Former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been indicted on money laundering charges as part of the Mueller investigation. Don’t be fooled, this has nothing to do with the alleged “Trump/Russia collusion.”
NY Times: WASHINGTON — President Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was indicted Monday on charges that he funneled millions of dollars through overseas shell companies and used the money to buy luxury cars, real estate, antiques and expensive suits.
Basically, Mr. Manafort was using his Ukraine ties to funnel millions of dollars through offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes (long story short). “Manafort used his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States without paying taxes on that income,” the indictment reads. It’s important to note, that Trump fired Manafort from his campaign after finding out he received $12 million in undisclosed payments from Victor Yanukovych, the former president of The Ukraine, who Manafort spent years working for as a consultant.
NYT: “The indictment of Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates makes no mention of Mr. Trump or election meddling. Instead, it describes in granular detail Mr. Manafort’s lobbying work in Ukraine and what prosecutors said was a scheme to hide that money from tax collectors and the public. The authorities said Mr. Manafort laundered more than $18 million.”
Now here’s where you need to pay attention. The media is conflating two things. 1- Mueller was hired to head up an investigation into the Trump campaign and see if there wereany ties to supposed Russian interference in the election. 2- Manafort has been subsequently indicted on money laundering charges. These two things are not connected. What’s suspected to happen now, is that Manafort will presumably try to cut a deal with Mueller to provide any intel into the Trump campaign regarding collusion with the Russian government in exchange for a break on the money laundering charges. Manafort has known he was going to be indicted for months now, and Trump has already stated that he has nothing to worry about because Manafort has no incriminating intel.
Obviously the media is trying to put their own spin on this. Look at this New York Times headline:
At first glance, it looks like Paul Manafort’s indictment involves lying about Russian ties, but if you dig into the article and the actual indictment, the advisor accused of lying about the Russian ties was actually former foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos; someone who had absolutely zero to do with Manaforts indictment. The charges against Manafort and his associate, Rick gates are for money laundering, not collusion.
Typical mainstream media. They think we’re stupid, but we aren’t. Obviously they’re playing it up like it’s the end of the world, but as of now, it’s still a great big steaming bowl of nothing soup… rather, a bowl of nothing borscht.
By: Dave Wilkins