Paul Manafort Arrest Warrant

Paul Manafort arrest warrant filed in The United States District Court for the District of Columbia on October 30, 2017.

Charges

18 USC 371 Conspiracy Against the United States
18 USC 1956(h) Money Laundering Conspiracy
31 USC 5314 and 5322(b) Failure to File Reports of Foreign Agents
22 USC 612, 618(a)(1) Acting as an Agent of a Foreign Principal Without Registering
22 USC 618(a)(2) False and Misleading Statements in Documents Furnished to the Attorney General under FARA
18 USC 1001 False Statements
18 USC 2 Aiding and Abetting Causing and Act to be Done

Paul Manafort Release to PSA’s High Intensity Supervision Program

Paul Manafort “Release to PSA’s High Intensity Supervision Program” filed on October 30, 2017. Manafort was given home confinement, except for meeting with attorneys, court, medical emergency or religious services. Manafort is not to travel outside the DC-area. He must check-in by telephone every day.

Paul Manafort Appearance Bond

Paul J. Manafort, Jr. “Appearance Bond” filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia on October 30, 3017.

Manafort was released on a $10 million unsecured bond.

Georgia Deletes Election Results

The state of Georgia destroyed all of the ballots from the last election – digitally. Today, Georgia’s attorney general announced the attorney general’s office will not defend government officials suspected of wrongdoing.

When that voting data was destroyed, along with it was the evidence of possible Russian hacking. Georgia’s election system has been under fire for being antiquated and not secure.

It’s not inconceivable that one or more of Georgia’s government employees, officials or politicians could give a Russian hacker, or hackers, a backdoor into this antiquated system. Then all the people in Georgia have to do is look the other way, the GOP candidate wins, delete the data and evidence of the crime. Boom, you just stole and election.

We may never know the answer.

Who Is Paul Manafort?

Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort (Source: AP Photo)

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was indicted this week on several serious felonies in connection with Russia’s manipulation of our democratic processes to benefit Trump and harm his opponent Hillary Clinton.

Manafort, 64, was born in New Britain, Conn. His grandfather, James A. Manafort, immigrated from Italy in 1907. James founded the construction company New Britain House Wrecking Company. It was later renamed Manafort Brothers Inc. in 1947. Paul was named after his father, a World War II veteran and the mayor of New Britain from 1965 to 1971.

New Britain is about a 2-hour drive from New York City.

Before Manafort started his long career working for strongmen and thugs, he corralled delegates for the Republican party.

In 1976, Manafort worked for President Ford as a delegate hunter in eight states. Between 1978 and 1980, he worked for the Ronald Reagan campaign and Manafort was a deputy political director for the Republican National Committee. Manafort also worked as a political advisor for the George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole presidential campaigns.

But it’s Manafort’s lobbying career that made him his millions. In 1980, Manafort and Roger Stone and Charles Black, Jr. started Black, Manafort & Stone. Manafort worked for that firm until 1996 when he joined Richard Davis and Matthew Freedman to form Davis, Manafort and Freedman.

As an aside, Roger Stone was recently, permanently banned from Twitter for, among other things, calling CNN New Anchor Don Lemon a cocksucker on the social networking platform.

As a lobbyist, Manafort’s clients included, Philippines Ferdinand Marcos when he was the president of the Phillipines, Mobutu Sese Seko of Za├»re, and the governments of Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Kenya. These clients made Manafort’s firm one of the top five lobbying firms receiving money from human-rights abusing regimes in the Center for Public Integrity report “The Torturer’s Lobby.”

In the mid-1990s, Manafort was caught up in the so-called Karachi Affair. For work Manafort did with Edouard Balladur in the 1995 French elections, approximately $200,000, Manafort wasn’t paid directly. For some reason, he was paid through a friend, Lebanese arms-dealer Abdul Rahman al-Assir, using middle-men fees paid for by arranging the sale of three French Agosta-class submarines to Pakistan. That’s the Karachi Affair.

In the 1990s, Manafort was paid $700,000 for work in Pakistan intelligence to spread disinformation about the threat of terrorism in the country. For this job, Manafort pretended to by a CNN reporter and interviewed three Indian government officials.

In the late 1980s, Manafort ran some sort of HUD scam that netted him more than $300,000.

It was 2004 when Manafort started working for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Manafort was a political advisor for Putin’s buddy Viktor Yanukovych. The United States government opposed Yankovych because of his close ties to Putin, but that didn’t stop Manafort from advising him.

From there, Manafort got deeper and deeper in with with Russian oligarchs. In addition to some real estate deals, Manafort was awarded a $10 million annual contract with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to promote Russian interests in Europe and the United States. That was in 2005.

Over the years, millions of dollars has flowed in and out of Manafort’s hands via shady banks and questionable financial transactions. Some reports show that when Manafort took the job as chairman of the Trump campaign, he was $17 million in debt to Russian oligarchs.

In February, hacked text messages from Manafort’s daughters’ phone appear to show that his daughters believe their father was implicated in murders while working in Ukraine, according to Politico story.

The hacked text messages from his daughters’ phones show that at least one believes her father was involved in the death of demonstrators in Ukraine. In one messages his daughter writes that his “strategy that was to cause that (2014 Hrushevskoho Street riots), to send those people out and get them slaughtered”

#occupyDC

It needed to happen years ago, certainly last year, but it’s never too late. We, the left, progressives, liberals, Democrats need to #occupyDC.

There needs to be sustained, permanent occupation of land in DC, for instance, the National Mall. We need thousands of people to be camped out on that parcel of land until Trump is gone and we’ve broken the back of the Republican.

How do we do that? That I don’t know, I’m not a political organizer, but here are my thoughts.

With the help of organizations like MoveOn.org, Media Matters for America, League of Women Voters, the NAACP, the Nation of Islam, the DNC, churches that actually believe in Jesus Christ, and people like Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Alyssa Milano, Ted Lieu, Corey Booker, Elizabeth Warren, the Obamas, etc help organize a massive #occupyDC permanent protest in DC.

Through some sort of app, web platform to communicate, coordinate and collaborate thousands of people to rotate in and out of the occupation site, as well as to promote it, book speakers, bands, etc, whatever it takes to sustain a longterm occupation of DC.

This post is largely a stream of conscious. I really do not how to do this, but I do know we need to do it. Step up. Activate yourself. Engage.

Sketchy Harvey, Got Too Sketchy, Now He’s …


The adage, “Follow the money,” it’s right at the center of the Harvey Weinstein collapse.

The Huffington Post has an excellent story about how one goofy financial transaction lead to the explosive accusations by many women that Weinstein had raped or sexually assaulted them.

In the Huffington Post story, reporter Yashar Ali details a complex scheme perpetrated by Kenneth Cole and Weinstein. I feel like I need to read the story again, but the details of one $600,000 transaction are murky. It seems to be some sort of scheme to manipulate two charities to the benefit of one Weinstein’s for-profit plays.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation into this shady financial transaction. That deal, while sketchy as eff, is relatively boring, but that deal toppled over a stone, exposing Weinstein’s truly dark side.

One of the non-profits involved in the deal, amfAR, hired an investigator to look into this deal Weinstein and Cole cooked up. While nosing around, the investigator started hearing from people that Weinstein is allegedly a sexual predator.

There are accusations of rape. And had it not been for that sketchy pseudo-loan scam Cole and Weinstein concocted using Cole’s own charity, amfAR, maybe Weinstein would have gotten away with it.

Kudos to Huffington Post and reporter Ali, it’s an excellent piece.