Is There a Mueller and Manafort Surprise Coming Soon
Paul Manafort who was convicted of eight counts of fraud by Mueller’s prosecutors, has been cooperating with the Special Counsel. Both sides submitted a status report on Friday to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, asking for an additional ten-day extension, until November 26.
The court filing isn’t specific as to a plea deal, but it does state the extension will allow for “a report that will be of greater assistance in the court’s management of this matter.”
The report was ordered by Judge Jackson on September 14, 2018 and due on November 6, 2018. Since September, Manafort has been meeting with prosecutors, but the details of the negotiations remain unknown. What could be the big news that is coming soon? Reasonable speculation includes naming Donald Trump, Jr. who was at the Trump Tower meeting with Manafort, maybe even Roger Stone in an indictment. Stone and Manafort were partners years ago in a lobbying firm.
Rick Gates, former partner of Manafort has been cooperating with Mueller from the beginning, even testifying against Manafort. Gates also had his status report pushed back to January of 2019.
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George Papadopoulos Wants to Delay His Sentencing
Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos who was convicted for lying to federal investigators, is set to serve his 14- day jail sentence this month, but not if he can help it.
Andrew Miller is a former associate of Roger Stone that has been contesting the constitutionality of the Mueller appointment. Papadopoulos wants to wait for the results of that appeal, before he begins his sentence. This, after the fact that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in his case.
Papadopoulos as of late has been saying he was “entrapped” by Mueller and is using the far right talking points to explain his situation. The reality is Papadopoulos just wants to make sure he has a future so he has jumped on the conspiracy bandwagon and the “witch hunt” rhetoric.
So far, all that have tried to argue against the appointment of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, have lost.
Also, Papadopoulos’ former attorneys have withdrawn from his case. The odd part is his lawyers had filed their motions to withdraw after he was sentenced. When a case is over, so are the contractual obligations with that client, so there is no need for the formality of filing a motion, obtaining a court date and court order approving the withdraw. Why was it done in this case?
Again, Papadopoulos has taken to Twitter and has been tweeting statements filled with innuendo, if not going back to his entrapped rhetoric and that he is thinking of withdrawing his plea. Good luck with that one. His attorneys most likely advised Papadopoulos to stop the nonsense, and when clients don’t listen, lawyers withdraw. With a client such as Papadopoulos who is highly visible to the public, the attorneys may be trying to distance themselves from him as well.
I’ve said it before, if I were Mueller, I’d let Papadopoulos withdraw his plea, because at that point, he will be charged with a felony for every false statement to federal officers and as Mueller has proven time and time again, Papadopoulos will get convicted and spend a lot more time in jail than 14 days. His legal maneuvering would only cost him more in the long run, which is why I believe Papadopoulos is doing this only for the attention to line his pockets. He even set up a Gofundme account asking for $250,000.
The motion filed by Papadopoulos’ new attorneys are available via this link.
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