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Paul Manafort Sentenced To 47 Months In Prison In Fraud Case

Paul Manafort

A federal judge in Virginia sentenced Paul Manafort to 47 months in prison Thursday on tax and bank fraud charges, a term much lighter than the sentence the former Trump campaign chairman faced under federal sentencing guidelines. U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III said guidelines calling for 19 to 24.5 years in prison for Manafort were “excessive.” Manafort, 69, ...

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He’s Not Being Convicted Of Colluding With Russia

Paul Manafort

The judge in Paul Manafort’s sentencing hearing said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is not being sentenced to prison for anything related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Reagan-appointed U.S. Judge T. S. Ellis told a court that Manafort “is not before the court for anything having to do with colluding with the Russian government.” Trump’s former ...

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Mueller Says Manafort Faces Up To 24.5 Years In Prison

Robert Mueller

The special counsel’s office said Friday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort faces between 19 and 24.5 years in prison for the tax and bank fraud charges for which he was convicted in August. Citing federal sentencing guidelines, prosecutors also said that Manafort faces a fine of up to $24 million for his fraud. The longtime GOP operative was ...

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Manafort Meeting With Alleged Russian Operative Is At ‘The Heart’ Of Mueller Probe, Prosecutors Say

Paul Manafort

A secret meeting that Paul Manafort had in August 2016 with a former business partner with ties to Russian intelligence “goes … to the heart” of the special counsel’s investigation, prosecutors told a federal judge in a closed-door hearing earlier this week. “This goes, I think, very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating,” Andrew Weissmann, ...

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Top Obama White House Lawyer Made False Statements To DOJ About Manafort-Related Work

The Justice Department is alleging that the former Obama White House general counsel made ‘false and misleading’ statements regarding consulting work done for Ukraine. Greg Craig was lead partner for the law firm Skadden Arps on its Ukraine work, which was done in partnership with Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.  Skadden Arps agreed Thursday to settle with the ...

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Manafort Reportedly Passed Trump Campaign Data To Russian Oligarch

Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, provided polling data to a close associate during the 2016 campaign with instructions to share the information with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, according to a new report. Manafort’s legal team accidentally revealed in a court filing on Tuesday in the special counsel’s probe that the longtime GOP consultant provided the data to his ...

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FBI Probe Initially Focused On Four Americans

Michael Flynn

James Comey made the surprise revelation in his congressional testimony on Friday that the FBI opened investigations into four Trump associates in late July 2016 It was previously known that four Trump advisers were the focus of the FBI probe, but it was not known that they were targeted at the outset of the investigation It was previously believed that ...

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Giuliani: Mueller’s Team Doesn’t Believe Paul Manafort’s Trump Statements

Robert Mueller

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told CNN Friday that the special counsel’s office does not believe Paul Manafort’s denials regarding President Donald Trump. Giuliani claimed that prosecutors believe Trump had advance knowledge of an infamous meeting held at Trump Tower with a group of Russians on June 9, 2016, according to CNN. Special counsel Robert Mueller accused Manafort on Nov. 26 of ...

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Alleged Fabricator Contributed To The Guardian’s Manafort-Assange ‘Bombshell’

The Guardian is under fire over a questionable article published in November that alleged former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort met secretly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But as The Washington Post notes, one of the reporters who helped write The Guardian piece has been accused of fabricating documents provided to The Guardian for a 2014 story about an oil ...

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Upcoming Double Jeopardy Ruling From Supreme Court May Let Paul Manafort Off The Hook, Says Judge Napolitano

Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said an upcoming Supreme Court decision could change the game on double jeopardy and allow former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to walk free. “The framers wanted this in there because British kings would try you — you were found not guilty. They’d try you again before another jury and again before another jury. ...

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WikiLeaks To Sue The Guardian, Sets Up GoFundMe For Legal Fees

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WikiLeaks announced Thursday that the whistleblower organization will bring legal action against The Guardian after the British paper published a story accusing Paul Manafort and Julian Assange of meeting several times from 2013 to 2015.

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Rush Limbaugh: Trump Approval Steady Despite Barrage of Fake News Attacks

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed that President Donald Trump’s approval rating held steady despite continuous negative press and constant attacks. That came as no surprise to radio host Rush Limbaugh who predicted last week these ‘scandals’ would not upset the president’s approval numbers on balance. “I predicted last week that these scandals would not upset Trump’s approval numbers on ...

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