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Old 08-01-2018, 06:09 AM   #16
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Default Re: Crime & Punishment: The Trial of Paul Manafort (Part I)

Show trial indeed.

They're gonna get him for money laundering. Nothing unusual for America's elite.

Anyone jacking off to treason charges better jump off a cliff now.
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Old 08-01-2018, 02:26 PM   #17
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first day over.

bernie's chief strategist took the stand. he worked hand-in-hand with paulie and ricky gates for putin's puppet in the ukraine.

Looks like the prosecution will probably not even call on their star witness to testify against Manafort. Odd?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ick-Gates.html

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Paul Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates might not be called to testify against him at Manafort's tax fraud trial, prosecutors dramatically revealed on Wednesday.

The news stunned the judge and viewers in the courtroom, as Gates has been considered the prosecution's key witness in the trial after flipping and cooperating with Robert Mueller.

It came as the judge banned pictures of Manafort's luxury lifestyle from being used, and Donald Trump first distanced himself from his former campaign deputy - then compared him Al Capone saying: 'Looking back on history, who was treated worse?'

Gates had been expected to provide first-hand testimony for the prosecution that Manafort willfully and intentionally defrauded the IRS and lenders to dodge taxes and obtain fraudulent loans.

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Looks like the prosecution will probably not even call on their star witness to testify against Manafort. Odd?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ick-Gates.html

the entire defense strategy is based on rick gates as darth sidious- he's the real mastermind of everything, hiding behind front man manafort who was a dumb, unwitting victim.

no reason to put him on the stand for cross examination when you have 500 pieces of evidence, almost 3 dozen witnesses (5 with immunity).

all the info gates gave them will be entered into evidence.

not necessary for him to take the stand.
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Old 08-01-2018, 03:34 PM   #19
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Maximillian Katzman, 29, the manager of a luxury menwear store in New York City, testifies that Paul Manafort spent more than $929,000 on suits between 2010 and 2014. He was the store's only customer to pay using wire transfers from foreign accounts.


Prosecutors: Paul Manafort had a $15,000 jacket 'made from an ostrich'



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based ellis doing everything to save paulie's ass.

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Judge TS Ellis has so far not allowed pictures of luxury items allegedly bought by Mr Manafort to be displayed on screens - only allowing the jury to see documents.

The judge has previously expressed his displeasure at the prosecutors case merely looking like it was criticising Mr Manafort for his rich lifestyle.

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The manner of the government's questions did not appear to please Mr Ellis, who has a reputation for being harder on prosecutors.

In presenting Mr Katzman the invoices for Mr Manafort's purchases, jurors heard the former Trump campaign manager spent more than $100,000 in 2010 and more than $400,000 in 2014 at the clothing boutique.

While the judge allowed the amounts to be read aloud, he stopped short of allowing Mr Katzman to read the total for the five year period of spending, saying about the jury: “Let’s move on. Enough is enough. They can add.”

Mr Ellis pointed out merely being wealthy is not a crime in and of itself. But, Mr Katzman did testify the payments for the clothing came from Cyprus-based enterprises which prosecutors plan on showing were held by Mr Manafort.
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Up next on the witness stand for the prosecution is Ronald Wall, CFO of the "world's most expensive store," House of Bijan in Beverly Hills, California.

“I knew he was a very good customer,” Mr Wall said about Mr Manafort's shopping habits at the exclusive boutique which only sold items made in Italy by a small number of companies with whom the store had a relationship.

Like with Alan Couture, Mr Manafort paid House of Bijan with wire transfers from foreign accounts, which Mr Wall testified was an unusual practice for their wealthy clients.

Prosecutors once again drew the ire of Mr Ellis who said from the bench: “You have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he signed tax documents to show he knowingly didn’t represent his true income" not just that he spent lavishly.

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Judge Ellis tells lawyers to stop rolling their eyes, asks what "House of Bijan" is — "If it doesn't say 'Men's Wearhouse,' I don't know it" https://t.co/EiNurGsH7S

based ellis about to pop.


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Old 08-01-2018, 04:48 PM   #22
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under budget.

ahead of schedule.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye told Judge T.S. Ellis III following an afternoon break that the prosecution is ahead of schedule and could rest its case next week.

That timeline means the trial would end sooner than the three weeks prosecutors had initially said they thought it would last.

if gates doesn't take the stand, the defense's 'strategy' completely falls apart. not that it was a great strategy anyway.

these dudes went with a defense straight out of a simpsons episode
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cyprus.



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Between 2010 and 2012, Wall told the jury that Manafort spent more than $334,000 at the luxury menswear store. He then walked the jury through documents showing that the invoices were paid from Cyprus-based bank accounts held by Global Highway Limited, Yiakora Ventures Limited and Lucicle Consultants.

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Paul Manafort was the first one to call Holland and alert him to Andrea Manafort’s interest, and he and his wife both toured the home before she decided to proceed with the purchase, Holland testified. Ultimately, Holland testified that the Andrea Manafort paid the down payment on the home, but Paul Manafort paid the remainder of the all-cash purchase.

Holland read an email aloud to the jury from Paul Manafort that indicated he would be paying for the $1.9 million home through a wire transfer from Lucicle Consultants, which jurors learned earlier was a Cyprus-based bank account. Holland told the jury that he has never met Manafort’s business partner Rick Gates, and Gates played no role in the transaction. That is important because defense attorneys have sought to cast the blame for Manafort’s alleged misdeeds on Gates.

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Opsut testified that Kathleen Manafort, Paul Manafort’s wife, paid for a new SL550 in 2012 with a wire transfer from Lucicle Consultants Ltd, one of the Cypriot shell companies prosecutors say Manafort used to hide his Ukrainian income. The car cost $124,000 but Manafort traded in two older Mercedes, an E350 convertible and an SL500, saving herself $56,000.

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The government also introduced a stipulation that Paul Manafort and his daughter Andrea used a $83,525 wire transfer from Lucicle Consultants to buy a 2012 Land Rover Range Rover from Don Beyer Motors in April of 2012. A stipulation means Manafort’s defense does not contest that piece of evidence.

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Paul and Kathleen Manafort used the same company to lease a 2012 Range Roger with a $12,525 down payment that same month. In June, they bought a Range Rover, and, again, $67,655 of the cost was paid for through Lucicle Consultants.

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Manafort Was in Debt to Pro-Russia Interests, Cyprus Records Show
The other debt, for $9.9 million, was owed to Lucicle Consultants, a Cyprus company that appears to have ties to a Party of Regions member of Parliament, Ivan Fursin. Lucicle, whose precise ownership is unclear, is linked to Mr. Fursin through another offshore entity, Mistaro Ventures, which is registered in St. Kitts and Nevis and listed on a government financial disclosure form that Mr. Fursin filed in Ukraine. Mistaro transferred millions to Lucicle in February 2012 shortly before Lucicle made the $9.9 million loan to Jesand L.L.C., a Delaware company that Mr. Manafort previously used to buy real estate in New York. The loan to Jesand was unsecured, with a 3.5 percent interest rate, and payable on demand.
The Cyprus-based Lucicle Consultants Limited, in turn, reportedly received millions of dollars from a businessman and Ukrainian parliamentarian named Ivan Fursin, who is closely linked to one of Russia’s most notorious criminals: Semion Mogilevich.

Mogilevich is frequently described as “the most dangerous mobster in the world.”
Currently believed to be safe in Moscow, he is, according to the FBI, responsible for weapons trafficking, contract killings, and international prostitution. In 2009, he made the bureau’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

“Ivan Fursin was a senior figure in the Mogilevich criminal organization,” Taras Kuzio, a non-resident fellow at Johns Hopkins-SAIS’ Center for Transatlantic Relations and a specialist on the region told The Daily Beast.

Mueller Reveals New Manafort Link to Organized Crime

FBI investigates Russian-linked Cyprus bank accused of money laundering
Before joining Donald Trump last March as an unpaid campaign manager, Paul Manafort reportedly owed as much as $17 million to companies controlled by a Russian oligarch and a Ukrainian businessman with political ties to Moscow. According to financial records filed with the government of Cyprus and reviewed by The New York Times shell companies linked to Manafort and his business activities were millions of dollars in debt while the longtime Washington lobbyist was working as a political consultant for the pro-Kremlin Party of Regions in Ukraine. Most notably, Manafort—who retroactively registered as a foreign agent last month for his lobbying work—owed $7.8 million to a company connected to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with close ties to Vladimir Putin.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017...trump-campaign
we should be all caught up now.
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Old 08-01-2018, 05:38 PM   #24
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Best stuff has yet to be presented in court. Manafort going to jail for a decade or 2, if he is good in jail.
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Old 08-01-2018, 05:40 PM   #25
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In a continuing effort to show Paul Manafort tried to evade taxes by paying vendors from foreign accounts, prosecutors called a contractor who performed nearly $3.3 million of work on the homes of Manafort and his family in the New York area.

Stephen Jacobsen, who owns the home improvement company SP&C, testified he “absolutely” considered Manafort a good client.

“He provided more and more work on larger projects,” Jacobsen said.

Between 2010 and 2014, Jacobsen testified he did work on Manafort’s Trump Tower property, a home in Brooklyn and a house Manafort had built for his wife’s younger brother. One of Jacobsen’s big projects was on Manafort’s home in Bridgehampton, N.Y., which is the Hamptons area. Jacobsen expanded the dining room and did a full kitchen renovation.

Jacobsen testified that the projects were paid for by wire transfers from Cyprus, including from a Manafort-controlled entity called Global Highway Limited

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So a bunch of money laundering....I thought we had something big here Donny boy.
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So a bunch of money laundering...

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It appears Manafort would rather go to jail where he will be safe from Russian retaliation on his ass.

I was thinking the same thing. This has to be the reason. Apparently the prosecuters have him dead to rights, and he still won't crack. Probably thinking about his family.
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I was thinking the same thing. This has to be the reason. Apparently the prosecuters have him dead to rights, and he still won't crack. Probably thinking about his family.
Guaranteed he's thinking about the Russian poisonings in the UK. What can he really do? Witness protection won't help because everyone knows what he looks like.
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Manafort Was in Debt to Pro-Russia Interests, Cyprus Records Show
The other debt, for $9.9 million, was owed to Lucicle Consultants, a Cyprus company that appears to have ties to a Party of Regions member of Parliament, Ivan Fursin. Lucicle, whose precise ownership is unclear, is linked to Mr. Fursin through another offshore entity, Mistaro Ventures, which is registered in St. Kitts and Nevis and listed on a government financial disclosure form that Mr. Fursin filed in Ukraine. Mistaro transferred millions to Lucicle in February 2012 shortly before Lucicle made the $9.9 million loan to Jesand L.L.C., a Delaware company that Mr. Manafort previously used to buy real estate in New York. The loan to Jesand was unsecured, with a 3.5 percent interest rate, and payable on demand.
The Cyprus-based Lucicle Consultants Limited, in turn, reportedly received millions of dollars from a businessman and Ukrainian parliamentarian named Ivan Fursin, who is closely linked to one of Russia’s most notorious criminals: Semion Mogilevich.

Mogilevich is frequently described as “the most dangerous mobster in the world.”
Currently believed to be safe in Moscow, he is, according to the FBI, responsible for weapons trafficking, contract killings, and international prostitution. In 2009, he made the bureau’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

“Ivan Fursin was a senior figure in the Mogilevich criminal organization,” Taras Kuzio, a non-resident fellow at Johns Hopkins-SAIS’ Center for Transatlantic Relations and a specialist on the region told The Daily Beast.

Mueller Reveals New Manafort Link to Organized Crime

FBI investigates Russian-linked Cyprus bank accused of money laundering
Before joining Donald Trump last March as an unpaid campaign manager, Paul Manafort reportedly owed as much as $17 million to companies controlled by a Russian oligarch and a Ukrainian businessman with political ties to Moscow. According to financial records filed with the government of Cyprus and reviewed by The New York Times shell companies linked to Manafort and his business activities were millions of dollars in debt while the longtime Washington lobbyist was working as a political consultant for the pro-Kremlin Party of Regions in Ukraine. Most notably, Manafort—who retroactively registered as a foreign agent last month for his lobbying work—owed $7.8 million to a company connected to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with close ties to Vladimir Putin.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017...trump-campaign

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Russia researcher testifies that President Trump had ‘pattern’ of Kremlin-connected money laundering

A Russian gangster operated an illegal gambling ring out of a Trump Tower apartment. President Trump had a "pattern" of making real estate deals with Russians indicative of money laundering. Eric Trump bragged about having unlimited access to Russian money for his golf course developments, and Trump associates crossed paths with a number of Kremlin-connected oligarchs during the campaign.

Those are just some of the explosive revelations from the newly released testimony that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson gave to a House intelligence committee investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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Simpson testified that Russian gangster Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov ran a "high-stakes gambling ring out of Trump Tower" while on the run from authorities trying to arrest him over allegedly rigging a skating competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah.

"Generally speaking, the patterns of activity that we thought might be suggestive of money laundering were, you know, fast turnover deals and deals where there seemed to have been efforts to disguise the identity of the buyer," Simpson said of Tokhtakhunov's Trump Tower operation.

Tokhtakhunov has connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Simpson continued, and when Trump went to Moscow in 2013 for the Miss Universe pageant, the gangster was spotted with Trump and "lots of other Kremlin biggies" in a VIP section.

Simpson explained that almost all oligarchs and organized criminals in Russia have ties to the Kremlin and often operate on their behalf or with their blessing.

Based on that premise, Simpson said Trump's ties to the Kremlin are rather extensive. For several of Trump's larger real estate developments, Simpson said wealthy Russian criminals with ties to Putin helped him commit fraud by pretending to buy stake in his properties in order to convince actual buyers to chip in after banks had refused to give Trump credit.

"If people who seem to be associated with the Russian mafia are buying Trump properties or arranging for other people to buy Trump properties, it does raise a question about whether they're doing it on behalf of the government," Simpson said.

Simpson added that he has the same suspicions for Trump's son, Eric Trump, who once bragged about not needing banks to fund his real estate ventures since he supposedly has access to $100 million in Russian cash.

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/IG/I...t-20180118.pdf

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Trump associate received more than $21M in Kazakh oligarchs' alleged money laundering scheme

Felix Sater is cooperating with a money laundering investigation. That’s bad news for Trump.

The Financial Times reported Thursday morning that Felix Sater, former business partner of President Donald Trump with deep ties to the Mafia and Russian government, is cooperating in an international investigation into an alleged money-laundering network. Sater has a history of channeling money from prominent families in the Eastern bloc into Trump properties. This could pose problems for Trump, given Sater’s history of outing former close associates in exchange for immunity.

https://thinkprogress.org/https-thin...-99e4ebe9a1ad/

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“You realize where this is going,” Bannon said in the book. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to ****ing Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner. … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”

“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon said, referring to the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.

Bannon warned Russia probe would focus on money laundering: report

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