Trump which is likely to curry her little favour in a state where the mogul-turned-politico lost by more than four million votes. However, she has publicly rebuked the President for his regressive transgender bathroom policy and been working to make the Republican Party more inclusive towards the LGBTQ community.

Jenner publicly revealed she was transitioning in 2015, saying, “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”

Since coming out as transgender, Jenner has arguably become the most famous openly transgender woman in the world. She has also fronted an E! reality show I am Cait and continued to make appearances on Keeping up with the Kardashians along with her ex-wife Kris Jenner, children Kendall and Kylie Jenner and stepchildren Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian.

The California Republican Party is famed for electing celebrities – most notably President and former Governor Ronald Reagan, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood.

Another example of the spheres of celebrity and policy colliding includes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s apparent political aspirations. The actor’s 2020 presidential campaign has just been filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Setup? Loretta Lynch Granted Trump Jr’s Russian Lawyer A Special Visa To Enter America

OBAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH.

The press would have you believe that listening to someone is a criminal act, if that someone is Russian.

Donald Trump, Jr. Listened for a brief while to a Russian woman lawyer who got an audience with him through one of his acquaintances.

Intelligent people on the right are gravitating to the theory that Jr. was set up by the Obama administration in an effort to tie the President to a Russian government plot to turn the USA into the USSA, the United Soviet States of America, with puppet Trump’s strings being pulled by Vladimir Putin.

I have to contain myself or I’ll laugh myself silly.

PJ Media

The Obama Justice Department cleared Moscow attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya last year under “extraordinary circumstances,” allowing her to enter the United States without a visa before she penetrated then-candidate Donald Trump’s inner circle, The Hill reported Wednesday evening.

NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA.

Veselnitskaya spent June of 2016 lobbying government officials and lawmakers to reverse the Magnitsky Act and restore the ability of Americans to adopt Russian orphans. She managed to finagle a meeting with the Trump team by promising that she had dirt on Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president.

That work was a far cry from the narrow reason the U.S. government initially gave for allowing Veselnitskaya into the U.S. in late 2015, according to federal court records.

The Moscow lawyer had been turned down for a visa to enter the U.S. lawfully but then was granted special immigration parole by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch for the limited purpose of helping a company owned by Russian businessman Denis Katsyv, her client, defend itself against a Justice Department asset forfeiture case in federal court in New York City.

During a court hearing in early January 2016 as Veselnitskaya’s permission to stay in the country was about to expire, federal prosecutors described how rare the grant of parole immigration was as Veselnitskaya pleaded for more time to remain in the United States.

“In October the government bypassed the normal visa process and gave a type of extraordinary permission to enter the country called immigration parole,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Monteleoni explained to the judge during a hearing Jan. 6, 2016.

“That’s a discretionary act that the statute allows the Attorney General to do in extraordinary circumstances. In this case, we did that so that Mr. Katsyv could testify. And we made the 
further accommodation of allowing his Russian lawyer into the country to assist,” he added.

The prosecutor said Justice was willing to allow the Russian lawyer to enter the United States again as the trial in the case approached so she could help prepare and attend the proceedings.

The court record indicates the presiding judge asked the Justice Department to extend Veselnitskaya’s immigration parole another week until he decided motions in the case. There are no other records in the court file indicating what happened with that request or how Veselnitskaya appeared in the country later that spring.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in New York confirmed Wednesday to The Hill that it let Veselnitskaya into the country on a grant of immigration parole from October 2015 to early January 2016.

Justice Department and State Department officials could not immediately explain how the Russian lawyer was still in the country in June for the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and the events in Washington D.C.

The lobbying effort to repeal the Magnitsky Act fizzled out fairly quickly in the summer of 2016, sources told The Hill.

They described Veselnitskaya, who does not speak English, as a mysterious and shadowy figure. They said they were confused as to whether she had an official role in the lobbying campaign, although she was present for several meetings.

The sources also described their interactions with Veselnitskaya in the same way that Trump Jr. did. They claimed not to know who she worked for or what her motives were.

“Natalia didn’t speak a word of English,” said one source. “Don’t let anyone tell you this was a sophisticated lobbying effort. It was the least professional campaign I’ve ever seen. If she’s the cream of the Moscow intelligence community then we have nothing to worry about.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly requesting all records on how Veselnitskaya was able to enter and remain in the U.S.

Grassley wants to know why Veselnitskaya, who has a long history of lobbying against U.S. sanctions on Russia, was able to remain in the U.S. after her parole status expired in January.

Styx offers a conspiracy theory that ties the Clintons to an effort to set up Trump via this Russian lawyer. Hint: Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton in Phoenix, where the two of them supposedly exchanged stories about grandchildren.

Besides the comments at the source site, there’s some rational thinking in the comments at the Zerohedge report on this story.

First Article of Impeachment Filed Against President Trump

REPS. AL GREEN AND BRAD SHERMAN. IMPEACHMENT NOW!

Unhinged by the fake news pedaled by the press and by their own desire for fame, two Democrats have filed an Article of Impeachment against President Donald Trump. The Negro looks like a monster, the white man like a wimpy cuck. Both are nobodies who want to be somebody.

This action by two fools will fire up Trump’s base. No matter how much Trump fails to deliver, I doubt that any of his supporters, current and former, want to see a soft coup that shreds the Constitution.

Fox News

Two Democratic lawmakers officially filed an article of impeachment for President Donald Trump Wednesday – becoming the first to do so after Trump’s first six months in office was riddled with calls for it.

Reps. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., and Al Green, D-Texas, formally introduced an article of impeachment against Trump for obstruction of justice, citing Trump’s firing for former FBI director James Comey.

The filing comes just one day after Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, publicly released emails regarding his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign. He said he met with the lawyer to get information about his father’s opponent, Hillary Clinton.

“It now seems likely that the President had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of [former] National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russian probe,” Sherman said in a statement.

“We now begin the effort to force the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on Obstruction of Justice and Russian interference in our election,” he said.

Read on for a look at how the impeachment process works – and just what that means for the president.

What does impeachment mean?

Congress has the ability to remove a sitting president from office before his term is finished – an authority granted by the Constitution.

Along with the president and vice president, all civil officers in the U.S. can be removed from office if they are impeached and convicted of bribery, treason or other high crimes and misdemeanors, according to the Constitution.

How does impeachment work?

Article One of the Constitution grants the House of Representatives the sole power of impeachment; the Senate has the sole authority to try all impeachments. If the president is being tried, the Chief Justice should preside over the trial.

The House must vote, requiring a simple majority vote to adopt the articles of impeachment. Before a vote, the House Judiciary Committee – or another special committee – may investigate the articles.

The House is able to vote to impeach even if the committee does not recommend doing so.

Should that vote be reached, then the House will appoint members – called managers – to act as “prosecutors” as the proceedings will then go to trial in the Senate. The president is able to have defense attorneys.

The Senate would need a two-thirds majority in order to find the president guilty. Should that happen, he is removed from office and the vice president takes office.

“I served with Mike Pence in Congress for 12 years, and I disagree with him on just about everything,” Sherman said. “I never dreamed I would author a measure that would put him in the White House.”

Have other presidents been impeached?

Only two U.S. presidents have been impeached – and neither were removed from office.

Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998.

While an impeachment proceeding began against former President Richard Nixon, he was not actually impeached. Nixon was the only president to resign from office.

What is the White House’s response?

Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the impeachment filling “utterly ridiculous” and a “political game at its worst” during a briefing with reporters Wednesday.

Will it work?

With a Republican-led House – and other Democratic congressmen who don’t support impeaching Trump – the lawmaker’s bid to remove Trump from office is a “longshot,” according to the Associated Press.

Democratic leaders have distanced themselves from the efforts to impeach Trump, believing it serves only to energize the president’s supporters.

The thing that Trump should be most afraid of is fabricated evidence, i.e., a frame up. The high level Trump haters have plenty of money and power. They also have no morals. That’s a dangerous combination for the country.

Fake News Media Working Hard to Destroy Putin-Trump Detente

YESTERYEAR.

NOW.

A search for “Trump news” will lead you at the current moment to a variety of stories about the historic first meeting between America’s Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Most of these stories have settled on a narrative: Trump was soft and the Russians are spinning the story with lies.

Always remember that the MSM is the propaganda arm for the globalists. Expect no truth, because you’ll likely get little of it.

This ABC News article offers a sample of the propagandizing media reaction to today’s meeting.

Kremlin and White House disagree over remarks from Trump-Putin meeting

Both Russia and the United States declared Friday’s first meeting between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin a success. But hours after the two sat down at the G20 Summit in Germany, the White House has found itself fending off criticism Trump had been too soft on Putin, as the Kremlin seemed to outflank his administration in shaping how the encounter is being presented.

Obviously, different people have different takeaways from their conversations. It’s natural and normal. What is unique is how the press is trying to blow it up into a scandal.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was in the room with the two presidents, said that Trump had “pressed” Putin on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Almost simultaneously, however, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who had also been present at the talks, told a separate news conference that Trump had informed Putin he “accepts” Russia’s denials that it was behind the election meddling.

“The president said that he had heard the clear statements of President Putin that it isn’t true, and that the Russian leadership had not interfered in these elections, and he said that he accepts these statements. And that’s it really,” Lavrov said.

Lavrov makes sense. He’s seeing the glass as half full, not as half empty.

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