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0808, 30 Oct 17

Manafort Charged

It looks like the special prosecutor just got its first arrest, but it appears unrelated to anything to do with its charter.

President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s longtime business associate Rick Gates will surrender today to federal authorities in Washington, D.C., according to sources with direct knowledge.

Manafort and Gates would be the first charges in the special counsel‘s five-month investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

Manafort originally emerged as a key figure in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry because of consulting work he did in 2014 on behalf of the Ukrainian government.


0808, 30 October 2017


  1. Pat

    A more interesting story is about George Papadopoulos.

  2. Le Roi du Nord


    Agreed.  Papadopoulos may be the camel’s nose.

  3. dad29

    Papadopoulos is a low-level non-entity who TRIED to sell his Russki connections to the campaign–and was rebuffed.

  4. Pat

    Yes, he’s probably a nobody. But then again, if you’re fishing for muskies you use minnows.

  5. Le Roi du Nord

    And now he is a convicted non-entity, probably with some reason to talk……

  6. Pat

    Nothing to see here. Please move on.

  7. Jason

    An awful lot of noise about very little. The left is drooling over nothing. Lol

  8. Le Roi du Nord

    Guess we need to watch how this plays out.  There will probably be a couple more residents in the federal prison system.

  9. billphoto

    What a great source for information.  Image the uproar if someone was behind bugging their political opponents.  Oops, silence if it was the last resident of the White House.
    One story by CBS News correspondent Morley Safer details Moyer’s part in Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover’s bugging of Martin Luther King’s private life, the leaks to the press and diplomatic corps, the surveillance of civil rights groups at the 1964 Democratic Convention, and his request for damaging information from Hoover on members of the Goldwater campaign suggest he was not only a good soldier but a gleeful retainer feeding the appetites of Lyndon Johnson.
    The Washington Post wrote about Moyer’s part in an FBI investigation of presidential aide Jack Valenti’s sexual orientation, an investigation OK’d by President Johnson. It also reports that Moyers, then a special assistant to the president, asked the FBI to investigate two additional administration figures thought to have homosexual tendencies.

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