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Post by Addie » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:20 pm

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Manafort Lawyer's Sidewalk Speech Draws Rebuke From Trial Judge

The judge overseeing Paul Manafort’s tax and money-laundering case in Washington had a stern warning for his lawyer. Stop with the sidewalk speeches.

"This is a criminal trial and not a public-relations campaign," U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said at a hearing Thursday. She admonished lawyers to "do their talking in the courtroom, and the pleadings, and not on the courthouse steps." Jackson said she might impose a gag order and told the lawyers to submit objections -- if any -- by Nov. 7.

Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, and Rick Gates, who worked for him while at an international political consulting and lobbying firm, were indicted last week for money laundering and failure to properly disclose their activities to the U.S. government. They were among the first to be charged by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller in his probe of Russian influence on last year’s presidential election. The men have pleaded not guilty. ...

Downing asked on Thursday that a trial be held in April, which the judge said may be possible. She will likely decide that issue at a Nov. 6 hearing, when she will also consider requests to change the men’s bail conditions.


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Post by Addie » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:58 pm

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U.S. judge orders Manafort, Gates to remain on home arrest

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday ordered indicted former Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Richard Gates to remain under home arrest, rejecting for now their pleas for less stringent bail conditions. ...

Manafort, 68, who served several months as Trump’s campaign manager, and Gates, 45, who also worked on the Republican’s campaign, pleaded not guilty on Monday to a 12-count indictment, whose charges included conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the United States and failing to register as foreign agents of Ukraine’s former pro-Russian government.

A conviction on conspiracy to launder money alone could carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

In a filing with the court on Thursday, Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing, argued that the government’s case against his client is flimsy and that the bail conditions should be softened because Manafort does not pose a flight risk.

Gates’ attorneys made a similar request to the court. ...

Manafort and Gates are under house arrest, under unsecured bonds of $10 million and $5 million, respectively. Prosecutors have argued there is a risk the men would flee.


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Post by AndyinPA » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:49 pm

I don't even see how they have bail as they are such high flight risks.

And I wonder how long before they start attacking the judge, a black woman.



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:39 pm

AndyinPA wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:49 pm
I don't even see how they have bail as they are such high flight risks.

And I wonder how long before they start attacking the judge, a black woman.
In a Vidureknote footnote, the brilliant Kevin M. Downing, Manafort's lawyer, argued that his client was so well known where could he hide?
3 Given the substantial media coverage surrounding Mr. Manafort and this investigation, it is fair to say that he is one of the most recognizable people on the planet today. Query where such an individual could even hide?
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Post by Jim » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:18 pm

April trial? Sounds awful quick to this IANAL.



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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:10 am

Case 1:17-cr-00201-ABJ Document 14 Filed 10/31/17 Page 1 of 55

GOVERNMENT’S MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF
CONDITIONS OF RELEASE, COMPLEX CASE DESIGNATION
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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:52 pm

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Cyprus gave Manafort bank records to Mueller: report

Authorities in Cyprus reportedly gave documents about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s financial activities to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Citing people familiar with Mueller’s investigation, Bloomberg reports that Cyprus gave Mueller's team documents relating to Manafort and his associate Richard Gates just dates before they were indicted Monday.

The 12-count indictment, stemming from Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the presidential election, charges Manafort and Gates with money laundering and conspiracy against the United States, among other things. The charges are related to work Manafort and Gates did for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

The documents were shared in response to a June request for information about Manafort’s financial activities, according to Bloomberg, but probes into Manafort-linked bank accounts in Cyprus began as early as March.


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Post by Dan1100 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:12 pm

I posted a bunch of court docs in this thread. http://www.thefogbow.com/forum/viewtopi ... 50#p929290

They probably should have been posted here. If some one wants to move them, that would be great.

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Post by Notorial Dissent » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:23 pm

This just gets moar and moar entertaining. :popcorn: :popcorn: Bet he's not real popular in certain circles right about now.


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Post by Notorial Dissent » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:50 pm

According to a news item I saw today they are asking $10M in bail for Manafort.


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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:30 pm

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Rick Gates Failed to Disclose Second Passport, U.S. Tells Judge

Rick Gates failed to disclose he had a second passport until three days after he surrendered to face charges with Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman that they hid their work as agents of Ukraine and laundered millions of dollars, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller cited that omission as one of several reasons they oppose Gates’s request to ease his bail terms, which confine him to his home in Richmond, Virginia, with electronic monitoring. Gates asked the judge to end the monitoring and allow him to travel around the U.S. and internationally.

The prosecutors said Gates’s lawyers didn’t tell them until Thursday about the second passport, even though he represented that he only had one when he pleaded not guilty in federal court in Washington on Monday.

Gates’s lawyers said in their request Thursday that he would be surrendering an additional passport, which had been pending, as well as another travel document.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:23 am

Addie wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:30 pm
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Rick Gates Failed to Disclose Second Passport, U.S. Tells Judge

Rick Gates failed to disclose he had a second passport until three days after he surrendered to face charges with Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman that they hid their work as agents of Ukraine and laundered millions of dollars, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller cited that omission as one of several reasons they oppose Gates’s request to ease his bail terms, which confine him to his home in Richmond, Virginia, with electronic monitoring. Gates asked the judge to end the monitoring and allow him to travel around the U.S. and internationally.

The prosecutors said Gates’s lawyers didn’t tell them until Thursday about the second passport, even though he represented that he only had one when he pleaded not guilty in federal court in Washington on Monday.

Gates’s lawyers said in their request Thursday that he would be surrendering an additional passport, which had been pending, as well as another travel document.
Now that's a bold move to get permission to flee and go underground :lol:



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Post by Gregg » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:49 am

Jim wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:18 pm
April trial? Sounds awful quick to this IANAL.

After most of the primary elections, which only comes to mind because I did read somewhere that Nixon's Republican support in the Senate didn't really collapse until after the 1974 primaries. (Yeah, I know, those tapes finally coming out had something to do with it, too)

Trump's position related to the party reminds me of Thomas Jefferson's comment on slavery. "Like a wolf you're holding by the ears, you don't like it, but you don't dare let it go"


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Post by Volkonski » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:59 am

I have seen it this way-
We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.


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Post by Gregg » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:39 am

That is probably more accurate, I was recalling it from something I read when I was a kid.


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Post by Volkonski » Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:15 pm

Manafort trial proposed for May 2018

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/03/politics/ ... index.html
The trial of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates may begin in spring 2018, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Friday, meaning the case could push into the summer as midterm congressional election races heat up. Jackson's proposal for a May 7 start date comes as Manafort's attorneys said Friday they plan to challenge the legal basis of the charges against him, as well as evidence was "improperly obtained" by search warrant and subpoena, including the exceptions the judge made for privileged information.
Putting the trail during the congressional election campaigns. ;)


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:15 pm

There will likely be a superseding indictment and possible deals for testimony in other matters. I don’t see a trial going forward in nag 2018.



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Post by Dan1100 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:14 pm

Paul doesn't want to stay at home cooped up with his wife.

DEFENDANT PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR.’S
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is offering to post $12.5 million-worth of assets — including his Trump Tower apartment — as part of a bail package to ensure that he appears for the trial he's facing on charges of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign lobbyist, Manafort's defense team said Saturday.

Manafort's lawyers identified three properties he is willing to pledge: the Trump Tower condo in Manhattan, a condo several miles to the south on Baxter Street in Chinatown and his primary residence in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. In a court filing, the veteran lobbyist also said several life insurance policies worth a total of $4.5 million could be posted, although they're held by trusts or Manafort's wife Kathleen.

In exchange for pledging the properties, Manafort is seeking to be released from home confinement at his Alexandria, Va. condo and permitted to travel freely in Florida, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and New York.
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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:43 pm

What a deal! Manafort is willing to post assets that he will be forfeiting anyway!

To Russia with Love. Let him bail out and he’ll be in Putin’s bosom soon.



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Post by Addie » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:13 pm

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Rick Gates, once the man ‘in the corner,’ is now a central figure in Mueller investigation ...

While Gates listed $2.2 million in assets in 2011, he filed a 2016 credit application saying he had a liquid net worth of $25 million and that his wife was worth $30 million, according to a filing by prosecutors. Gates controlled as many as 30 bank accounts in the past six months, including several in Cyprus in which he held more than $10 million, according to court documents. In August, his wife transferred more than $1 million to a joint brokerage account, the filings said.

“That just blew my mind, I couldn’t believe it,” said one of Gates’s associates, who requested anonymity to describe personal interactions with the consultant. The associate, like others who know him, had thought Gates “lived modestly.”

None of the charges against Gates allege that he was connected to Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, the main focus of Mueller’s investigation. But his nearly year-long presence in Trump’s orbit could make him a valuable witness, if he chooses to cooperate.

When Gates appeared in federal court a week ago, he was represented by a public defender, having abruptly parted ways with his former attorney, Michael Dry. Dry did not respond to requests for comment.

He recently hired a new legal team of three former federal prosecutors: Walter Mack, Shan Wu and Annemarie McAvoy. Mack declined to comment.


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Post by Addie » Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:29 am

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Paul Manafort, Rick Gates to remain on house arrest with movements tracked by GPS, judge orders

WASHINGTON – A federal judge on Monday ordered former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates to remain under house arrest with their movements tracked by GPS devices – until they offer up more bail money to assure their future appearances in court.

Federal prosecutors, who have leveled a 12-count indictment alleging a complex money laundering and tax fraud conspiracy, said they were "close" to reaching an agreement with the men's lawyers to free them from home confinement.

But U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson said the terms their release would not be eased until bail packages for both men were approved by the court.

"We are not talking about dangerousness," Jackson said in a brief hearing Monday morning. "We're talking about (the risk of) flight."


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Post by Fortinbras » Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:38 pm

Paul Manafort is arguing for release from house arrest prior to trial, saying he is not a flight risk because "I am one of the most recognizable faces".

Yes, one of the most recognizable ... in the United States. I bet once he's south of the Rio Grande few people recognize him, and the number dwindles even more the further south he goes, until he gets to a South American country from which he can use one of his many passports to fly to Russia. And would he leave his family? This way they can come to cuddle with him in Russia, the other way they see him only through bullet-proof glass for 15 to 35 years. I wouldn't be surprised if he's got a few bank accounts in the Eastern Hemisphere that Mueller didn't get to lock up.



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:51 pm

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Paul Manafort is arguing for release from house arrest prior to trial, saying he is not a flight risk because "I am one of the most recognizable faces".

Yes, one of the most recognizable ... in the United States. I bet once he's south of the Rio Grande few people recognize him, and the number dwindles even more the further south he goes, until he gets to a South American country from which he can use one of his many passports to fly to Russia. And would he leave his family? This way they can come to cuddle with him in Russia, the other way they see him only through bullet-proof glass for 15 to 35 years. I wouldn't be surprised if he's got a few bank accounts in the Eastern Hemisphere that Mueller didn't get to lock up.
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Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:49 pm
I don't even see how they have bail as they are such high flight risks.

And I wonder how long before they start attacking the judge, a black woman.
In a Vidureknote footnote, the brilliant Kevin M. Downing, Manafort's lawyer, argued that his client was so well known where could he hide?
3 Given the substantial media coverage surrounding Mr. Manafort and this investigation, it is fair to say that he is one of the most recognizable people on the planet today. Query where such an individual could even hide?
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Post by Mikedunford » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:09 am

Sterngard Friegen wrote:
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Ninja'd by 4 days. Is that a record?
It's definitely a contender. But I'm not sure if it counts. Haven't you had the TARDIS for the last 3 months?


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Post by Foggy » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:41 am

I think he built his own TARDIS. Ours is sitting right here next Wednesday. :think:


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