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Rick Gates being charged in Russia investigation
"Check it out. So I told you before the break. I was going to get to this clip here. This is Rick Gates, who used to work on the Trump campaign as well. When he's on CNN. He confronts Jake tapper about this is well, this talking point that you have to be able to debunk immediate with your friends. And no. Maybe Trump didn't collude with the Russians. But Paul Manafort definitely did He dealt with this guy constantly, Kalinic. Except for the fact that constant clinic was an Obama administration source. So Gates it's Jake Tapper Jake tapper on it and says, Hey, you got any evidence about that? Check this out. It was very clear through State Department cables from the U. S embassy in Kiev that Constantine was also a high value asset of the United States government. He was providing information to the United States government. On a host of information that was coming of Ukraine as well as other countries that I'm not even aware of the Senate intelligence just to say that there was a Russian operative. That's according to the Senate, the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee that's not from the media. That's from the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee. That's correct. But where's the evidence? There's been no evidence to the contrary. And more importantly, why did they include the evidence that does exist, which is the State Department cables? U. S. State Department officials. Recording exactly what they did and didn't do with Mr Clinic. Yeah, That's kind of a good question, right? If Kalim nix this big time Russian spy Manafort was dealing with And why was he dealing with the Obama State Department? And why haven't we seen that information? Because the Obama State Department has all that. Why have we seen them? Because we live with a bunch of dishonest, You know, fools, and the media can't seem to get the story right
Private Undisclosed Emails Leaked From the Mueller Investigation
"Got another three hundred pages or so of underlying mueller investigation emails and texts and memos and in them we learned that don jr. vodka and kushner way more involved in russia talks than previously known at least to the public. I mean we knew Ivanka reportedly informed a co co-chair of her father campaign that her brother don jr. could make recommendations for military advisers while kushner offered details about his private meetings with henry kissinger We also learned that in january. Twenty seventeen manafort. Send an email to katy mcfarland. That's flynn's number two Saying i have some important information. I wanna share with you that i picked up my travels over the last month. Well she manafort was already you know knee deep in shit by this point she immediately fired off an email to flint. Saying hey given all. That's going on. Meet with them. And flynn said i would not be with him until we're in the hot seats unknown who he is working for and perception would not be good especially now they even knew it. They even knew it the record show. Flynn soliciting trump strategist bannon as far back as september twenty fifteen before bannon officially joined the campaign steve. He wrote just reaching back out. Let me know if mr trump needs any help with national security intel an intel community issues of foreign policy. So that's i think flynn's i reach out that december. He wrote corey lewandowski. And said i wanted to send this to you this past week but had forgotten shared a link to an article from russia state run sputnik news quoted. Flynn saying the. Us must work with russia and arab countries to defeat isis. He said this is an f. y. But something trump should at least be aware of. I have been very outspoken. On the issue at this point in the conflict with our current administration has run out of good options. also i met with president putin last thursday in moscow. We actually sat at dinner together. Merry christmas
Bannon, Pardoned by Trump, Now Faces Manhattan New York D.A. Investigation
"There's three others that were charged with bannon by the way who were not pardoned by trump but investigators working under sivan's in his office In the major economic crimes bureau office or in the early stage discussions to see if there's a state case that they can bring against bannon for his actions in the fundraising campaign. That's according to two people people familiar and who spoke on the condition of anonymity now. It's not clear whether the us attorney's office in manhattan which is still handling the case against bannon because it has not yet been formally dismissed if they're assisting the state prosecutor's office in its preliminary investigation. I'm kind of wondering if the us attorney in manhattan went over to sivan's and said hey bro you want this. I got a gift for you. Don't screw it up. Yeah although a judicial sharing order is required for swapping evidence between the agencies and it's not clear if one has been obtained so there's no evidence of one but that doesn't mean one doesn't exist and while these talks among investigators advances officer preliminary. The focus is on whether a state case against bannon covering the same criminal conduct from his federal case would be an option once. A judge formerly dismisses it. Unlike advances attempted prosecution of manafort double jeopardy probably won't apply here given that bannon has not been convicted at the federal level
The Blood Libel Accusation with Magda Teter
"I'm jason leg. And i'm joined today by magden tater to talk about the history of the blood libel accusation and its continued relevance listen in for a wide ranging conversation about the history of the blood libel its origin in mediaeval europe and how it has transformed over the centuries and what it tells us about misinformation and how it spreads magdi. Tater is professor of history and the fiddler chair of judaic studies at fordham university. She's the author of numerous books. Most recently blood libel on the trail of an antisemitic. Myth which will talk about today. The blood libel is one of the long-standing false accusations against the jews. It is the myth in different variations and incarnations the jews murdered christian children and used their blood for various rituals. And it's obviously patently false but somehow people still believe it. And it has persisted. Across nearly a thousand years from medieval england to nazi anti semitism and beyond we can see the ways in which the imagery of the blood libel and it's false narrative persists even in new reconfigured forms like the conspiracy theories of cunanan as mark the these accusations across the centuries and different places and in different times became a vehicle for different anxieties about jews and about people's lives at large. And so we can see the blood libel in a certain way as a mirror of the fears that people had not just about jews but about all sorts of issues nevertheless the blood libel is not just a relic of medieval superstition. Or something like that. It's something which has changed with the times and which in many ways has piggybacked off of new technologies and new developments and this is one of magdi key arguments which is that. It's the printing press that enabled the proliferation and persistence of these false myths and disinformation which when published allowed them both to spread more widely. And also give these false accusations in air of quote unquote respectability because the existed in print in the first place and so this allows us to think deeply about the role of media technologies both image evil and early modern europe and also more recently with things like the radio. The newspaper even the internet as avenues. Not for the spread of information but rather of information. Thank you so much for listening in to this conversation. I hope that you'll check out. Magas book blood libel and also the accompanying web site the blood libel trail dot org where you can learn more about the book and also check out some really fascinating maps and other media about the anti semitic myth of the blood libel. Thanks again for listening. Hi magda welcome to the podcast. Hi jason thank you for having me. This is such an interesting topic. It's i think unfortunately very relevant to talk about bible accusations. Yes unfortunately i'm a scholar of premodern history and we always want to be relevant. But as i always said be careful what you wish for. Suddenly my book became quite rather than to although when i started. It was an academic exercise. Yeah i mean. I think that we are going to get to the question of the ways in which the historical blood libel accusation is still very relevant today but before we do that i think it might be useful for us to think kind of really brawley. What actually is the blood libel accusation manafort putting it into the context of thinking about how this is similar or different to other kinds of accusations that we see throughout history thinking about for instance the accusation of decide the accusation that jews had murder jesus and then also things like the accusation of the desecration of the host the totally kind of bizarre accusation. That jews would steal the the wafers from the church. You're right blood. Libel is one of a series of accusations against jews that emerged in the middle ages. And it's one that has relevance today decide was a theological belief and obviously accusation but became embedded as a believe and maybe then projected onto jews causing violence especially during easter. But it was so to speak a victimless crime. Every year whereas a number of other accusations emerged in the middle ages justice christianity catholicism where also solidifying certain and defining certain types of buildings and then there were also libels that emerged in moments of crisis such as epidemic. So poisoning of wells for instance. So blood libels one of the three medieval accusations. The so-called ritual merger. Acquisition are. Although i prefer to call it murder liable. But it's an accusation that emerged in twelfth century that claim that jews killed christian children to reenact the passion of jesus so that connects to the this site as it projection onto contemporary jews and reenactment that emerged in england and then in the thirteenth century it emerged in a new way on the european continent. And that's when it became blood. Libel that shoes killed christian children to obtain their blood. Although the very first accusation claimed of perhaps some other kind of form of cannibalism of eating a heart or something like that they reason why blood became so central is that this was the moment when the catholic church in the thirteenth century has affirmed the dogma of trans substantiation that is the communion wafer that was consecrated by a priest during mass turned into the actual body and blood of christ therefore blood becomes central motif in christian worship. So this is a moment where we have this both the transformation of the murder liable into blood libel of killing but the purpose of blood but also the emergence of not their occupation that you mentioned day host the secretion accusation that jews obtain steel by the consecrated wafer and then tried to stab it to obtain the blood of christ and both are connected in the sense that the blood becomes a even because jews cannot make their own consecrated way for they needed this blood of the innocent christian to be added to mater effectively making it into both the body and the blood of christ night but a accusation that jews stole the consecrated wafer then desecrated and blood flowed dot accusation kind of waned and disappeared after the reformation the blood libel and the murder liable kind of continued the life of their own. The reason for is is that they are related to deaths of children and to some perhaps victims perhaps accidentally killed drown children so it becomes a very intimate actually charge because it involves a death. Having a way for stabbed doesn't sound as unless you really believe what this way for means but accusing someone of a child. That may be found dead on sometimes. It wasn't even body that may have been somebody's child that becomes a very kind of an intimate accusation and very embodied accusation even that transformation from the murder libel that is of reenactment of the passion of christ which emerges at the moment when christians are beginning to liturgically focus on the passion of christ. So you think about jews and reenactment and all that stuff but the transformation to the blood libel shows you that this begins to be a very malleable accusation that can change depending on needs and the needs to came that connection between the new liturgy and the new theology of the blood and body of christ in the thirteenth century
Trump issues 26 more pardons, including Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Charles Kushner
"And the partners. Just keep coming. Cnn reporting president trump wednesday announced twenty six new pardons including ones for longtime ally roger stone former campaign chairman. Paul manafort and white house senior adviser. Jared kushner's father charles those pardons of manafort and stole reward. Two of the most high profile and widely condemned for advisors of the president. Both of whom were indicted by special counsel. Robert muller went to trial and were convicted by jury of multiple crimes.
Trump pardons Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Charles Kushner
"Partners. Just keep coming. Cnn reporting president trump wednesday announced twenty six new pardons including ones for longtime ally roger stone former campaign chairman. Paul manafort and white house senior adviser. Jared kushner's father charles. Those parts manafort and stone reward two of the most high profile widely condemned for advisers of the president. Both of whom were indicted by special counsel. Robert muller went to trial and were convicted by juries of multiple crimes.
Trump issues more pardons, including Paul Manafort, Charles Kushner
"Trump has doled out more pardons to some controversial figures. Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and former adviser Roger Stone were granted pardons. Both have been called in the special counsel's Russia probe. Manafort convicted of tax fraud stone convicted of lying under oath to lawmakers, President Trump also pardon Charles Kushner, the father of presidential adviser Jared Kushner. The older Kushner admitted to tax fraud. He was prosecuted by former New Jersey governor Chris Christie. At the time. Christy called the case disgusting, saying part of the Lord crime involved Kushner paying a prostitute to seduce his brother in law and videotaping the encounter.
Trump issues more pardons, including Paul Manafort, Charles Kushner
"Merry Christmas for a long list of felonies on President Trump's newest pardon list. 29 more pardons and commutations and all the president issued pardons to former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former adviser Roger Stone. Manafort convicted of financial crimes stone convicted of lying The lawmakers, he told Fox is Tucker Carlson. My prosecution was completely politically motivated, which are also pardon Charles Kushner, father of presidential son in law, Jared Kushner. The older Kushner prosecuted for tax fraud by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was the U. S attorney at the time in
Two dead, 1 injured after wrong-way crash in south Houston
"Houston Fire Department had to cut the driver of the other vehicle from her car. She was transported to the hospital with leg injuries. Ktrh news time 403 President Trump pardoning his former campaign chief Paul Manafort and associate Roger Stone. Brian shook As the details. Manafort was convicted on charges that emerged during the
Trump issues more pardons, including Paul Manafort, Charles Kushner
"New evidence surfaced of just how wild and crazy things could get in the last days of donald trump's presidency. The white house announced that the president had issued a new round of pardons that included. Paul manafort his former campaign chairman and roger stone his longtime political adviser both of whom had been convicted of crimes. Going out of robert muller's russia investigation. And as if that wasn't enough trump also pardoned charles kushner. The father of his son-in-law jared kushner who had been convicted of illegal campaign contributions tax evasion and witness tampering
Trump pardons Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Charles Kushner
"People receiving pardons Wednesday, including Tomb or associated with the 2016 Trump campaign. Former Trump Campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former adviser Roger Stone were granted pardons. Both have been called in the special counsel's Russia probe. Manafort, convicted of tax fraud stone convicted of lying under oath to lawmakers, President Trump also pardon Charles Kushner, the father of presidential adviser Cherry Kushner. The older Kushner admitted to tax fraud. Fox is Jill NATO on Fox is Tucker Carlson Tonight, Roger Stone said his prosecution on charges of lying to Congress was purely political Election day when no one was watching. The Justice Department released the last remaining redacted sections of the Muller report in which they admitted that they had no evidence whatsoever of my colluding with Russia. Wikileaks Julian Massage trafficking and emails President had previously commuted stones prison sentence. He has now traveled to his moral Lago resort for the holiday.
Trump pardons 29, including Manafort, Stone, Charles Kushner
"Churn, hardens or sentence commutations for another 29 individuals on Wednesday, many of them loyalists and supporters. These were friends and family pardons. The president pardoning his son in law. Jared Kushner is Father Charles for tax and witness tampering convictions, a case prosecuted by former Trump outside adviser Chris Christie. Mr Trump also lifting the Mueller investigation, federal crime convictions and shadow off two more loyalists convicted former campaign chair Paul Manafort and Roger Stone. Many other pardons issued at the request of other Trump loyalists, ABC Sandy Field and you can expect still Mork clemency actions. President Trump is going to have more pardons in the coming weeks. Our sources tell NBC News that we do not leave. More pardon will come from now until the end of the year. But as everyone cost, but you never know with Donald Trump. But going into the beginning of 2021 Donald Trump has 20 games left in office, and we know from our sources is pardoned list is massive. ABC is John Santucci, inviting a congressional override the
President Trump Pardons Jared Kushner's Father Charles
"Pardons his former campaign chief Paul Manafort and associate Roger Stone. Two of 26 pardons Wednesday. Manafort was convicted on charges that emerged during the Russia investigation. Stone was convicted on charges of witness tampering and making false statements during the Russia probe. Trump had already commuted his 40 month sentence. The president also pardoned the father of his son in law and adviser Jared Kushner. Charles Kushner had been prosecuted by then U. S attorney for New Jersey Chris Christie in the early two thousands for tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign contributions. House
As Corrupt As It Gets? Trump Pardons Ex-Campaign Chief Manafort, Adviser Roger Stone
"Or wipes out prison sentences for nearly 50 people over the past two days, including 29 today. If he's Jackie Quinn reports. Those help by Trump Today include some key figures among the dozens of new pardons issued by President Trump, his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his close associate, Roger Stone, who months earlier had his sentence commuted by Trump. Observers say this underscores the president's determination to use his office in the final weeks to unravel the results of special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation Tuesday. President Trump Pardon to other people convicted In the Russia probe. Before the pardon
Trump pardons Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Charles Kushner
"Trump parted another batch of loyalists including Roger Stone and Paul Manafort tonight. Charles Kushner, the father of Mr Trump's son in law. Jared Kushner also had his legal record wiped. The president made this new batch of clemencies just after leaving the White House for Mar A Lago in Palm Beach, Florida ABC News Political director Rick Klein joined W. T. O P s Dmitri Sodas to take a deeper look at those pardons, stunning series of names, the kind of list that you can't imagine any other president ever. Compiling about a month before he leaves office. These are political loyalists of the father of his own son in law, Jared Kushner, among them in Paul Manafort, Roger Stone to individuals who remained loyal through some very tough legal times. They really brought upon themselves the president clearly using his power now, on the way out the door to reward loyalists in ways that would be unfathomable. You know the any other administration. This is not The normal channel or the normal course of business. These are not people that would have been pardoned, or Heather senses committed by any other president, but saying oil to President Trump has paid off for them. Can we talk about the Mueller investigation as sprawling and wide ranging as it was essentially being undone here? Is that my my overreaching or is that correct? I think the president is systematically taking away the accomplishments and undermining The very real prosecutorial work that they accomplished particularly with the Paul Manafort conviction. I think the Roger Stone one probably fits into this is well, you had a office inside the Department of Justice that was very aggressively looking for things that were prosecutable, and they found them in many cases, and now the president is coming out and saying This whole thing was Was a witch hunt from the start. And that's That's what his former national security adviser, or, you know, already the beneficiary of one of these pardons one of these computations and I think yes, I think anything associated with Mueller, the president is more inclined than most to say. This is something that I can undo with this pardon power we have heard in recent months. Defenders of the president point to the sheer numbers that is that other presidents maybe take Bill Clinton as an example, may have actually pardoned more people in the end and that President Trump should Not be criticized for using one of the few powers that a president can wield. Shall we say unilaterally, and he can use it, But I think the criticism is very much justified when you realize that this is not the normal process where people petitioned for the Department of Justice, you get a recommendation not to say that other presidents have never used political loyalties, particularly Bill Clinton in the past, But we remember times were Where there was outward lobbying on George W. Bush for Scooter Libby from his own Vice President Dick Cheney. He's still resisted and said, No, I'm not gonna issue that pardon. Actually, he was pardoned ultimately, by President Trump similar for Barack Obama. He did not consider pardons that that would have that kind of personal connection. They went up to the Department of Justice. The president has this part in power, he can use it. It's one of the few unchecked, unchallenged powers, but it's clear that President Trump is using it specifically to single out people that have been loyalty to him to pay off political patron's political donors, people in his own family. It may be setting up the ultimate pardons, which would be potentially pardons of people in the inner inner circle and maybe in his own family. There are partners on the way out the door of his sons of his daughter, Ivanka, maybe of himself. That would be the ultimate tell and truly without precedent. That's ABC News political director Rick Klein, who joined us on Skype.
Victims' families in Iraq furious over Trump's Blackwater pardons
"Second time. In today's donald trump has dropped a batch of pardons for people mostly comprised of his political cronies and allies among the partners. That were last night. We're four blackwater contractors Former service members who opened fire on unarmed iraqi civilians in this source square into thousand seven at least fourteen people were killed. Seventeen wounded took years to bring those shooters to justice. Three of them were sentenced to thirty years in prison one of them. The sniper who first opened fire was given life without parole now. All four of them have been fully pardoned by president. Donald trump. paul dickenson is a lawyer. Represented the families of several victims in the two thousand seventy source square massacre in civilization. And paul dickson joins me now. I'm paul thank you so much for making time. I wonder if we can just start with your description of what happened in this source square back in two thousand seven and and what it did to the to the families that you represent. Thank you chris. What happened on that day was a traffic circle And traffic going through an ordinary day. Why client ali kanani and his family were an suv. Mohammed was driving through with other family members through the traffic circle. For armored vehicles. Tan-colored armored vehicles were entering. The traffic circle held up their hands and on a stop sign to have the traffic stop muhammed. Who was ali's father thought. Nothing of it because it's frequent especially this close to the green zone where they were the tower. You say there is a blocked from the entrance to the greens on Thought that someone important with either leaving or entering the green zone He looked to his right. Saw the person that's in one of the white vehicles in this video. Say that somebody in rome had just been shot at about that time. Bullets started to rain down his suv. He ducks for cover. Hold his sister. Who's sitting in the front seat down. Ali his son and his two cousins or in the backseat as the bullets rained on muhammed peaks. Up trying to see what's going on sees victims being shot killed machine go viral. All over is if ub as riddled with bullets As soon as it started at stopped He thought everybody was ok. That they had lived through a miracle When one of the cousins in the backseat said that ali was her Mohammed got out of the car opened. The door went to the back seat. Saw blood on the inside of the window and ali slumped over against the glass. He opened the door. And this is a bit graphic but what happened was ali slump towards muhammad is. Skull was open. Portion of his brain fell out onto the pavement in its sort square in fact. There's an image of that in that video that you were showing which i presume that you are not showing on tv. Mohammed cold pushed his son back in. The car turned his vehicle around On flat tires and a shutout windshield and drove to a hospital with only a few blocks behind them behind the source square when they arrive. Ali was doing everything he could for his son but knew that he probably had a fatal injury. Ali was still alive at the hospital. He had doctors look at ali He wanted to get treatment for his son. They told him they could not treat ended. The hospital was like a war zone. There were people in the hallways pickup trucks were bit bringing victims into the hospital. They had an ambulance dispatch for muhammed and ali to neurologic hospital across town. They had to actually go back through new source square to get there during the ride ali convulsed as muhammad held his hand and he died. I was contacted to represent them and others in a civil lawsuit against blackwater Eric prints and other of the people that were convicted of these murders and manslaughter charges. We proceeded with a civil lawsuit in north carolina against blackwater in the men. The shooter's that case was removed from state court to federal court. We fought to have it back and say it was in a court of appeal. The four circuit court of appeals in richmond virginia And we eventually resolved the case favorably for all parties without the necessity of trial. And i represent him a kanani family and several others.
Trump pardons Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Charles Kushner
"Trump has granted pardons to his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort is former adviser Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father in law of Ivanka Trump. The case but least Manafort and Stone. NPR's Ryan Lucas has more on White House grounds for the pardons. The White House said that the president had granted man for a full and complete pardon on then, as we have seen with others that Trump has pardoned who were implicated as part of the rush investigation. The White House called that probe hoax. It claimed that Manafort was a victim of prosecutorial overreach. Trump today Pardon 26 people and commuted the sentences of three others the second consecutive night of pardons and was expected be a flurry of acts of clemency before he leaves office.
Trump pardons Paul Manafort and Roger Stone
"Issuing pardons to his convicted and former campaign chair Paul Manafort, along with former campaign and political advisor Roger Stone, the president, saying both were treated unfairly by what he called the Mueller investigation, which hunt all Manafort received the toughest sentence of any associate of President Trump entangled and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The former Trump campaign chairman, was sentenced to seven years after his convictions on charges of filing false tax. Turns in fraud. Manafort was released to home confinement in May on coronavirus concerns. Manafort's also being pursued by the district attorney in Manhattan who wants to prosecute him for fraud. They would not be covered by a pardon. Aaron
"manafort" Discussed on American Greed Podcast
"That was president trump or others or if it got to the very heart of cooperation about Russia but it may be that those lies or whatever it was he continued to protect was the reason that Robert was never able to establish a conspiracy between Russia and trump campaign in March. Two Thousand Nineteen Judges Manafort cases in Virginia and DC hand-down separate sentences totalling seven and a half years in prison. Metaphor did not respond to requests for coming. His is a fall from grace for the king-maker who wants behind the most powerful men in the world. Many who studied manafort's long career as an influence peddler remain baffled by the words of the Virginia judge in his federal case who said except for his recent crime manafort had lived in otherwise blameless life. There was so much evidence revealing Manafort be a shady operator that to hear the judge sort of almost applaud him. For a blameless life to that point was sort of going to a lot of people that phrase in an otherwise blameless life really does stick into the crawl because everything that manafort had done from the moment that you opened up his lobbying shop in Washington had been done to personally enrich himself at the expense of American democracy. Thanks for listening to the American read podcast presented by CNBC. I'm Stacey Koon.
"manafort" Discussed on American Greed Podcast
"In two thousand sixteen presidential candidate. Donald trump makes waves promising to clean up American politics. We are going to Washington. Dc and we are going to drain the swamp that Spring to hope to cure. His party's nomination. The outsider candidate turns to a big time. Washington insider Paul Manafort. Ken Bogu is a reporter for the New York Times. There's a lot of irony in the trump manafort connection not the least of which is a candidate who's running as a climber. Party's platform on draining. The swamp has just hired to run his campaign. The ultimate swamp creature metaphors path to the trump campaign begins years earlier in an industrial town. Not Far from Hartford Connecticut Paul Manafort. I became enamored with politics at his father's knee. His Dad ran for and won the mayorality of new Britain Connecticut. Their home town. Franklin fourer is a staff writer for the Atlantic is Dad was a was a guy who practice a very hard style politics but new Britain was also a place that was filled with corruption. Palma for his father was accused and even charge with perjury but never convicted and had a road named bathrooms kind of a hero in his hometown. So certainly possible that the sun would conclude that you can walk right up to the end of the line without paying the penalty in the late nineteen sixties metaphor leaves new Britain for Washington. Dc Very attends Georgetown University while many members of his generation celebrate peace and love. He's pictured in the school yearbook flashing V-for-victory Son and apparent celebration. The nineteen sixty eight election. Victory up Richard Nixon after Nixon's resignation in nineteen seventy four manafort than a lawyer serves in the White House under his successor. President Gerald Four Paul Manafort even in those early days showed signs of becoming the master. Strategist that you would eventually fully realize you just this shrewd operator. Who understood how to get the head of somebody to figure out what they wanted and how he can deliver it to them after helping four defeat robber Reagan for the GOP nomination in nineteen seventy six metaphor. Works on Reagan's presidential campaign. Four years later the south will be targeted. We'll get specialized media. We will carry the Reagan record to the south particularly He kind of went where he saw an opening and by the time he was I getting evolved professionally around Reagan. That was the hot thing. In American politics it turns out to be a good bit in this present crisis. Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem out of Ronald Reagan's nineteen eighty camp in Washington suddenly flooded with Republicans. Who'd been out of power for several years and they had this new power in town but nobody had figured out how to really capitalize on power. Manafort will lead the charge on K. Street DC's lobbying center in one thousand nine hundred eighty. He teams up with two other. Reagan Campaign Veterans Charlie Black and Roger Stone who will later worked for the trump campaign together. The three men form political firm with an innovative to part business marble. They were electing people who'd established intimate relationships with and then they would turn around and ask them for favors on behalf of corporate clients and this was an incredible advantage and it made them a fortune. The firm's principles bring in six figure salaries representing big-name domestic clients including a high powered New York real estate developer name Donald Trump manafort ran affirm that blew up based on a reputation for getting things. Done if you're a lobbyist you're going to be effective some of the time you're going to be effective. Maybe not all the time but the important thing is to create the perception of power and Manafort was a master of that. The way he creates. This perception is partially spelled out in a company pitch obtained by NBC News. In one thousand nine hundred ninety eight but document lists the close political ties that key members of the firm had in the Reagan administration and it promised that personal relationships with Department of State officials would be utilized to upgrade a back channel relationship. What they're doing is legal. Some considered questionable some of the old guard in Washington. Dc turned up their noses at what blackstone and Manafort were doing and they saw it as really unseemly they were breaking all sorts of norms. They were creating all sorts of new conventions for Washington. And I think it's even possible to say that through their firm Paul Manafort and his crew did a lot to create the swamp if you will as we know it over the decades that he works in Washington Paul Manafort becomes a behind the scenes master of crafting politicians images. When you set up here with all this gadgetry no because Amb where we'd have curtains on the front of the window but in this world power and money. It's not just American politician and American lobbying clients who turned to him for help. The definitely is this is before Paul Manafort of lobbyists working on behalf of scuzzy foreign governments but nobody had made it a cottage industry in quite the same way that Paul Manafort did he basically went out and found all manner of folks with unsavory reputations. Who are willing to pay huge psalms in order to try to buff their reputations and improve their standing in Washington. The word is not without controversy. The Prime Minister of the Bahamas Lynden thinly and key officials of his government have long been described in reports of American drug agents as receiving huge payoffs from big time Colombian and American drug bosses but in Nineteen eighty-four Washington. Lobbying firm run by these men. All of whom are now key advisers in the Bush campaign went to work for the pindling government at eight hundred thousand dollars a year when these reports I surface manafort's partner. Charlie black denies any wrongdoing. Saying the firm would never work for a foreigner whose interests are at odds with those of the United States. But other bad press will follow in Nineteen Ninety-two Manafort's firm then called black manafort stone and Kelly features heavily in the torturers lobby published by the center Republican Teddy. This report outlines the company's work on behalf of questionable foreign clients said to receive US aid and abuse human rights. That's certainly an argument to be made. That manafort was kind of the angel on the shoulder of some of these arguably very bad people that he was trying to get them to embrace democratic tactics and strategies but also democracy that certainly manafort and his allies saw manafort's detractors say that's a bunch of bull it's possible to know who manafort's firm works for who they lobby and how much they make because of a law called the foreign agents registration there or Farah created in the nineteen thirties. Think this is right in Madison Square Garden. Usa This a strict Cuban leader german-american hiding behind the American flag artist. Berlin the Foreign Agents Registration Act was enacted in nineteen thirty eight in response to congressional concerns about Nazi subversive activities in the United States in particular clandestine propaganda being disseminated throughout the United States. Now a partner at the law firm of Wiggin and Dana. David lawmen once served as chief of the Department of Justice's countered intelligence and Export Control Section. There he was responsible for enforcement of Farah law that requires people like metaphor disclosed their lobbying and public relations work performed in the US on behalf of a foreign power. The whole point of the statute is not to suppress or regularly the content of speech but when that speech is propagated by people United States acting on behalf of a foreign government or foreign political party to require registration with the government in periodic disclosure. So that the American people or US lawmakers can be properly put on notice of. Who's behind that content? So they can way what credit or wait too attached to it in. Farah filings like these from the nineteen eighties. Manafort divulges which foreigners? He's working for what he's doing for them. And the vast sums he's paid Paul Manafort went from being a guy came from relatively little means to a guy running affirm that was suddenly printing money. This was nineteen eighties. The age of four in Gecko and benefit with somebody when suddenly stumbled upon. Well really set out to enjoy it. Manafort and his partners and even some of the associates at the firm were wearing flashy tailored suits driving. Big Shiny cars often foreign. He got one of the biggest homes and his friends said when he had a pool. He didn't like where it was positioned so he had. It moved several feet he would disappear for weeks and come back and expense concord round trip to Paris and a week and a half and the nicest hotel.
"manafort" Discussed on WCPT 820
"Manafort. We were talking about national security intelligence journalist. Marcy wheeler. This was her take on this whole Manafort thing just about the only explanation for manafort's actions are that as I suggested Trump was happy to have Manafort serve as a mole in the Muller investigation. But Muller's team appears to have no doubt that Manafort was lying to them. That means they didn't really need his testimony at all it also means they had no need to keep secrets. They could keep giving Manafort the impression that he was pulling a fast one over the prosecutors all the while reporting misleading information to Trump that so that he could use them to fill out his own open book test, which increases the likelihood that Trump just submitted sworn answers to those questions full of lies. The government will file a detailed sentencing submission to the probation department in the court in advance of sentencing that sets force the nature of the defendants crimes in lies, including those after signing the plea agreement here in and that's supposed to be next week. I think yeah. There's your Muller report, which will be provided in a form that Matt Whitaker won't be able to suppress. Oh, my. Technically, bypasses Whitaker's ability to suppress the facts that would just be fantastic. That's all the caller was correct. According the US border and customs the frequency is different during twenty sixteen Obama's last full year in the office troops used tear gas at the border only three times the next year border agents used it eighteen ties more of Trump's at the record in two thousand eighteen for the most tear gas deployments at the border. According to Newsweek over the total of twenty nine incidents so far. So okay. This again disgraceful in both cases. But this is this is different. They know that this is mostly women and children fleeing violence, and you can see it at the border can see that. There is no need to use tear gas. I can't speak to and again with the contact this false equivalency. We always this is where the pay these people to call shows like this. So they take my valuable airtime to go bum. And did he do? You know, and it's just it's an Obama separated. No, absolutely. Did not. It's always a matter of nuance. This is the top. Now, we will use Meyer time to to talk about. Now, we have both sides do it equivalence. And this is what they do all the nine. And it just infuriates me. It's like there is almost different wartime obstruction impeachable indictable offence. Hourly is the Trump administration. And I it just it's that's their only. Right, but Obama, but Hillary that's all they've got. It's a fifth grade defense twenty nine minutes after the hour, Malcolm Nance next..
"manafort" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"Now this is, I mean, we, we, we overuse the word unprecedented Bevere supreme court nominations, even with the Clarence Thomas background. This is absolutely unprecedented really is remarkable. Thanks my friend. Thank you restaurants. Well, there is no reporting tonight that former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort is close to an agreement on a plea deal with special prosecutor. Robert Muller Paul Manafort was found guilty last month, of course in federal court in Virginia, on charges of Bank and tax fraud is scheduled to go on trial in Washington DC in federal court. With jury selection beginning. Next week on charges of money laundering and witness, tampering. And tonight, ABC news is reporting. The deal is expected to be announced in court Friday, but it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply conceding to a guilty plea, which would allow him to avoid the stress and expensive trial according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions Manafort and his most senior defense attorneys spent more than four hours Thursday in discussions with a team of special prosecutors. President Trump has been very supportive of Paul Manafort even when Paul Manafort was convicted by that federal jury in Virginia. Right. Nothing to do what they thought it out, looking for records. Involved in our campaign were I'd be hurt badly full medical after Paul Manafort was convicted. The president tweeted such respect for a brave man leading off our discussion of Jilin banks, assistant Watergate special prosecutor and Barbara mcquade former federal prosecutor and a professor of law at the university of Michigan. Both are MSNBC legal contributors and Jill. I to you on the significance of Paul Manafort if tomorrow's story is he is pleading guilty. It's very interesting because it depends on whether there's a cooperation agreement with the plea agreement. The plea agreement will get him out of spending a lot of money on trial, and it will help President Trump by avoiding all these horrible facts coming out just before the midterms. So that would be a reason why he might plead even if it was without a cooperation agreement, which means that he would be sentenced for the crimes that he admits in court and wouldn't get any special recommendation from the prosecutors to remove any part of the sentencing that he might get. And he's already facing a long prison term. So it could end up being a very lengthy conviction for him if it's without a cooperation agreement. So that's the real significant question is he doing it to benefit the president and to save himself money, or is he going to cooperate and paint a real picture of what was going on. During the campaign and what was the relationship to Russia? Those are the questions that were hoping he's going to tell an Barbara, what does it mean to the investigation? If he if ROY Moore gets another guilty plea from another defendant tomorrow. Yeah, either way with or without cooperation, I think a conviction through guilty plea has value for Robert Muller and his team for lotteries one. You eliminate the risk of an acquittal or a hung jury. You can save the resources that you would spend on trial working on other aspects of the investigation. But I think maybe more importantly is it would make it clear that this isn't some witch hunt that Paul Manafort was not unfairly targeted because he would have to admit under oath in open court. What he did the rules of criminal procedure required offended to provide a factual basis for guilty plea. And so he would have to stay in open court on the record, all the things that he did that makes him believe he's guilty before a judge would accept a guilty plea. And so I think that has value for Robert Muller to show the world that he's not. I was a kid anybody, this is a person has committed serious crimes. Jill, it'll be interesting to see if the president tweets, his admiration for Paul Manafort after Paul, Paul Manafort has recited his crimes in co. If he does plead guilty, I think he would possibly Trump would still consider Manafort a strong person as long as he doesn't agree to cooperate and testify against the president as long as he doesn't do that, the president will be very supportive of Paul Manafort and Barbara mcquade if Paul Manafort is playing of four, a pardon of this is not inconsistent with that. This fact saves him money because the most expensive of clock ticking for legal fees as once you.
"manafort" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"In this case on another fascinating wrinkle, Matt Miller is the prospect or the possibil-. Pardon for Manafort. How do you read the Wall Street Journal reporting tonight? That as recently as last week, Manafort was considering cooperating with federal prosecutors. At the same time, the White House has been rumbling. Rudy Giuliani, putting out some fires himself late last week about the prospect of a pardon for Paul Manafort. Yeah, you know, Nicole, I think actually this report raises more questions for me than than it gives answers that most obvious one is what was it that caused these talks to break down was the special counsel insisting not just on a guilty plea, but on cooperation that if you wanted to get an actual serious reduction in any jail time, he was going to have to come in and fully cooperate against the president, anyone else close to the president. But the other question that it raises to me is why this is league. Now, there would only be two parties of this conversation. Obviously, Bob Muller's office and Paul Manafort and his attorneys. I think we can say with a fair degree of confidence is not leak from the special counsel's office. It seems fairly obvious in that this came from Manafort and his team and the only explanation I can think. That would make sense for that type of leak is you know they, they're legal strategy from the beginning, seemed to me to play for a part. They faced Omer overwhelming evidence in both of these cases, the one in Virginia and the one upcoming in DC where if anything, the evidences is even stronger against Manafort and this might just be a public Sehgal signal of the president's say, you know, look, I have been out here taking a bullet for you. I took a very serious one in Virginia. Last week I'm going be I'm certainly going to be sentenced to jail time. I'm now looking at another one coming up next month in September. I'm trying to be strong as you asked me to, but you know what? I need a little help needle a promise of a pardon. I need something more tangible than just as possibility..
"manafort" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Prosecutors in the special counsel's office are considering that they are also steaming toward the start of the next federal felony trial for Manafort. It's interesting just a few days ago, the federal court in DC that's about to start the second trial for Manafort. They unsealed some of the earlier proceedings that we the public hadn't previously had access to in manafort's DC case. Let us see for the first time that even the judge who's overseeing the next Paul Manafort trial. The one in DC that judge appears to be mystified by the fact that Manafort didn't consent to all the charges against him just being consolidated in one jurisdiction. So we could just go on trial. Once the reason Paul Manafort the trumps the Trump campaign chair. The reason he had a trial that ended last week and he's now about to have a new trial that starting within the next few weeks is simply because he decided he wanted to trials. Government gave him the choice to consolidate them and only go on trial. Once he chose to go on trial twice in these two neighboring jurisdictions. Why do they make that choice? We don't know. And neither does. The judge in his case, this is from the newly unsealed court transcript in manafort's case from February fourteenth in Washington DC. This is the judge in Manafort DC case talking to manafort's defense lawyers. And before this was just unsealed. This had been a sealed preceding at the bench. Now we know what happened. The judge says in this newly unsealed discussion quote, I understand your hamstrung. Is there any change in Mr. manafort's point of view about the eastern district versus the district of Columbia? I think the only thing I can imagine that's more unusual than the government offering you. That choice is the choice you're making, but is there any further discussion about that manafort's defense lawyer Mr. downing says no. And then the judge says, okay. All right. The judges saying, are you sure you want your client to go on trial twice? You want to federal felony trials. The judge is saying to the defense lawyers. Listen prosecutors, never give anybody the option to drop one of their trials. They're giving you the option to drop. One of the trials didn't just go on trial once you sure you're not willing to take them up on it. Defense lawyer is like, Yep, your honor were sticking with the plan to trials, just like, okay, it's your funeral. Here we go. And so this second trial is about to start, and it's weird. And it's going to happen before this judge who finds it remarkable in the judges where it's unusual that Manafort has decided to have a second trial. Incidentally, this judge is going to be presiding in the trial is the same judge who ordered Paul Manafort held in jail instead of on house arrest because of allegations that he was tampering with witnesses in his case, while he was out on bail. So this next case for Manafort is not promising for a lot of reasons, but it's also going to be significantly different from the case in Virginia where he just got convicted on felonies..
"manafort" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Cohen. Kilty Paul Manafort guilty Mr. Manafort is disappointed on eight felony counts each tonight. The implication for the president. I didn't understand as Michael Kohn claims Trump directed his hush money crime. Boss what's next for the president's former lawyer and fixer. Now facing years in prison, I'll do anything to protect Mr. Trump what's next for the president's former campaign chair. Now, facing years in prison is evaluating all of his options at this point and the possibilities of pardons for both of that. I can't think of what Mr. men forced onto deserve reporting. An all in starts right now. I love loyalty. Good evening from New York. I'm Chris Hayes on a day of extraordinary news. There is one big headline above all the rest, and that is this. The news of the president is states who's identified in court documents today as individual one directed his personal attorney to break the law in order to influence the outcome of the two thousand sixteen presidential election. That's according to Michael Kohn who pleaded guilty to his part in those crimes. And for the next hour, we're going in the implications for individual one, Donald J Trump. It was a historically bad day for the president as to close associates Cohen. His longtime lawyer and fixer. And Paul Manafort is former campaign. Chairman were simultaneously appearing in different federal courtrooms Cohen in New York Manafort in Virginia. Both determined to be guilty of multiple federal crimes within the space of just a few minutes is after noon, Cohen, pleaded, guilty. Two, eight counts tax evasion lying to financial institution and crucially campaign finance violations Manafort was convicted by a jury on eight counts of tax fraud and Bank fraud. At the same time, the president was leaving for a campaign rally in West Virginia..
"manafort" Discussed on Politics and More Podcast
"The name Trump has not come up in trial, but what are the stakes here for? I mean, obviously Manafort himself would go to jail, but for the president and and for Muller. Well, look, it is the very first prosecution in the molar investigation. And so it's a test of his of his team of their legal work of how well their evidence holds up. They need a conviction here if their strategy is to pressure Manafort to cooperate with them, or to give them evidence in the bigger collusion investigation of Russia in two thousand sixteen than they obviously need to score win. Here. I should note though there's another trial of Manafort. He has a whole separate set of charges that he'll face trial for in late September in Washington DC on Gatien's that he failed to properly register as a foreign lobbyists as a foreign agent for Ukraine. So this isn't the only shot. The molar team has at Manafort and you know every week and I'm proud to edit and publish your your com- letter from Trump's Washington, you Russell with this, this challenge of facts in the Trump era in Washington. And so this is a fact-finding exercise a trial. How is that going? I mean, is this is confusing possibly for the jury look. I mean, in many ways, actually, it's pretty simple case. It's an old story. Rich guy gets paid millions and millions of dollars seeks to keep as much of it offshore as possible while funding his lavish and fancy lifestyle. It's also weird in the sense that you know, you have this Trump era swirling around outside the courtroom, this universe of the president's creation of alternative facts of the war on fake news. And here in this courtroom, you realize. American system and especially but not exclusively. Our legal system is built on the very premise that facts matter and the US government would spend millions and millions of dollars investigating Paul for it. There was an FBI forensic accountant, you know, who'd spent clearly hundreds of hours reconstructing the facts. In this case on this day, there was this much money that was transferred from this particular Bank account in Cyprus to this particular Bank account in the United States. And here's this invoice from this clothing store to Paul Manafort on that day, and here's how they paid it. And I thought, you know, it's just it's, it's the ultimate rebuke in some ways to this era of fake news and all this noise about the death of facts that we're living in. And yet here we are at least in this courtroom where facts matter. Donald Trump and Robert Mueller, and not in this courtroom and not being mentioned this trial. But again, for each of them is a very high stakes trial in terms of the politics of this and how will make each of them. I think you know, appear to the American public. Is that fair. Absolutely. Donald Trump last week on the day, the trial began tweeted that wasn't it. So unfair for Paul Manafort that he was being treated worse than Al Capone. The most famous gangster in US history. I thought it was once again, a sort of Trumpian inadvertently speaking truth. And I think it's it's very much a story about Donald Trump and those he's chosen to surround himself with. Not only was Paul Manafort campaign chairman, but Rick gates ran the presidential inauguration and actually stayed on Donald Trump's payroll far longer than Paul Manafort ever did. There are the spiralling accusations of corruption and other financial misdeeds that involve members of Trump's cabinet current and former. There's, of course the serious questions about how much the president himself and his children have profited financially off of the presidency, refusing to withdraw from there. Offices and do things that all previous presidents have done. And I think it suggests the unique and troubling nature of the Trump presidency. Well, thank you David. That was quite an experience to cover the trial this week. Susan Glasser is a staff writer at the New Yorker and writes
"manafort" Discussed on Politics and More Podcast
"And of course, all of those expensive bespoke suits that problem Manafort is now famous for paying with money wired from overseas Bank accounts in Cyprus, that's obviously not the normal fashion in which even very wealthy people pay for their personal lifestyle expenses. There's this revealing moment in the courtroom. The other day when I was there on Wednesday, when Rick gates manafort's longtime deputy, who's now turned against him as cooperating with the government basically said, well, why did you have all of these array of account secret Bank accounts in Cyprus. And the like. And he said, well, that's how the Ukrainian businessmen who were paying us. That's how they operate. And it's almost like Paul Manafort has become one of these oligarchs himself. So you're in the corner about eight hours on Wednesday Manafort was I assume you know near you or you could see him. What was his manner like? How how did he seem to be fairing as the drop progresses Manafort comes in, he's wearing a blue suit. It looks expensive, but he's much less polish looking these days his hair. You can tell that he used to color it. It's growing out. So it's it's much more turning gray and white than it was in the past. It's a little unkempt looking, which is interesting for someone so famously put together and who spent so much money on his appearance. His wife is there attending the trial every day. She sits in the front row on the right hand side right behind Manafort and his legal team Manafort himself is very attentive. He has a yellow legal pad. He writes down extensive notes. He seems to be talking and consulting and possibly even directing his lawyer. Throughout the trial. And of course, when gates was on the stand, which was for nearly eight hours over the course of three days. Sweet. He stared right out right on. Way as the sort of crux of the prosecution's case, right? They Manafort is essentially trying to blame gates for the crimes. Manafort is on on trial now into, did you find gates to be credible? Any sense of how the jury sees gates and sees metaphor. Well, I mean, you know, gates is is, is kinda the start human witness, right? You know, and there's the drama, the built in drama of the longtime deputy, and sidekick, who's so trusted. He had all the information about manafort's finances and he turned on him in order to save his own skin. It's a classic example right? If you're prosecuting any corrupt organization. Well, you don't find that there are some angels in the midst there. So gates, you know, is a very flawed character just like the boss he represented and they did a good job of bringing out those flaws. You know, he had to admit that he lied that he cheated that he stole from Manafort. So it wasn't just Manafort engaging in this conduct, but Ricky's admitted under questioning on Tuesday that he had stolen himself hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort in the form of false expense accounts and the like..
"manafort" Discussed on Opening Arguments
"Because I will not hear it? I will not hear, sir. Okay. Well, then we'll move on. On July sixth Manafort moved for a continuance that is to delay the trial. And he also moved to change the venue of the trial from the eastern district of Virginia to Roanoke, Virginia, southern world, Virginia. And the basis for the argument was, hey, Alexandria is DC suburbs. Everybody here is following the Muller investigation. They're all Democrats, and they all hate me. I'm going to get a fair trial and and judge Ellis a couple of days ago slapped that down to and said, you know what the constitution guarantees you a fair and impartial jury. It does not guarantee you a jury of folks who agree with you politically. So sorry, you're gonna stay here in Alexandria. There's no basis to delay. There's no basis to change the venue and and this kind of comes full circle to my. I like this guy point right that that that what the judge was signaling in. That first hearing is, as we pointed out was. Give it to me straight. Don't be asked me, don't waste my time with nonsense arguments. And at that time you know, look, there was a little bit of and and I said this, there's a little bit of a poker face on the Muller team to say, no, we're totally interested in Paul Manafort and we have no interest in bringing down Donald trial. Of course, they're also interested in how high this goes. Right? So so you know, he slapped down a little bit of that and. And yet at the same time when it was manafort's turn to make a, you know, a somewhat misleading argument, eight and have any problem. You know, slapping that down as well. So you know, that's what I mean by no nonsense. What else is what else is still out there? There is. Also adjudicated. And this is literally just a couple of days ago Manafort moved to suppress the evidence that was seized as a result of the search. Warrants argued that it was illegal search and seizure, and both courts have denied that motion to suppress. So the only thing that's left out there now are two pending motions, and I bet that by the time you hear the and those have not been resolved, they will get resolved. By the time we go to trial, they will be resolved by the time you hear this and my bet is that Manafort loses on both of these. So so I'm going to break those down for you really quickly and then talk about what's what's happening. So what is the first category of motions that are still out there are motions in Limone and emotion in lemonade is. Again, the Latin is a true cognate there. It's motion to limit testimony, right? It's it's different than suppression, motion and emotion to the question that that the candidate for for judgeship couldn't get right? Yes. That's exactly right. So emotion and he didn't have to compare and contrast. He just had to define what it was, which anybody who has ever been to a trial knows what emotion lemonade is because you file them at every trial. Right, right. So so let me contrast it with motion to suppress motion suppress says, there is relevant evidence that was illegally obtained and therefore should be suppressed right? That was the stuff that the government seized from manafort's ipad and his electric is electric devices. Emotion limited says, there is evidence that you should not allow the other side to put on because it is inadmissible or irrelevant. Right. And they've indicated we're gonna put this on and you're saying, no, no, no, that that you've legally procured it. There's not a basis for that, but it shouldn't come into the trial and it shouldn't come into the trial because it's prejudice value, you know, greatly exceeds its probative value because it's irrelevant and and prejudicial or because it's inadmissible for other..
"manafort" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber
"It also could distract from the other story. I mentioned this truly historic trial slated to begin this week in Virginia. And today Paul Manafort appear before court in jail. Uniform has his lawyers did convince the judge. They should get one more week to go over of a luminous amount of evidence before trial begins. Now, this was manafort's first court appearance since the judge sent him to jail last month. He came in today wearing a short sleeved green, Alexandria jail, jumpsuit whether that's going to be the situation during the trial or not. We don't know. I suspect his lawyers will try to get that chains. Judge also made some news by granting Motors requests to immunize five different people who will testify against Manafort the witnesses linked to companies that did business with him. The list does not include any famous names or known Trump associates joined by former federal prosecutors, real good and John Flannery Sephiha Nelson, an attorney and former counsel to the Republicans on the house oversight committee. John looking at the Manafort trial in a minute, we'll get into all of it there. But on Cohen, a, what do you make of the waiver of privilege and your theory as to why this stories in the news? Well, I think it's in the news because you have Trump on tape and is anybody would say that's the strongest possible evidence. If they're making an admission on the tape, and then the particular tape, we looked at. Last week, there certainly was evidence of knowledge by the president of a payoff to the playboy playmate. MS McDougal and it looked like they were trying to find a way either to reimburse the publishers. The non publishes if you will have her story or to own it themselves to have even more control over it. And this several months before the end of the election for no other purpose apparently than to have keep it out of the election news if you will. I think that the significance of this tape is that the. It struck me that Lenny Davis. Lanny Davis actually gave a sucker punch to Rudy Giuliani. Rudy wanted so badly to speak about this tape. He waved any possible privilege as to it. On the one hand, he said it wasn't secret. Then he said it was a professional conversation by doing that. He may away for privilege to any tape relating to that kind of communication which may or may not put him back behind when the publication was denied. That is when they made the deal with McDougal in August of two thousand sixteen and then in September of two thousand sixteen in the tape. Last week, they were talking about how they could perhaps even strengthen their hold on MS McDougal disclosing anything further. Yeah, and maybe there's a good piece of the New Yorker that sort of goes through. This is a real thing. Even when you put aside the questions of how it came out. The new revelation suggests the Trump campaign was lying when it denied Trump any knowledge of the ideal with McDougall. That's what they said. Then Cohen also worked on that aboard effort to develop a Trump Tower, Moscow pushed a proposed peace deal for Ukraine and also is tied up with financial firm with vessel Burg at hired him as a consultant. The point being it's easy to forget how many real and potentially legally significant things there are that this tape could provide evidence on. Yeah. And how much Michael Cohen. Could testify about how much information he has. I mean, the tapes are important for sure, but what they really are a reminder of all the information and Michael Cohen head, which is, I think going to be more than on one tape or twelve tapes, even and Guiliani can try to explain away the way defense attorney would at a trial each individual recording. Well, the shows they didn't actually pay the money. Am I pay the money which isn't a defense, but he can try to explain it away. But the fact of matter is Michael Cohen if he decides to cooperate is really going to have a lot of information. I think that's that's one of the biggest takeaways from these recordings Sophea. Yeah. I mean, I agree. I think a couple of things we've been talking about this for months since the initial f. b. i. raid back in March or April, I guess it was. And what this shows is that Michael Cohen new day was going to come, are you where he was going to have to protect himself?.
"manafort" Discussed on Fresh Air
"In ukraine the fbi i started to scrutinize money that was coming in three ukrainian oligarchs and has started to scrutinize paul manafort zone money and he was interviewed by the fbi in the summer of two thousand fourteen now i don't think it's a coincidence that right after that interview he stopped transferring money from cypress back to the united states because he was worried about accessing that money and worried about what would it might mean for him in terms of legal jeopardy and so his finances which once came through this this incredibly intricate system that he built up were suddenly imperilled he couldn't access all that money that he had abroad so you scattered writing about paul manafort in april of 2016 mrs before manafort becomes donald trump's campaign manager why did you start writing about him so i have i have a familial history with ukraine i'd been there a couple of times my grandmother was born in ukraine and i'd gone back with my mother in two thousand ten to try to find the family that it saved my grandfather during the war and so i started to take a personal interest in the country when i was editor of the new republic magazine i tried to expend a lot of resources covering the revolution in ukraine and covering russia's invasion of crimea and so i'd come across paul manafort name and also just over the years as somebody who is fascinated with the conservative movement i had heard about him at heard about his firm and so when he came to the trump campaign he was he was somebody who i knew was a good story and over time he became something of a personal obsession just because because of his role in creating washington as we know it but also there's almost a cinematic quality to disguise life thumb in the way in which she was constantly transgressing norms constantly doing the thing that had been previously unthinkable in washington so what is paul manafort facing now so it looks like he's going to go to trial in about sip timber to face these charges that robert muller as brought against him and so we need to not meets look at that in isolation but then look at it in the bigger narrative of in in the bigger strict strategy that robert muller is pursuing that he's constantly looking for ways to build alliances to flip people.
"manafort" Discussed on Fresh Air
"Press coverage of himself through an intermediary to oleg deripaska and he tells the intermediary that he wants to quote unquote be made hole with tara pasqua and so it seems like what he's saying to dare pasqua is i want to help you get close to this campaign if that's what you want and if that helps restore me to your good graces let me just say that there's really there's no evidence that dare pasqua took him up on this offer a or that dare posco received those emails but what it reflects is manafort own sense of desperation at this moment and it also reflects the ways in which he didn't see his involvement with the trump campaign as a selfless act to try to help this candidate get elected he always was looking at his own selfinterest he was always looking at his own debts and he was always looking at ways to leverage his connections with the campaign to better himself what do you know about how much donald trump knew about manafort when trump hired manafort to be his campaign manager is a long history that manafort has with trump but it's not a closer tight history manafort firm had done some work for donald trump because his partner roger stone had a close personal relationship with donald trump that extended back decades manafort had a pieta tear in trump tower so he would occasionally run into trump and make small talk with them but it's not clear that trump had a dossier on manafort background i think that he liked that manafort fit the part that manafort is a guy who many people compare in demeanor to a network news anchor and that he exudes authority he looks the part of a campaign chair and he did have this uh topdrawer history of working on repair can conventions going back to gerald ford and so if you're donald trump and you're craving some with of establishment respectability some whiff of conventional campaign accu minute expertise well manafort was there was just right for that so let me reintroduce you here if you're just joining us my guest as franklin for he's a national correspondent for the atlantic and it has a new investigative profile of paul manafort it's called american hustler we'll be right back this is fresh air support for this.
"manafort" Discussed on Fresh Air
"Bail out and so every million dollar our said he's invested suddenly becomes much more important to him and so he goes to paul manafort and he says you know what i gave you this money to invest in this ukrainian telecom but i need it now and i want it back and manafort says okay okay you can have it back i just need to sell the company and he promises to sell the company and the years go by and manafort says that he can't really do it and promises an audit but the audit never comes and then a certain point he stops responding to all the terror posco's attempts to contact him and there's a court filing from two thousand fourteen which so we're we're now many many years after the initial purchase of the telecommunications company and deir pasqua still wants his money back any his lawyers tell the court that paul manafort his simply disappeared and so dare pasqua starts to dig even deeper and as he begins to dig his lawyers begin to reflects his feelings in the end up telling the court that they're they're not even sure that manafort bought the company that he promised to buy in the first place and all of this is simply incredible in deir pasquas history given that dare pasquas not the type of guy who overlooks any sort of debt and it's really incredible that manafort would have dealt with them in the way that he did given all that so this kind of brings us to where we started with manafort in a lot of debt yeo's dr pasquale out of money dare pasqua really wants the money so manafort joins the trump campaign hoping to camera rebuild a client base and make money while he serves as trump's campaign manager um he writes an email that if they're a pasca needs private briefings we can accommodate what is an email about so after manafort joins up with the trump campaign he almost immediately starts to send all the.
"manafort" Discussed on Fresh Air
"And he hired manafort because he wanted to eat use manafort political skills to help him advance his political interests within the region and so for instance montenegro the former yugoslav republic has bad an aluminum industry that he wanted to control so he hired manafort firm in order to orchestrate montenegro's independence campaign in two thousand six which it successfully did so had a paul manafort end up working in ukraine and representing viktor yanukovych who was elected led a lot of people considered to be a rigged election so yana cove which was deposed in the orange revolution he'd wine he'd won rig election and if you remember as was an election where he was accused of poisoning his main opponent and so you add all of these ukrainians taking to the street complaining about the unfairness of these results and he was deposed in deir pasqua sees what's happening he's worried he dispatches manafort to kiev to try to figure things out and manafort ends up insinuating himself with the corrupt elites who backed viktor yanukovych and yana coverage at this stage get sent into selfimposed exile in the czech republic for a brief time and he comes back to the country and he's basically toxic he's a radioactive figure who's got no political base he's worried about his supporters getting arrested by the new democratic government and he's looking to try to figure out some sort of way to rehabilitate his political career and so he turns to manafort and the all the elites who are backing him turned to manafort and they say is there any way they you can revive this kind of corpse of a political career and manafort.
"manafort" Discussed on Fresh Air
"A she recorded the interview were about to hear with journalist franklin four whose written a new investigative profile of paul manafort just published in the atlantic manafort served as president trump's campaign chairman and last october became one of four people indicted and robert muller's investigation into connections between the trump campaign and russia manafort first made his name in the 80s as a political consultant in lobbyist for says manafort transformed lobbying by obliterating traditional concerns about conflicts of interest his clients eventually included authoritarian president's militia commanders in russian oligarchy us he made a fortune stashed his money in offshore tax havens then ended up deep in debt to one of the russian oligarchy his personal financial crisis led him to join the trump campaign 4's article is titled american hustler oligarchy shady deals foreign money how paul manafort helped corrupt washington and laid the groundwork for the subversion of american politics faith and for mark to freshener see your story starts in 2015 before paul manafort joins the trump campaign and at this point manafort isn't a clinic recovering from an emotional breakdown he appears to have considered suicide what led to this breakdown professionally paul manafort slave was a mess he'd been a very powerful political consultant in lobbyists but he'd bit everything in his career on his work in ukraine he'd become the chief political advisor to victory on a covet shoe had been president of ukraine and they developed a very personal relationship in they developed a very lucrative relationship for paul manafort but after spending nearly ten years in ukraine revolution had swept that government for power and manafort was deprived of his primary source of income and he was struggling to find anything to replace that financially paul manafort with struggling he owed a russian oil garc nearly twenty million dollars in that russian oligarch wasn't going to let go of that debt and then finally personally paul manafort was struggling he'd had an affair which his family had uncovered and despite telling him to go into therapy in to break off that a fair the affair continued and he was caught a second time and he had what his daughter described as a fairly massive emotional breakdown and memention that a fair that was costing him a fortune to cause he wished pain for his mistress zaffiri expensive manhattan apartment our home plus a home in.
"manafort" Discussed on The Young Turks
"Did paul manafort in the trump campaign have uh financial ties the russians well i think paul manafort did a better job in revealing that than anyone else this is earlier uh when he was asked about it cnn he had this wonderful hilarious answer fifty be clear mr trump has no financial relationships with any russian oligarchs that's what he said that's would i suppose obviously with those two our position is nabil bibi bibi bubba so do they manafort is uh brought in has surrendered to the authorities is charged with twelve counts he clearly had a ties the russians overwhelming evidence an indictment and that's where the grand jury brought it in um but she asked during the campaign that was a clear from the campaign whether trump had financial ties the russians that question has not been issued yet but you can tell from man of words answer that the correct answers it'd be boohoo bu bu the surface you'll position of emu's then he couldn't even bring himself to lie clearly there i didn't say he didn't have ties are just said that was are official position i almost said he had ties and changed my mind two different dived to the middle of an answer these stabber can't touch okay that was his telling clippers you i've ever seen one last thing i s if you see that clip and you think no bad afford citizen as so is trump i'm sure that's a perfectly good answer i think these guys have no connections the russians you're either stupid or disingenuous and i don't care what side of the political spectrum you're on you again i'm out of your auto see anything i don't see anything he was totally innocent the me really.