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Exclusive: Mueller team´s focus
on Manafort spans 11 years

CNN, by Evan Perez

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Posted By:FlyRight, 9/20/2017 6:15:51 AM

Special Counsel Robert Mueller´s team is reaching back more than a decade in its investigation of Paul Manafort, a sign of the pressure Mueller is placing on President Donald Trump´s former campaign chairman. The FBI´s warrant for a July search of Manafort´s Alexandria, Virginia, home said the investigation centered on possible crimes committed as far back as January 2006, according to a source briefed on the investigation. The broad time frame is the latest indication that Mueller´s team is going well beyond Russian meddling during the campaign as part of its investigation of Trump campaign associates. Manafort,


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 9/20/2017 6:31:35 AM     (No. 11388902)

It took decisive action by a Massachusetts governor to finally end the travesty of justice known as the Salem Witch Trials. Who will finally stop this witch hunt?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Uno_Thatguy, 9/20/2017 6:35:10 AM     (No. 11388905)

"...going well beyond Russian meddling..."

Ya think???

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lazyman, 9/20/2017 6:37:59 AM     (No. 11388906)

Sessions can close this down by giving Mueller one week to outline probable cause for a Russian collusion case. Put up or shut up! Who won this election?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: steveW, 9/20/2017 6:52:12 AM     (No. 11388911)

...and still The Pantsuit walks free.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Paperpuncher, 9/20/2017 6:54:59 AM     (No. 11388913)

This is going exactly where expected. There is no Russian collusion so we have to find someone to charge with something and throw them in jail. I am just surprised they have not charged him with jaywalking yet.

Remember Scooter Libby. Trash a good man´s life just because you can.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Spidey, 9/20/2017 7:04:09 AM     (No. 11388918)

Even if there was some kind of contact or collusion,that´s a long way from overturning an election that wasn´t even that close.Meanwhile innocent people are going broke from legal fees.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: snapper451, 9/20/2017 7:20:04 AM     (No. 11388927)

If Mueller were looking into collusion, why would he not be looking at Podesta and his connections? This has turned into a free wheeling, unlimited, police state run by Democrat donors with endless power to investigate. Appears more East German style than something our American justice system would allow. Looking 11 years back at Mueller and probably Trump seems out of bounds.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: god of irony, 9/20/2017 7:30:36 AM     (No. 11388932)

The real question is why is no one in the media asking Sessions or Mueller the questions that are fellow Ldotters are raising?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 9/20/2017 7:35:14 AM     (No. 11388936)

Jeff Sessions : Fire Mueller then resign. It’s the only honorable thing you can do.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Felixcat, 9/20/2017 7:38:33 AM     (No. 11388940)

And I remember people like Andrew McCarthy singing the praises of Mueller of being a stand up guy, non-partisan, etc. What a joke. McCarthy may be right about Islamic terror but his judgement of fellow attorneys sucks -see also Patrick Fitzgerald.

I doubt that even the DEA picks the locks of the homes of suspected drug dealers when serving a search warrant. This is Third World banana republic tactics while Hillary is all over the talk shows.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dagger, 9/20/2017 7:39:21 AM     (No. 11388941)

There is a 5yr. Statute of limitations on all but a few federal crimes ( such as conspiracy involving connected activity with an overt act within the 5yr. period). No Trump campaign existed until 2015. This is looking more and more like a gross abuse of power and the taxpayers. By the time Mueller gets done the Salem witch trials will look pristine.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Jawone, 9/20/2017 7:43:05 AM     (No. 11388943)

Robert Javert Ahab Mueller will be very fortunate indeed if the result of this farce is merely the self-sacrifice of Mueller´s professional reputation and his remembrance as the Wile E. Coyote of American "prosecutors". In conducting his "investigation" of the "Russian collusion" fable, Mueller deliberately chose to use the evil tactics of another Russian "prosecutor" : Stalin´s pal Lavrently "Show me the man and I will find you the crime" Beria. Instead of imitating Beria´s behavior, Mueller should have learned a lession from Beria´s fate. History is not kind to losers and liars; and history will not be kind to Robert Mueller.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: greggojo, 9/20/2017 7:47:49 AM     (No. 11388947)

Mueller is a capital swamp creature. They have to come up with a justification for the wiretap of Manafort.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rinktum, 9/20/2017 8:10:19 AM     (No. 11388965)

Mueller himself is a walking example of the endemic corruption that has infected our so called esteemed political class in Washington DC. He is spending millions of taxpayer dollars to feather his already luxurious nest while letting his Democrat cronies in on the con. The fact that this is a political witch hunt desperate to bring down a sitting President is icing on the cake.

The opened ended hunting expedition is the stuff of dreams of the soulless Democrat party. There is moral depravity driving this investigation. It can in no way be described as fair and honest and is able to continue only because of a feckless, weak, and possibly corrupt justice department.

We watched as this happened to Scooter Libby and the Democrats are using the same play book. Where are the men and women of integrity in Washington who will actually stand up for justice? This travesty is a clear example of men of power using the full weight of the United States Government to go after a private citizens to feed the insatiable appetite for vengeance. Mueller knows what is waiting for him if he indeed does bring harm to this President. The undying gratitude of the political class and everything that goes with it will be his for sending the message to any non-politician ever thinking about running for higher office: do so at your own peril. This is a show of power from the swamp creatures to anyone who dares to threaten their rotten and corrupt system.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Jawone, 9/20/2017 8:34:16 AM     (No. 11388997)

The blinding stupidity of going back 11 years on Manafort is that it sweeps in the extensive dealings of Manafort with the Podesta Group -- and includes a time when John Pizzaboy Podesta himself, once at Bill Clinton´s knee, was at Barack Hussein Obama´s knee before leaving to run Crooked Hillary´s campaign and pile up his own millions of dollars from shady Russian deals. Guess who was the FBI Director during those not-so-recent days? Robert Javert Ahab Beria Mueller himself. Grab a beer and watch the show: it´s Mueller Time, folks!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Seething Citizen, 9/20/2017 8:40:15 AM     (No. 11389002)

Jeff Sessions has turned out to be the absolute worst appointment by Donald Trump. And I would have thought he would have been one of the best. Similar to John Roberts on the Supreme Court. Sessions seems so very weak and timid, afraid to do his job.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Jawjapeach, 9/20/2017 8:44:04 AM     (No. 11389004)

Is anyone safe from Mueller´s rectal exams?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Jebediah, 9/20/2017 8:45:44 AM     (No. 11389006)

Not only is he going above and beyond, but he is paying absolutely NO attention to Hillary Clinton and her connections over the years. If Mueller´s results are as biased and ridiculous as it is begging to sound, there will be a huge uproar fro the Right, and rightfully so....the more we are finding out about Comey, Brennan and etc., with downright lies about THEIR involvement, the worst this is.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Jebediah, 9/20/2017 8:48:25 AM     (No. 11389008)

And as far as Sessions getting involved with some much needed perimeters, he has proved to be the most egregious disappointment of all---I am still in shock over his allowing the FBI et al. to seize property etc. without due process.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MattMusson, 9/20/2017 8:56:16 AM     (No. 11389022)

They got caught Wiretapping Trump. Now they MUST indict someone as a cover for their own illegalities.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: chatham, 9/20/2017 9:01:21 AM     (No. 11389030)

It appears Muellder is somewhat Myopic since he is vvery clear on Manafort, but Completely
Blind on Hillary and Obama plus Comey.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: dvc, 9/20/2017 9:13:50 AM     (No. 11389047)

We were told that Mueller would be invstigating only the election and possible Russian issues, now he is going off into the wilderness.

When will this political hit job end?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: strike3, 9/20/2017 9:15:47 AM     (No. 11389050)

It´s the same situation with all of the problem agencies, Obama holdovers who have been corrupted by eight years of anything-goes criminal behavior. The IRS, State, EPA, all of them, cut the heads off the beasts and the problems will be corrected. Inept leadership can be very damaging. Do what was just done at Equifax.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: nimby, 9/20/2017 9:19:58 AM     (No. 11389059)

Shhh! Mueller is looking to unearth the connection between Russssaaaah that Manafort in the shorts he was wearing when he was a little kid

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Reply 25 - Posted by: john56, 9/20/2017 9:42:13 AM     (No. 11389094)

I´m thinking he´s looking at unpaid parking tickets and overdue library books.

Manafort´s lawyers should have a lot of fun with this one if a trial ever occurs. Of course, it will bankrupt Manafort.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mathman, 9/20/2017 9:54:55 AM     (No. 11389121)

If it is learned that Manafort ever used Russian dressing on a salad, he will spend the rest of his life in jail.
This is so bogus. Sessions needs to go away. Far away. Next Mars mission, maybe?
And Mueller is a part of a vast left-wing conspiracy to nullify the 2016 election.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Jawone, 9/20/2017 11:53:41 AM     (No. 11389298)

Sorry for the third post, but Andy McCarthy´s story today includes a timeline proving that Mueller´s jackbooted thugs executed their recent search warrant at a time and in a way that virtually guaranteed that the search would pick up attorney-client privileged communications between Manafort and his lawyers -- a deliberate, duplicitous, and dastardly denial of Manafort´s rights under the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Of course Andy -- who in-between the obligatory anti-Trump snark has recently taken to using the "Royal We" in quoting his own prior writings -- didn´t point out those outrages so clearly -- I guess he wants to stay employed at the Trump-hating National Review and keep being invited to the cocktail parties, the company picnic and of course the all-important and grotesquely self-indulgent annual NR cruise.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: belwhatter, 9/20/2017 12:03:28 PM     (No. 11389315)

#27, commendation for raising the issue that Manafort´s 4th, 5th and 6th amendment rights were violated by the FBI breakin. Manafort has grounds for a massive lawsuit inmo.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: dman, 9/20/2017 12:16:25 PM     (No. 11389335)

Enough. Replace Rosenstein with someone who will shut down the Mueller fishing expedition.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: fed-up, 9/20/2017 1:24:28 PM     (No. 11389404)

#28.. I thought it was impossible to sue the federal government?

Look at it this way..if there was evidence of massive wrong doing before the election, he wouldnt be digging farther to find the pony.

And the pretzel twisting to avoid wrong doing by the Podesta Group.. when we have actual emails in public, of what they were doing for Hillary´s campaign!

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Reply 31 - Posted by: msjena, 9/20/2017 2:09:58 PM     (No. 11389452)

Isn´t there a statute of limitations?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: OBX Pete, 9/20/2017 2:37:26 PM     (No. 11389493)

#17 "Is anyone safe from Mueller´s rectal exams?"

No...... he is going to give all Republicans the finger !!!

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Reply 33 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/20/2017 2:47:24 PM     (No. 11389502)


The period mentioned in the search warrant covers much of the decade that Manafort worked as a consultant for Ukraine´s former ruling party. It´s that work, which extended beyond the ouster of the president, Viktor Yanukovych, amid street protests in 2014, that prompted the FBI´s interest in Manafort. Yanukovych´s Party of Regions was accused of corruption and the FBI sought to learn whether the American consultants hired by the Ukrainian party, which also included Mercury LLC and the Podesta Group, were involved. The Justice Department probe also looked into whether the US firms violated the federal law that requires registration under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/20/2017 3:46:40 PM     (No. 11389550)


If Mueller’s team is going back 11 years, why was Muelller not interested in Paul Manafort during the years between 2001 and 2013 when he was FBI director?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/20/2017 3:49:09 PM     (No. 11389553)

Are they also investigating the Mercury and Podesta groups that were also involved in the Ukrainian corruption?

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski is still fired up about President Trump’s tweet mocking Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and took her frustrations out on first lady Melania Trump and first daughter Ivanka Trump. “[Trump] should have apologized for being a sexist pig,” Brzezinski said. “And the women around him, his wife, who has a platform against cyber bullying, that’s a joke. That’s the saddest thing I’ve ever seen.” Brzezinski then shifted her attention to Ivanka Trump, “Who came to Washington… to develop a platform for women,” but has stood by her father. “Go home. You’re doing nothing if you stand

One Mueller-Investigation Coincidence Too Many
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2017 5:02:04 AM     Post Reply
Special prosecutors, investigators, and counsels are usually a bad idea. They are admissions that constitutionally mandated institutions don’t work — and can be rescued only by supposed superhuman moralists, who are without the innate biases inherent in human nature. The record from Lawrence Walsh to Ken Starr to Patrick Fitzgerald suggests otherwise. Originally narrow mandates inevitably expand — on the cynical theory that everyone has something embarrassing to hide. Promised “short” timelines and limited budgets are quickly forgotten. Prosecutors search for ever new crimes to justify the expense and public expectations of the special-counsel appointment. Soon the investigators need to

Former top spy rethinks: Maybe we
shouldn´t have attacked a new president

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2017 5:05:17 AM     Post Reply
"Mr. Trump continues to exhibit paranoia about American intelligence agencies," wrote the NeverTrump conservative Max Boot in the New York Times a week or so before the president took office. "Consumed by his paranoia about the deep state, Donald Trump has disappeared into the fog of his own conspiracy theories," declared the Times´ Maureen Dowd. "Paranoia seizes Trump´s White House," reported Politico, noting the suspicion that "career intelligence operatives are working to undermine the new president." Actually, they were. "It´s no mystery why Trump doesn´t trust U.S. intelligence agencies," Bloomberg´s Eli Lake wrote last month. "As the old saying goes:

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65
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San Francisco Chronicle, by Rachel Swan and Demian Bulwa    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/12/2017 7:29:26 AM     Post Reply
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday morning at age 65, his office said. The sudden news came in an email from the office at 2:23 a.m. It read: “It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Family, friends and colleagues were at his side. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family.”

Lois Lerner: ‘Exceedingly low’ public
interest in her IRS testimony

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Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2017 12:48:24 AM     Post Reply
Former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court last week that there’s “no legitimate” reason why the public should see her testimony about her role in tea party targeting, pleading with a judge to keep her deposition permanently sealed. Ms. Lerner and her former chief lieutenant, Holly Paz, have said they faced death threats in the past, and say they fear any more attention to their behavior would spur a new round of harassment. They said there’s “exceedingly low” public interest in having their depositions released, and they said tea party groups are pushing for disclosure out

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