Paul Manfort’s Lies and Court Date

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Paul Manafort is facing additional charges from Special Counsel Robert Mueller if a plea deal cannot be reached.

Paul Manfort’s Lies and Court Date

Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson who is presiding over Paul Manafort’s case, has requested from Special Counsel Robert Mueller the “underlying evidence” to support their claims that Manfort has been lying to investigators after signing a plea deal.

Attorneys for Manafort argued they didn’t have enough information to file a response to Mueller’s claims. Judge Jackson has continued the case until January.

Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Twitter- @mcatty_alex

What Is Paul Manafort Hiding

Plea negotiations have ended between Special Counsel Robert Mueller and President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort. But my question is why? What is Manafort hiding where dying in prison is a better choice than cooperating with Mueller?

Manafort was already convicted of eight counts of fraud. Even if he got only ten years, that’s good enough for a possible death sentence. There’s no way Manafort could adjust to prison life, even in a cushy federal prison.

Plea negotiations ended because Mueller’s team of prosecutors accuse Manafort of continuing to lie to them. That’s not surprising considering he was convicted of financial fraud, but the question is why would he?

Manafort is in no position of leverage to negotiate. Death no doubt will knock on his prison bars unless he’s already accepted that, and the only way Manafort will cooperate is if he gets zero jail time. If that is what he is holding out for, I get it and it is possible, but he would have to give Mueller something worthy of such a deal.

Now that there is no deal, Manafort will get sentenced, but it gets even worse for him because Mueller can retry him on the charges that resulted in a hung jury, plus perjury charges.

Everyone is talking about a Trump pardon for Manafort but again, President Trump can only pardon Manafort for crimes at the federal level, which leaves the states open to prosecuting Manafort, so a pardon is symbolic at best and that’s why I don’t think Trump would pardon him. Of course, President Trump will keep saying how he could pardon Manafort but hasn’t as a way to show that he is not interring in the Mueller probe.

Manafort’s sentencing date is scheduled for March 5th.

Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Twitter @mcatty

Tear Gas Good. Migrants Bad.

A senior Trump administration official testified before Congress and not surprisingly, U.S. border agents firing tear gas toward migrants in Mexico near a border crossing is all good.

On November 25th, Border Patrol agents fired tear gas to disperse a group of migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border crossing that separates Tijuana from San Diego, as some migrants tried rushing the fence.

The incident resulted in Mexico’s foreign ministry sending a note to the U.S.government calling for “a full investigation” into what the letter described as non-lethal weapons directed towards Mexican territory. He’s got a point if you think about it.

Kevin McAleenan is the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and because he wants to keep his job, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the use of tear gas was within the agency’s regulations and came as agents faced a “difficult situation.”

“Pepper spray and CSgas are authorized to address assaultive behavior.”McAleenan also said the migrants threw rocks at the agents, resulting in four agents being hit and one requiring surgery.

Outrage sparked worldwide as the tear gas landed near the children and it has been reported some children fainted.

Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Twitter – @mcatty_alex

Adam Schiff Coming After Don, Jr.

In an interview on Tuesday, future chair of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff made clear what he wants, and it’s not the first time. Schiff has been applying pressure via media interviews, letting know President Trump know each step before he takes it.

In his interview, Schiff said he wants Michael Cohen to testify and he will  subpoena additional documents that were blocked previously by Republicans, especially Devin Nunes. In addition, he made clear one of the first steps he will take is get Donald Trump, Jr.’s phone records.

“One of the first documents that I want to make outreach to get is the phone records that would indicate whether the president was in the know about the Trump tower meeting with the Russians in advance.”

 “That is,the meeting with Jared Kushner and with (Trump’s) son and with Paul Manafort that he (Trump) denied knowledge of. We know that there’s a call from a blocked number during the setup of that meeting. We want to know was that from the president of the United States.”

Schiff is also going to look into any financial connections with Saudi Arabia, not the first time he has said as much, not the last either, which means indirectly Jared Kushner and directly President Trump.

“One of the responsibilities of our committee is to determine whether we’re getting the best intelligence from these places, what those intelligence agencies can tell us, not just about the Kashoggi murder but about our reliance on Saudi Arabia,on the stability of Saudi Arabia, on Saudi’s role in the war in Yemen, the peace process.

With respect to North Korea, can we believe the assurances by our president that we can now sleep well at night because North Korea is irrevocably on the path of de-nuclearization. That isn’t consistent, I think, with what I’m seeing. And we want to make sure that the country and policymakers have the best – use of the best possible intelligence to assess our foreign policy. So that will be absolute priorities.

We are not going to be able to have the luxury of waiting until Bob Mueller is finished (with his Trump-Russia investigation). There was some discussion of that initially, whether the Congress should defer to the special counsel. That would have meant we would be deferring for a year and a half.

But we are going to look at issues in particular that may not be the subject of the special counsel’s work, and money laundering is very much among them.”

I think it is safe to say I’m looking forward to the first week that Congress reconvenes after the holiday break.

Alexander Hernandez, Esq. 
Twitter @mcatty_alex

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