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Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts - Cohen Flips

PostPosted: August 21st, 2018, 5:12 pm
by toucana
Paul Manafort the former chair of Donald Trump's election campaign has been found guilty on 8 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud, while another 10 counts against him have been declared mistrials after the jury was unable to reach a consensus.

Paul Manfort had pleaded not guilty to all 18 federal indictments brought against him.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/jury-reaches-verdict-counts-manafort-trial/story?id=57243333&cid=clicksource_4380645_1_hero_headlines_bsq_image

Meanwhile ABC news reported earlier that Michael Cohen who was Donald Trump's personal attorney for over a decade has surrendered to the FBI ahead of a 4pm court hearing and will plead guilty to fraud charges involving $50 million worth of bank loans.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/michael-cohen-president-trumps-longtime-personal-attorney-reaches/story?id=57310974

Cohen will probably serve between 3 to 5 years in prison as part of his plea deal according to legal commentators.

Re: Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts - Cohen Flips

PostPosted: August 21st, 2018, 5:31 pm
by toucana
Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to eight counts — five counts of tax evasion, one count of making a false statement to a financial institution, one count of causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution — in a deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-ex-attorney-michael-cohen-accepts-plea-deal?ref=home

A judge accepted Cohen’s plea a little more than two hours after he surrendered at FBI headquarters in New York.

When Cohen pleaded guilty to the final charge of illegally paying two women to keep quiet during the election, he specified that Donald Trump (referring to him as “the candidate”) instructed him to do so. That means Donald Trump just became an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal case where his fellow co-conspirator just pleaded guilty and incriminated him.

Richard Nixon was the last President of the United States to be named an unindicted co-conspirator during the Watergate criminal investigation in 1974.

Re: Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts - Cohen Flips

PostPosted: August 21st, 2018, 6:04 pm
by toucana
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The Fox News TV coverage of today's developments, earlier this evening.

Re: Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts - Cohen Flips

PostPosted: August 21st, 2018, 7:01 pm
by TheVat
Fake panda news! We need to stop the panda-monium.

Anyway, looks like Mueller's investigation is not such a waste of time after all.

Re: Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts - Cohen Flips

PostPosted: August 22nd, 2018, 10:26 am
by toucana
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Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA)

One of the luckiest people in yesterday’s legal imbroglio was probably a three term GOP congressman called Duncan D. Hunter from San Diego California.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/402930-gop-rep-duncan-hunter-wife-indicted-for-allegedly-misusing-campaign-funds

Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife Margaret were indicted by the DOJ after being charged with misusing at least $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.

The California Republican is accused of using the funds to purchase trips to Italy and Hawaii, pay for his family's dental work, his children's tuition and international travel for nearly a dozen relatives, according to the DOJ. Thousands were also spent on "fast food, movie tickets, golf outings, video games, coffee, groceries, home utilities, and expensive meals."


His wife appears to be a credit card junkie who thinks that campaign finance rules are ‘silly’ and allegedly refused to allow the campaign fundraiser to review her credit card records.

In normal circumstances such a flagrant case of corruption would be front page news in all leading newspapers. This morning it’s buried somewhere on page 4.

Fun fact - Congressman Hunter was the second lawmaker to endorse Trump in 2016. The first lawmaker to endorse Trump in 2016, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), was arrested and charged with federal securities fraud earlier this month.

Re: Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts - Cohen Flips

PostPosted: August 23rd, 2018, 3:01 pm
by TheVat
Federal prosecutors have reportedly granted immunity to David Pecker, the chief executive and chairman of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, in the ongoing Michael Cohen investigation.


The teaser headline on the homepage of Huffpost today, for this story, is...

Trump loses Pecker!

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/da ... 327dfacb11

Re: Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts - Cohen Flips

PostPosted: August 23rd, 2018, 3:05 pm
by TheVat
Sorry I can't get a screenshot on this android tablet. If I just link to homepage, it will be gone by tomorrow. And it won't let me copy as a JPEG.

Re: Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts - Cohen Flips

PostPosted: August 23rd, 2018, 6:23 pm
by toucana
Buried in paragraph #10 of the NYT Pecker story is this rather interesting detail:

Dylan Howard, the company’s chief content officer, who is also said to be cooperating, was known to have a recording device in his office, according to people familiar with his operations.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/us/politics/david-pecker-immunity-trump.html

Re: Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts - Cohen Flips

PostPosted: August 25th, 2018, 12:58 pm
by toucana
Here is a fascinating video segment in which Erica Hill of CNN interviews Jerry George who was the LA bureau chief for the National Enquirer tabloid for 28 years.



He confirms the existence of the fabled safe that was chock-full of killed-off stories about Donald Trump and members of his family, and says there were in fact two safes, one in the New York HQ, and one in Los Angeles.

The interview lays bare how when David Pecker arrived in 1999 as the chief of AM (American Media) - which also publishes the Star, Sun, Weekly World News, Globe among others - he did so with a 'silent editor' i.e. Donald Trump in tow, along with a new editorial directive: 'No negative stories about Trump - period'.

Jerry George also confirms that Trump and his fixers used to get the National Enquirer to run negative stories about Trump's political enemies, effectively using the publication as a private propaganda arm of their crime organisation.

It will be fascinating to see the same sort of exposé run on Sean Hannity and Fox News TV, the other corrupt wing of the Trump media machine.