Paul Manafort Has Been Indicted. Again.

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Not to be confused with the indictments handed down last year or the 32-count indictment unsealed yesterday, the court has unsealed another indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The latest indictment accuses Manafort of using his offshore accounts to pay European politicians to lobby inside the United States on behalf of the former government of Ukraine led by ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.

From the Associated Press:

Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman of secretly paying former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine. [...]

The indictment accuses Manafort of paying the former politicians, informally known as the "Hapsburg group," to appear to be "independent" analysts when in fact they were paid lobbyists. Some of the covert lobbying took place in the U.S.

The indictment says the group was managed by a former European chancellor. Court papers accuse Manafort of using offshore accounts to pay the group more than 2 million euros.

I don't believe this was even on anyone's radar, but special prosecutor Robert Mueller clearly knows everything.

This may not even be the last charge against Manafort. It probably won't be.

  • muselet

    Paul Manafort is loyal, no doubt, but this is unreasonable.

    I said it earlier, I’ll say it again: he may be more scared of someone else than he is of Robert Mueller.

    Now I think about it (no, really, this just occurred to me), maybe Robert Mueller is looking beyond Donald Trump to all of Trump’s foreign supporters and business associates. The Witness Protection Program is good but not flawless, after all, and the FSB has not-inconsiderable resources.


  • katanahamon

    Manafort probably can’t plead guilty..there’s just too much he’s actually guilty of! Any deal he could make would only be the “would you like the cell in the northwest wing, or the north northwest wing of the prison?” Oh god..please let these bastards go to jail..please please please please please please etc…but mostly..Rump. Rump in jail is the icing on the cake. A perpetually privileged asshole, always criticizing his betters, a cheater of people that worked for him, a briber of officials, whiner extraordinaire, utter and complete narcissistic fraud…

    • JMAshby

      Rick Gates’ guilty plea is for 50 to 70 months of prison.

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  • Aynwrong
  • The amount of pressure on Manafort to flip on Trump must be incredible and I’m quite surprised he hasn’t. Only thing that makes sense to me is that Manafort is either afraid Putin will pull a “plutonium” maneuver on him or he thinks he will get pardoned.

    • Badgerite

      trump tries to pardon someone with the kind of charges Mueller is bringing against him, I don’t think it will fly.
      It will be so obviously using the powers of the office to obstruct justice with respect to real and proven criminal activities that land people in jail. This isn’t ‘contempt of court’ we are taking about.

      • Christopher Foxx

        trump tries to pardon someone with the kind of charges Mueller is bringing against him, I don’t think it will fly.

        Won’t fly? Are you kidding?

        For action to be taken against Trump, it would have to be Congress that does it. And have you met the Republican party? If Trump pardons Manafort they’d equip it with supersonic jets.

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          I meant with the public. The GOP is part of the problem, obviously.
          They are lawless at this point. Complicit in the conspiracy.
          Paul Ryan just got done firing the head of the Election Commission and putting in a crony who claims the Russia investigation is a ‘hoax’.
          That pretty much shows how committed the GOP is to anything related to the rule of law or the US Constitution.