Trump Tower, Manafort, and $20 Million from Russia.

Trump Tower, Manafort, and $20 Million from Russia.

 

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Breaking, Manafort in plea talks with Mueller.  Meanwhile, following the money, this breaks “… an offshore company controlled by Agalarov wired more than $19.5 million …” from Russia the day Manafort took over the Trump campaign.

A Series Of Suspicious Money Transfers Followed The Trump Tower Meeting
Anthony Cormier, Jason Leopold, BuzzFeed News Reporters
September 12, 2018, at 9:51 a.m. ET

The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has become one of the most famous gatherings in American political history … secret documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News reveal a previously undisclosed aspect of the meeting: a complex web of financial transactions among some of the planners and participants who moved money from Russia … Aras Agalarov, a billionaire real estate developer close to both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump … used accounts overseas to filter money to himself, his son, and at least two people who attended the Trump Tower meeting … 11 days after … an offshore company controlled by Agalarov wired more than $19.5 million …

Yes, following the money led to Manafort’s demise both as campaign manager and as tax evader/money launderer.  And in this morning’s news, speculation Manafort is discussing a plea deal with Mueller.  This also from the Buzzfeed article:

… law enforcement officials instructed financial institutions in mid-2017 to go back through their records to look for suspicious behavior by people connected to the broader Trump-Russia investigation. The bankers filed “suspicious activity reports” to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which in turn shared them with the FBI, the IRS, congressional committees investigating Russian interference, and members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. ….

So, the near $20 million transfer happened the day Manafort became chairman of Trump’s campaign and this news breaks as Manafort is talking a plea deal with Mueller.  Coincidence?

Stay tuned, things are getting very real right now and the end may be far nearer than many imagined.  We need more solid information, and given the trial schedule the wait won’t be long.

Can we expect Manafort to flip on Trump like Cohen did?  Speculation is worthless, but don’t expect a leniency deal unless Manafort adds significantly to what we already know:

Trump Became President by Criminal Conspiracy. Let that sink in.

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