Paul Manafort And Rick Gates Plead Not Guilty

The Associated Press reports:

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates have pleaded not guilty following their arrest on charges related to conspiracy against the United States and other felonies. The charges are the first from the special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Manafort and Gates appeared before a federal judge Monday in Washington. They are charged with a combined 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.

A White House spokeswoman says President Donald Trump is not planning “any changes” with special counsel Robert Mueller. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded Monday to a question about whether the president is considering firing Mueller. She said there is “no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to special counsel.”

  • joeyj1220

    now the bargaining can begin… spill the beans and get the bigger fish

    • Robincho

      Now I’m all hungry…

  • Gustav2
    • clay

      Roger Stone must be busy planning outfits.

    • safari

      I’m always intrigued when I see porn with one of the participants wearing a tether. It makes it so much dirtier.

    • Megrim Twist

      Anyone who would wear a sport sock with a dress shoe should be under house arrest. Sorry not sorry.

      • Gustav2

        Manafort spent $849,215 at a men’s clothing store in New York…
        so I thought that pic was appropriate.

        http://www.businessinsider.com/paul-manafort-indictment-money-laundering-2017-10

        • JAKvirginia

          Must be true what they say, money is wasted on the rich! $848K on clothes!!!!! Maybe he knows the bitch who bid $225+K for a purse.

      • Tawreos

        Would you rather stretch the sock out trying to get over that thing?

        • Megrim Twist

          No, but I would choose a different shoe! 🙂 I mean, furry slippers, for God’s sake. It’s not like he’s going to leave the house!

          • Tawreos

            Wait, you’re not supposed to wear the furry slippers out of the house? That would explain the odd looks I get on casual Friday’s

          • The_Wretched

            Cheney wore his furry slippers when visiting with foreign dignitaries.

    • Snarkaholic

      Uber app included…free!

  • clay

    Oh, I don’t know; surely Paul would be safer in protective custody . . .

    • JWC

      someone may feed him a Russian cocktail

      • alguien

        that should be everyone’s biggest worry.

    • bkmn

      Especially after repeated body cavity searches

      • clay

        “Why, just last night . . . sorry, no, that was something else.”

      • SpecialAgentPecker FBI

        ‘I didn’t ask for the anal probe.’

        • Megrim Twist

          Why do I get the feeling that Manafort might enjoy an anal probe?

          • Tawreos

            I get the feeling that more than a few people in here are jealous that he breaks the law and gets an anal probe from a big burly guard that makes sure they know that resistance is futile…excuse me it is getting a bit warm in here. =)

          • JAKvirginia

            Why… yes. You, too?

        • bkmn

          Like you need to ask for it

        • edrex

          it’s a courtesy. gratis.

        • Tawreos

          In prison it is like an eggroll at a Chinese restaurant, they come with everything.

  • Gates has a public defender. Says 2 things:
    1. He was stupid enough not to secure counsel BEFORE the feds froze all his moneyz
    2. The feds froze all his moneyz.

    • Tomcat

      or he already has shown interest in cooperating

      • GeneInSJ

        I think you’re right. He’s going to start singing.

        • RoverSerton

          I guarantee, with this team of prosecutors, I’ll get the best deal possible. But, I’d never be associated with this crowd anyway.

      • The_Wretched

        Even in that case you pay for an attorney who isn’t entirely overworked and out of the prosecutions league.

    • perversatile

      ”Gates has a public defender. Says 2 things:
      1. He was stupid enough not to secure counsel BEFORE the feds froze all his moneyz
      2. The feds froze all his moneyz”

      The 3rd thing: Get your tickets now-
      U.S. Senate Impeachment of the President Ticket, April 6th, 1868 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f7bdcd539254f228ec5f572e3ac9234650a7f4969b60206c4a9dc0b732201233.jpg

      • Wow, they sold tickets to watch the proceedings?

        • JCF

          Theoretically, I doubt they were sold (but de facto, Behold Ye Olde Scalpers!)

    • Cattleya1

      I’ll bet he has money stashed overseas. He’ll be in Uruguay in a heartbeat if he isn’t locked down.

  • Pollos Hermanos
  • KCMC
    • Snarkaholic

      …but then I turned my husband over to the Feds, and they turned the taser off.

  • SpecialAgentPecker FBI
    • Todd20036

      So much winning. Finally!

    • Lawerence Collins

      Enjoy Julia Sugarbaker’s rant

      https://youtu.be/9PtU_zfvQSI

      • olandp

        “… you can just call me the Ju-li-a!”

      • Steven B

        What a classy show!

  • bkmn
    • Clive Johnson

      lol

  • Cuberly Deux

    Flight risks?

    Ya think?

    • Gustav2

      Just because Manafort has a dacha?

      • bkmn

        Just the one dear?

      • Joe in PA
        • JCF

          I’m almost afraid to ask: how YOUNG are you, Joe in PA? [For those of us who came of age during the Cold War, references to Soviet “apparatchiks” in their “dachas” was…well, their familiarity is not something you’d say Nyet to.]

          • Joe in PA

            LOL, nothing to do with age…I’m just not very bright (and not paying attention). 🙂

    • JAKvirginia

      Ah… winter in Moscow!

      • popebuck1

        It did such great things for that FIRST bunch of Nazis.

    • unsavedheathen

      Da.

  • bkmn

    As a taxpayer I have no problem spending a few extra dollars to ensure Dir. Mueller’s safety. In fact I hope they double his protection.

    • Lizard

      Better spent protecting Mueller than Drumpf’s golf weekends.

      • bzrd

        or Ms. DeVoid or the many other criminals in the Resident Nazi’s administration

  • Paula

    Dear traitors,
    I am enclosing this small picture to help you deal with the indictments. Use it well. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/51781ab6f3bb44f056a92f74d444cf3a5e03eaff7543f21687cf4cfa7c0e26b1.jpg

  • -M-

    Considering Paul’s clients and associates, the two should both be pleading, “Please, don’t let them kill me.”

  • bkmn

    Interesting tidbit…

    U.S. District Court for D.C. has four sealed cases in its docket with case numbers between Papadopoulos' (182) and Manafort's (201). pic.twitter.com/zDKMY3qHM6— Steve Reilly (@BySteveReilly) October 30, 2017

    • Todd20036

      The 4 Paps would be a cool name for a jazz or barbershop quartet.

      • Steverino

        The White House attempt to discredit him should be called the Pap smear.

      • Tatonka

        Or an office of gynecologists.

      • David Walker

        Gladys Day and the Paps

      • JAKvirginia

        Or The 4 Perps? Cuz it definitely ain’t The 4 Tops.

  • DJ John Bear

    Throw them in the county slam…

  • Tawreos

    There may be no plan to fire Mueller, but I think we all know damn well that is only because everyone around Trump is telling him what a bad idea that would be.

    • Boreal

      and that is probably along with everything else making trumpy meltdown even more.

      • SpecialAgentPecker FBI

        #DOSOMETHING!

        • Tawreos

          I will, I am going to pour myself a drink and enjoy the shit out of it thinking about the next Trumpanzee to go down.

      • Snarkaholic

        It was so upsetting, he could barely finish his fourth piece of cake!

        • Boreal

          It was the best chocolate cake………………………………

          • Snarkaholic

            …but, because of the totallyunfairliestoldaboutmeohgodwhywon’tyoupeopleleavemealone, it tasted like drywall!

      • Rambie

        Give him his FOX NEWS pacifier

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN
    • clay

      Trae Crowder‏Verified account @traecrowder 6h6 hours ago

      How wild would it be if Manafort tried to explain all this by being like “I know it was treasony, but see I was hammered and also Im gay.”

      • boatboy_srq

        That would be very Spacey of him.

      • jerry

        Trae’s latest video: “Between King Greasy Cheese and fucking Frank Underwood, it’s a rough day to be a fake-ass president.”

    • The_Wretched

      host should have tagged on “or pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarchs”.

    • JCF

      That one was an Instant CLASSIC!

  • Tatonka

    I would have given a lot to be a fly on the wall during his lunch with Sessions today. I hope there are tapes.

    • SpecialAgentPecker FBI

      #DOSOMETHING

      • HAAAAAAA

        #DIDSOMETHING

      • Tatonka

        Things I’m doing/have did this year: 1) helped undocumented immigrants prepare powers of attorney so their kids are cared for in the event of arrest by ICE; 2) signed up to represent Harvey victims on appeal from denials of FEMA assistance (still waiting for a case); 3) set up chairs at meetings of a secret society of sober people; 4) saved the last slice of birthday cake for my kids (so far, subject to change without notice).

    • Tawreos

      Basically a lot of screaming and swearing is my guess.

  • HAAAAAAA
  • Friday’s_cat

    CNN Chyron says gov wants $10 mil bail for Manafort.

  • TrueWords

    If you are charged with a criminal offense, you can choose to plead guilty or not guilty.

    If you plead not guilty it generally means that you deny committing the offence. …

    When you plead not guilty a trial date is set. At the trial the court hears evidence and a decision is made as to whether you are guilty or not.

    http://img29.laughinggif.com/pic/HTTP3RoZWh1bW9yb3VzLmNvbS93cC1jb250ZW50L3VwbG9hZHMvMjAxMy8xMS9EaWQteW91LWVhdC10aGUta2l0dHktY2F0cy10cmVhdHMtRGVudmVyLmdpZgloglog.gif

  • I am really, really, really curious to know exactly what happened the week of August 15th 2016.

    Papadopoulos’s guilty plea today says he was told on 15 Aug (Monday) to go ahead and fly to Russia to set up meetings, ideally not directly involving Trump so as to avoid attracting attention.

    By Friday 19 Aug, we learned that sometime during the week, Manafort had been sacked from the campaign, which immediately began trying hard to Memory Hole his entire tenure as Campaign Manager.

    • Tawreos

      Someone told them that what they were doing was illegal and they could all go to jail for the things they had already done.

  • TheManicMechanic

    More lying. Imagine that.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Judas Peckerwood

    This just the first step in a long dance to a plea bargain.

  • omg… There are as yet four more still-sealed indictments.
    https://twitter.com/BySteveReilly/status/925063641870856192

    • Lazycrockett

      Stone was never part of the campaign right?

      • Officially? No. Unofficially? He was read in on enough to know Wikileaks was going after Podesta before the emails came out.

        Which didn’t happen until the day the Access Hollywood tape came out.

      • The_Wretched

        Stone has been oddly specific on leaking information that makes Trump happy and almost certainly came from Trump.

    • Tawreos

      It is always good when you find out there are more presents to unwrap.

    • bkmn

      Let’s see…
      1. Pence
      2. Sessions
      3. Kellyanne Conjob
      4. _____________

      • Lazycrockett

        Flynn
        Page
        Junior
        ?

        • bkmn

          I wonder if Mueller decided to double up on some of them…we need to add Jared to the list somewhere

        • Danieruw

          Don’t forget that serial killer Miller.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Stone. Lewandowski. Page. Podesta?

    • Jeffrey

      One for Jr and one for Kushner?

      • JCF

        …and a Conjugal Pass for another_steve! ;-p~~~

        • Jeffrey

          Jared better be glad to get it too because Ivanka certainly isn’t visiting his ass there.

    • Chitown Kev

      Juicy…I figure Flynn, Sessions, Page…and possibly Trump, Jr.

  • greenmanTN

    OT, but did he win that hair on a game show?

  • Lazycrockett
    • SpecialAgentPecker FBI

      WINNING!

    • Friday’s_cat

      Given the Bush numbers the Great White Dope at -29 is saying something.

      • ArchiLaw

        The W number came right after 9/11.

        • JCF

          I’m wonder why TF HW’s numbers were so high.

    • Oh, Parker

      Dangerous numbers for someone who is going to need protection by his party soon.

  • bkmn

    Of course Trump can praise Sarah for doing her usual good job today…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/53c9d22c99e1df4d7672f1a181901ee1822f7e9bfb2868ca3ec7ce3cc79df47f.jpg

  • Ninja0980

    Lock them up!

  • greenmanTN
    • Snarkaholic

      Ten dumb Republicans worked for a Swine
      One’s been squealing…All Month
      Now there are nine.

    • In my 50s now and I continue to be abashed and a little shocked to learn how many of my childhood’s little songs and rhymes were incredibly racist.

      • Snarkaholic

        As a kid, I read a friend’s copy of Little Black Sambo. I just thought that the writer was teaching us to use good judgment.
        I hope that book’s not still available today.

        • SpecialAgentPecker FBI

          Oh, I had that one. I remember it very well.

        • Lazycrockett

          I had a hand me down disney record collection that included Uncle Remus and the Tar baby. jesus wtf.

        • greenmanTN

          It’s still available. For a while I worked at a rare bookstore whose specialty was antiquarian children’s books. (Their sub specialty was the Oz books.) One sort of scam we pulled is that people (not racist, heavens to Betsy no!) have been told that Little Black Sambo is “banned” so they must have a copy! In fact it has never been OUT of print and is still in vintage looking copies with the original illustrations, so we’d buy a new one, tell them we “found” a copy and jack up the price. You have no idea how many copies of the rare, banned Little Black Sambo I sold for that store. 😈 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b7db72fc5957dc7a6c2faca2f4e74e557bdf574fcb8b5c5b06e2d9cf387d2be1.jpg

          • Snarkaholic

            You: It’s so rare to find a vintage children’s book in near-mint conditio-
            Idiot/Racist Customer: OMGYOU’RERIGHTSHUTUPANDTAKEMYMONEY!!!

          • greenmanTN

            Yup, pretty much. If I try really hard I can almost feel guilty about it. I’ll confirm that supposition if I ever really try.

          • Snarkaholic

            As a collector of children’s books myself, I appreciate the ones I find that aren’t too banged up.
            Fun side note: I own all of the original Mary Poppins books…and in them, she was a real fucking bitch! Those poor kids were verbally abused every which way!

          • greenmanTN

            As an artist I mostly collect them for the illustrations (and pure acquisitiveness). I have a great old copy of Anderson’s fairy tales- in German. But the illustrations are lovely.

          • Treant

            Actually, I hope the dog marries whatever he wants, pussy or dick.

          • greenmanTN

            Old Mother Hubbard
            Went to the cupboard
            To give her poor dog a bone

            But when she bent over
            Rover took over
            And gave her a bone of his own!

        • greenmanTN

          FWIW there is nothing inherently racist about the original LBS, which was about a Tamil boy, written by a Scottish woman in India, though MANY later editions had racist illustrations and the name Sambo was picked up and used in racist ways. So, oddly, LBS is retroactively racist.

      • greenmanTN

        I have an amazing book of nursery rhymes, with great illustrations, from the early 1900s. The version in it is Ten Little N-words.

        • 1960s: Eenie Meenie Miney Moe was only just beginning to replace the N-word with “tiger.”

          • greenmanTN

            Yup, I remember that.

          • jerry

            I remember a book my paternal grandmother bought…”Little Black Sambo”. My mother and maternal grandmother absolutely refused to read that to us. (I’m not going to post a picture of it, either).

        • stuckinthewoods

          Have you seen the “songsters” of the mid-19thC? We have “Old Uncle Ned” – and the lyrics would curl your toes. Even the Bunker Hill Songster for some reason includes tunes like “Oh! Bless Dat Lubly Yallar Gal”

          • greenmanTN

            Don’t even know what a songster is…

            One thing I was fascinated by is the ephemera (non-book stuff on paper) the rare book store I worked for had in their antique mall location, where I worked on saturdays. (That’s where most of the LBS requests came from.) Particularly the old photos of “minstrel shows” put on by churches, this being Texas after all. Tons of them, “Christians” in blackface.

            We also had things from the “Coon Chicken Inn,” which was in Seattle in case anyone is too comfortable in their “that stuff only happened in the South” bubble. http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/coon_chicken.htm

          • stuckinthewoods

            I believe a songster is different from a song book in that it doesn’t have the music itself. This is an 1889 “Uncle Ned” song book which has only that one song but has the music. Sitting on it is a small 1850 paper ‘songster’ with lyrics of many racist songs (but only acknowledges music rights, has no music). All of the latter are either entirely in pidgin or contain words such as massa, darkie, yalla, etc. but are paternalistic, extolling all the fun it must have been being a slave. How they used these I’m not sure.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/af5ff662af3a51e6e23183c20190860124752d91e7a480bd3e25d41f391d5da7.jpg

      • Friday’s_cat

        The licorice jelly candies N babies?

        • Treant

          The Southern name for Black-Eyed Susans?

  • Jefe5084

    OT: Dennis Banks dies at 80. Founder of AIM.

    AIM Co-Founder and Anishinaabe Leader Dennis Banks Dies at 80 https://t.co/VBl2lucd4t #DennisBanks pic.twitter.com/nu7IFDaA3T— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) October 30, 2017

  • The_Wretched

    Foreign contacts and huge piles of wealth. Don’t let them out.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Countdown until Podesta is indicted

    • AJayne

      That would be Podesta the lobbyist, right? Brother of the guy on Hillary’s campaign? If he’s guilty, he should be indicted. Period.

      • gaycuckhubby

        He just stepped down from his firm today

    • bkmn

      They will take Podesta down at some point in time, but right now I think Mueller has his eyes on the prize orange buffoon

  • bkmn

    I know this may shock some of you but Trump may not run for re-election in 2020…

    http://www.newsweek.com/trump-2020-election-white-house-manafort-696089

    • SpecialAgentPecker FBI

      He’s just out grifting cash to line his pockets.

    • Even if true, it won’t stop him from fundraising and campaigning.

      • Tawreos

        Campaigning is the only part of the job he likes, fundraising is just an added bonus.

  • David Walker

    Today is brought to you by..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmbaVitct1Q

  • Lazycrockett

    Once again the GOP are all on point, pushing this both was colluding with the russians.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element
  • Lazycrockett
    • bkmn

      hahahahahahaha…..good luck getting a job asshole

      • Snarkaholic

        He’ll probably go on the speaking circuit…
        …with talks featuring morality…
        …in church basements…
        …for fifty bucks a gig.

    • Good. Now THIS is some genuine swamp draining.

    • The_Wretched

      He needed to go.

    • another_steve

      Rough times, these, for sexual harassers.

      Except one – and he’s in the Oval Office of the White House.

      • clay

        uh-hum, sexual-assaulters many of them.

      • JCF

        Not as rough as for their victims.

  • boatboy_srq

    Guilt requires ethics. They have none, thus feel none.

  • We must never forget that if not for Manafort tricking Donald into picking Mike Pence to be his VP and not his first choice, which was Christie, Pence would not even be Veep now.

    So another very good question is: Why did Manafort want the deeply flawed and unpopular Pence on the ticket and not Christie? To the point where he was willing to lie to Donald himself about aircraft maintenance just to set up the dinner.

    • Lazycrockett

      It just wasn’t Manafort, the kiddies were also pushing for Pence.

      • Snarkaholic

        So they could see those pesky gays “dealt with”, while pretending to accept/support us enthusiastically?

    • another_steve

      My theory is that the theofascist right (Graham, Robertson, Donahue, etc.) told the Trump campaign that they’d overlook the three marriages, the on-tape admission to sexual harassment and the incestuous thing Trump’s got going with Ivanka in exchange for “one of their own” on the ticket. That being, Pence.

      Pence is the theofascists’ wet dream.

      They’re counting the days until Trump either resigns or is removed from office.

      • robindaybird

        except now, Pence is neck deep in it, if Trump’s removed, Pence is on the chopping block, and Paul Ryan explicitly told other republicans Ixnay on the Russinay

        • another_steve

          If we have to live under the yoke of a Republican administration, I’d rather it be with the orange sexual predator at the top than with Pence at the top.

          Trump is a buffoon. A joke. No one takes him seriously – not even Republican congressional leadership. Pence, on the other hand, is polished and articulate and a dyed-in-the-wool theofascist.

          Pence scares the shit out of me.

          • The_Wretched

            Fear is the mind killer. The situation is bad and getting worse. When you get a chance for change, you take it. Consider the range of potential outcomes and there’s more plus outcomes than minus outcomes. You can’t just focus on one of the minus outcomes and hole up in misery land.

          • robindaybird

            I think you misread. I said if Trump’s removed, there’s no way Pence is going to squeak by, or Ryan

          • another_steve

            Assuming that Mueller’s final report doesn’t touch either Pence or Ryan, what makes you think that?

            Do you appreciate the collective sigh of relief that the Republican establishment will sigh… if and when Trump leaves the White House and makes room for Pence?

            (Sorry if I’m continuing to misunderstand your point.)

          • robindaybird

            When you remove a tree growing into your house’s foundation, you don’t leave a few roots that only just barely touching it – you take it ALL out, and it’s known for months that Pence knew Flynn was dirty but still handed over sensitive intel, and Ryan squashed any attempts to point out the emperor wear no clothes.

          • another_steve

            We all know that the top Republican scum are/were in on the thing, but Mueller’s final report will determine the future of Pence’s and Ryan’s political careers.

            It’s quite possible that Pence will emerge relatively unscathed. Mueller might fault him for this or that but not suggest he was guilty of criminal behavior.

            (Thanks for the interesting exchange, robindaybird. 😉

          • 2guysnamedjoe

            I hope the Nixon-Agnew pattern holds here, where the VP gets shitcanned first.

      • Cipher

        BINGO!

    • Tulle Christensen

      you mean instead of the deeply flawed and unpopular Christie. Maybe because it would have been easier to find law breaking with Christie and harder with Pence as Pence is better at cover up

    • Steverino

      I think there was a Mercer / Bannon angle to that trickery (they wanted Pence), as well as Jarrod having a hardon against Christie for prosecuting his father.

  • SpecialAgentPecker FBI
    • Snarkaholic

      Kellyanne Conman, misunderstanding the headline, jumped up from her desk, hurtled through the front door, and sprinted toward the nearest Realtor’s office!

      • David Walker

        Or to her dealer.

        • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

          They’re the same person.

      • jerry

        My first thought was “opens new crack…and rushed out for new botox injections.”

  • Helen Damnation™

    And just like that, within just minutes of the first update, the Mueller Bingo Card required additional updating.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/985433c3d433aaa726506153a2d96d1bce7584f034b1de5ba8979942ee188ae1.jpg

    • Snarkaholic

      Should Eric be on there? He seems too dumb to have been trusted with much info/responsibility.

      • Helen Damnation™

        Oh he’s there, middle row, far left, AKA “B-3”. All three children have made statements that refer to illegal activity.

      • OdieDenCO

        B3

        • Snarkaholic

          Yes…but should he be?

          • bzrd

            for me, only because he enjoys shooting beautiful animals
            that’s a bigly crime

          • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

            Yes, if not for just being a Trump.

          • OdieDenCO

            sorry, I read should as shouldn’t

      • Helen Damnation™

        I replaced Eric with Sam Clovis.

  • Mickey Bitsko
  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    Nice. Had they pleaded guilty, there would not have been a public trial. Now, there will be one.

  • KCMC
    • bkmn

      Not to mention all the money the GOP has laundered for Putin & Pals

    • billbear1961

      The fucking TRAITOR!

    • bzrd

      “It was a joke,”
      yes, and the joke’s on the republikunts now. Seems they like to play games which the courts are going to play bigly now,
      TV games
      First The Dating Game:
      who was with whom, when and where, and what did they say
      all those dots, so many dots being connected right now
      Then we’ll transition into Let’s Make A Deal
      speculation on NPR today, manafort won’t make a deal saying he’s going to use his trump card, a pardon, but prosecutor will come back with, once you plead guilty the states have you for laundering money there, so good luck with that, better take deal #one

  • Rex

    I’m pleading not guilty, too.
    Not guilty of enjoying this day way too much.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Jury says LOL

    • Snarkaholic

      Jury (glancing at your champagne/caviar/chocolate-covered shirt): We find the defendant Incredibly Guilty, your honor!

  • Gustav2

    OMG! Manafort’s lawyer:

    When working in Ukraine for Putin, Manafort was working for democracy.

  • Taylor Bixler

    “perhaps no Administration has done more in its first 9 months than this Administration.”
    Seems to be the case
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DNZJdhdXkAEXtCI.jpg

    • Stogiebear

      It almost looks like the Democratic administrations were busy working to run the country and the Republicans were busy working to run a criminal enterprise.

    • bzrd

      the Resident Nazi can’t remember what he had for breakfast that’s why he hardly knows anyone

  • billbear1961
  • Papadopoulos’ main role in the Trump campaign appears to have been to (illegally) set up relationships between Trump’s team and foreign governments, including especially the Kremlin.
    https://twitter.com/alexwagner/status/925076583567814657

    • I saw a mention a couple hours ago that another of Papa’s trips was to Israel.

      Kinda explains Bibi’s gushing support for Donald, no? I’ll wager anything more Logan Act violating quid pro quos were negotiated with other gov’ts before the election.

      Just look for whoever is supporting him now.

  • Michael R
  • Steven B

    This is a MUST READ legal analysis of today’s events outlining points you won’t see on MSNBC or CNN. Number 1 being that the arrest and guilty plea by George Papadopolous 3 months ago is a bigger smoking gun than Manafort which is all they’re talking about.
    Read Seth Abramson, a Harvard educated defense attorney and law professor. He knows his shit and lays everything out.
    <meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0; URL=https://mobile.twitter.com/i/nojs_router?path=%2Fsearch&amp;src=rela&amp;q=%40sethabramson”>https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/924988111880417280

    • The_Wretched

      It’s a good read. It’s especially fun to see the FALSE and why on SHS’s deflections and lies.

    • I’m reading the guilty plea itself.

      The whole “stolen emails” conspiracy goes all the way back to April 2016, with the Trump campaign in toto eager to obtain the stolen data.

      This makes it a criminal conspiracy right from the start and anyone who knew about it is open to possible charges.

      https://www.justice.gov/file/1007346/download

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    God, the flapping, toothless jaws out there in Trumpland all decided today that:

    None of the charges brought today had anything to do with Sunkist Stalin.

    The charges were all about John Podesta and the corrupt DNC.

    YOOOORAYNEEYUM ONE1ONE11ONE1!!!!!
    Right. Uranium One is just as much a barnburner as it wasn’t last year, but trumpkins larned themselves a NEW WORD and like to show it off cuz it makes them look like a smart person. They wouldn’t know what uranium was if someone stuffed it down their stupid pants.

  • Special Agent FBl Bambino
    • Tread

      The “public” doesn’t care about the media outlets as long as they agree with what they’re saying.

  • ArchiLaw

    “Not guilty.” Hit them with perjury, too! (OK, OK, I know we can’t do that, but a guy can dream.)

  • Hank
  • Steven B
  • boobert

    I thought the sympathy statement by gates was hilarious ! We’re supposed to respect his family and privacy while he’s committing treason with russia.

  • FuzzyOtter

    OT. I made pumpkin spice cupcakes last night. I’ve decided to call them Mueller Muffins. (Rolls off the tongue better than Criminal Indictment Cakes)

  • JCF

    “The gov’t has asked for home confinement while they work out a bail
    package. Prosecutor said Manafort + Gates considered flight risks.”

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  • Homo Erectus

    Drain. The. Swamp.