“Manafort lied after pleading guilty, Mueller’s team says”
“After signing the plea agreement, Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s Office on a variety of subject matters, which constitute breaches of the agreement. The government will file a detailed sentencing submission to the Probation Department and the Court in advance of sentencing that sets forth the nature of the defendant’s crimes and lies, including those after signing the plea agreement herein. As the defendant has breached the plea agreement, there is no reason to delay his sentencing herein.”
I have a new respect for Paulie Numbnuts, I thought he was just an evil grifter, kind of like Scott Pruitt on steroids, but it turns out he’s a full-fledged Bond villain, complete with his new wheelchair. All he needs now is a fluffy white cat in his lap!
Note the words I placed in bold. They form the real point of the article, which is that Mueller is setting up a way to enter key facts into the public record – facts which can be accessed in case Whitaker decides to bury Mueller’s report.
It also popped up this week that Manafort made several previously undisclosed visits to Julian Assange in his lair in the Ecuadorian embassy. The last of those occurred while he was involved in Trump’s campaign.
UPDATE, from the comments section:
“Manafort calls the Guardian story ‘totally false and deliberately libelous,’ and says he’s never met Assange nor anyone connected with WikiLeaks either directly or indirectly. WikiLeaks supports that: ‘Remember this day, when the Guardian permitted a serial fabricator to totally destroy the paper’s reputation. WikiLeaks is willing to bet the Guardian a million dollars and its editor’s head that Manafort never met Assange.’ Both are talking about suing the Guardian, and the paper is now backtracking, adding the CYA phrase ‘sources say’ post-publication.
The Guardian once printed the Presidential IQ Hoax as a fact! It essentially was a typical e-mail scam that they printed with no effort at verification, although it claimed the authority of a non-existent institute, and the preposterous claim that Bill Clinton has an IQ of 182. (Dr. Steven Hawking and Albert Einstein have been estimated around 160!)
So there’s a tough call. Which do you believe, the world’s most gullible newspaper, or a guy who just lied to the Feds after entering a cooperation agreement? I’m inclined to believe the opposite of anything Manafort says, and have found that compass more reliable than the North Star itself, but this case may prove to be an exception. If anti-Manafort is a compass, the Guardian is a magnetic storm.