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So.... Word is that Trump's lawyers are preparing answers to Mueller's written questions.

Um.

1. Written questions? Yeah, we're likely to get at the truth there. Not.

2. Why are the LAWYERS preparing the answers? Were those lawyers in the room when these decisions were made?

Of COURSE I would expect that Trump would have his lawyers carefully go over his answers before submitting them.

But having the lawyers prepare the answers FOR him?

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But having the lawyers prepare the answers FOR him?



Yeah, Mueller won't accept the answers sent in via Twitter. emoticon

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Mueller is so darn unreasonable!

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But having the lawyers prepare the answers FOR him?



Yeah, Mueller won't accept the answers sent in via Twitter. emoticon



*snicker*
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( News) - Paul Manafort shows up to court in a wheelchair, learns sentencing date

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was rolled into a Virginia federal court Friday in a wheelchair, wearing a green prison uniform instead of his signature tailored suit.

The judge scheduled Manafort to be sentenced Feb. 8 for eight counts of tax evasion and bank fraud and dismissed the remaining charges against him.

Manafort, appearing visibly grayer, was pushed into court in a wheelchair, missing his right shoe.

"There are significant issues with Mr. Manafort’s health concerning confinement," his lawyer, Kevin Downing, told the judge.

Downing requested that the court expedite Manafort’s sentencing so he could be moved to a facility better equipped to deal with his health issues.



MISSING HIS RIGHT SHOE????

Oh, good heavens. COMPLETELY playing to an audience of one. "Please hurry up and pardon him Mr. Trump -- he's in serious need of medical help!!!"

Bull.

Cooter, I don't know if you've ever been a litigator, but would you have EVER allowed a defendant to show up in court with a SHOE missing???

Absolutely ridiculous play for sympathy.

I. Have. None.

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( News) - Paul Manafort shows up to court in a wheelchair, learns sentencing date




Corporal Klinger, updated.

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Perhaps Rep. Dave Brat could stop by to visit Manafort. Remember this from just a few days ago?

Dave Brat tells inmates, "You think you’re having a hard time? I got $5 million worth of negative ads going at me."

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Ha! Yes, they could have a hard-time contest.

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Perhaps Rep. Dave Brat could stop by to visit Manafort. Remember this from just a few days ago?

Dave Brat tells inmates, "You think you’re having a hard time? I got $5 million worth of negative ads going at me."



Oh! Dropped by here to post something else, but just saw this. Dave Brat lost last night. Maybe he could spend time visiting the inmates, telling them what a REALLY hard time he's having, now that he's unemployed....

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Brian Williams (MSNBC) is reporting that Vanity Fair just dropped an article:

"The President is very depressed": With Don Jr. facing possible indictment, and endless house investigations forthcoming, no wonder Trump is in a bad mood

In recent days, according to three sources, Don Jr. has been telling friends he is worried about being indicted as early as this week. One person close to Don Jr. spedulated that Mueller could indict him for making false statements to Congress and the [sign in to see URL]. about whether he had told his father about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians to gather "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.

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Thoughts and prayers, Don Jr. Thoughts and prayers.

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Maybe we could dedicate an entire wing of a federal prison to Donald J. Trump associates.

I'd throw $10 in for the plaque.

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Maybe we could dedicate an entire wing of a federal prison to Donald J. Trump associates.

I'd throw $10 in for the plaque.



So would I, although if they mess with my Social Security I may have to cut that.

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(]CNN) - Trump sends finished written answers to Mueller

President Donald Trump on Tuesday submitted written answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller related to the investigation of possible collusion between Trump associates and Russians.

The responses from the President signify a major development in the Mueller probe following months of negotiations between the special counsel's office and Trump's legal team, and could be a sign of the end stages of the investigation....

It's not yet clear whether the answers will be enough for Mueller to finish his investigation, as there could be additional questions -- and the special counsel's office could still try to pursue an in-person interview with Trump.

Trump and his legal team balked at some of the questions from Mueller that covered the presidential transition and Trump's time in the White House, believing those could be off limits due to executive privilege, CNN has previously reported.

The questions also cover only issues related to the potential collusion investigation and not the probe into possible obstruction of justice.

"It has been our position from the outset that much of what has been asked raised serious constitutional issues and was beyond the scope of a legitimate inquiry," Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said in a statement. "This remains our position today. The President has nonetheless provided unprecedented cooperation. The special counsel has been provided with more than 30 witnesses, 1.4 million pages of material, and now the President's written responses to questions. It is time to bring this inquiry to a conclusion."

Now that Trump has submitted his answers, the ball is back in Mueller's court to decide whether to pursue additional questions, follow-ups to the President's response or an in-person interview.


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(]CNN) - Stone's efforts to seek WikiLeaks documents detailed in draft Mueller document

Draft court filings obtained by CNN outline significant insights into what special counsel Robert Mueller may know about Roger Stone's efforts to seek documents from WikiLeaks in 2016.

Mueller's office was preparing to tell a federal court that Stone pushed an associate to get documents from WikiLeaks -- information that is now known to be stolen from the Democrats by Russian hackers -- that could help the Trump campaign, according to a draft of a court filing and other documents shared with CNN by Stone associate and conservative author Jerome Corsi....

In one of the draft court filings shared with CNN on Monday, the special counsel's team outlined how Stone, who is only identified as Person 1, allegedly sought the information and emails from WikiLeaks using at least one person, Corsi, as a go-between. Corsi confirmed to CNN that Stone is Person 1....

In the draft court papers, prosecutors outline how Corsi allegedly lied three times to the FBI and special counsel's office. He told them he rebuffed Stone when Stone asked him to reach out to Wikileaks; he denied that Stone asked him to involve another person in the effort; and he denied he shared information about what Wikileaks had.

In the summer of 2016, Stone allegedly asked Corsi to get in touch with WikiLeaks "about materials it possessed relevant to the presidential campaign that had not already been released," according to the draft filing. "Get to [Assange]," Stone wrote on July 25, 2016, three days after Wikileaks dumped thousands of Democratic National Committee emails. According to the documents, Stone directed Corsi to get in touch with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, was blasting publicly the documents stolen in the Russian hack, and "get the pending [Wikileaks] emails."

Corsi then passed that request on to Ted Malloch, a London-based consultant. Malloch said he spoke to the FBI this year and said was asked specifically if he had visited the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He had not, he said. Stone also said he has never met Assange....

By August 2, 2016, Corsi was emailing Stone to predict that WikiLeaks had more document dumps in the works. Stone has said he spoke with Trump the following day, August 3.

"Word is friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps. One shortly after I'm back. 2nd in Oct. Impact planned to be very damaging," Corsi wrote, according to the draft document. "Time to let more than [the Clinton Campaign chairman] to be exposed as in bed w enemy if they are not ready to drop HRC [Hillary Rodham Clinton]. That appears to be the game hackers are now about. Would not hurt to start suggesting HRC old, memory bad, has stroke -- neither he nor she well. I expect that much of next dump focus, setting stage for Foundation debacle."


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(]CNN) - Mueller investigating 2017 meeting between Manafort and Ecuador's President

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has been investigating a meeting between former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in Quito in 2017 and has specifically asked if WikiLeaks or its founder, Julian Assange, were discussed in the meeting, a source with personal knowledge of the matter tells CNN.

In November 2017, The Associated Press reported that Moreno publicly acknowledged meeting with Manafort and a group of Chinese businessmen who wanted to privatize the country's electric corporation. Moreno said the proposal was rejected.

Earlier Tuesday, The Guardian reported that Manafort secretly met several times with Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, including around the time he was made a top figure in the Trump campaign. The Guardian, citing sources, said Manafort met with Assange in 2013, 2015 and in the spring of 2016....

The newspaper said it is unclear "why Manafort wanted to see Assange and what was discussed."

Citing a "well-placed source," The Guardian reported that Manafort met with Assange around March 2016, just months before WikiLeaks released Democratic emails believed to be stolen by Russian intelligence officers....

The newspaper also reported that an internal document written by Ecuador's intelligence agency and seen by The Guardian contains Manafort's name on a list of "well-known" guests at the embassy in 2013. The list, according to the newspaper, also mentions "Russians."


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Muller's noose is tightening.

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(]New York Times) - Manafort’s Lawyer Said to Brief Trump Attorneys on What He Told Mueller

A lawyer for Paul Manafort, the president’s onetime campaign chairman, repeatedly briefed President Trump’s lawyers on his client’s discussions with federal investigators after Mr. Manafort agreed to cooperate with the special counsel, according to one of Mr. Trump’s lawyers and two other people familiar with the conversations.

The arrangement was highly unusual and inflamed tensions with the special counsel’s office when prosecutors discovered it after Mr. Manafort began cooperating two months ago, the people said. Some legal experts speculated that it was a bid by Mr. Manafort for a presidential pardon even as he worked with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, in hopes of a lighter sentence.

Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of the president’s personal lawyers, acknowledged the arrangement on Tuesday and defended it as a source of valuable insights into the special counsel’s inquiry and where it was headed. Such information could help shape a legal defense strategy, and it also appeared to give Mr. Trump and his legal advisers ammunition in their public relations campaign against Mr. Mueller’s office.

For example, Mr. Giuliani said, Mr. Manafort’s lawyer Kevin M. Downing told him that prosecutors hammered away at whether the president knew about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting where Russians promised to deliver damaging information on Hillary Clinton to his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. The president has long denied knowing about the meeting in advance. “He wants Manafort to incriminate Trump,” Mr. Giuliani declared of Mr. Mueller.

While Mr. Downing’s discussions with the president’s team violated no laws, they helped contribute to a deteriorating relationship between lawyers for Mr. Manafort and Mr. Mueller’s prosecutors, who accused Mr. Manafort of holding out on them despite his pledge to assist them in any matter they deemed relevant, according to the people. That conflict spilled into public view on Monday when the prosecutors took the rare step of declaring that Mr. Manafort had breached his plea agreement by lying to them about a variety of subjects.

Mr. Manafort’s lawyers insisted that their client had been truthful but acknowledged that the two sides were at an impasse. Mr. Manafort will now face sentencing on two conspiracy charges and eight counts of financial fraud — crimes that could put him behind bars for at least 10 years....

In his own recent Twitter attacks on the special counsel, the president seemed to imply that he had inside information about the prosecutors’ lines of inquiry and frustrations. “Wait until it comes out how horribly & viciously they are treating people, ruining lives for them refusing to lie,” Mr. Trump wrote on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, he tweeted: “The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess. They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts. They are screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want.”

Mr. Manafort’s legal team had long kept Mr. Trump’s lawyers abreast of developments in his case under a joint defense agreement. The president’s team has pursued such pacts as a way to monitor the special counsel’s inquiry. Mr. Giuliani said last month that the president’s lawyers had agreements with lawyers for 32 witnesses or subjects of Mr. Mueller’s 18-month-old investigation.



So... Apparently Manafort and his attorneys kept open communications with Giuliani and Trump so that they could feed information to Trump and his attorneys about what the prosecutor was asking about. And it is the apparent reason that Mueller's team ended the plea agreement.

Apparently Manafort believed he would get a pardon from Trump, which would save him. The problem is that the financial fraud indictments can ALSO be made on the state level -- which Trump can't pardon. And Manafort has pled GUILTY to those crimes, so there's no defense at this point.

More obstruction of justice in plain sight....

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This is the latest in the long string of unbelievable events.

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I'm just astonished at the hubris.

And their absolute belief that the rules don't apply to them.

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