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  1. #166

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    The same story via Spy Twitter

    Jon Swaine
    @jonswaine

    NEW: Paul Manafort's attorneys failed to properly redact their filing. They reveal that Mueller alleges Manafort "lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign". Konstantin Kilimnik has alleged ties to Russian intelligence.

    Manafort attorneys also accidentally reveal via failed redaction that Mueller says Manafort was in contact with "a third-party asking permission to use Mr. Manafort’s name as an introduction in the event the third-party met the President."

    Brandi Buchman
    @BBuchman_CNS

    NOW: Paul Manafort claims he did not intentionally lie to investigators.
    The redacted response, in full, here: (link: https://www.documentcloud.org/docume...-Response.html) documentcloud.org/documents/5677…
    @CourthouseNews

    https://www.documentcloud.org/docume...-Response.html
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  2. #167

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    Revelations about Manafort’s 2016 interactions with Russian associate show special counsel’s intense focus on Russia contacts

    by Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger January 13 at 6:40 PM

    New revelations about Paul Manafort’s interactions with a Russian associate while he was leadingTrump’s campaign provide a window into how extensively the special counsel has mapped interactions between Trump associates and Russians in his 20-month-long investigation.

    When Manafort pleaded guilty in September to federal crimes related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians, Trump said the admissions by his former campaign chairman had “nothing to do” with the special counsel’s main mission, which Trump described as “looking for Russians involved in our campaign.”

    But new details inadvertently revealed in a court filing last week — including the fact that Manafort shared polling data about the 2016 race with an associate who allegedly has ties to Russian intelligence — indicate that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has also been scrutinizing interactions between Russians and Manafort while he led Trump’s presidential bid.

    Manafort is among at least 14 Trump associates who interacted with Russians during the campaign and transition, according to public records and interviews.

    The new examples of Manafort’s communications serve as a reminder that much about Mueller’s findings remains unknown in what are widely believed to be the closing weeks of his probe.

    Advisers to Trump are bracing for a final report by the special counsel, a confidential document summarizing his findings that they say could be turned over to senior Justice Department officials next month.

    (...)

    The new information about Manafort indicates Mueller has been exploring what he may have communicated to Russians while working for Trump. And it serves as a stark reminder that as Trump was offering Russia-friendly rhetoric on the campaign trail, his White House bid was led for a time by a man with long-standing ties to powerful Russian figures.

    Manafort, an international lobbyist and political strategist, was embroiled in a multimillion-dollar financial dispute with Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, who is close to President Vladi*mir Putin, according to court filings. He was also owed money by a political party in Ukraine that had failed to pay him for work he did after his client, the ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych, fled to Moscow amid public protests in 2014, filings show.

    Even as he was working for the Trump campaign, Manafort continued to communicate with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian employee of his consulting business who the FBI says was linked to Russian intelligence, prosecutors said in court papers last year.

    A talented translator with impressive language skills, Kilimnik had been trained at a Moscow university known as a recruiting ground for the Russian intelligence services. After a stint in the military and time spent working for the International Republican Institute in Moscow, he was hired by Manafort in 2005 to assist his political consulting business in navigating the complicated Ukrainian political scene. Friends said Kilimnik emerged as Manafort’s right-hand man in Kiev and Russia, including serving as Manafort’s liaison to Deripaska.

    In a written statement to The Washington Post in 2017, Kilimnik denied that he had connections to Russian intelligence. But in documents filed in court last year, Mueller’s prosecutors wrote that Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates, had said Kilimnik told him that he had formerly been an officer in the GRU, the Russian military intelligence unit accused of engineering the 2016 election interference. Prosecutors said the FBI has assessed that Kilimnik’s intelligence ties continued into that year.

    New details about what Manafort and Kilimnik discussed during the campaign emerged last week when Manafort’s team sought to rebut the allegation by the special counsel that Manafort lied to investigators after he pleaded guilty last fall and agreed to cooperate.

    His attorneys argued that Manafort, who has been jailed since June and they said is suffering from gout and depression, simply failed to remember certain key details until prosecutors refreshed his memory with documents and other evidence. In previous court filings, they have contended that Mueller has never turned over evidence to show that Manafort was in contact with Russian government or intelligence officials, suggesting prosecutors have not detailed their evidence against Kilimnik.


    Still, in sections of a court filing that they had intended to be sealed from public view, Manafort’s lawyers did not contest new details that Mueller’s team apparently accused Manafort of lying about: that he shared polling data related to the presidential election with Kilimnik and discussed with him a possible peace plan for Ukraine.

    In their filing, Manafort’s attorneys said he did not recall either topic because he was busy with his campaign duties.

    A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment.

    A judge has ordered Mueller’s team to file on Monday a new document explaining the “factual and evidentiary basis” to believe that Manafort lied in his interviews. The document will probably lay out in more detail what evidence Mueller has gathered about Manafort’s communications with Kilimnik. However, that information may be redacted from public view.

    The United States had imposed punishing sanctions on Russia after it invaded Crimea in 2014. Anders Aslund, an economist and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council who has studied Russia and Ukraine, said a top Russian priority was a solution for Ukraine that recognized Russian control of Crimea and lifted sanctions.

    Any assurance Manafort might have offered that a Trump administration would accept such terms would have created a powerful incentive for Russia to root for a Trump victory — and work to secure that outcome.

    “It’s clear that Moscow hoped Trump would win,” said John Herbst, a former ambassador to Ukraine, who served in top State Department posts under Democratic and Republican administrations. “And then Moscow hoped the new administration would pursue a weaker policy, meaning weakening existing sanctions against Russia and not treating Russian aggression in Ukraine as an obstacle to better relations with Washington.”

    After Trump’s inauguration, a Ukrainian peace plan considered friendly to Moscow’s interests was delivered to Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen by a Ukrainian lawmaker.

    “The point here is that all roads go to the Kremlin,” Aslund said.

    (...)

    Kilimnik has told The Post that he and Manafort met at the Grand Havana Room in New York City on Aug. 2. But he insisted his in-person meetings with Manafort were “private visits.”

    “They were in no way related to politics or [the] presidential campaign in the U.S.,” he wrote.

    He said the two men discussed unpaid bills and the situation in Ukraine. It is not clear what else they might have talked about.

    But the court document filed last week showed that Mueller has gathered evidence that Manafort and Kilimnik had discussed a peace plan for Ukraine “on more than one occasion,” including during the campaign when Manafort’s lawyers said his attention was focused elsewhere.

    Days after the two men met in New York, Manafort was forced to contend with damaging news stories about his work in Ukraine. He resigned from the campaign on Aug. 19.

    Devlin Barrett contributed to this report.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...=.60e87c393e12
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  3. #168

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    Caroline Orr @RVAwonk

    Special counsel Mueller filed a new document today providing supporting evidence re. the allegation that Paul Manafort lied. The document is a 31-page sworn declaration from an FBI agent, and it is supplemented by a few hundred pages of exhibits.

    https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/...0597.476.0.pdf

    Here, Mueller's filing shows that Paul Manafort gave permission for someone to name-drop him during a meeting with Trump. This was in May 2018, just a month before Manafort's bail was revoked for violating the terms of his house arrest. Mueller has the text message.



    *wow*. Paul Manafort reportedly told Rick Gates in Jan. 2017 that he was using "intermediaries" to get people appointed in the Trump administration. That is new information.



    Manafort lied about turning over his electronic devices to investigators. According to today's filing, "in more than ten instances," Manafort failed to give investigators passwords to his electronic communications, thumb drives, or documents.



    This is a good time to remember that Rick Gates was still making regular trips to the White House through at least June 2017.

    (And as we learned today, Gates is still cooperating & providing valuable info to investigators in *multiple* investigations).

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/despit...he-white-house



    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1...425057792.html
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  4. #169

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    Brandi Buchman @BBuchman_CNS
    a day ago

    Manafort Update: Judge ABJ will not reschedule the Jan 25 hearing and Manafort's attys must respond to Muellers allegation re: plea deal breach by Jan 23 at 10AM.

    From the minute entry: "Given the parties' shifting positions on what issues need to be resolved by the Court...
    "..and at what point in the proceedings, the Court wishes to hear from them in person again to establish a plan for moving forward."

    The judge continues: "But the parties should also come prepared to discuss the question of whether the material that has been submitted shows that the defendant intentionally provided false information in connection with any of the five subject matter areas that have been ID'ed..

    "...in the event the Court decides to hear argument at that time on the merits of that dispute -- either in open court or at a sealed proceeding. If either party is of the view that such a determination would require the testimony of any witness, it should inform the court."

    If a witness is to be called, the deadline is Friday, Jan 18.

    34 minutes ago,

    NEW: An update to yesterday's developments (See thread) Mueller's team wants to keep the Jan 25 hearing for Manafort and writes: "The question of whether live testimony will be necessary to resolve any factual issue will depend on the defendant’s upcoming submission."

    This morning's filing:

    https://www.documentcloud.org/docume...-Response.html

    @CourthouseNews

    Recall, on Thurs the judge ordered all parties to inform the court if they would require witness testimony to resolve their factual disputes about the plea ag breach allegations. But, today SPC sums it up:
    Excerpt: The def. has not submitted any evidence to date. If it does not, the Court can resolve the factual issues based on the evidence submitted, drawing inferences regarding intent from that evidence, w/the benefit of the parties’ arguments at the conference scheduled for 1/25


    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1...383646213.html
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  5. #170

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    Brandi Buchman
    ‏@BBuchman_CNS

    About that attempt to waive his appearance in court Friday....denied.
    #Manafort

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  6. #171

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    Judge T.S. Ellis Cancels Expedited Manafort Sentencing Until Dispute Over ‘Lies’ to Mueller Is Resolved
    by Matt Naham | 5:13 pm, January 28th, 2019

    Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was convicted of eight felony counts back in August 2018, in the Eastern District of Virginia courtroom of one Judge T.S. Ellis III.

    Although Ellis, months back, decided to expedite Manafort’s sentencing due to Manafort’s poor health and set that sentencing for Feb. 8, 2019, Ellis has now cancelled that sentencing due to the ongoing situation in U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson‘s Washington, D.C. courtroom.

    Manafort, you may recall, was accused of “lying repeatedly” to investigators by special counsel Robert Mueller, resulting in what Mueller considered a breach of the cooperation agreement they had reached.

    Recall that after Manafort was found guilty on eight out of 18 counts of bank and tax fraud felonies in Ellis’ courtroom Manafort reached a deal with the special counsel to avoid a second trial in Berman Jackson’s domain. Manafort has remained jailed ahead of sentencing. “Significant issues” with his health, both physical and mental, led Judge Ellis to consider moving up Manafort’s sentencing.

    Ellis changed his tune on Monday.

    “Because it appears that resolution of the current dispute in defendant’s prosecution in DC may have some effect on the sentencing decision in this case, it is prudent and appropriate to delay sentencing,” Ellis said.

    Special Counsel Mueller alleged that Manafort “lied repeatedly” in five areas, in breach of a cooperation agreement, while Team Manafort has disputed that the former Trump campaign manager “intentionally lied.” They said there were a variety of factors to Manafort needing his memory refreshed. They mentioned Manafort’s time in prison, depression and anxiety, gout, and how much time had passed regarding events that were the subject of Mueller’s inquiry.

    They said Mueller had no proof that he lied, while Mueller countered by saying that he was prepared to prove his case.

    Ellis, if you paid attention to Manafort’s trial, is what one might consider a stickler. If Manafort’s current dispute “may have some effect on the sentencing decision” and Judge Berman Jackson rules against Manafort you could interpret this statement by Ellis as the precursor to a book-throwing.

    Something else to keep in mind: one holdout juror’s take on the Virginia case against Manafort resulted in ten hung counts — counts Mueller and his prosecutors agreed to drop as part of Manafort’s plea agreement. Theoretically, Mueller could re-try Manafort on these counts.


    https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile...r-is-resolved/
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  7. #172

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    Federal judge finds Paul Manafort lied to Mueller probe about contacts with Russian aide
    By Spencer S. Hsu February 13 at 6:58 PM

    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to prosecutors with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III about matters close to the heart of their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

    The judge’s finding that Manafort, 69, breached his cooperation deal with prosecutors by lying after his guilty plea could add years to his prison sentence and came after a set of sealed court hearings.

    Manafort had denied intentionally lying after his plea deal, but U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District found he lied in three of five areas alleged by prosecutors. She said she would factor in his deception on other topics at sentencing March 13.

    The special counsel’s office “has established by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant intentionally made multiple false statements to the FBI, [Mueller’s office] and the grand jury concerning matters that were material to the investigation,” Jackson wrote.

    She specified Manafort’s lies included “his interactions and communications with [Konstantin] Kilimnik,” a longtime aide who the FBI assessed to have ties to Russian intelligence.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.d527009d6ca9
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  8. #173

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    How Manafort’s 2016 meeting with a Russian employee at New York cigar club goes to ‘the heart’ of Mueller’s probe

    By Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger February 12

    The 2016 nominating conventions had recently concluded and the presidential race was hitting a new level of intensity when Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, ducked into an unusual dinner meeting at a private cigar room a few blocks away from the campaign’s Trump Tower headquarters in Manhattan.

    Court records show that Manafort was joined at some point by his campaign deputy, Rick Gates, at the session at the Grand Havana Room, a mahogany-paneled space with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the city.

    The two Americans met with an overseas guest, a longtime employee of their international consulting business who had flown to the United States for the gathering: a Russian political operative named Konstantin Kilimnik.

    The Aug. 2, 2016, encounter between the senior Trump campaign officials and Kilimnik, who prosecutors allege has ties to Russian intelligence, has emerged in recent days as a potential fulcrum in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation.

    It was at that meeting that prosecutors believe Manafort and Kilimnik may have exchanged key information relevant to Russia and Trump’s presidential bid. The encounter goes “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating,” prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told a federal judge in a sealed hearing last week.

    One subject the men discussed was a proposed resolution to the conflict over Ukraine, an issue of great interest to the Russian government, according to a partially redacted transcript of the Feb. 4 hearing.

    During the hearing, the judge also appeared to allude to another possible interaction at the Havana Room gathering: a handoff by Manafort of internal polling data from Trump’s presidential campaign to his Russian associate.

    The new details provide a rare hint at what Mueller is examining in the final stretch of his nearly 21-month-old investigation — and underscore his deep interest in the Grand Havana Room gathering, which ended with the three men leaving through separate doors, as Judge Amy Berman Jackson noted.

    Weissmann said in the hearing that one of the special counsel’s main tasks is to examine contacts between Americans and Russia during the 2016 race and determine whether Trump associates conspired with the Russian-backed interference campaign.

    “That meeting — and what happened at that meeting — is of significance to the special counsel,” he said pointedly.

    [Revelations about Manafort’s 2016 interactions with Russian associate show special counsel’s intense focus on Russia contacts]

    The hearing was held in a closed courtroom, and only a partial transcript was released because the special counsel has argued that public disclosure of the issues discussed could harm “ongoing law enforcement investigations.”

    A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.

    A spokesman for Manafort, who prosecutors have alleged breached a cooperation agreement by lying to investigators, also declined to comment. Manafort has pleaded guilty to crimes related to consulting work he did in Ukraine. He has not been accused of coordinating with the Russians to tilt the election.

    Kilimnik, whom prosecutors have charged with working with Manafort to obstruct the investigation, did not respond to a request for comment.

    In a 2017 statement to The Washington Post, he denied any connection to Russian intelligence. Kilimnik said the Grand Havana Room meeting had nothing to do with politics or the presidential campaign. Instead, he called the session a “private” visit, during which he and Manafort gossiped about “bills unpaid by our clients” and the political scene in Ukraine, where Manafort had worked as a political consultant for a decade before joining Trump’s campaign.

    An unusual time'

    There have long been questions about why Manafort would break away from his duties running Trump’s campaign to meet with his Russian employee, an encounter The Post first reported in 2017.

    Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a former CIA official who now teaches at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, said that episode raises many red flags.

    Manafort “goes way outside the normal bounds of behavior,” Mowatt-Larssen said.

    A former senior U.S. intelligence official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, called the details about what occurred at the Grand Havana Room gathering “the most interesting and potentially significant development we have seen in a long time.”

    Prosecutors have alleged that among the false statements Manafort made to investigators during his interviews in recent months were key lies about the Aug. 2 meeting and other interactions with Kilimnik.

    Manafort’s lawyers have acknowledged he gave incomplete and sometimes conflicting information during 12 interviews and two sessions in front of a grand jury. But they said he did not intend to lie, but was instead confused and at times forgetful.

    Jackson told the lawyers she will probably rule Wednesday on whether she believes that Manafort lied to prosecutors, a decision that could impact his sentencing in March.

    The Grand Havana Room meeting took place during a critical moment in the 2016 race.

    Less than two weeks earlier, the issue of Russia’s role in the campaign exploded into view when WikiLeaks published thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s supporters immediately fingered Russia in the hack, a view later embraced by U.S. intelligence agencies.

    Instead of condemning the Kremlin, Trump mockingly asked Russia to find emails Clinton had deleted while serving as secretary of state. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said at a July 27 news conference.

    Trump also made a series of public statements in July that appeared to echo Kremlin talking points on foreign policy. In an interview with the New York Times, he questioned the U.S. commitment to defending NATO partners from Russian aggression. Then he promised to look into recognizing Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

    “You know, the people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were,” he said in an ABC News interview July 31.

    In court last week, prosecutors focused on Manafort’s choice to meet with Kilimnik in person during this period.

    “There is an in-person meeting at an unusual time for somebody who is the campaign chairman to be spending time and to be doing it in person,” Weissmann said.

    At the same time, Manafort was strategizing about how to use his prominent role with the Trump campaign to halt a personal financial spiral, court records show. He owed millions in property taxes and for home improvements, insurance policies, credit cards and other debts, according to documents introduced during his trial in Virginia last summer.

    Manafort viewed Kilimnik — his liaison to high-level Ukrainian politicians and Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska — as key to leveraging his unpaid role as Trump’s campaign chairman, emails reviewed by The Post show. The two were in frequent contact during Manafort’s tenure at Trump’s campaign, according to court records.

    A Russian army veteran who had trained at a military language academy known as a feeder school for the intelligence services, Kilimnik had worked for Manafort since 2005, when he began serving as a translator for Manafort’s Ukraine operation.

    In documents filed in court last year, Mueller’s prosecutors wrote that Gates, Manafort’s deputy, said Kilimnik told him he had formerly been an officer in the GRU, the Russian military intelligence unit accused of engineering the 2016 election interference. Prosecutors said the FBI has assessed that Kilimnik’s intelligence ties continued into 2016.

    Kilimnik was also well known at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, and officials there met with him frequently to discuss Ukrainian politics, according to people familiar with his work. During last week’s hearing, prosecutors acknowledged there was “no question” Kilimnik had been in communication with State Department officials.

    Manafort told the Times in February 2017 he had never “knowingly” spoken to a Russian intelligence officer. “It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer,’ ” he added.

    'Tuesday would be best'
    In April 2016, Manafort emailed Kilimnik to ask if the “OVD operation” had seen the positive press Manafort was receiving for his Trump work, The Post previously reported. That was an apparent reference to Deripaska, a onetime Manafort business partner.

    “How do we use to get whole?” Manafort wrote.

    Kilimnik has told The Post he came to the United States and met with Manafort on May 7 to discuss business issues. Then, on July 7, Manafort emailed Kilimnik, asking him to inform Deripaska that if he needed “private briefings” about the campaign, “we can accommodate.”

    A Deripaska spokeswoman has said he was never offered nor received campaign briefings. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni also said no briefings for Deripaska took place, telling The Post in 2017 the email ex*changes reflected an “innocuous” effort to collect past debts.

    On July 29, 2016, Kilimnik wrote Manafort a cryptic note.

    Kilimnik told Manafort he had met that day with the man who had given Manafort “the biggest black caviar jar several years ago.” The Post has previously reported that congressional investigators believed Kilimnik’s reference to “black caviar” was a code for money.

    Kilimnik wrote that he and the man had talked for five hours and he had important messages to relay to Manafort as a result. Kilimnik asked when Manafort would be available to meet.

    “Tuesday would be best,” Manafort responded. The following Tuesday was Aug. 2.

    When they saw each other days later at the Grand Havana Room, one topic the men discussed was a peace proposal for Ukraine, an agenda item Russia was seeking as a key step to lift punishing economic sanctions, according to court records.

    Prosecutors have accused Manafort of lying to them about how frequently he and Kilimnik discussed the matter — initially telling investigators he would not “countenance” the idea because he viewed it as a “backdoor” of some kind. Despite Manafort’s claim of disinterest, prosecutors said he and Kilimnik continued to pursue the subject in several subsequent meetings, including one in January 2017 when the Russian was in Washington for Trump’s inauguration.

    In court, Manafort’s lawyers contended that he was candid about the discussions when reminded by prosecutors and denied that his account has been inconsistent.

    'An extremely sensitive issue'
    There are also indications in the transcript of last week’s hearing that prosecutors have explored whether it was at the Manhattan cigar bar that Manafort shared polling data related to the 2016 White House race with Kilimnik — another topic about which Manafort lied, they allege.

    The sharing of that data was first disclosed, apparently inadvertently, in a court filing by Manafort’s attorneys last month. At the time, it was unclear when Manafort passed along the information to his Russian employee — as well as the substance of the material.

    During last week’s hearing, the judge devoted a significant portion of time to discussing what appeared to be the polling data — something she noted Manafort initially said “just was public information.”

    Weissmann said Manafort had a motive to lie about sharing material with Kilimnik as he was running Trump’s campaign. “It’s obviously an extremely sensitive issue,” the prosecutor said, adding, “We can see what it is that he would be worried about.”

    What exactly might have been shared with Kilimnik at the Grand Havana Room appears to be a matter of dispute.

    On the day of the gathering, Manafort sent Gates an email asking him to print material for a meeting, according to court records. The substance of the material has not been publicly disclosed.

    An attorney for Gates declined to comment.

    Jackson indicated in the hearing that Gates has testified that the material was shared at the Grand Havana Room gathering. “Didn’t he say it happened at the meeting?” she asked.

    “I don’t believe so,” responded Richard W. Westling, an attorney for Manafort.

    Westling noted that the email Gates printed did not specifically reference Kilimnik, implying the material may not have been for the Russian. And he argued that Gates has offered inconsistent accounts and should not be believed.

    Manafort’s defense team also suggested that the information was too detailed to be helpful and would have been useless to Kilimnik. “It frankly, to me, is gibberish . . . It’s not easily understandable,” Westling said.

    Jackson appeared skeptical. “That’s what makes it significant and unusual,” the judge said.

    As a longtime aide to Manafort, Kilimnik had experience using public surveys. In a February 2017 interview, Kilimnik described to Radio Free Europe the key role polling has played in Manafort’s political consulting.

    “I’ve seen him work in different countries, and he really just does, you know, takes very seriously his polling and, you know, he can stand, you know, two weeks going through the data, and he’ll come with the best strategy you can ever have, and he’ll put it on the table of the candidate,” Kilimnik said.

    It is unclear how long Kilimnik remained in the United States after the Grand Havana Room meeting.

    Flight records show that a private plane belonging to Deripaska landed at Newark Liberty International Airport shortly after midnight on Aug. 3, just hours after Kilimnik and Manafort met. The plane spent only a few hours on the ground before taking off again and returning to Moscow.

    Larissa Belyaeva, a spokeswoman for Deripaska, said the plane carried only members of his family.

    “We can confirm that Mr. Deripaska has never lent his private jet to Mr. Kilimnik nor has ever had any interaction with him,” she said.

    In the days after the meeting, Manafort’s work in Ukraine bubbled into public view. On Aug. 19, he resigned from Trump’s campaign.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...=.63375338f6e1
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  9. #174

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    Interesting post by "MLB77"

    Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Don Jr., Kilimnik could have met in Russia. Is Oleg Deripaska a member? I'm sure Mueller knows.
    There are 3 Havana Club Rooms:
    1/ Los Angeles
    2/ New York
    3/ MOSCOW, RUSSIA
    https://www.facebook.com/HavanaClubMoscow/

    Members include:
    Rudy Giuliani
    https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...4d&oe=5CDE904D
    Donald Trump Jr.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DzUeTNPWsAIGfL5.jpg:large
    Alexander Evdokimov (Buratino BlockChain, Russia)
    Arnold Swartzenegger

    Pamela Anderson who's met personally with WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is pictured at the Moscow, Russia Havana Club. Video here:
    https://www.facebook.com/Grand-Havan...9376722115867/
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  10. #175

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    Post #173 is long. Her's the Cliff Notes Version

    Mike Scarcella
    ‏Verified account
    @MikeScarcella

    Manafort judge: 'The Office of Special Counsel is no longer bound by its
    obligations under the plea agreement.'


    'This order does not address the question of whether the defendant will receive credit for his acceptance of responsibility.' https://assets.documentcloud.org/doc...h-20190213.pdf … #Manafort

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  11. #176

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    Mueller's office seeks prison sentence of 20 years or more for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort
    Kevin Johnson and Bart Jansen, USA TODAY Published 7:16 p.m. ET Feb. 15, 2019

    WASHINGTON – Russia special counsel Robert Mueller asked a federal judge on Friday to send former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to prison for between 20 and 24 years for his conviction on multiple financial fraud charges.

    Prosecutors also urged a federal judge in Virginia to move forward with the sentencing, which could amount to a life term for the 69-year-old Manafort who less than three years ago presided over President Donald Trump's nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention.


    "Manafort acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars," prosecutors wrote in a court filing Friday night, adding that they agreed with a pre-sentence report filed by federal probation authorities. "The sentence here should reflect the seriousness of these crimes, and serve to both deter Manafort and others from engaging in such conduct."

    Prosecutors also indicated that Manafort should be held liable for restitution and forfeited properties totaling up to nearly $30 million.

    Manafort's sentencing has been on hold while prosecutors and his lawyers argued over whether he violated an agreement to assist in the continuing investigation into the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 election. Earlier this week, a federal judge in Washington concluded that Manafort had lied repeatedly to prosecutors, and upended his plea agreement in a related case there.

    Manafort could have been eligible for a lesser sentence had he fulfilled his obligation to assist investigators.

    Despite his convictions, Trump has lauded Manafort for his refusal "to break." The president, however, has not indicated whether he would issue a pardon for his one-time campaign chief. One of Mueller's prosecutors, Andrew Weissmann, told a judge this month that one of the reasons Manafort might have lied after promising to cooperate was to "augment his chances for a pardon."

    Manafort was convicted in August on eight counts of financial fraud following a three-week trial in Alexandria, Virginia. The case was primarily focused on Manafort's extensive consulting work in Ukraine on behalf of its former pro-Russian regime.

    A month later, Manafort pleaded guilty to two felony conspiracy charges in a related case as part of his cooperation agreement.

    Mueller sought to void that plea deal in November after prosecutors alleged that Manafort had misled them about his interactions with Russian business associate Konstantin Kilimnik, his contacts with Trump's administration and other subjects. Manafort's lawyers argued that his misstatements were unintentional, but U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson largely disagreed.

    She ruled that Manafort had lied to prosecutors and the FBI about his interactions with Kilimnik, who prosecutors have said is tied to Russian intelligence. Among the exchanges prosecutors allege he lied about was having provided polling data to Kilimnik.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ys/2881393002/
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  12. #177

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    From the "Well D'UH!" Files:

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    Trump’s Russian mafia ties linked to Manafort silence by Putin biographer
    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/tru...in-biographer/
    Craig Unger

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    1/Yes, Manafort may have lied to Mueller because he wanted a pardon from Trump. But let me amplify what I told @amjoyshow about why he may have been scared of the Russian Mafia.

    2/Manafort's story in some ways resembles that of Eduard Nektalov who I write about in #HouseofTrump. Manafort had a place in Trump Tower, and Nektalov lived in Trump World Tower. Nektalov was being investigated by the Treasury Dept for money-laundering...


    3/Manafort was also involved in money-laundering and, among other vehicles, used a company called Lucicle that was in the name of an associate of Russian crime boss Semion Mogilevich


    4/But in May 2004, word got around that Nektalov was cooperating with the feds(just as Manafort seemed to be cooperating w Mueller), and look what happened...


    5/ Manafort must have known about this. Yes, he wants a pardon from Trump, but he also knows there are worse fates than spending the rest of your life in prison.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  13. #178

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    Paul Manafort Is Depressed in Jail, Lawyers Say
    By Kelly Burch 01/11/19
    Manafort has been in jail for more than six months, after a judge revoked his bail in June.

    Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, is not faring well in jail, where he is being held while he awaits his sentencing in February on charges of financial fraud and conspiracy, according to his lawyers.

    “He . . . suffers from depression and anxiety and, due to the facility’s visitation regulations, has had very little contact with his family,” Manafort’s lawyers wrote in court filings that were reported by The New York Post. Because he is so high profile, Manafort is being held in solitary confinement, which has “taken a toll on his physical and mental health,” his lawyers said.

    In addition to depression and anxiety, Manafort is also battling gout, an arthritic inflammation of the joints that is usually associated with a heavy diet that includes red meats, seafood and alcohol.

    “For several months Mr. Manafort has suffered from severe gout, at times confining him to a wheelchair,” the lawyers wrote. In October, Manafort appeared at a court date in a wheelchair, with his foot bandaged.

    His lawyer, Kevin Downing, asked the judge to sentence Manafort quickly, so he could be moved from a detention center to a federal prison. Downing told the judge that Manafort has “significant” health issues that were made worse by the "terms of his confinement."

    Manafort has been in jail for more than six months, after a judge revoked his bail in June. He could face years in federal prison from his convictions.

    In July, a judge ordered that Manafort be moved from one facility that was reportedly giving him special treatment to a city jail in Alexandria, Virginia.

    “On the monitored prison phone calls, Manafort has mentioned that he is being treated like a ‘VIP,’” a court filing by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team alleged. “Among the unique privileges Manafort enjoys at the jail are a private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates’ units, his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone and his own workspace to prepare for trial. Manafort is also not required to wear a prison uniform.”

    Manafort was even able to send emails from the facility.

    “In order to exchange emails, he reads and composes emails on a second laptop that is shuttled in and out of the facility by his team. When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it re-connects to the internet and Manafort’s emails are transmitted,” court documents showed.

    Manafort was in the news again this week after his lawyers accidentally released paperwork that appears to show he met with a Russian spy when he was working on the Trump campaign.

    https://www.thefix.com/paul-manafort...il-lawyers-say

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  14. #179

    Re: The Manafort Trials

    Manafort Sentencing on Tax Crimes Set for March 8
    February 21, 2019

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) – Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will learn in just two weeks how long a prison sentence awaits him for the eight financial crimes of which he was convicted last year.

    In a 1-page order filed this morning in Alexandria, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III set a March 8 sentencing date for the longtime lobbyist, and ordered defense attorneys to submit their sentencing suggestions by March 1. Prosecutors must respond to that memo no later than March 6.

    Manafort was convicted last summer in the Eastern District of Virginia on eight bank and tax fraud charges connected to his political lobbying in Ukraine. The jury deadlocked on 10 other counts.

    Prosecutors in Virginia have recommended that Manafort receive a sentence of 19 to 24 years in prison, per federal sentencing guidelines.

    Five days after he is sentenced in Virginia, Manafort will be sentenced a second time on March 13 in Washington, D.C., in connection to his guilty plea there in November to conspiracy charges.

    Manafort is also expected in March to plead guilty to making false statements to prosecutors during a time when he was supposed to cooperate with investigators and testify truthfully before a grand jury.

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who for nearly two years now has been probing Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with that effort, has accused Manafort of lying about his communication with alleged Russian spy Konstantin Kilimnik.

    The special counsel’s office is expected to file its sentencing memorandum for the matter in Washington, D.C., no later than Friday.

    There is uncertainty as to what sentence prosecutors may suggest for Manafort in D.C.: Based on the plea violations, Mueller may want Manafort serve his dual sentences consecutively, rather than the concurrent option Manafort had secured by agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel’s office.

    Manafort spokesman, Jason Maloni, did not immediately return a request for comm


    https://www.courthousenews.com/manaf...t-for-march-8/
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  15. #180

    Re: The Manafort/Stone Trials

    Betsy Woodruff
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    Judge agrees to let Roger Stone testify today

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    This is a huge mistake by Stone. He should exercise his right to remain silent.
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