Manafort, Gates Plead Not Guilty; $10/$5 Million Bails Requested

Several hours after they surrendered to the FBI, Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates, pleaded not guilty to a 12-count indictment charging them with making tens of millions of dollars while secretly working for the Ukrainian government and then hiding the money from the U.S. government. Prosecutors asked that bond be set at $10 million for Manafort and $5 million for Gates but said both may be detained at home until they can post bail, according to Politico.

The special counsel’s office considers him a flight risk, lawyers in Mueller’s office argued before Judge Deborah Robinson on Monday afternoon, citing the seriousness of the charges and the extent of Manafort’s ties abroad. The bureau took possession of Manafort’s passport yesterday, his lawyer said quoted by The Hill.

According to AP, Trump’s former campaign manager and his “right-hand man” Gates did not speak other than to state their names at the hearing in federal court in Washington, DC. The two former Trump aides are charged with funneling $75 million through offshore shell companies while secretly working with a pro-Russian political party in the Ukraine as well as the country’s ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. They face up to 20 years in prison on conspiracy to launder money charges, which are the result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Manafort, who joined Trump’s campaign in March 2016 resigned last August amid mounting questions into his shady ties to the Ukraine; he was replaced by Steve Bannon.

Days before departing the Trump campaign, the New York Times reported Manafort’s name appeared on a list of “black ledger” accounts kept by Yanukovych.

“The simplest answer is the truth: I am a campaign professional,” Manafort said at the time. “It is well known that I do work in the United States and have done work on overseas campaigns as well. I have never received a single ‘off-the-books cash payment’ as falsely ‘reported’ by The New York Times, nor have I ever done work for the governments of Ukraine or Russia.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also sought to downplay the news during the press briefing, dismissing Papadopoulos as a minor “campaign volunteer” and echoing the president’s line that Manafort and Gates were indicted for activity that occurred before the campaign. “Today’s announcement has nothing to do with the president, nothing to do with the president’s campaign or campaign activity,” Sanders said.

Even before the charges were unsealed on Monday morning, White House officials moved to put distance between Trump and his former campaign chairman.

“Whatever happens today with the Mueller investigation, we don't even know that it has anything to do with the campaign, what happens today,” counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway told Fox News earlier on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, in a more surprising development, also on Monday the head of the famous, Democrat-leaning lobby organization, the Podesta Group, Tony Podesta - who is brother of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta - announced unexpectedly he would be departing the Podesta Group.

While it is unclear what prompted the departure, now that Ukraine is in everyone's cross-sights, and considering that both Manafort and Gates worked for Podesta at the time when the bulk of their alleged crimes took place, it is perhaps not entirely surprising that next to fall under the microscope would be the Podesta Group, and perhaps - eventually  - the Clinton Foundation whose number 1 donor, as the WSJ disclosed last year, was... Ukraine.



Shitonya Serfs y3maxx Mon, 10/30/2017 - 14:56 Permalink

I can't wait to hear these 2 left the Earth.

Ms. Clinton died peacefully in her sleep, naturally, succumbing to years of alcohol and prescription abuse.

Mr. Hussein died in a freak accident in the alley, Reggie was seen fleeing on foot with no pants. Mr. Obama's remains were cast into the ocean following his religion's traditions.

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ThePhantom Mon, 10/30/2017 - 14:55 Permalink

maybe Hillary should sacrifice a chicken to Moloch in the back yard . then maybe they could have some pizza over handkerchiefs ? the black and white kind with a pizza map on it. you know. .

Money_for_Nothing Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:12 Permalink

Detained at home but $10,000,000 bail? I call shenanigans. Mueller should be tried. They could indict Mueller and a ham sandwich at the same time and see which one was less corrupt.

nmewn Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:12 Permalink

Now, I don't want to get anyone's hopes up here but all roads from this intersection lead toward Hillaryville, Billyburg and ObaMaoLand.Watch your step Grand Inquistor,  wouldn't want anything bad to happen to you like...Seth  ;-)

The Wedge nmewn Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:25 Permalink

I don't think so. I think this leads to a drown out, boring, lost in the details court case. And a conviction is not guaranteed considering the not guilty plea likely means jury trial. But the untouchables will remain untouchable. Shit, how many times have we seen this dance in Washington? Sacrificial lamb. In the herd of corruption, they just pick off the easy target.The band plays on, corruption as far as the eye can see.

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Jack McGriff The Wedge Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:04 Permalink

Nobody beats 12 Federal Charges, buddy, especially in the liberal infested Judiciary.  FFS, the judge is an Obama appointee!  Impartial?  I think NOT!  In any event, a not guilty plea is purely procedural at first appearance.  It means nothing.  Meanwhile, Feds have a habit of wildly overcharging defendants knowing that at least one charge would stick at a jury trial, which of course isn't populated by a jury of anyone's peers but rather by liberal sheople who will do what they are told and won't think for themselves.  Jury nullification is out of the question; citizens just aren't that smart anymore after being programmed by Talmud-a-vision.  This is a witch hunt and, unfortunately, Manafort is going to prison probably by a plea deal for about 5-10 years.  When the most powerful and corrupt government in the history of the world comes after you, it's all about mitigating the damages and taking the best deal you can get.  

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Yog Soggoth nmewn Mon, 10/30/2017 - 18:41 Permalink

He can't investigate Uranium One without recusing himself, or facing conflict of interest. There is a plan to do a fake investigation, like the Hillary emails. Too many people watching now. This was described by someone in higher circles than I, that this is a war on the hill. Desperation by all players that are compromised. Next up, fake evidence. Trump really should have fired all the Obama holdovers he could when he first stepped into office.

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are we there yet Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:32 Permalink

China is conspicuous in its absence from that list of donors to the Clintons.
The Clinton bribe foundation has well over a billion publically listed. I wonder how much is hidden. Now that its bribery foundation money is moved to UAE beyond the reach of US courts, we have even less idea of its accounting.

redmudhooch are we there yet Mon, 10/30/2017 - 20:37 Permalink

Know how many more Clinton Foundations there are?Know how many more Clintons there are?Even if they did prosecute Clinton, which they won't, the corruption is the problem, we should be looking at how to end that.Clinton will never go to jail, the Clinton Foundation will never be properly investigated.One goes down, they all go down. If Americans knew what the Clinton Foundation, McCain Institute, all the others have been up to, there would be mayhem tomorrow.They won't let that happen.

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redmudhooch Fecund Stench Mon, 10/30/2017 - 20:39 Permalink

Paul Manafort Lobbied for Saudis Against Embassy Move To Jerusalem… promise of moving the American embassy to Jerusalem has been a mainstay of political appeals to the pro-Israel community for many years. But in 1984 Manafort lobbied on behalf of the Saudis against House and Senate legislation that would have pressed the U.S. government to make this move, according to a Foreign Agents Registration Act disclosure, which requires that lobbyists working for foreign governments publicize their work.For work in the six months preceding December 1984, Trump’s new delegate wrangler was paid $200,000—which, taking into account inflation, would be worth more than $450,000 today.Ted Cruz co-sponsored legislation to move the embassy to Jerusalem. 

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Mike Masr Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:25 Permalink

The US has been meddling and interfering in other countries elections and internal affairs for decades.  This includes US meddling in Russian elections using NGO's. In 2014 Victoria Nuland testified before Congress that the US had spent $100 million dollars to interfere in the 2012 Russian election. She even stated that she wished she had gotten more money! Not only does the US meddle and interfere in other countries elections it overthrows democratically elected governments it simply doesn't like, and then installs loyal puppet leaders. Our neocons casually refer to this as "regime change". I can only imagine the hell that would break loose if Russia fomented, paid for, and assisted in a violent overthrow of the legitimate and democratically elected government in Mexico. Imagine Russian spymasters working from the Russian Embassy in Mexico City  training radicals how to use social media to bring out angry people and foment violent pubic unrest. Then Russian Duma members in Mexico City handing out tacos, and tamales emboldening and urging these angry people to riot, and overthrow the government and toss the bums out. Then Putin's executive group hand picking all the new (anti-USA) drug cartel junta puppet leaders of Mexico and a senile Russian senator growing a brain tumor in Mexico City stating on RT, there are no drug cartels here! On the other side of the world Obama's neocon warmongers spent billions doing exactly this. Instead of drug cartels it was Banderist Neo-Nazis. Obama and our neocons, including John McCain intentionally caused all of this fucking mess, civil war and horrific death in Ukraine on Russia’s border and then placed all the blame for it on Putin and Russia. WTF!!!     Thanks to John McCain and our evil fucking neocons - the regime change policy implemented by Obama, Clinton and Nuland's minions, like Geoffrey Pyatt, the Ukraine today is totally fucked. It is now a banana republic embroiled in a civil war. For the US and NATO the golden prize of this violent undemocratic regime change was supposed to be the Crimea. This scheme did not play out as intended. No matter what sanctions the warmongering neocons place on Russia they will NEVER give back the Crimea! Our neocon fuck heads spent billions of our hard earned taxpayer dollars to create pain, suffering, death and a civil war inside Ukraine on Russia's border! This is a case of don't do what we do [meddle and interfere], only do what we tell you to do! The moral of the story here is its perfectly okay when we do it. We don't like it when we think it's been done to us. It's hypocrisy and duplicity at its finest!   Tech Camp NGO operating out of US Embassy in Kiev (using social media to help bring out radicals-cause civil war-pre Maidan 2013)  Nuland talks about $5 billion spent on Ukraine  Nuland plotting(on intercepted phone call) the handpicked Junta Puppet leaders. US Support of Banderist Neo-Nazis in Ukraine  Lavrov reminded UN a West-inspired coup d’état started Ukraine crisis, not Russia 

bunnyswanson Mike Masr Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:28 Permalink

The culprit has the fucking gold, GOT IT?  The gold is in London.  Ukraine is the new UK, required for relocation purposes when Israel is wiped off the map, a necessary event to re-establish victimhood status as the Ponzi scheme ends.  No one will remember a thing when the bombs start going on.  A meal and a bed will replace every thought, perhaps if you have children, you may consider them sentenced to life in prison.20 trillion dollars .  100 billion of debt owned by Russia.  Commonwealth nations of British own more US debt in total than all of them.You are either dumb as a rock or in on it.

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truthalwayswinsout Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:57 Permalink

Mueller and his prosecutors are famous for making up all kinds of charges that later get thrown out on appeal.This has happened to them so many times, it is clear that their licenses to practice law should have been revoked years ago.

Trifecta Man Mon, 10/30/2017 - 22:04 Permalink

"charging them with making tens of millions of dollars while secretly working for the Ukrainian government and then hiding the money from the U.S. government."Okay researchers.  What they accuse you is what they commonly do themselves. You now know what to search for.