While we wait for the Manafort verdict

August 17, 2018

As of this writing, the jury is still out.  I refer to the six men and six women tasked with making sense of the Paul Manafort trial and reaching a verdict on whether he deliberately violated tax and banking laws.  Why Robert Mueller’s special counsel team would be spending its time and resources trying a case that has absolutely nothing to do with Russian attempts to influence our elections is a real puzzler –- unless one considers that Mueller’s main focus isn’t Russia but a big American fish; then it makes sense.  Mueller is after the President and he thought a good way to get him...on SOMETHING...was to get Manafort to “flip.”

But Manafort didn’t flip, most likely because he just didn’t have any information to offer.  He was Trump’s campaign manager for several months –- he even made an appearance at that Trump Tower meeting that is looking more and more like a set-up involving Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS –- so if Trump had been “colluding” with Russians, he might have been in a position to know something about it.  But Trump was not colluding with Russians.  (Heck, I was pretty close to his campaign myself during the later months, and I swear I didn’t see Trump talking with Boris and Natasha even once!)  To his credit, Manafort hasn’t tried to spare himself by making stuff up.  He has to know that the whole point of his trial was to get him to do that.  Even the judge knows it.

 


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If the special counsel probe were really about Russia, those investigators would’ve handed off the time-consuming Manafort case to a U.S. attorney, or let the FBI re-file it with all the other old cases they’d decided not to pursue, and then they would have gone after the people who REALLY DID collaborate with foreigners --- including Russians --- to set up then-candidate Trump with false information to help ensure Hillary Clinton would be President.  At this point, enough hard evidence has finally emerged to give us our main cast of characters, much of what they did, and a timeline for it that goes back to early 2016, months before the “official” FBI investigation.  We’ve got thousands of emails, texts and handwritten notes that “go to motive” and reveal a cozy relationship among the players, notably Bruce Ohr, Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson.  All the evidence supports what we theorized long ago:  that the made-up Christopher Steele “dossier” that was funded by the Clinton campaign was part of a plot used by high-level intelligence officials to make sure Trump wouldn’t be President.  It’s just as obvious as can be.

And Robert Mueller had nothing to do with exposing any of it.

Refreshingly outspoken attorney Joe DiGenova may have hit the nail on the head when he said, “I think what has happened here is Bob Mueller has lost his way.  And he’s been hit in the face with an outrageous set of facts which show that what he is doing is legally irrelevant to what actually happened during the campaign...the Manafort case is a joke.  It is an absolute embarrassment to the Department of Justice.  It should never have been brought.  And, you know, what I think happened to Bob Mueller is he realized that everything he’s done is worthless --- it means nothing, that the big case is the case to frame the President of the United States.  And he won’t touch it.”

There’s not much more to say about the Manafort case until a verdict is announced.  Let’s not even speculate; it’s impossible to predict what a jury will do.  But legal expert Andrew C. McCarthy has made an interesting observation in NATIONAL REVIEW about one major problem with the prosecution’s case:  the dastardly deal made with their “star” witness.

Rick Gates is a sleazy guy.  He could be charged with everything Manafort has been charged with and more.  He actually embezzled from the man he’s now testifying against.  (I think that’s what “adding insult to injury” means.)  The jury knows he got a deal to testify against his partner and essentially has a “get out of jail free” card when his partner could get, oh, 300 years in prison.  And yet in its summation, the prosecution made a point of saying the proof was in the documents, not the witness.



Okay, McCarthy says.  If the documents tell the story, as the prosecutors told the jury, then why did they make that deal with Gates?  Why didn’t they prosecute both men?  What kind of justice is THAT?  Apparently they still needed their extremely disreputable witness to provide one last piece against Manafort:  that he acted willingly, not out of confusion or distraction or for some other reason.  But as McCarthy put it back in March, Mueller is violating Justice Department guidelines by “alleging earth-shattering crimes” and then “cutting a sweetheart deal that shields the defendant from liability for those crimes and from the penalties prescribed by Congress.”

Just one more way the shameless Robert Mueller has overstepped his bounds.  While we wait for the jury, the entire piece will make for interesting reading.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/paul-manafort-trial-mueller-team-focuses-on-documents/

 

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Comments 1-25 of 25

  • Don Chenault

    08/18/2018 05:02 PM

    At this time appears obama adm, clinton cartel, top level doj, top level fbi, clapper, brennan had a master plan to stop Trump and if could not then overthrow him... Scary stuff knowing no one will be held accountable

  • David Parrish

    08/18/2018 10:03 AM


    Well said Governor. The plot is falling apart in front of everyones eyes. Mr. Mueller is way off the reservation and seems to have lost his moral compass. In the Manafort case it seems he may have never had one?

  • Carolyn Prater

    08/18/2018 01:06 AM

    I am so sorry for Manafort! No U.S. citizen should even have to go through this. And if it can happen to him, it can happen to any of us. Several of his constitutional rights have been broken. Do we not recognize the Constitution as the law in this country any more? I'm sickened every day by the daily crimes of murder, rape, and kidnapping--trafficking. And these people often get light penalties and end up back in the streets. The compound in New Mexico had a dead child on the premises AND they were training children to be school shooters. And the judge let them out with a light bail! Manafort is not a violent criminal! This is INSANE!

  • Nita Hogg

    08/18/2018 12:44 AM

    Hello, Mike....this is a mighty fine column you have here. I totally agree with every thing you said. It is a shame and disgrace this witch hunt can continue. They all know they have NOTHING, so why can't it be stopped??? BTW: I am so thrilled about your lovely daughter and the fine work she is doing for our president and country. I know you and your wife are proud of her, too. Keep up the the good work. I was hoping Trump would name you Ambassador to Israel....BTW: My nephew, Andrew Billick, is Trump's project manager in Scotland at TRUMP TURNBURY. I haven't seen him in quite a while but very proud of him and his family. Love you in Jesus.. Nita Hogg, Dothan AL USA.

  • Mike Horst

    08/17/2018 07:33 PM

    Mike I am so thankful that there are still people in this country like yourself that tell the truth about what is really going on in Washington.
    I just can't believe that those who hate Donald Trump will say anything or do anything because they are not in power. That is what its really about is that they are not getting their selfish way. I think everyday that maybe the leftists in this country have found a new low and nope they haven't. Our best hope is that we have an all powerful God and a savior in Jesus Christ. He is in charge and control. The fools on the left just haven't figured it out and maybe never will. That is really sad.

  • Judy Shattuck

    08/17/2018 04:04 PM

    With all the information/evidence that has been revealed over time, it would seem the Muller investigation should be halted. There is an obvious scheme to frame Trump. So why does this charade of a
    Special Prosecution continue?

  • Danny Meyer

    08/17/2018 03:02 PM

    The very real injustice with ALL this is Manafort has to fight with personal money all the while The Mule is paid by us the American tax payer. If the American tax payer could realize the cost of all the Mule's expense in coming out of our government, making All those lawyers rich with the highest rates and a guaranteed payment/ blank check, we tax payers have better things to spend our tax dollars on. While Comey said Hillary had no intent they why did she have a server set up in the first place. This whole thing is a big black eye for the American system of justice which in this case is none. The Mule has done this in the past with other individuals and his deep pockets of the American tax payer.

  • Anne turner

    08/17/2018 02:53 PM

    Message to our President: Please Mr. President, my loyal, loving, adorable little doggie is very disturbed with the comparison of this woman to a dog. He does not like being viewed in the same light as such a miserable person who is using her former friendship with you to amass fame and fortune. He would never do that. He is loyal to your mission. Please sir, think before you tweet. Do not give these hateful people fodder. We know you are a fighter, and that can be good, but you can also rise above the unfareness of it all. Be better than they are. You can do opit.

  • James E. Church

    08/17/2018 02:06 PM

    PERSONALLY: I'm 79, Navy Vet, retired High School Principal, Conservative
    BACKGROUND: I am informed daily on news, read your newsletter faithfully, voted for Trump mainly for the Supreme Court nomination, and presently an avid Trump supporter
    FRUSTRATED: With Republicans presently in Washington D.C. with no backbone ; Jeff Sessions needs to go; Dept. of Education leadership of a failing Public School system
    MEDIA: As suggested by Rush Limbaugh months ago to stop listening and viewing "Lame Stream Media"---I have done so and will NOT go back! I only watch One America News on TV and selected local news stations in my area of SW Florida.
    ADMIRE: Many Conservative reporters in the news that do not embellish but simply report the truth;You; your daughter (a Saint)
    MY SUGGESTION: PRESIDENT TRUMP HOUR , daily on TV hosted by you and/or your daughter. -------One America News gives me Conservative news of the USA but also news of the world. I watch very little of Fox News as I have no use for "fair and balanced"----I want MY news and not a bunch of panels interrupting and walking all over each other. I don't want people telling me what I need to think and do. Simply give me the news and if I want to "balance", I can go to the "other" channels. PRESIDENT TRUMP HOUR will tell me what he wants to accomplish and how this is advancing. He can be live or online live if needed to report to the American people as not all get into the Tweeting mode. Yes, he could still Tweet if he wished but I want to hear the plan, progress, the challenge, the "bumps" etc. This needs to be in prime time during our dinner hour. The Vice President could also be featured-----maybe THE PRESIDENTS HOUR !?
    Thank You
    Jim Church 8/17/2018

  • Bob Boynton

    08/17/2018 01:38 PM

    Tlme to go after the real crooks starting with pulling ALL security clearance from the real swamp foxes in the "Deep State" and having the DOJ take another look at them.

  • Livio O Montero

    08/17/2018 01:24 PM

    Katie Hopkins Has A Message For America, applies to the whole world... - YouTube

  • Liz Anderson

    08/17/2018 01:18 PM

    You hit the nail on the head! I'm speechless ??

  • rodney burke

    08/17/2018 01:13 PM

    Manafort has zero to do with the mandate of Mueller, all his team should be 1. disbarred from practicing law like Hilary and Bill, 2. Put in jail for all the obvious violations of DOJ which they KNEW better and held them in contempt. it would appear that Mueller and his team hold the entire DoJ in contempt and someone(s) in lower echelons should hang them out to dry...in Attica

  • Dick Williams

    08/17/2018 12:56 PM

    So sad, isn't it! Mueller can't get Manafort to tell ANYTHING about candidate Donald Trump, so he's going to "punish" him in front of all America, indeed The World, for not rolling over. All the while, Mueller DESERVES to be indicted for his unlawful weaponizing of the FBI, using his office to make MILLIONS with Lockheed in Government contracts after leaving, and now, using OUR taxes to follow ANY white rabbit down ANY hole, for what? Reputation. Power. Ego. And what's it doing for him? Nothing. Soon he'll be that "empty chair" that Clint Eastwood called Hussein. An empty shirt. Dignity? He can't SPELL the word.

  • Dan Barberree

    08/17/2018 12:43 PM

    If Mueller wanted to save his investigation and his reputation he would go after the Hillary gang. I bet the problem is he's a gang member.

  • David L. Stafford

    08/17/2018 12:10 PM

    Mike, why is nobody pointing out that security clearances are based on a need-to-know and anybody who is not actively appointed or hired for a job should not have an active clearance. I had a secret clearance as a govt employee for 28 years and I'm sure it was de-activated when I retired. All of these ex-employees of the executive branch should have their clearances de-activated or suspended when they leave office. They are accidents waiting to happen as in the current DEEP STATE SITUATION. Please make it happen.

  • Sharon Burch

    08/17/2018 11:42 AM

    I’m sorry Huckabee, but we will never see Justice for any of it. Clinton and the whole Obummer Admin. Were/are

    crooked but nothing will come it. No Democrat will be punished for anything

  • Ann Williams

    08/17/2018 11:38 AM

    So many things happen in government that we don't know about. They make deals under the table and then spin it to make it sound good. It happens locally as well as the state level and, especially the federal government. The farther away from the people they govern, the more they can hide and get away with. Thank God for people like you that put the truth out there for us all to see. Wish more people would open their eyes.

  • Lee Marcum

    08/17/2018 11:34 AM

    When are the people going to realize....the more the tax payer pads Mueller's pockets/wallets, bank accounts etc., with money, the more he is going to "invent" stuff to keep getting our taxpayer dollars. I for one want a MASSive refund...at least enough to buy a Big Mac meal.

  • Barbara Adiletto

    08/17/2018 11:27 AM

    Marantha Lord “Come Quickly”. This corruption is making our whole country sick. It grows deep inside like an incididous invasive cancer spreading out to destroy its host.

  • Mark Conkle

    08/17/2018 11:14 AM

    It is so very hard to believe that these clowns can willingly not look at facts about the so called collusion and not go after the real criminals but file this charge unrelated to the collusion case and still try to keep the collusion narrative alive. Is there any hope that someone, some government body, will pursue this for what it really is and bring all the real bad actors down? If not, then it will continue to happen because there is no threat to this outrageous behavior. DRAIN THE SWAP and quickly please!

  • Lance E. Brown

    08/17/2018 11:05 AM

    Manafort Trial:
    This entire thing sickens me. it is an abomination of our legal system. Please Don't Mistake my comment for complacency in anyway. I am certain that this man was "cooking the books". but at this point the FBI has determined that enough evidence simply did not exist. The IRS is also no longer interested in this case, due to the length of time elapsed. This is disturbing that anyone can be dragged through this. And in ten more years are we to spend millions more to RE persecute him? Or is it a crucifixion at this point?

  • Jack Willis

    08/17/2018 10:44 AM

    A couple months ago, being so frustrated over what Ms. Hillary had done and how she got away with it, so far, that I said something that I have regretted since I wrote to you. Never ,ever, ever, should a word like that be used to address any female. Please accept my apologies. Jack

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    08/17/2018 10:40 AM

    WHY are these people so BLIND?

  • Brad Crawford

    08/17/2018 10:37 AM

    I, for one, hope this goes away before the country suffers even more. Time for the snowflakes to grow up and realize that sometimes in life elections have consequences. After all, it was okay when their supreme ruler Obama said that, right?