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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cranky Judge Questions Manafort Plea Deal

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Despite that fact that Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to charges brought against him by special counsel Robert Mueller and has begun cooperating with investigators, one judge overseeing the case thrown the spotlight back on President Donald Trump’s former campaign chair by questioning the plea deal.

Judge T.S. Ellis issued an order Thursday calling part of the agreement “highly unusual.” His objection is based on the 10 charges over which a jury deadlocked in his Virginia court while finding Manafort guilty on eight other charges. Manafort later pleaded guilty to charges brought against him — also by the special counsel — in a separate case in Washington, D.C.…

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Mueller Probing Dead GOP Donor Who Sought Clinton Emails

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s disgraced former national security adviser and campaign aide, was even more deeply connected to a nefarious plot to uncover Hillary Clinton’s emails — perhaps even from Russia sources — during the 2016 campaign, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

This newest revelation follows upon previous bombshell reporting from the Journal, which uncovered the machinations of GOP operative Peter Smith. Smith, who is believed to have killed himself in May 2017, engaged in an extensive search for Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Journal previously reported.

BuzzFeed has reported that Smith reached out to dark web hackers, including people he believed were Russians, and potentially paid them to obtain the emails.…

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Court Decision Shows Mueller Probe Still Expanding

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

While recent reports that two of special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors have left his team after its recent successes led some to suspect that the Russia investigation is winding down, a new court decision reveals that there’s still much about the investigation that the public doesn’t know.

In response to a petition from several media outlets to obtain the search warrants used to gather evidence against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a D.C. district court decided that many of the documents cannot be released because, in part, they relate to “non-public information concerning the government’s ongoing criminal investigation.”

The decision also says that some of the documents include “private information of non-parties” and “financial information” that should not be publicly disclosed.…

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