Manafort as Mueller escape goat. It might be fair to state at the outset that this whole investigation (which has become so intrusive in the public mind that it doesn’t need a title anymore) is proving to be just a fishing trip looking for a crime scene since it started. For those with a delayed brainiac reaction, think ‘Russian collusion scandal’ in the hands of Obama Deep State acolytes the likes of the Clintons, Mueller, Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe, Gyorgy Schwartz-Soros and others being funded by tax-payer dollars to the tune of millions and millions in what can arguably be described as the political scam of the century. To say nothing about the players involved.
And don’t berate me on the difference between ‘escape goat’ and ‘scapegoat’ – there actually is a whole gulf of disparity.
As Texas commenter ‘Pyrran’ expressed it on one of the threads: So we all thought Mueller was supposed to be investigating Trump collusion with the Russians to win the 2016 election. Instead, Mueller dredges up a process crime from 2012 that the FBI already knew about? This looks like a shiny object for the news media to stare at so they don’t have to talk about the Clintons and Podesta and Mueller and Rosenstein and Comey and McCabe and Wasserman-Schultz and Obama and uranium and dossiers and kickbacks and money laundering and bribery and extortion and pay for play. Did I miss anything else? [end]
And by the way, I wonder who was Director of the FBI when Manafort was being investigated back in 2011? If you guessed Robert Mueller, give yourself a prize!
For extra credit, who appointed him to serve for 2 years beyond his normal 10 year term? Answer: Barack Obama. Imagine this type of investigation on anyone associated with the Clintons going back to the early 2000’s! These progressive morons live in glass houses .. Thanks for playing political theater!
Thomas Lifson, American Thinker, and “The Manafort Political Theater Project Launched” …
Some absurd MSM political theater is about to unfold, as if it were a serious scandal for Trump that a guy who was his campaign chairman for a few months is going to be charged for alleged crimes committed years before that relationship was forged. Paul Manafort and his longtime protégé are the big news for the MSM to inflate into a conspiracy that traces back to the puppet master in the Kremlin. They have been told to report for arrest, which means they are to be indicted.
Matt Apuzzo of the New York Times got the scoop. He describes Gates as:
… a longtime protégé and junior partner of Mr. Manafort. His name appears on documents linked to companies that Mr. Manafort’s firm set up in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businesspeople in Eastern Europe, records reviewed by The New York Times show. …
Mr. Manafort had been under investigation for violations of federal tax law, money laundering and whether he appropriately disclosed his foreign lobbying.
The alleged offenses lie far in the past:
Mr. Manafort, a veteran Republican strategist, joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 to help keep delegates from breaking with Mr. Trump in favor of establishment Republican candidates. Mr. Trump soon promoted him to chairman and chief strategist, a job that gave him control over day-to-day operations of the campaign.
But Mr. Trump fired him just months later, after reports that he received more than $12 million in undisclosed payments from Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president and a pro-Russia politician. Mr. Manafort spent years as a political consultant for Mr. Yanukovych.
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The pertinent question is and always has been whether or not president Trump colluded with Russia. What Manafort did in his dealings with Russia is of no consequence unless he did it at the behest of, or while in the service of, Donald Trump. The indictment has NOTHING related to the reason Mueller was chartered with his investigation, nothing related to the 2016 election or to Trump. Unless they can show that some of the money Manafort got was transferred to Trump somehow, and Trump knew where it came from, then there’s just no “there, there.”
And now, since it appears like we’re in Kabuki Theater, can we please have a similar investigation of Democrats who’ve done things far dirtier? Or do all the trolls think that Bill Clinton’s 30 minute speeches really were worth $500,000?
Mueller is a Swamp Rat maestro extraordinaire and has duly delivered the DemoMarxists their dose of gruel. Bottom line is that Manafort is guilty of nothing more than what Tony and John Podesta have done; yet only Manafort gets the perp walk and a $10M dollar bond by an Obama Deep State judge.
The coup d’etat is on. Will Washington still be standing in 6 months?
See also: Meuller leaking on behalf of Hillary?