Paul Manafort flips on Donald Trump!

By | 2018-09-14T07:52:56+00:00 September 14th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |39 Comments

Here we go!

Courtesy of TPM:

In a dramatic reversal, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday morning to federal criminal charges and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

Manafort’s decision to cooperate with Mueller is a potentially grievous blow to President Trump.

Prosecutors in the DC case against Manafort filed a Superseding Criminal Information on Friday morning in the Washington D.C. case, charging Manafort with a single count of conspiracy against the United States and a single count of conspiracy to obstruct justice through witness tampering. Those two charges appear to be the basis for a plea agreement.

Okay, this is huge!

Clearly, Manafort knows very damaging information based on how hard Mueller pursued him, and how aggressively Trump and his lawyers tried to shut him up.

It was pointed out earlier that Manafort has only pleaded guilty to two felonies but he admitted guilt in ALL of the charges brought against him.  

That means that if Manafort cannot expect a presidential pardon, and that door is clearly closed, then he is pinning all of his hopes on Mueller pulling strings to reduce his jail time. 

Trump must be completely losing his shit right about now.

Update: Remember this?

I can hardly wait for Trump’s tweets today.

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39 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Putin is clicking his tongue. This does not go over well with him. For one asset to turn on another.

  2. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 8:13 am - Reply

    So this woman cop shoots the guy in his own aprt, now her compatriots are trying to pin the blame on him. We are living in an era where no one want to take the blame and if you’re black we gonna blame you even when we shot you dead.

    • Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 9:42 am - Reply

      They supposedly found a small amount of marijuana in the victim’s apartment, and they’re of course making sure the word gets around. The pot could have just as easily been planted. No word yet on anything found in the upstanding cop’s apartment. She had to be under the influence of something if she did that accidently. Either that or she just got the urge to murder and she picked a prudent target.

      • Anonymous September 15, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

        I understand his apartment was directly over hers. I have to wonder if she was periodically annoyed by loud music or something from the apartment above. Maybe he was rehearsing in his apartment while she was trying to sleep. So….she had a beef with him.

        The pot in the apartment has nothing to do with anything. And yes, they should search her apartment not only for that but go through her computer and email to see if she did have a grudge against him.

        I’ll say it again. If it had been a white male officer, he wouldn’t even have been charged with manslaughter.

  3. That Paul Manafort guy is a real OG shittalker! September 14, 2018 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Bada Bing Bada Boom!

    RWNJ media in bed with the Russians?

    I think Breitbart just got burned as being PUNKED by Manafort’s Russian schemes!

    As NBC News reports, Manafort was trying to undermine Tymoshenko as part of his work for Viktor Yanukovych, the former Kremlin-backed Ukrainian president who was ousted from power in 2014.

    In particular, Manafort tried to paint Tymoshenko as an anti-Semite in an effort to get the U.S. government to cut off ties to her.

    “Manafort privately coordinated with an unnamed senior Israeli official to spread this story as part of what he called an effort to have ‘Obama Jews’ pressure the Obama administration to disavow Tymoshenko,” NBC News reports. “Manafort wrote to one associate: ‘I have someone pushing it on the NY Post. Bada bing bada boom.’ At least one outlet — Breitbart News — took Manafort’s bait.”

    Paulie has been watching too much Sopranos!

  4. Anon September 14, 2018 at 8:20 am - Reply

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/14/flipped-paul-manafort-has-agreed-to-cooperate-in-the-trump-russia-probe.html

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/14/manafort-plea-deal-includes-cooperation-agreement-asset-forfeitures.html

    “Concerning forfeiture of Manafort’s assets, reports say that as part of his guilty plea agreement the former Trump campaign chairman will forfeit four homes: three in New York and one in Virginia. He will also forfeit to the government a life insurance policy and four accounts at different financial institutions. According to New York Magazine, the total value of assets he is forfeiting is $46 million.”

    • Anonymous September 15, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Well, one of those properties is in Trump Tower so the value will be dropping as market value of Trump Tower property continues to tank.

  5. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 9:16 am - Reply
    • CRIMEa! September 14, 2018 at 9:24 am - Reply

      “He tried to keep his lobbying efforts on behalf of Ukraine secret, asking his lobbyists at one point to spread a false story that claimed “Tymochsenko had paid for the murder of a Ukrainian official,” but with “no fingerprints.” He said the “goal is to plant some stink on Tymo,” per the filing. (76 pages-Start reading backwards)
      The report also suggests that lobbying firms who worked with Manafort — and received payment from his off-shore accounts — were aware that they were working on behalf of the pro-Russia, Ukrainian government.”

  6. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Hurricane Florence to cause “unbelievable destruction” in Carolinas

    The bottom line: An unusual mix of weather systems across the U.S. will force Florence to hit the brakes as it nears the coast, somewhere close to the border of the Carolinas. It is likely to be the strongest hurricane to hit the coast in at least 25 years.

    The big picture: There are no historical analogs for Florence. Its forecast track is unprecedented, and its array and magnitude of threats are as well.

    Here’s how events are likely to play out:

    https://www.axios.com/hurricane-florence-worst-case-scenario-carolina-coast-e25afc3d-cb78-4ff6-ac0e-43110590dce9.html

    • NHC September 14, 2018 at 10:25 am - Reply

      “When it comes to hurricane track forecasts, the one that the National Hurricane Center issued for Hurricane Florence at 11 p.m. on September 8 may go down in history as the most accurate 5-day forecast they’ve ever issued — just 2 miles off target in the center of the “cone of uncertainty.”

      Why it matters: The average 5-day error is closer to 250 miles, to put that in perspective. The forecast provided residents of the Carolinas with 5 days of lead time to prepare for the storm, and alerted governors and emergency managers to start moving assets into position to respond to the storm.”

  7. anon September 14, 2018 at 9:34 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/manafort-wanted-make-sure-family-able-remain-safe-accepting-plea-deal-attorney/

    Paul Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing, made a brief statement on camera as he left US District Court in DC saying Manafort has accepted responsibility and that he
    “wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life.”
    9:40 AM – 14 Sep 2018

  8. Crystal Sage September 14, 2018 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Sounds like Manafort’s family will go into Witness Protection because the Russians will want to kill them all for the flip. Trump will go ballistic. Yay!

    • Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Manafort ‘wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe’ before accepting plea deal: attorney

      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/manafort-wanted-make-sure-family-able-remain-safe-accepting-plea-deal-attorney/

      • Beaglemom September 15, 2018 at 3:56 am - Reply

        Obviously, neither Manafort nor Trump has been at all concerned about the “safety” of the American people when they went about committing treason. I certainly hope that criminals like Manafort (and Trump) spend a long time in federal prison for their crimes. Papadopoulus got 15 days! That was a joke! He probably thinks he’ll be off at summer camp. I want these guys, and some of the GOP members of Congress who have been so complicit in their crimes, to spend years in prison for their treasonous behavior.

  9. anonymous September 14, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/14/adam-schiff-warns-trump-not-to-even-think-about-pardoning-paul-manafort.html

    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Excerpts>” If he cooperates fully and truthfully on all matters within the scope of the Special Counsel’s investigation, Manafort may provide important information and insight into the Trump campaign’s links to and possible cooperation with Russia. I would also hope that his cooperation includes testifying before congressional committees. The evidence presented by the Special Counsel’s office is overwhelming and should put to rest any idea that Manafort is even remotely deserving of a pardon. If the President moves to pardon Manafort or impede his cooperation in any way, it would constitute an attempt to obstruct justice.”

    “House Democrats are expected to wait on Mueller’s report before they decide on impeachment unless Trump does something extreme to trigger a constitutional crisis, like pardoning Paul Manafort.
    If Trump goes there on the Manafort pardon, Democrats will be ready to act, and the result will be what the Trump family fears the most. Donald Trump will be impeached.”

    • Anonymous September 15, 2018 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Trump is stupid enough to think that pardoning Manafort isn’t obstruction and do it anyway.

      Per “Anonymous”, his shadow babysitters will make sure he doesn’t do anything stupid and remove the pardon(s) from his desk before he can sign them. As many times as necessary.

  10. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Manafort has flipped! BOOM (the sound of broomsticks breaking the sound barrier crashing to earth – NO witches). The entire Trump family now in jeopardy. No pardon for Paul from Trump. No nice things to say about Mansfort by Rudy. Nightmares at the White House will be unending.

    https://twitter.com/JohnWDean/status/1040637716939988997

  11. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Michael Cohen in talks to ‘flip’ and turn state’s evidence against Donald Trump: report

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/michael-cohen-talks-flip-turn-states-evidence-donald-trump-report/

    • Anonymous September 15, 2018 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Too late. First in line getst the best deal.

      Cohen would have to have testimony more valuable than Manafort to cut a deal remotely as generous.

  12. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Here’s why Mike Pence should be ‘sweating’ over Paul Manafort’s guilty plea

    It’s Not Just the President* Who Ought to Be Sweating Today, Don’t forget Paul Manafort got Mike Pence the VP job.

    https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a23133924/paul-manafort-cooperating-robert-mueller-mike-pence/

    • 666 September 14, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/14/paul-manaforts-flip-is-a-disaster-for-mike-pence.html

      ‘Anyone recall who hand-picked Pence as Trump’s VP? Paul Manafort. And recall who led the squirrely transition? Mike Pence. Watch what unfolds as Manafort tells Mueller all he knows!’

    • Anonymous September 15, 2018 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      LOL. I can see it now. Both Trump and Pence are impeached and Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman president, having been elected Speaker of the House when the Democrats take over after the November mid-terms and per the Constitution, being next in line to the office of POTUS.

  13. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    The unprecedented, short and mysterious visit that Russian intelligence officials made to Washington, DC

    These visits, all simultaneous and all short, were unprecedented, their purpose mysterious, their outcome unknown.

    Clearly the visit was important, sensitive and not particularly hostile, otherwise they would not have been allowed into the United States. One might imagine that they proffered some sort of co-operation with the Americans that could only be extended from the highest levels of the Russian government, one rank below Vladimir Putin himself.

    But what and how? How could they be welcomed after Russia’s unprecedented and extensive meddling in the 2016 election? What they proffered must have been vital, and perhaps even pertinent to that meddling. As a former adviser on Russia to the Bill Clinton White House, I am following my instincts and offering a series of guesses.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/unprecedented-short-mysterious-visit-russian-intelligence-officials-made-washington-dc/

  14. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    READ IT HERE: Paul Manafort’s entire plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/read-paul-manaforts-entire-plea-agreement-special-counsel-robert-mueller/

  15. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    The very existence of Manafort’s plea deal means he’s already given Mueller significant dirt: Ex-federal prosecutor

    —More ominously for the White House, Mariotti says that there’s no way Mueller would have struck a plea deal with Manafort unless he’d already given him useful information up front before the deal was accepted in court on Friday morning.

    “Manafort is not cooperating against one person in particular,” Mariotti wrote. “He has agreed to say everything he knows, and in order to receive a deal, he had to already begin doing so. Prosecutors don’t give deals until after the defendant provides useful info.”

    Mariotti cautioned that Mueller may not have accepted the Manafort plea deal specifically to get to Trump — although he does say that Manafort will now have to cough up everything he knows about the president if he is asked.

    Read the whole thread below.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/existence-manaforts-plea-deal-means-hes-already-given-mueller-significant-dirt-ex-federal-prosecutor/

  16. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Desperate Trump fans try to spin Manafort cooperation deal as good news

    —The news for Trump was so potentially perilous, in fact, that even regular Trump booster Jack Posobiec couldn’t bring himself to downplay it.

    “Paul Manafort is required to cooperate with prosecutors in the Mueller investigation as part of this plea deal,” he wrote on Twitter. “Sentencing is going to be deferred based on his successful cooperation. Andrew Weissman (sic) is handling this himself so clearly this is not a small deal.”

    Many of Posobiec’s Twitter followers, however, remained convinced that Manafort’s cooperation deal was all part of a larger scheme to eventually convict Hillary Clinton or her political allies.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/hes-playing-prosecutors-desperate-trump-fans-try-spin-manafort-cooperation-deal-good-news/

  17. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Desperate Trump fans try to spin Manafort cooperation deal as good news

    —The news for Trump was so potentially perilous, in fact, that even regular Trump booster Jack Posobiec couldn’t bring himself to downplay it.

    “Paul Manafort is required to cooperate with prosecutors in the Mueller investigation as part of this plea deal,” he wrote on Twitter. “Sentencing is going to be deferred based on his successful cooperation. Andrew Weissman (sic) is handling this himself so clearly this is not a small deal.”

    Many of Posobiec’s Twitter followers, however, remained convinced that Manafort’s cooperation deal was all part of a larger scheme to eventually convict Hillary Clinton or her political allies.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/hes-playing-prosecutors-desperate-trump-fans-try-spin-manafort-cooperation-deal-good-news/

  18. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    MSNBC legal analysts explain the significance of Manafort’s plea deal – and why it’s bad news for Trump

    Ken Dilanian and Dan Goldman broke down the significance of Paul Manafort’s admission of guilt to charges of money laundering, tax fraud, and more in the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Both believed it indicated a likely agreement to cooperate with the investigation.

    “He is admitting essentially to the kitchen sink, all the conduct the government charged him with in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, including failure to register as a lobbyist, money laundering,” Dilanian said. “But he’s only pleading guilty to two counts.” Dilanian added that that plea “could indicate he cut a deal to cooperate with Mueller.”

    Goldman agreed the plea was “significant”. “What sticks out to me, it includes some conduct that he was only charged with in the Virginia case, and on which the jury hung,” Goldman said. “That and the benefit he is getting at least from the charging document is that the sentence is going to be capped statutorily capped at ten years.”

    What nobody knows yet, Goldman suggested, “whether or not he is cooperating.”

    “If he wants to actually reduce his sentence, the only way to do that through the criminal justice system is through cooperation,” he added. “As I read this, because it includes all of his conduct, including some conduct in Virginia, this reads to me like it could be cooperation.”

    All of this, both agreed, could spell trouble for President Trump.

    “The conduct that the government is alleging and lays out in this information continued up to and including the time he was on the Trump campaign. That includes defrauding banks,” Goldman said noting that when Manafort signed up with the campaign he worked pro bono even though he was the government alleges he was broke and lying to banks to fund his lavish lifestyle.

    “What everybody cares about here, right, is whether Paul Manafort is going to cooperate with Mueller,” Dilanian said. “Paul Manafort, of all the people who work for Donald Trump, had the most connections with Russians and Ukrainian oligarchs. He was experienced in that world. So if there was a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians, most analysts believe Paul Manafort would have some knowledge about it.”

    “The question remaining today is if he does, will he share that with the special counsel?”

    Watch the video below

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/msnbc-legal-analysts-explain-the-significance-of-manaforts-plea-deal-and-why-its-bad-news-for-trump/

  19. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Jesus, it just occurred to me if Trump and Pence are removed from office together after January 1, 2020, we’ll have our first woman President. President Nancy Pelosi!

    • True dat September 14, 2018 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      As of this moment…
      No. Office Current officer
      1 Vice President Mike Pence (R)
      2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R)
      3 President Pro Tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch (R) {RICO WINNER?}
      4 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R)

      ~It~ could happen sooner then Jesus thinks…President Nancy Pelosi!

    • Anonymous September 15, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      If the Democrats take the House (and the senate) they will in all likelihood elect Pelosi as Speaker of the House again. It would take a while for impeachment proceedings but yes, if the impeachement of both were concurrent and successful, Pelosi could be President some time in 2019.

  20. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Robert Mueller just snagged his golden goose

    —On Friday, that “brave man” was finally cracked by another brave man who is looking increasingly formidable: Robert S. Mueller III.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/14/robert-mueller-snags-his-golden-goose/

  21. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Trump cannot use a pardon to stop Manafort’s cooperation

    —Trump and his team have tried to lay the groundwork for pardons to protect him from criminal charges. But can he use the pardon power in that way? Not in our reading of the law. A self-pardon, or a pardon that is self-protective and serves the same purpose as a self-pardon, would be an abuse of power that violates the Constitution and, as such, could warrant impeachment.

    If the president can use the pardon power to protect himself from prosecution, it would effectively transform him into an authoritarian ruler, incapable of being limited by law or any other branches of government. In constitutional terms, using the pardon power in this way would appear to violate Article II, which requires the president to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” To honor his oath of office, in other words, the president must act faithfully to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution” to the best of his ability.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-cannot-use-a-pardon-to-stop-manaforts-cooperation/2018/09/14/c8338d96-b770-11e8-a2c5-3187f427e253_story.html

    • Anonymous September 15, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Duh. Why do you think they’re rushing to put Kavanaugh on the bench?

      Trump wants to be an authoritarian ruler and Kavanaugh will help to expand the limits of his power.

      (How to you preserve, protect and defend something you’ve never read, don’t understand and don’t agree with?) (Oh, and Trump doesn’t have any abilities except to be divisive and stir up hate.)

  22. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Any cartoonists here? Need a drawing of Ivanka, Don Jr, Erik, Pence and Trump playing musical chairs with Trump and Erik fighting over a high chair..

  23. Anonymous September 15, 2018 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    He lost tens of millions plus his properties. He even had to give up his place in Trump Tower to the Feds.

    He has to testify in any trial they want.

    He really lost out in this deal. If he had cooperated and cut the deal sooner it woudn’t have been this bad.

    I guess the dumb schmuck still believed that Trump was going to save him. Poor deluded fool.

    Trump can’t pardon him now. He can’t accept or it negates his deal and he’s screwed. He’s got crimes at the state level that Trump can’t pardon him from. Any way you look at it Manafort is toast and he was too stupid to minimize the damage by cutting the deal early. He might even have got to keep that sweet condo in Trump Tower. Although, maybe the bloom is off that rose and the shine was off being Trump’s neighbor.

    I wonder if the Feds will keep that condo in Trump Tower to use for conferences and overnights when personnel are in New York. The property values are declining daily so they might not get market value if they sell. Or maybe some sicko will overpay for a chance to live in Paul Manafort’s Trump Tower apartment. If Manafort’s wardrobe is any indication of taste, the place would probably need to be completely redecorated.

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