Mueller: Paul Manafort Case Will Take Weeks In Court UPDATE: Judge Sets Trial Start For May 7th, 2018

The New York Post reports:

Robert Mueller says his prosecutors will need three weeks in court to lay out their case against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. The special counsel filed papers Friday estimating a 15-day timeline for presenting his case against the former campaign manager and his business partner, Rick Gates, to a jury.

The pair are accused of violating federal money laundering, foreign lobbying and banking laws. Both have pleaded not guilty. In court papers, lawyers for Manafort called Mueller’s case “embellished,” and asked a judge to ease the terms of his pre-trial confinement.

  • bkmn

    Mueller is going after charges that can be easily proven. His goal is to get Manafort and/or Gates to flip. As I understand it Gates remained active in the campaign/transition even after Manafort left, so he may prove more valuable in the long run.

    • another_steve

      Yes. The potential absence of luxury vehicles and of prostitutes for many many years must surely be on Manafort’s mind.

      That Papadoc guy… he’s not bad.

      Anyone have good pics of him?

      • Jonathan Smith
        • another_steve

          Doesn’t work for me.

          Not salacious enough.

          • Jonathan Smith

            get’s me all hot and bothered…………..

          • another_steve

            You’ve been watching too many “Perry Mason” reruns.

          • Jonathan Smith
          • another_steve

            Lol.

            Raymond Burr was a brother. May he rest in peace.

            From wiki:
            ————-
            In the mid-1950s, Burr met Robert Benevides (born February 9, 1930, Visalia, California) a young actor and Korean War veteran, on the set of Perry Mason. According to Benevides, they became a couple around 1960.

            Benevides gave up acting in 1963 and later became a production consultant for 21 of the Perry Mason TV movies. Together they owned and operated an orchid business and then a vineyard, in the Dry Creek Valley in California. They were partners until Burr’s death in 1993.

            Burr left Benevides his entire estate, including “all my jewelry, clothing, books, works of art … and other items of a personal nature.”

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Burr#Family_life

          • JackFknTwist

            Wow, that s one of the most interesting and surprising things I have learned today.
            I did not know anything about him, except that I liked him !

          • Tawreos

            Would it help you to know that hidden behind the two heads in front they both have justice boners?

      • Halou

        The reason why Manafort wants his ankle monitor removed, the police outside his door to go away, and for one of his ten-plus separate passport applications to be processed as soon as possible.

        “…ours are undoubtedly the best in the world.”
        – Vladimir Putin. early 2017. Talking about the behaviour of Russian prostitutes and the ‘services’ they can provide.

        • another_steve

          Yes. But Donald Trump is the expert when it comes to Russian prostitutes, however.

          He gets them to pee on each other.

      • John30013
        • another_steve

          Thank you.

          I would give him refuge.

          Just sayin’.

          • TheManicMechanic

            I shall rename your house as “another_guantanamo.” 😉

          • John30013

            Of course you would, but Jared would have the sadz 🙂

          • another_steve

            Unlike Papadoc, Jared and I will connect culturally.

            I will cleanse Jared of his moral filth.

            And then I will molest him.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      I agree, Paul can make most of this unpleasantness disappear in a few afternoons down at the DoJ. Sing, Paul! Sing!

  • Boreal

    That means they have a lot of dirt on Manafort.

    • Tread

      And it connects to a lot of people.

      • Barry William Teske

        I love dots.
        Now thats fashion.

  • JWC

    meticulously slow meticulously fine

  • Jonathan Smith

    works for me, as long as the trial is not “closed”

  • Tread

    So, anyone heard or seen Rudy Giuliani making the rounds lately?

  • another_steve

    Very bad for the orange one.

    Very bad.

  • crewman

    Isn’t 3 weeks on the short side? Is that because Mueller chose to make charges with clear-cut evidence?

    • Boreal

      Meuller needs Gates and Manafort to turn on tRump so he will use the most solid charges to threaten them with jail time. My guess is they are not something that Manafort or Gates can dispute or be found innocent of. He did this with Papadopoulos to get the guilty plea.

  • blackstar
    • Boreal

      Follow the trump organization money laundering.

      • JackFknTwist

        Yeah, I agree with you. I think that’s where the Trump/turd vulnerability lies.
        Hopefully the Mueller team is all over the Trump/turd’s finances, and I hope they get all his non-paying tax returns.
        But, as admitted by Eric Trump/turd, they got all their money from Russia.

        • Boreal

          I’m fairly certain that loans from Russia and real estate money laundering are the reasons dump hasn’t released his taxes. They tell the story and Mueller most likely has these records since the first week of the investigation.

          • JackFknTwist

            And those records must tell him quite a tale !

          • Boreal

            The danger to us and the country is that dump will become more desperate as Mueller moves up the food chain.

        • Rick Hammond

          I hope they nab Wilbur Ross. He ran the Cyprus bank that all this money got laundered through. He’s a first class dick.

    • Gustav2

      Didn’t Wilbur Ross have it on a thumb drive?

      • JWC

        I am just waiting for that “Cyprus” tree to be shaken hard enuff for Ross’s skinny old ass to fall out

        • John30013

          Speaking of trees, did you see where Rachel Maddow pointed out that Manafort’s lawyers spelled the name of the country like the tree instead? (And not just once, but several times.) You’d think someone with that much ill-gotten money would be able to afford lawyers who know the difference.

          • JWC

            yes and that is why i put Ctyprus in quotes

    • edrex

      does manafort have some dead wives?

    • JCF
  • Halou

    3 weeks seems like a long time, but let’s remember Scott Lively’s case was going through the system for five years before a judge decided that, based on a mere technicality, it wasn’t proper. Five. Whole. Years.

    • Tawreos

      They need to start that one again and make sure he is either in prison or tied up in court for the rest of his life.

      • Reality.Bites

        It was a private lawsuit. He was never going to prison

        • Tawreos

          We’ll find a way =)

  • clay

    “And, seriously, you need to ease up on the [embellishing]. They’re jeans, not a chandelier.”

  • Bluto
  • Lizard

    Uhhhh…what else is new? Of course it will. The justice system is slow.

  • PickyPecker
    • greenmanTN

      Guys and Dolts

  • Boreal
    • JackFknTwist

      Exactly !

  • Paul_in_Dallas

    Anagrams: Paul Manafort ~ Anal Trump Oaf ~ Foul Man Apart ~ Ram Up Anal Oft

    • edrex

      i love that you do that.

  • PickyPecker
    • Halou

      the best people, believe me.

    • Tawreos

      Cool Wilbur Ross will be a 2 for 1

    • kelven

      Here’s hoping we’ll fill the entire card and then some.

    • William

      I’m not seeing Tiffany on that card. Everyone knows she’s the mastermind.

      • bzrd

        Gates
        sarah fckabee sandbag
        papadopoulos
        scarapooch

    • Danieruw

      Why isn’t Kellyanne Goebbels on there?

  • netxtown

    can they have a case without a body?

  • PickyPecker
    • Halou

      the FBI’s Batman

    • greenmanTN

      I’m leery of handing out awards until we see how this goes. I don’t want to get my hopes up then watch it implode.

      • Lizard

        “I don’t want to get my hopes up then watch it implode.”
        ^ Perfect description of the last year, for me.

      • Treant

        Exactly. I’m still not a hundred percent on this.

  • Kyle Temple

    Just in time for mid terms.

    • Michael White

      and primaries for November

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    At least he can celebrate May Day at home with this Ivankle Bracelet… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1d1b07206d9fbac18675f1049a15d54ede8cb2d3beac9b47771a1eb3ce058e15.jpg

  • boobert

    How the hell are they gonna keep him from fleeing for that long?

  • Natty Enquirer

    Three weeks to present.
    Six months to get ready.
    I shoulda been a lawyer.

    • JackFknTwist

      It’s a shockingly complex case.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      If it goes in May that will be the miracle. These things get adjourned, delayed, postponed, etc. Other cases clog the schedule. This is just the initial scheduling order.

  • PickyPecker

    OT: An interesting read BBCcommentary ~ The time when America stopped being great

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41826022

    • greenmanTN

      I just skimmed it (will read more later) and it made me sick to my stomach.

      • PickyPecker

        Made me kinda sad. True, everthing he talks about. 🙁

  • Just in time for the midterms to heat up!

    • Treant

      That’s one problem. The Republicans will be fired up to keep the House and Senate by this.

      Dems? Mid-terms? I’m hopeful, but certainly not confident.

  • Ann Stavish Licciardello

    Trial starts on my 60th! For once, I’m rushing to get older!

  • Boreal

    Well before this trial, lots of other shoes are bound to drop.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/3o7TKsEDWGmrpWKSqc/giphy.gif

  • -M-

    Happy Holidays, Donnie.

  • anne marie in philly

    that female judge won’t take no shit from either idiot!

  • Jacob

    In the comfort of home. This is some rich, white privilege BS.

  • William

    May??? What ever happened to a speedy fair trial followed by an execution?

  • JCF

    Verdict just in time for the midterms?

    https://media.giphy.com/media/90F8aUepslB84/giphy.gif

  • ClevelandJim

    Ya mean we have to wait til next MAY?? Shit.