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New Information Unearthed Showing Paul Manafort Colluded With Trump To Undermine Investigations

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It seems now that nearly every day brings a massive new development in the case of the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, with each new twist and turn being even more catastrophic for the Trump administration than the last. Initially, this was merely an inquiry commissioned to look into alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russian state actors, and subsequent obstruction of justice. Since then, though, it has become so much more than that, as all of the horrendous lies and misdemeanors of President Donald Trump and his inner circle, many of whom now work in the White House, come to light. Ironically, it seems that the infamous campaign slogan Drain The Swamp applies much more pertinently to the Trump family and Organization ever since President Trump took office more than anywhere else.

There has been, unsurprisingly, another such development in the probe, and this one truly is a corker. It is being reported that Donald Trump received guidance and coaching from Paul Manafort – who has himself already been indicted with a whole bunch of awful felonies – on how to attack and discredit Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. Vox reports:

Paul Manafort, who served as the manager for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, provided advice to the president and senior White House officials on the FBI’s Russia investigation during the earliest days of the Trump administration. He gave guidance on how to undermine and discredit the FBI’s inquiry into whether the president, his campaign aides, and family members conspired with the Russian Federation and its intelligence services to covertly defeat Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, according to government records and interviews with individuals familiar with the matter. Manafort himself was under criminal investigation by the FBI during this same time, a fact then known to the White House.

Last Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller alleged in court filings that Manafort told “multiple discernible lies” to FBI agents and prosecutors, in violation of the cooperation agreement between Manafort and the special counsel’s office. Among those, Mueller charged, were lies by Manafort to investigators that he had not been in contact with anyone in the White House.

“After signing the plea agreement, Manafort stated he had no direct or indirect communications with anyone in the administration while they were in the administration,” the special counsel said in a court pleading, “and that he never asked anyone to try and communicate a message to anyone in the administration on any subject.” Citing text messages, Manafort’s electronic records, and witness interviews, the special counsel wrote: “The evidence demonstrates that Manafort lied about his contacts.”

Those contacts continued after Trump and his associates knew that Manafort was under investigation by the FBI; after he was indicted by two federal grand juries on more than two dozen felony counts of money laundering, bank fraud, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice; and after having been convicted by a federal jury of 10 of those felonies while awaiting trial on other charges. And now we have learned, thanks to reports from the New York Times and filings in federal court by the special counsel, that those contacts continued even after Manafort became a cooperating witness against the president. The court filings, however, did not disclose any information regarding the subjects of the contacts between Manafort and the White House.

Wow. Not only is this a truly terrible look for the White House and its associates, but much of this activity may have been illegal. Robert Mueller is not going away any time soon.


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