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— RetroNewsNow (@RetroNewsNow) July 30, 2018
D.C., as the company town where politics is the monopoly, and its hometown the Washington Post, are of course engrossed by the details of Paul Manafort’s career. “From six homes to a city jail: Paul Manafort, who redefined lobbying, faces trial”:
… On Tuesday, when his trial on bank and tax fraud charges begins in federal court in Alexandria, prosecutors working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will seek to keep him behind bars.
For the first time, an investigation into Russian election interference that has operated largely behind closed doors will reveal some of its work. A conviction on the 18 counts brought against Manafort would add credibility to Mueller’s ongoing inquiry. Failure would underline the criticism he has received from President Trump and others who suggest that Mueller’s operation is a partisan “witch hunt.”
Since he was appointed in May 2017, Mueller has charged 32 people, including 26 Russians and several people involved in the Trump campaign. Five people, including Manafort’s onetime business partner Richard Gates, have pleaded guilty. Manafort is the first to go to trial, and he faces a second court battle on related charges in D.C. federal court this fall…
Over a 40-year career, Manafort, 69, redefined and expanded Washington’s influence industry both domestically and internationally, parlaying successful campaigns into lobbying opportunities.
He gained respect early in his career by helping Gerald R. Ford survive the contested 1976 Republican National Convention — and then a reputation for cunning when he quickly shifted his loyalty to the president’s ascendant challenger, Ronald Reagan.
Manafort handled most of the firm’s foreign clients, and some leaders had reputations so dubious that one nonprofit group cited the firm as part of a “torturers’ lobby” for taking on violent dictators in Nigeria, the Philippines and Angola…
But by the mid-2000s, there were signs that his consulting career had slumped, and at times his finances appeared to be shaky. It was in Ukraine that he revived both — in ways prosecutors say violated the law. Out of $75 million that flowed to Manafort-controlled offshore accounts over 10 years, more than $18 million was “laundered,” prosecutors allege, with income concealed from the U.S. government that they say was used to pay for the former lobbyist’s extravagant tastes…
Bloomberg, on the other hand, is more interested in exactly what Manafort spent those purportedly dishonest dollars on…
Jury selection in the Manafort trial starts tomorrow
— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) July 30, 2018
The documentary linked below is almost 18 minutes long, but it’s a very brisk summary of what’s at issue today and in the coming weeks…
Just in time for the Manafort trial => https://t.co/epRw8TSaNy
— lori montgomery (@loriamontgomery) July 30, 2018
Tomorrow's New York Times: "In The Manafort Witness Waiting Room, Still Firm Support For Trump"
— WouldOrWouldn'tHat (@Popehat) July 27, 2018