Tag Archives: Paul Manafort

DOJ: Manafort Suspected As “Back Channel” To Russia

Bloomberg reports: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s interest in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort stemmed in part from his suspected role as a “back channel” between the campaign and Russians intent on meddling in the election, a Justice Department lawyer told a judge. The disclosure by U.S. prosecutors came Thursday during a hearing on whether Mueller exceeded his authority in ...

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Mueller To Subpoena 35 Witnesses In Manafort Trial

Fox News reports: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is moving to subpoena 35 witnesses to testify in the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Fox News has learned. Mueller’s team made its request to the clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District in Virginia on April 6. “It is respectfully requested that the Clerk of said ...

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Manafort Moves To Suppress Storage Locker Evidence

Politico reports: Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are arguing that what could be key evidence against him should be kept out of court because the FBI violated his Constitutional rights by illegally entering a storage locker belonging to Manafort’s firm. The FBI first got into the Alexandria, Va. storage unit last May with the assistance of an ...

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First Sentence Handed Down In Mueller Probe

Newsweek reports: A lawyer who once did work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine was sentenced to 30 days in prison Tuesday, the first punishment announced in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling. Alex Van der Zwaan lied to the FBI about his contacts with Rick Gates, who was an official on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, ...

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Mueller Pumped Trump Aide For Info On Collusion

CNN reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team last year made clear it wanted former Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates’ help, not so much against his former business partner Paul Manafort, but with its central mission: investigating the Trump campaign’s contact with the Russians. New information disclosed in court filings and to CNN this week begin to show how they’re getting ...

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REPORT: Trump Lawyer John Dowd Pitched Possible Pardons For Flynn And Manafort As Mueller Built Cases

The New York Times reports: A lawyer for President Trump broached the idea of Mr. Trump pardoning two of his former top advisers, Michael T. Flynn and Paul Manafort, with their lawyers last year, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions. The discussions came as the special counsel was building cases against both men, and they raise questions ...

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Manafort Seeks Dismissal Of Charges Because Mueller Is Only Supposed To Look For Trump-Related Crimes

Talking Points Memo reports: Paul Manafort on Wednesday night asked the judge overseeing his case in Washington, D.C., to dismiss special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment against him, arguing that Mueller did not have the authority to bring charges. This is Manafort’s second attempt to throw out Mueller’s indictment in Washington, D.C. — Manafort’s lawyers filed a civil lawsuit in January ...

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Manafort Ruled A Flight Risk, Faces Life In Prison

Politico reports: Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, runs a significant risk of spending the rest of his life in prison and the evidence against him by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office seems strong, a federal judge declared in an order made public on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, who is based in Alexandria, Virginia, and is ...

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First Trial For Paul Manafort Set To Begin July 10th

CNN reports: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of bank fraud and tax crimes in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. Judge TS Ellis set the trial to begin July 10. Prosecutors told said in court they planned to call 20-25 witnesses and said their arguments could last up to two weeks. ...

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Manafort Pleads Not Guilty, Gets September Trial Date

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort maintained his innocence on Wednesday to new charges he acted as an unregistered foreign agent and directed an international money-laundering conspiracy. Manafort appeared at the federal courthouse and entered a formal plea of not guilty to a second indictment brought against him by prosecutors working for special counsel ...

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CANARY TIME: Mueller To Drop Charges Against Gates

CNBC reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller moved Monday to dismiss more than 20 charges against former Trump campaign official Rick Gates, multiple outlets reported, after Gates pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy and lying. The charges being dropped were brought against Gates in a court in Alexandria, Virginia, in keeping with the terms of his plea deal. “The Office will ...

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Latest Manafort Indictment Could Reel In Banks

The Associated Press reports: Recently filed federal charges against President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort could also pose legal and regulatory risks for the banks that loaned him millions of dollars against his New York real estate in recent years. The most serious exposure may be for a Rhode Island-based bank that employed a “conspirator” in Manafort’s scheme to ...

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Rick Gates Pleads Guilty, Will Cooperate Further

The New York Times reports: A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign pleaded guilty on Friday to fraud and lying to investigators in the special counsel inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and will cooperate with the investigation. The adviser, Rick Gates, is a longtime political consultant who once served as Mr. Trump’s deputy campaign ...

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Former Trump Aide Rick Gates To Plead Guilty Today

The New York Times reports: A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign indicted by the special counsel was expected to plead guilty as soon as Friday afternoon, according to two people familiar with his plea agreement, a move that signals he is cooperating with the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The adviser, Rick Gates, ...

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Mueller Files New Charges Against Manafort And Gates

The Washington Post reports: New charges were filed Thursday against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner, ratcheting up the legal pressure on them as they prepare for a trial later this year. A new indictment has long been expected in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s prosecution of Manafort and his right-hand man, Rick Gates, on ...

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Mueller Questions Whether Paul Manafort Promised Banker A White House Job In Return For $16M In Loans

NBC News reports: Federal investigators are probing whether former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort promised a Chicago banker a job in the Trump White House in return for $16 million in home loans, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News. Manafort received three separate loans in December 2016 and January 2017 from Federal Savings Bank for ...

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Mueller Charges Lawyer For Lying In Russia Probe

Bloomberg reports: An attorney who worked for a prominent law firm was charged with making false statements to federal authorities as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. Alex Van Der Zwaan was charged Feb. 16 in federal court in Washington with lying to investigators about conversations related to a report he ...

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BREAKING: Former Trump Aide Rick Gates To Plead Guilty, Has Offered To Testify Against Paul Manafort

The Los Angeles Times reports: A former top aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days – and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul J. Manafort Jr., the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign. The change of heart by Trump’s former deputy campaign manager, Richard W. Gates III, who ...

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Mueller Hits Manafort With New Bank Fraud Charge

Reuters reports: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has drawn a new accusation of bank fraud from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, according to court documents made public on Friday. The new accusation, related to a property Manafort owns in the Washington suburb of Fairfax, Virginia, comes on top of the indictment against Manafort last October for money laundering ...

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Rick Gates Close To Plea Deal With Mueller

CNN reports: Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, indicating he’s poised to cooperate in the investigation, according to sources familiar with the case. Gates has already spoken to Mueller’s team about his case and has been in plea negotiations for about a month. He’s had what criminal lawyers call ...

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