News of Mueller’s new angle on Manafort comes just as new charging documents were filed against him and his longtime aide Rick Gates. The documents, which are sealed, were filed Wednesday and, Politico suggests, likely involve new charges being added to those that Manafort was slapped with last year. … [Read more...] about Mueller Investigating Whether Manafort Promised a White House Job in Exchange for a Personal Loan
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"Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiArizona certifies Biden's victory over Trump Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical' Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race MORE has responded that this report is false and such a conversation never happened. That should clarify the situation. It is just another false attack," Giuliani attorney Robert Costello told The Hill, in response to a request for comment. … [Read more...] about Giuliani has discussed possible pardon with Trump: report
The Ukrainian government hired Haley Barbour, former Republican National Committee chairman and founding partner of BGR Group, to lobby in the United States just after Trump was elected, according to foreign lobbying registration documents filed with the Justice Department. Ed Rogers, the chairman of BGR, was hired for the lobbying work, too. The firm has ties to this White House: The Trump transition team held meetings with lobbyists at BGR Group’s offices, according to the Washington Post. And Rogers is “as inner circle Jeff Sessions as they come,” a source with knowledge of their relationship told me on condition of anonymity, referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Both men are from Alabama.) BGR also worked with Corey Lewandowski. … [Read more...] about Before It Stopped Cooperating With Mueller, Ukraine Hired GOP Lobbyists. Hmm.
Plus, Trump’s been sending other signals to Manafort that don’t require much reading between the lines. The White House has been downplaying Manafort’s relationship with Trump since before he was indicted, and over the weekend the president randomly announced that he barely knew the man who ran his campaign in the summer of 2016 — and if he was up to no good, the FBI should have warned him. … [Read more...] about If Mueller Is Ever Going to Flip Manafort, Now Seems Like the Time
“I don’t think politics should play a role, but it probably will,” Ryan said. “I suspect, against my own wishes, that a Biden DOJ will probably not pursue crimes against his predecessor. We have a history in this country of presidents looking the other way and letting bygones be bygones. That’s not good for democracy in terms of election law and future precedent. But Biden may find it necessary for democracy writ large to try and move the country forward.” … [Read more...] about Talk of self-pardon for Trump heats up