Mueller's "Pit Bull" Attorney Arranged Secret "Black Ledger" Meeting With AP Reporters

Documents released Friday by the Department of Justice confirm that a DOJ attorney known as Robert Mueller's "pit bull" arranged an April 11, 2017 meeting with journalists to discuss their investigation into Paul Manafort in which information may have been leaked back and forth concerning the case.

At question is the FBI's relationship with AP - and whether or not the FBI leaked information about the Manafort case to them or vice-versa.

According to memos written by FBI agents, Special Counsel attorney Andrew Weissmann, Mueller's #2 (who donated $6,600 to the DNC, Obama and Clinton campaigns and reportedly attended a Clinton election night party in NYC), arranged a meeting between DOJ/FBI officials and four reporters from the Associated Press - who told the FBI about a storage locker owned by Manafort and then gave the FBI a passcode to access it

The memos also show that one of the AP journalists gave the FBI an unusual detail about a storage unit in Alexandria, Virginia that Manafort used to keep records of his worldwide business dealings. Both memos say the AP revealed a code number to access the unit, although one memo says the reporters declined to share the unit number of the locker or its street address. -Politico

Manafort's attorneys received the documents on June 29 and revealed them in a Virginia federal court filing as part of a push for a hearing into possible leaks of sealed grand jury information, false reports and potentially classified materials. 

The meeting raises serious concerns about whether a violation of grand jury secrecy occurred,” wrote Manafort attorney Kevin Downing in a motion requesting the hearing. “Based on the FBI’s own notes of the meeting, it is beyond question that a hearing is warranted.”

One of the memos written by FBI Supervisory Special Agent Karen Greenaway reveals "The meeting was arranged by Andrew Weissmann," who goes on to note that Weissmann provided guidance to the reporters

According to Greenaway, Weissmann suggested that the reporters ask the Cypriot Anti-Money Laundering Authority, a Cypriot government agency, if it had provided the Department of Treasury with all of the documents they were legally authorized to provide regarding Manafort. -Daily Caller

AP director of media relations Lauren Easton defended the FBI briefing in a statement toi the Daily Caller News Foundation

"Associated Press journalists met with representatives from the Department of Justice in an effort to get information on stories they were reporting, as reporters do. During the course of the meeting, they asked DOJ representatives about a storage locker belonging to Paul Manafort, without sharing its name or location."

Originally reported by journalist Sara Carter in January, the meeting between AP and DOJ officials was confirmed for the first time on June 29 in a pre-trial hearing at which FBI special agent Jeffrey Pfeiffer admitted that the FBI may have conducted a May 2017 raid on a storage locker rented by Manafort. 

The AP journalists, Chad Day, Ted Bridis, Jack Gillum and Eric Tucker, were conducting an extensive investigation of Manafort, including payments he received through various shell companies set up in Cyprus.

Day and Gillum published an article a day after the meeting laying out some of the allegations against Manafort, including that he was listed in a “black ledger” that documented illicit payments from a Ukrainian political party allied with the Russian government. -Daily Caller

Manafort will go on trial July 25 for a litany of bank fraud and money laundering charges connected to a 2012-2014 lobbying effort for a pro-Ukraine think tank tied to former president Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych fled from Ukraine to Russia after he was unseated in a 2014 coup. 

Manafort’s firm earned $17 million consulting for Yanukovych’s centrist, pro-Russia ‘Party of Regions.’ During the same period, he oversaw a lobbying campaign for the pro-Russia “Centre for a Modern Ukraine,” (ECMU) a Brussels based think tank linked to Yanukovych which was pushing for Ukraine’s entry into the European Union.

Of note, the now defunct Podesta group, operating under Manafort, earned over $1.2 million as part of that effort.

While the Podesta group and Paul Manafort both failed to file paperwork related to the Pro-Russia Centre for a Modern Ukraine, retroactive disclosures filed by the Podesta group on August 17 revealed dozens of previously unreported communications with high level democrat officials related to the lobbying campaign – including Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the office of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Read the motion by Manafort's attorneys here: 

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JimmyJones junction Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:00 Permalink

"Podesta group and Paul Manafort both failed to file paperwork related to the Pro-Russia Centre for a Modern Ukraine, retroactive disclosures filed by the Podesta group on August 17 revealed dozens of previously unreported communications with high level democrat officials related to the lobbying campaign – including Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the office of former Vice President Joe Biden."

So while Manfort gets hammered, Podedsta group gets special treatement and filed retroactively.  Double standard.

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Lanka JimmyJones Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:44 Permalink

Dems/Pedos/Antifa always get a pass.  Rioting on inauguration day=jury nullification of 200 rioters; Criminal referrals by IG for McCabe= nada; Comey leaking of classified docs=nada; Awan Bros-Debbie Wasserman-Schultz blackmail/theft/intelligence breaches=nada; Clinton Foundation Money Laundering/Pay-for-Play=nada; etc., etc., etc.

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Tarzan Occams_Razor_Trader Mon, 07/09/2018 - 19:50 Permalink

If German reporters are being payed by American intelligence to publish stories in their name, American Reporters are....

They're not Journalists, they're mouth pieces.

It's obvious as hell, these agencies need to be completely dismantled, and all the skeletons revealed.  Their black budgets enable a tiny minority to rule by deception. 

Cut them off!

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CuttingEdge JimmyJones Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:48 Permalink

I can see 6 years from now, Javert Mueller stooped and bowed, but still determined having lost 50 "senior" members of his team due to their own fuckwittery coming to light.

 

Bob?

Getting a bit old, this shit. Don't you think? Every leutenant who falls on his iphone just inflates your own reputation as a Grade A cunt.

Isn't it getting a tad embarrassing yet? Or does not having a soul, ethics morals or scruples help with that little inconvenience?

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Blankone bowie28 Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:29 Permalink

With the level of corruption and how pervasive it is in the DOJ, FBI (and thus other agencies) I have t wonder - how many have been convicted and buried in prison based upon manufactured evidence and false testimony?

And when you add in corruption tied to support of political agenda's, control and power I feel you have to accept that people do get killed by, or approved to be killed by kill squads and then these agencies stand down down and rubber stamp/cover up, these agencies. Of course everyone links to the Clinton's trail of death but it happens due to events also. Such as the strange deaths/murders following 911.

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el buitre Stan522 Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:53 Permalink

During the same period, he oversaw a lobbying campaign for the pro-Russia “Centre for a Modern Ukraine,” (ECMU) a Brussels based think tank linked to Yanukovych which was pushing for Ukraine’s entry into the European Union.

But Russia didn't want Ukraine to enter into the EU, particularly as they saw it as a stepping stone to putting NATO on another one of their borders.  I wonder how Tyler would explain this away?

Mueller is using the same old FBI tactic since the days of the cross dresser to get any sort of indictment against someone they normally wouldn't bother with to flip them against their real target.  I would like to see empaneled a special grand jury to investigate Mueller's cover-up (obstruction of justice) as FBI director of the real perps who pulled off 9/11 starting with Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz, and maybe try to extradite some dancing Mossad agents.

All that said, Manafort is without question the scuzziest of dirtbags and it's too bad that Trump hired him for his campaign, even if only for 3 months.  Someone gave him some bad advice.  Maybe it was a close relative that belongs to a Jewish supremacy cult group.  Just hiring someone to run his campaign who had been in a partnership relationship with the pedo-estas, one of whom was at the time running the Hildabeast's campaign,  was absurd on Trump's part, but maybe he didn't know that.  Almost as absurd as having 2 Skull & Bones frat brothers running against each other as presidential candidates.

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jrcowboy49 Stan522 Mon, 07/09/2018 - 16:52 Permalink

Jeff Sessions checked out. He should un-recuse himself because what is transpiring is and "out in the weeds witch hunt" seriously out of control and unrelated to why he felt the need to recuse himself. It is obvious that the department he inherited is totally corrupt and needs to seriously be investigated as crimes are mounting. Wake up you fool! 

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Chupacabra-322 Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:41 Permalink

July 6, 2018: Ep. 757 A Bombshell New Report on Spygate Drops

 

Do not miss this episode. I break down a bombshell new report in The Hill about the Obama administration’s spying operation on the Trump team.

 

“The reason we should exchange these lists of people we’re scrubbing on the Trump Team that we’re looking into in other words, is because we have quote” “potentially derogatory CI’s info. the other doesn’t.”

 

“HOLY! If I could Cuss on the show right now & it wasn’t family friendly I would.”

 

“So wait?  Now let me get this straight.”

 

“We now know they are multiple investigations into Trump.  Not just one.  Code Name: Dragon.  Cross Fire Hurricane & two additionals.  So it’s not just one now.  There’s a paragraph one now for four separate investigations we just find out about.”

 

“We now know that there apparently confidential informants (CI’s) spies that are working in potentially multiple operations against the Trump Team.  And, that now after the elections over Joe.  Storke wants to make sure they exchange the spy information they have on multiple investigations with quote:” “others.”

 

“Yea, this is amazing isn’t it.?”

 

https://www.bongino.com/july-6-2018-ep-757-a-bombshell-new-report-on-spygate-drops/

 

 

The day after Trump’s surprising win on Nov. 9, 2016, the FBI counterintelligence team engaged in a new mission, bluntly described in another string of emails prompted by another news leak.

 

“We need ALL of their names to scrub, and we should give them ours for the same purpose,” Strzok emailed Page on Nov. 10, 2016, citing a Daily Beast article about some of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s allegedly unsavory ties overseas.

 

“Andy didn’t get any others,” Page wrote back, apparently indicating McCabe didn’t have names to add to the “scrub.”

 

“That’s what Bill said,” Strzok wrote back, apparently referring to then-FBI chief of counterintelligence William Priestap. “I suggested we need to exchange our entire lists as we each have potential derogatory CI info the other doesn’t.” CI is short for confidential informants.

 

It’s an extraordinary exchange, if for no other reason than this: The very day after Trump wins the presidency, some top FBI officials are involved in the sort of gum-shoeing normally reserved for field agents, and their goal is to find derogatory information about someone who had worked for the president-elect.

 

http://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/395776-memos-detail-fbis-hurry-the-f-up-pressure-to-probe-trump-campaign

HorseBuggy Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:43 Permalink

Trump will have plenty of time in jail to think about why he didn't get rid of this witch hunt in time.

 

Trump is smart on some stuff, but he should have pardoned everyone, gotten rid of this investigation and started an investigation of Clinton.

 

 

VideoEng_NC novictim Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:02 Permalink

A respected workmate commented on just how many people would need to be involved for this "conspiracy" to actually be real & come to fruition.  Reminded just how many have been exposed & at what levels with no apparent end to discovery.  There was a pause in thought like maybe dots were getting connected but then we had to get back to work.

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I Am Jack's Ma… HorseBuggy Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:34 Permalink

better chance of Mueller going to jail than Trump.

FBI corruption and Brennan’s sedition are the real story here.

CIA and the military intel guys not playing for the same team.

CIA could be in the middle of a massive internal civil war and we plebs would never know.

Agree with you re going after Clinton -  simply because she is guilty of decades of crime.  Some corruption and theft, hey that’s one thing, but at a certain point you’re really shitting in the pool we all swim in.   

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Ron_Mexico HorseBuggy Mon, 07/09/2018 - 14:41 Permalink

well you are half way there. But Obama's the one at the center of this cluster fuck. Clearly Cheeto von Tweeto hasn't the stones for that fight.  I mean, why'd he come out before the election and change his position on the birth certificate?  Why didn't he double down and say "I'll release my tax returns if Obama releases his college records"?  Ask yourself . . .

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