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Thread started 08/06/18 12:51pm

Musicslave

The Paul Manafort Trial

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Rick Gates is scheduled to take the stand today. So far Manafort's defense is basically trying to undercut Gates' credibility by saying he embezzled millions from Manafort.

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  • The defense's strategy: Manafort's lawyer made clear the plan is to point the finger at Manafort's longtime deputy Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and lying to federal investigators in February.

Manafort's defense is classic blame-shifting.

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https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/manafort-trial/index.html

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Rick Gates will testify next

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Rick Gates, Paul Manafort's former right-hand man, will be the next witness to testify in Manafort's criminal trial, defense attorney Kevin Downing said in court around 2:35 p.m. ET.

He is not on the stand yet, but will likely testify beginning Monday afternoon.

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What you need to know about Gates: Gates served as Manafort's right-hand man in their multimillion-dollar political consulting business and was also a deputy campaign manager for Trump. He agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller to give evidence against his former boss in return for a potentially reduced sentence.

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Why his testimony matters: When he takes the stand, it will represent the biggest test yet for Mueller's investigation even though this case does not directly play into the issue of alleged cooperation by the Trump campaign in Russian election meddling.

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Reply #1 posted 08/06/18 1:03pm

Musicslave

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Mueller to show evidence that Manafort said Gates wasn't involved

From CNN's Kara Scannell

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Prosecutor Greg Andres said they plan to offer evidence that would show Paul Manafort’s own lawyer said that Rick Gates was “not involved” with certain bank records from Cyprus, potentially undercutting the defense’s theory that Gates was calling the shots.

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Just before the trial broke for lunch, Andres said during the investigation the special counsel’s office served a subpoena on Manafort asking him to provide his own bank records from accounts held in Cyprus.

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Manafort complied with the subpoena and included in the response a note from his attorney, Kevin Downing, stating that Gates was “not involved” with these bank records and they belonged to Manafort. Prosecutors want to introduce that evidence and are working with Manafort’s attorneys to reach agreement on how that evidence is entered. Andres said they may anonymize or redact Downing’s name since it could be viewed by the jury as a conflict.

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Gates is the prosecution’s star witness and is expected to take the stand early next week. Manafort’s attorneys have painted Gates as the orchestrator of the alleged fraud.

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Downing is on deck to question Cindy Laporta, Manafort’s accountant who testified that she knowingly sent banks fake documents, when the trial resumes Monday afterno

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Reply #2 posted 08/06/18 1:46pm

Musicslave

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NOW: Rick Gates is on the stand

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

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Rick Gates — who was Manafort's right-hand man in their multimillion-dollar political consulting business and was also a deputy campaign manager for Trump — has taken the stand.

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Gates is now telling the court about his admission that he committed crimes alongside Manafort, to which he pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the federal investigators.

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Gates also spoke generally about how he worked for Manafort from 2006 until 2016.

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"I believe Mr. Manafort viewed me as an employee of the firm," Gates said.
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Even though he met Manafort more than two decades ago at a holiday party, they did not spend time together socially, he said.

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Gates and Manafort have not yet made eye contact. Gates, in a yellow tie and navy suit, is clean-shaven for his first appearance in court since he pleaded guilty to charges in federal court in DC in February — at that time, he had grown a beard.

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Reply #3 posted 08/06/18 4:02pm

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Manafort was broke before he started working for the Trump campaign. He supposedly came on as an unpaid advisor to get his foot in the door. He had been doing a lot of shady dealings and squandering a shit load of his illicit gains. He’s going to get what he deserves. He could have lived a real nice life if he knew when to quit.
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Reply #4 posted 08/06/18 4:12pm

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Ugot2shakesumthin said:

Manafort was broke before he started working for the Trump campaign. He supposedly came on as an unpaid advisor to get his foot in the door. He had been doing a lot of shady dealings and squandering a shit load of his illicit gains. He’s going to get what he deserves. He could have lived a real nice life if he knew when to quit.




I still don't understand how on the one hand he was broke, and on the other hand he had all this money stashed away offshore.

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Reply #5 posted 08/06/18 5:14pm

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RodeoSchro said:

Ugot2shakesumthin said:

Manafort was broke before he started working for the Trump campaign. He supposedly came on as an unpaid advisor to get his foot in the door. He had been doing a lot of shady dealings and squandering a shit load of his illicit gains. He’s going to get what he deserves. He could have lived a real nice life if he knew when to quit.




I still don't understand how on the one hand he was broke, and on the other hand he had all this money stashed away offshore.


Right? he should have hawked the ostrich coat

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Reply #6 posted 08/06/18 6:24pm

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DiminutiveRocker said:

RodeoSchro said:




I still don't understand how on the one hand he was broke, and on the other hand he had all this money stashed away offshore.


Right? he should have hawked the ostrich coat

Colbert Mocks Paul Manafort's Wardrobe: It Looks Like 'A Blind Pimp Got 100 Wishes'

Colbert Mocks Paul Manafort's Wardrobe: It Looks Like 'A Blind Pimp Got 100 Wishes'

One of the items mentioned: An ostrich-leather jacket that cost $15,000. Stephen Colbert took a look at Manafort’s wardrobe on “T…

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Reply #7 posted 08/06/18 10:45pm

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poppys said:



DiminutiveRocker said:




RodeoSchro said:






I still don't understand how on the one hand he was broke, and on the other hand he had all this money stashed away offshore.




Right? he should have hawked the ostrich coat








Colbert Mocks Paul Manafort's Wardrobe: It Looks Like 'A Blind Pimp Got 100 Wishes'



Colbert Mocks Paul Manafort's Wardrobe: It Looks Like 'A Blind Pimp Got 100 Wishes'


One of the items mentioned: An ostrich-leather jacket that cost $15,000. Stephen Colbert took a look at Manafort’s wardrobe on “T…

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Reply #8 posted 08/07/18 6:12am

Musicslave

I think Rick Gates is back on the stand around 9:30 AM EST this morning.

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Reply #9 posted 08/07/18 6:40am

Musicslave

Seeing how Manafort had his bookkeeper, Cindy Laporta falsify his tax returns and expense reports etc. and go undetected by the IRS for years, I'm pretty sure trump is well aware of the same tactics (maybe more) and hid his Russian financing through the years. Case in point: His tax returns may not be the holy grail that everyone think they are.

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These people hire people who know how to lie on paper and not get caught. They exploit loopholes As someone else said

earlier, if his returns actually told the truth, he would have been flagged a long time ago. I doubt very seriously that his tax returns are honest and straight forward.

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Reply #10 posted 08/07/18 6:47am

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Musicslave said:

Seeing how Manafort had his bookkeeper, Cindy Laporta falsify his tax returns and expense reports etc. and go undetected by the IRS for years, I'm pretty sure trump is well aware of the same tactics (maybe more) and hid his Russian financing through the years. Case in point: His tax returns may not be the holy grail that everyone think they are.


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These people hire people who know how to lie on paper and not get caught. They exploit loopholes As someone else said


earlier, if his returns actually told the truth, he would have been flagged a long time ago. I doubt very seriously that his tax returns are honest and straight forward.




Absolutely. Trump never released his tax returns for a reason. They open him up to public and possibly criminal scrutiny.
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Reply #11 posted 08/07/18 6:52am

poppys

Musicslave said:

Seeing how Manafort had his bookkeeper, Cindy Laporta falsify his tax returns and expense reports etc. and go undetected by the IRS for years, I'm pretty sure trump is well aware of the same tactics (maybe more) and hid his Russian financing through the years. Case in point: His tax returns may not be the holy grail that everyone think they are.

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These people hire people who know how to lie on paper and not get caught. They exploit loopholes As someone else said

earlier, if his returns actually told the truth, he would have been flagged a long time ago. I doubt very seriously that his tax returns are honest and straight forward.


True. I'm thinking nailing Trump requires a multi-faceted approach. But, once you do get flagged by the IRS, it's a death grip. One loose thread gets pulled and pretty soon yer standing there buck nekked. And not with a Playmate.

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Reply #12 posted 08/07/18 7:01am

Musicslave

poppys said:

Musicslave said:

Seeing how Manafort had his bookkeeper, Cindy Laporta falsify his tax returns and expense reports etc. and go undetected by the IRS for years, I'm pretty sure trump is well aware of the same tactics (maybe more) and hid his Russian financing through the years. Case in point: His tax returns may not be the holy grail that everyone think they are.

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These people hire people who know how to lie on paper and not get caught. They exploit loopholes As someone else said

earlier, if his returns actually told the truth, he would have been flagged a long time ago. I doubt very seriously that his tax returns are honest and straight forward.


True. I'm thinking nailing Trump requires a multi-faceted approach. But, once you do get flagged by the IRS, it's a death grip. One loose thread gets pulled and pretty soon yer standing there buck nekked. And not with a Playmate.

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Right. lol

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Reply #13 posted 08/07/18 7:12am

Musicslave

Ugot2shakesumthin said:

Musicslave said:

Seeing how Manafort had his bookkeeper, Cindy Laporta falsify his tax returns and expense reports etc. and go undetected by the IRS for years, I'm pretty sure trump is well aware of the same tactics (maybe more) and hid his Russian financing through the years. Case in point: His tax returns may not be the holy grail that everyone think they are.

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These people hire people who know how to lie on paper and not get caught. They exploit loopholes As someone else said

earlier, if his returns actually told the truth, he would have been flagged a long time ago. I doubt very seriously that his tax returns are honest and straight forward.

Absolutely. Trump never released his tax returns for a reason. They open him up to public and possibly criminal scrutiny.

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The good thing about the appointment of the Special Counsel is he has access to EVERYTHING. Yes, including his tax returns.

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https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-09-18/robert-mueller-likely-has-donald-trumps-tax-returns

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"A federal prosecutor obtains tax returns by seeking an ex parte order from a federal judge. That means that the person who is being investigated doesn't know that the tax returns are being sought or if the judge issues the order," he said. "Basically, it's done in secret."

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Reply #14 posted 08/07/18 7:19am

poppys

Musicslave said:

Ugot2shakesumthin said:

Musicslave said: Absolutely. Trump never released his tax returns for a reason. They open him up to public and possibly criminal scrutiny.

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The good thing about the appointment of the Special Counsel is he has access to EVERYTHING. Yes, including his tax returns.

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https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-09-18/robert-mueller-likely-has-donald-trumps-tax-returns

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"A federal prosecutor obtains tax returns by seeking an ex parte order from a federal judge. That means that the person who is being investigated doesn't know that the tax returns are being sought or if the judge issues the order," he said. "Basically, it's done in secret."

Woo hoo. Maybe that's why Trump tweeted 48 times last weekend now that he's on 'vacation'.

The supense is too much for orange trash. cool

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Reply #15 posted 08/07/18 8:30am

Musicslave

Email showed Manafort directing Gates to move money from foreign account

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

Paul Manafort directed moving money through Cypriot accounts over email, Rick Gates testified Tuesday morning.

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Prosecutors began to show emails between Manafort and Gates Tuesday morning that confirm Gates' story that Manafort directed moving the money his consulting company earned from Ukraine through Cypriot accounts.

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"There were hundreds of these," Gates said in court.
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One sent in November 2011 was especially condemning.

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Gates had written to Manafort about transferring money from one of Manafort's shell companies, Leviathan Advisors Limited, to their above-board consulting group, DMP International. "Unless you approve otherwise," Gates ended his note proposing the transfer.

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"This works. Proceed as you lay it out below," Manafort wrote back, signing his email with the letter "P."

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The subject line of the email was "Payments."

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The "typical practice was Mr. Manafort would send me a list of wire requests," Gates testified to the jury Tuesday. Or, Manafort would send the wire transfer requests to their Cyprus-based law firm.

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At some point during the European banking crisis, Manafort's law firm in Cyprus that oversaw the legal process of setting up the accounts moved them to the country St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in the Caribbean.

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Around that time, Manafort asked for his name to be removed from the bank account registrations, Gates said. Gates said his name was taken off some but not all legal documents in the foreign country.

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Gates said Manafort especially wanted to avoid having his name listed in any documents linked to the accounts because he was embroiled in a lawsuit with someone in Ukraine.

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Reply #16 posted 08/07/18 8:48am

Musicslave

Mystery of 'fake' invoices solved

From CNN's Elizabeth Landers and Liz Stark

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Last week, the government case referenced several "mystery invoices" that appeared to be falsified.

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On Tuesday, during direct questioning of Rick Gates, he acknowledged that he was the one who had created these invoices for fake amounts of money for wire transfers.The prosecutor directly asked him if they were "fake" — Gates replied that they were "modified" invoices. He asserted that the payments were still legitimate.

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The money never actually went to the vendors, like Big Picture Solutions; instead, Gates testified that the money went to banks.

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Gates testified that he used information provided by Manafort to create the invoices. The purpose of this, according to Gates, was that the wire transfers would not be recorded on United States business records.

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Reply #17 posted 08/07/18 8:53am

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Musicslave said:

Mystery of 'fake' invoices solved

From CNN's Elizabeth Landers and Liz Stark

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Last week, the government case referenced several "mystery invoices" that appeared to be falsified.

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On Tuesday, during direct questioning of Rick Gates, he acknowledged that he was the one who had created these invoices for fake amounts of money for wire transfers.The prosecutor directly asked him if they were "fake" — Gates replied that they were "modified" invoices. He asserted that the payments were still legitimate.

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The money never actually went to the vendors, like Big Picture Solutions; instead, Gates testified that the money went to banks.

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Gates testified that he used information provided by Manafort to create the invoices. The purpose of this, according to Gates, was that the wire transfers would not be recorded on United States business records.


Sounds like money-laundering to me.

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Reply #18 posted 08/07/18 8:55am

Musicslave

Gates gets into the gritty details on "shelf companies" and Cypriot accounts

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

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Rick Gates started his morning of testimony getting into the gritty details of exactly how much money each Ukrainian billionaire contracted Manafort for — showcasing the amount of money that was flowing into the hidden Cypriot accounts in 2011 and 2012.

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It amounted to at least 5 million euros, according to Gates' Tuesday testimony. That's about $5,794,415,000 in US dollars.

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Prosecutors and Gates showed the jury four different contracts where a Ukrainian's shell company agreed to pay a Manafort shell company for overseas political or policy consulting work. In one instance, the payment supported lobbying in the United States, Gates said.

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Manafort reported some of the payments to tax authorities in the US as loans — though they were income, Gates said.

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He was "trying to decrease his taxable income," Gates said.
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The consulting contracts showed Manafort's entities like Black Sea View Limited, Peranova Holdings and Leviathan Advisors Limited would earn more than 5 million euros from the Ukrainian billionaires Sergei Lyovochkin and Sergei Tigiko.

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The Ukrainians used shell companies called Telmar Investments and Dressler Holdings to enter into the agreements and make the payments to Manafort, Gates said.

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The companies, which Gates has referred to as "shelf" companies in his testimony, had no employees and sold no products. Their sole reason for existence was to accept payments, he said.

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Reply #19 posted 08/07/18 9:02am

poppys

SHA-ZAM!!! These guys are awesome. lol

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Reply #20 posted 08/07/18 9:09am

Musicslave

benni said:

Musicslave said:

Mystery of 'fake' invoices solved

From CNN's Elizabeth Landers and Liz Stark

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Last week, the government case referenced several "mystery invoices" that appeared to be falsified.

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On Tuesday, during direct questioning of Rick Gates, he acknowledged that he was the one who had created these invoices for fake amounts of money for wire transfers.The prosecutor directly asked him if they were "fake" — Gates replied that they were "modified" invoices. He asserted that the payments were still legitimate.

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The money never actually went to the vendors, like Big Picture Solutions; instead, Gates testified that the money went to banks.

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Gates testified that he used information provided by Manafort to create the invoices. The purpose of this, according to Gates, was that the wire transfers would not be recorded on United States business records.


Sounds like money-laundering to me.

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Yup nod

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Reply #21 posted 08/07/18 10:21am

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Ugot2shakesumthin said:

Musicslave said:

Seeing how Manafort had his bookkeeper, Cindy Laporta falsify his tax returns and expense reports etc. and go undetected by the IRS for years, I'm pretty sure trump is well aware of the same tactics (maybe more) and hid his Russian financing through the years. Case in point: His tax returns may not be the holy grail that everyone think they are.

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These people hire people who know how to lie on paper and not get caught. They exploit loopholes As someone else said

earlier, if his returns actually told the truth, he would have been flagged a long time ago. I doubt very seriously that his tax returns are honest and straight forward.

Absolutely. Trump never released his tax returns for a reason. They open him up to public and possibly criminal scrutiny.



I don't think criminal scrutiny is the reason; at least, I don't think he's filed false tax returns. He's been audited many times. If he was filing false tax returns, the IRS would have nabbed him by now.

But there is NO doubt that there's something in his returns that he doesn't want made public. Could be stuff like Russian involvement; payments to mistresses/mothers of illegitimate children; or jsut proof that he isn't nearly as rich as he says he is.

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Reply #22 posted 08/07/18 6:51pm

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poppys said:

DiminutiveRocker said:


Right? he should have hawked the ostrich coat

Colbert Mocks Paul Manafort's Wardrobe: It Looks Like 'A Blind Pimp Got 100 Wishes'

Colbert Mocks Paul Manafort's Wardrobe: It Looks Like 'A Blind Pimp Got 100 Wishes'

One of the items mentioned: An ostrich-leather jacket that cost $15,000. Stephen Colbert took a look at Manafort’s wardrobe on “T…

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Now that his closet has been raided and photos published, I think it is time for him to be arrested by the Fashion Police!!!

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Reply #23 posted 08/07/18 6:56pm

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benni said:

Musicslave said:

Mystery of 'fake' invoices solved

From CNN's Elizabeth Landers and Liz Stark

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Last week, the government case referenced several "mystery invoices" that appeared to be falsified.

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On Tuesday, during direct questioning of Rick Gates, he acknowledged that he was the one who had created these invoices for fake amounts of money for wire transfers.The prosecutor directly asked him if they were "fake" — Gates replied that they were "modified" invoices. He asserted that the payments were still legitimate.

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The money never actually went to the vendors, like Big Picture Solutions; instead, Gates testified that the money went to banks.

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Gates testified that he used information provided by Manafort to create the invoices. The purpose of this, according to Gates, was that the wire transfers would not be recorded on United States business records.


Sounds like money-laundering to me.

I know this is profiling---but if you look like you just walked off the set of a Scorsese film.....you're probably guilty of something!!

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LadyLayla said:

benni said:


Sounds like money-laundering to me.

I know this is profiling---but if you look like you just walked off the set of a Scorsese film.....you're probably guilty of something!!

I rest my case

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RodeoSchro said:

Ugot2shakesumthin said:

Musicslave said: Absolutely. Trump never released his tax returns for a reason. They open him up to public and possibly criminal scrutiny.



I don't think criminal scrutiny is the reason; at least, I don't think he's filed false tax returns. He's been audited many times. If he was filing false tax returns, the IRS would have nabbed him by now.

But there is NO doubt that there's something in his returns that he doesn't want made public. Could be stuff like Russian involvement; payments to mistresses/mothers of illegitimate children; or jsut proof that he isn't nearly as rich as he says he is.


All of the above seems plausible nod

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Reply #26 posted 08/08/18 12:45pm

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RodeoSchro said:



Ugot2shakesumthin said:


Musicslave said:

Seeing how Manafort had his bookkeeper, Cindy Laporta falsify his tax returns and expense reports etc. and go undetected by the IRS for years, I'm pretty sure trump is well aware of the same tactics (maybe more) and hid his Russian financing through the years. Case in point: His tax returns may not be the holy grail that everyone think they are.


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These people hire people who know how to lie on paper and not get caught. They exploit loopholes As someone else said


earlier, if his returns actually told the truth, he would have been flagged a long time ago. I doubt very seriously that his tax returns are honest and straight forward.




Absolutely. Trump never released his tax returns for a reason. They open him up to public and possibly criminal scrutiny.



I don't think criminal scrutiny is the reason; at least, I don't think he's filed false tax returns. He's been audited many times. If he was filing false tax returns, the IRS would have nabbed him by now.

But there is NO doubt that there's something in his returns that he doesn't want made public. Could be stuff like Russian involvement; payments to mistresses/mothers of illegitimate children; or jsut proof that he isn't nearly as rich as he says he is.



I think if it’s just about his moral character then it’s nothing. His supporters will support him regardless of immortality.(even if he is criminally convicted) Public opinion does not work with Trump. The only thing we can count on to get rid of him is criminal charges.
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Reply #27 posted 08/08/18 1:13pm

Musicslave

Looks like they're finally done with Rick Gates. Below is from earlier today....

4 hr 43 min ago

Why Gates was asked about his "secret life"

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

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Following Manfort’s defense attorney’s question to Rick Gates on whether he had disclosed four extramarital affairs to the special counsel — a question to which prosecutor Greg Andres objected — Judge T.S. Ellis then had a private conversation, out of earshot of the jury, with both sets of lawyers about whether Downing could ask about other extramarital affairs.

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What Manafort's attorney said: Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing had said he wanted to ask the question because it spoke to whether Gates had lied to the special counsel's office, and whether Gates' plea agreement would still be valid.

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Once the judge talked to the lawyers, however, Downing wasn't able to re-ask Gates the question about four extramarital affairs.

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Instead, he asked Gates more broadly: "Does your secret life span over many years?"

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Gates responded yes. "I made many mistakes over many years," he said.

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His three days on the witness stand then ended.

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Reply #28 posted 08/08/18 2:12pm

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Musicslave said:

Looks like they're finally done with Rick Gates. Below is from earlier today....

4 hr 43 min ago

Why Gates was asked about his "secret life"

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

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Following Manfort’s defense attorney’s question to Rick Gates on whether he had disclosed four extramarital affairs to the special counsel — a question to which prosecutor Greg Andres objected — Judge T.S. Ellis then had a private conversation, out of earshot of the jury, with both sets of lawyers about whether Downing could ask about other extramarital affairs.

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What Manafort's attorney said: Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing had said he wanted to ask the question because it spoke to whether Gates had lied to the special counsel's office, and whether Gates' plea agreement would still be valid.

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Once the judge talked to the lawyers, however, Downing wasn't able to re-ask Gates the question about four extramarital affairs.

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Instead, he asked Gates more broadly: "Does your secret life span over many years?"

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Gates responded yes. "I made many mistakes over many years," he said.

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His three days on the witness stand then ended.


Eh - Gates corroborated the pile of evidence (paper trail of laundered money adn Russian dealings) and that is what will weigh heavier - him having affairs makes him an ass - but he is not on trial and it has little to do with what Manafort actually did. I do ot think they discredited him that much - I mean birds of a feather!

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Reply #29 posted 08/08/18 2:57pm

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Musicslave said:

Looks like they're finally done with Rick Gates. Below is from earlier today....

4 hr 43 min ago

Why Gates was asked about his "secret life"

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

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Following Manfort’s defense attorney’s question to Rick Gates on whether he had disclosed four extramarital affairs to the special counsel — a question to which prosecutor Greg Andres objected — Judge T.S. Ellis then had a private conversation, out of earshot of the jury, with both sets of lawyers about whether Downing could ask about other extramarital affairs.

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What Manafort's attorney said: Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing had said he wanted to ask the question because it spoke to whether Gates had lied to the special counsel's office, and whether Gates' plea agreement would still be valid.

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Once the judge talked to the lawyers, however, Downing wasn't able to re-ask Gates the question about four extramarital affairs.

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Instead, he asked Gates more broadly: "Does your secret life span over many years?"

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Gates responded yes. "I made many mistakes over many years," he said.

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His three days on the witness stand then ended.


Whoa. The judge in that case is known for being real speedy and maybe not very sympathetic to the Mueller investigation, right?

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/judge-ellis-behavior-in-manafort-trial-risks-helping-the-defense-1294431811703

MSNBC

Judge Ellis behavior in Manafort trial risks helping the defense

Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney, explains how Judge T.S. Ellis's behavior in the trial of Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, could damage the jury for the prosecution.


[Edited 8/8/18 15:06pm]

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