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U.S. associate of indicted Russian pleads guilty, to cooperate with Mueller

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By Nathan Layne and David Alexander

An American who is the business partner of a Russian national indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller pleaded guilty on Friday to unregistered lobbying for a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine and agreed to cooperate with Mueller's probe.

Samuel Patten, 47, also admitted to getting a U.S. citizen to act as a straw purchaser to pay $50,000 for four tickets to the inauguration of President Donald Trump for a Ukrainian oligarch, who reimbursed Patten through a Cypriot account.

The move circumvented U.S. law prohibiting foreigners from providing money to an organization running the inauguration. The tickets were given to the oligarch, another Ukrainian, Patten and the Russian national, according to the charging documents.

While the documents did not name the Russian national, the description matches Konstantin Kilimnik, Patten's business partner, who was indicted along with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in June for witness tampering in Washington, D.C.

Patten's plea agreement, which includes cooperating with Mueller, raises the prospect Patten will be called to testify against Manafort, who was found guilty by a Virginia jury last week on bank and tax fraud charges and faces a second trial in Washington next month.

The charge Patten pleaded guilty to - violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by not disclosing lobbying work for Ukrainian politicians - is similar to one of the core allegations against Manafort in his upcoming trial.

Michael Zeldin, a former federal prosecutor, predicted Patten will be a witness in the trial. "I expect his value as a cooperating witness is he will know how those guys conducted their business relations and can probably shed light on efforts made to evade FARA reporting requirements," he said.

Patten admitted to working with the Russian national to lobby members of Congress and the executive branch on behalf of the pro-Russian Opposition Bloc without disclosing the work to the U.S. government, as required by law.

The charge, which carries a maximum of five years in prison, was brought by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Justice Department's National Security Division, which started investigating Patten after a referral from Mueller.

Patten appeared before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who will oversee Manafort's upcoming trial. Patten did not speak to reporters at the court, but apologized to family and friends on Facebook after entering his plea.

"I was wrong not to have filed under FARA for the representational aspects of my work on behalf of the Opposition Bloc in Ukraine," Patten wrote in a post seen by Reuters, adding that he had sought to promote democracy during a consulting career that included work in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

"That is why I deeply regret any damage my failure to register has done to the transparency the FARA statute seeks to guarantee."

Patten's work in Ukraine dovetailed somewhat with that of Manafort. Manafort made most of his money working for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych before he fled to Russia in 2014, but like Patten also sought to drum up business with the Opposition Bloc in the aftermath of Yanukovych's exit, it was revealed at Manafort's trial.

Patten's ties to Kilimnik are more concrete. The two set up the political advisory firm Begemot Ventures Ltd LLC in February 2015. Since 2015, the company was paid more than $1 million for their work for Opposition Bloc members and for other work in Ukraine. The unidentified oligarch was one of their biggest benefactors, the charging documents said.

Patten helped Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko get re-elected in 2015, according to an archived page from Patten's website.

Patten also did work for the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct political data firm that was embroiled in a controversy over its use of Facebook Inc data, according to interview transcripts submitted by academic Emma Briant and published by British lawmakers earlier this year.

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Mueller has integrity, does he? 

Correct.

Then how come he moved from Russia to obstruction and now the hookers, whores, and campaign contributions?

Read the appointment letter. Even better, read and understand the appointment letter.

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"someone needs to get Mueller a beer to go with all those burgers hes been flipping"

He's going to be flipping burgers for real after he gets fired.

Mueller? Mueller? Mueller?

Trump supporters opinion of Vietnam Vets in a nutshell.

I can hear Inmate Orange, Flynn and Manafort all yelling "Mueller!" from across their cells at Leavenworth....

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"someone needs to get Mueller a beer to go with all those burgers hes been flipping"

He's going to be flipping burgers for real after he gets fired.

Mueller?  Mueller?  Mueller?

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

someone needs to get Mueller a beer to go with all those burgers hes been flipping, seems far removed from that nothing burger many continue to claim

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You didn’t know that obstruction of justice was always in scope of Mueller’s investigation?

From Business Insider;

Rod Rosenstein gave him broad authority not only to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated" with Trump's campaign, but also to examine "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."

*Rosenstein also gave Mueller the power to investigate "any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a)" - including perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses.*

https://www.google.be/amp/s/amp.businessinsider.com/mueller-authority-russia-investigation-2017-7

There you go. You’re welcome. Serrano, seriously, if you don’t know ask.

Again, you say Mueller is corrupt. That’s pretty slanderous. Up to you to back it up or walk it back. So far, nothing.

More integrity in Mueller’s pinky than in Trump has. And still you haven’t defended Trump’s integrity.

So, very, very, telling.

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"I'm pretty sure nobody follows your inane links."

Just because you and Northern don't watch them doesn't mean NOBODY watches them. They get plenty of views without you guys, hehe.

Mueller has integrity, does he? Then how come he moved from Russia to obstruction and now the hookers, whores, and campaign contributions? You want to talk about campaign contributions? How about the millions that Hillary funneled to the law firm that laundered it through Fusion GPS to create a false document to con the FISA court to surveil the campaign of the outsider candidate? Nah...

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I’m pretty sure nobody follows your inane links. I’m guessing it’s that moron Hannity again? Isn’t he the guy who sold you on the Iraq war that you figured you (and he) were wrong about years later? Oh my.

Why don’t you just type out, in your own words your explanation why you think Mueller is corrupt (now remember a conflict, if there even is one, doesn’t rise to being corrupt , or even necessarily disqualifying). Think you can you do that ?

interesting that you don’t argue Trump isn’t any of those things I mentioned. Pretty sad.

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Report: Robert Mueller may have a conflict of interest

Oh my...

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

gcbel - Is this fake news?:

Report: Robert Mueller may have a conflict of interest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8vFRGD5g4k

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Here's something else we know about Mueller - oh my...

Had more but post got sent prematurely. Then thought why state the obvious? If at this point some folks don’t already know the difference between someone like Robert Mueller, and someone like Donald Trump, they likely never will and I really feel sorry for them.

But I’ll bottom line it for you anyway - Mueller history of courage, service, competence and integrity. Trump, history of self-aggrandizement, lying, pettiness, demeaning women and men, underlings, paranoia, narcissism, ...

who is likely the corrupt one?

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"Go for it but here’s what we know about Trump and Mueller:

One enlisted in the Marine Corps and went to Vietnam"

Here's something else we know about Mueller - oh my...

Mark Levin: Appointment of Mueller is unconstitutional

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqnE6iSROFE

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And the other made millions, had one of the top rated TV shows for 14 years and now the Presidency. 

And dodged the draft, cheated on all three wives, ran a fake University bilking thousands, employed illegal immigrants while railing against them, admitted to sexual assault, colluded with Russians, praised white supremacists, insulted a gold star family, ridiculed the handicapped, cursed in front of 12 year old Boy Scouts, tore children away from their parents, well, you get the picture....

The most powerful man on the planet.

And he must be obeyed, praised, and exalted...he is omnipotent you know...just like Shoko Asahara....

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The most powerful man on the planet.

You trust and admire a successful fraudster over a heroic war vet and honorable career public servant.

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For lying? Seems like a bit of a stretch.

No, in certain circumstances, lying is a crime. As an example, perjury is a crime, and one that Trump is afraid he will commit if he talks to law enforcement officials, because he is a liar.

Now you know why they hate all those rich liberals and want an end to their thuggery tactics.

They don’t care about wealthy liberals. The GOP only hate the poor.

What a bunch of garbage. Soon as you said ABC, I knew more fake news ahead.

Reality has a liberal bias.

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One enlisted in the Marine Corps and went to Vietnam

And the other made millions, had one of the top rated TV shows for 14 years and now the Presidency. The most powerful man on the planet.

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Mueller's corrupt and he's the one who should be under the microscope.

Go for it but here’s what we know about Trump and Mueller:

One enlisted in the Marine Corps and went to Vietnam

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@Serrano Mueller's corrupt and he's the one who should be under the microscope...pretty big claims there bud you got anything to back that up with and yes I dont mean links to Fox and Friends...you know real evidence not just hearsay's....seems Mueller has come up with plenty of hard evidence to prove that Trumps inner circle is a bunch of crooks...

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The point is that you have yet again a war veteran who is not only honorable, but intelligent, and moral,

That’s a matter of opinion.

but you support a coward who is immoral, bankrupt in a number of ways and a few times over, and is essentially a dictator and a child. 

Well, both were similar in that respect.

Ah, the sandbox retort again when you can't backpedal any further on your own arguments.

I’m not and I wouldn’t.

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No, she was imprisoned for securities fraud and obstruction of justice. The right wing think theft shouldn’t be a crime. Weak on law and order.

lying to the government about using insider trading.

For lying? Seems like a bit of a stretch.

but the crime lovers in the GOP will ignore this because they love crime (if committed by wealthy people).

Now you know why they hate all those rich liberals and want an end to their thuggery tactics.

That said, Trump is now at his lowest ebb according to the most recent ABC poll. Even his supporters think him erratic, and even bass4funk has admitted in another thread that he thinks Trump did commit the crime of obstruction of justice. He will not win re-election.

What a bunch of garbage. Soon as you said ABC, I knew more fake news ahead.

The President fluctuates between 39-45% since he’s been in office. With Republicans he’s riding higher, so overall, he’s been pretty consistent when you look at the numbers, he’s not falling, not climbing even with all this crap going on, surprisingly, that means, people do know and can see that the media is full of stinking crap. Yes, the Dems want him to fall below 20% and it ain’t happening. So with the roaring economy, low black unemployment, another conservative soon to be appointed to the Supreme Court, crush all the regulations, ended that dreaded ACA mandate, lowered the tax rate, yes, good luck trying to oust him, not only will the Democrats fail, but unless they want to employ a socialist and watch a seismic shift in the economy spiraling downwards into the income redistribution quagmire, it’s just not going to happen.

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Yes and Einstein was one of the greatest physicist to walk the Planet, so what’s your point?

Here's what I said about Mueller;

"Right a stupid report?" Mueller is a decorated Marine Vietnam Vet, a successful US Attorney (Gotti and Gambino), the second longest serving FBI Director after Hoover, a life-long Republican, and no doubt can WRITE a very condemning report...

You said the following about him in a post above;

The guy is a real piece of slime

So, we now know what you think of Vietnam Vets - they're slime. Our military Intelligence troops are dishonest and scum, and on John McCain's passing you couldn't offer a decent word for a war hero. Seems you have quite a bit in common with Jane Fonda....

Trump is untouchable.

Yep, just like Kim Jong un, Putin and Xi - amazing how similar they are to one another...

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Burning Bush sounds terrified. And rightly so, the walls are closing in around comrade Trump. Hardly any Americans defending Cheeto anymore, so much heartbreak in Saint Petersburg...

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I don’t know what the timeline will be, because, like you, I don’t know the inner workings of the investigation, nor what it has uncovered.

I am actually pessimistic that the investigation will result in Trump being removed from office. I think there is a good chance that crimes and collusion will be discovered, but the crime lovers in the GOP will ignore this because they love crime (if committed by wealthy people).

That said, Trump is now at his lowest ebb according to the most recent ABC poll. Even his supporters think him erratic, and even bass4funk has admitted in another thread that he thinks Trump did commit the crime of obstruction of justice. He will not win re-election.

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bass4funk: "Yes and Einstein was one of the greatest physicist to walk the Planet, so what’s your point?"

The point is that you have yet again a war veteran who is not only honorable, but intelligent, and moral, but you support a coward who is immoral, bankrupt in a number of ways and a few times over, and is essentially a dictator and a child.

"Same to you"

Ah, the sandbox retort again when you can't backpedal any further on your own arguments. Well done, bass.

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We've been hearing "gotcha now" comments on every Mueller article for the past 18 months now.

The Mueller show is basically entertainment for Americans, something to argue about around the water cooler. And Americans will happily be at each other's throats for the next 7 years about how close Mueller is getting.

Trump is untouchable.

If you don't think so, simply post your expected timeline for the investigation to snatch Trump, I'll jot it down and then remind you of it when the time comes and I'll ask you "how come Trump is still president"

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And yet, he put this poor woman in prison and for what? Literally nothing. Cold man, coooold man.

No, she was imprisoned for securities fraud and obstruction of justice. The right wing think theft shouldn’t be a crime. Weak on law and order.

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Mueller is a decorated Marine Vietnam Vet, a successful US Attorney

Yes and Einstein was one of the greatest physicist to walk the Planet, so what’s your point?

(Gotti and Gambino), the second longest serving FBI Director after Hoover, a life-long Republican, and no doubt can WRITE a very condemning report.

And the Senate won’t convict him, ok....and?

Ah no, in response to your sneering about Mueller putting away Martha Stewart - which was your response to Lincolnman mentioning him putting away crime families, he reminded you that Mueller put away John Gotti.

And Martha Stewart? Really?

Seriously, can't you even hold onto the thread of things that you brought up yourself?

Same to you, but let’s focus for a moment, seriously....why do the left cherish Mueller so much? I mean, this was the guy that was the architect of getting the green light for the enhanced interrogation methods that the left vehemently opposed, allowed spying on Americans back when the Democrats didn’t trust the ground the CIA and FBI walked on, allowed wiretapping, coheres suspects to gain evidence on anyone he wanted. The guy is a real piece of slime and the left hated the man a few years ago. Now, he’s the lefts hero, so which is it? It’s always so confusing with you guys. One minute McCain is it racist, the next minute she is a saint, one minute Lindsey Graham is an evil man and as soon as he says something bad about Trump he is respected again. Lol

How this works is, Martha Stewart isn't relevant to crime families

And yet, he put this poor woman in prison and for what? Literally nothing. Cold man, coooold man.

A simple argument that you ought to have understood - which reminds the rest of us that there's more to being a journalist than talking about being a journalist.

Oh, I wish the MSM would heed those words.

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Dear Bob, put the low profile crims at the bottom of the inquisition chain for now. If you truly are confident with your magnificent investigative skills, you can always get these guys later. 

Enable to resolve the provenience of Trump-Russia fishing expedition impartially with fast results then you should definitely take a look at the conducts of CIA's Fusion Center and FBI's Eurasian Squad. 

To put icing on the cake, if you really want some assurances with a high probability, low risk but extremely high reward then you really need to convince senators Mark Warner and Richard Burr of the Senate Intelligence Committee to make OLEG DERIPASKA (a Russian oligarch and one of Putin's billionaire BFF) testify in front of Senate and Congress lawmakers in the open public. Guaranteed you will discover something magically fascinating :-D

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Northern: "@serrano nope his aim seems pretty good so far....slowly weeding out the criminals in the Trump base its coming dont worry Mueller is methodically working his way up to the top"

The top will be accusing Barron Trump of kissing a girl or something, lol. Mueller's corrupt and he's the one who should be under the microscope.

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@burningbush

1) 2024, after Trump serves out his 8 years as president

He has to win a second term (even if he finishes his first), which means he has to place himself before the electorate again. The outcome isn't a foregone conclusion, to put it mildly, after a scandal-plagued first half of a first term. Next time round he won't have all the same tools at his disposal, and he'll be under closer scrutiny about things like payoffs. His fixer's not available to him any more either, so hard to say who's going to handle that side of things.

2) A few nobodys in connection to something that happened in Ukraine 10 years ago and maybe Trump's junior high school classmate who has an unpaid parking ticket.

Sarcasm is useless to you here: everyone indicted so far is more important than a classmate and has done more than fail to pay a parking ticket; Trump's personal lawyer has flipped - think for a moment what it means when your lawyer flips, or why a lawyer would even need to flip - and Manafort tried to do the wrongly accused "day in court" thing and got crapped on by a jury.

So, still left to indict: a few nobodys? Keep your fingers crossed, bruv.

3) A bunch of guys that did a shady business deal in Ukraine 10 years ago

In other words, you have no idea.

4) won't even blow the lint off his jacket

Hence a year and a half's worth of panicked tweets.

Going back to Trump's lawyer flipping, what does it say about a president who appears to be in the position of having two lawyers flip on him? Because that's where he's at right now: it's not certain at this stage but looks very like the White House counsel has "gone over". At the very least, Trump's incompetent team were aware that McGahn had spoken extensively to the Mueller investigation but only recently realized that they had no idea what he might have told it.

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Hmmm...so according to some on the left, Trump had people killed and dismembered. Who exactly?

Ah no, in response to your sneering about Mueller putting away Martha Stewart - which was your response to Lincolnman mentioning him putting away crime families, he reminded you that Mueller put away John Gotti.

Seriously, can't you even hold onto the thread of things that you brought up yourself?

How this works is, Martha Stewart isn't relevant to crime families; John Gotti is; and Mueller is tenacious and thorough enough to bust open a crime family using a method that proves effective in other complex investigations, like the present one.

A simple argument that you ought to have understood - which reminds the rest of us that there's more to being a journalist than talking about being a journalist.

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September should be interesting.....

I think you posted the same thing in August 2017 and you will again in August 2023.

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Nooooow we are getting somewhere, finally!!! Mueller is just a corrupt cop, he can’t sentence anyone, he can only right a stupid report,

"Right a stupid report?" Mueller is a decorated Marine Vietnam Vet, a successful US Attorney (Gotti and Gambino), the second longest serving FBI Director after Hoover, a life-long Republican, and no doubt can WRITE a very condemning report...

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Here's looking forward to Trump's inner circle being indicted. September should be interesting.....

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Cult 45ers will throw common sense, truthfulness, and moral integrity out the window to defend their Dear Leader.

The left know a thing or two about that...

Using the presidency to make money from foreign dignitaries, in violation of the emoluments clause? No problem.

Nice list, now if we compare it to the long litany list of what the left get away with, it’ll start to read like Bible, you guys, please leave the liberal hypocrisy at the door. Lean in a little bit closer! roses are smelling like boo boo.

Mueller does not give sentences.

Nooooow we are getting somewhere, finally!!! Mueller is just a corrupt cop, he can’t sentence anyone, he can only right a stupid report, the Dems will jump all over it, there will be hearings, it’ll actually help Trump like it did Clinton because the left still doesn’t get it that the country went through this before with Buba and the only thing it did in the end was make the right look stupid, now the Dems are in the front seat, add to that, they are now a party of radical Marxists with No ideas other than to impeach, put regulations on companies (except for the big tech companies who’s CEOs are all liberals) impose income redistribution, impose more taxes and two years later they’ll be out of power again. The difference is, they have winners like Cynthia Nixon, Ocasio-Cortez or Andrew Gillum which make Sanders look sane and why? Because the left operate of rage and ego, that’s about all.

Stzrok as a human being had opinions about Trump (and had an affair!) but released a memo that actually helped Trump win the election.

Had nothing to do with his intent on trying to bring down the President and the text messages didn’t help and where is Strzok now? Lol

Too Funny, me not liking Trump can’t impair my Judgement as an investigator, that when I my drink came through my nose for laughter. Anyway, we are all better that the man can’t bother or sabotage anyone.

It's all such unsubstantiated and nonsensical piffle.

That’s twice now! Yes, so now you know how we all feel about Mueller.

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Looks like Trump will be busy granting pardons left and right.

Absolutely, go for it Donnie. Show everyone that you're under Putin's boot and pardon all your henchmen and fellow colluders who met with Russians.

I've got the headline now; "Putin's Puppy Pardon's Papadapolous"....

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With the exception of Manafort, I really don’t see anyone doing crime that’s so severe they need to be beheaded.

Allow me to teach you something about the US Justice System: no-one is beheaded. Beheading is not a thing done by US authorities. The death penalty exists, but no-one who has plead guilty or been proven guilty is being referred to for the death penalty. The choices for punishing criminals isn’t execution or nothing. So this is a pointless sentence.

why don’t you want criminals to go to prison? Why do you want them free?

No murder, No States secret sold. These people are not Manning or Snowden. A fine, a few months perhaps in jail, but to ultimately destroy these people’s lives as if they have murdered someone is way over the top and clear abuse of Federal power in order to try and topple a duly elected President.

No-one is accusing them of murder, but if they didn’t want to go to prison, they shouldn’t have committed the crimes. Going to prison for a crime you committed isn’t “destroying lives”, it’s how the justice system works.

You always say Hillary Clinton should have been locked up, but wouldn’t that be destroying her life? And she’s been cleared of committing crimes.

Arresting and charging people connected to the President isn’t an abuse of power. If he did nothing wrong, the President has nothing to fear.

Trump said something on the campaign trail that made a lot of sense

No, he didn’t.

all the elites, No one wanted, they chose him, a businessman and not one of the elites and they can’t handle that and he is right, absolutely right and there’s nothing they can do about it......but maybe Mueller can.

Trump describes himself as super-elite. He is part of the upper elite of US society. Is that why you think he and his friends shouldn’t be punished for crimes? Because they’re your betters?

The American right: weak on crime and punishment.

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don’t see anyone doing crime that’s so severe they need to be beheaded.

Beheading was mentioned by no one never.

Your first point is you disagree with the law books on appropriate sentencing guidelines. That is not the judges' fault, and it's completely out of Mueller's hands. Mueller does not give sentences. If you have a problem with the law, take it up with your congressional representatives.

try and topple a duly elected President. Trump said something on the campaign trail that made a lot of sense, all the elites, No one wanted,

Your second point, as far as I can decipher it, seems to be the assertion that there's a conspiracy by "deep state" elites to "take down" a true man of the people (ha ha) who just wants to make America great again (ha ha). Show us proof of this conspiracy, besides that Hannity (Cohen's buddy, Trump's buddy) screams it at you every day or that Stzrok as a human being had opinions about Trump (and had an affair!) but released a memo that actually helped Trump win the election. It's all such unsubstantiated and nonsensical piffle.

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Why are you so keen for criminals to go free?

Cult 45ers will throw common sense, truthfulness, and moral integrity out the window to defend their Dear Leader. They've got so much of their psyche invested in this charlatan, he's got them by the cojones. Money laundering? No problem. Tax evasion? No problem. Campaign finance fraud? No problem. Using the presidency to make money from foreign dignitaries, in violation of the emoluments clause? No problem.

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With the exception of Manafort, I really don’t see anyone doing crime that’s so severe they need to be beheaded. No murder, No States secret sold. These people are not Manning or Snowden. A fine, a few months perhaps in jail, but to ultimately destroy these people’s lives as if they have murdered someone is way over the top and clear abuse of Federal power in order to try and topple a duly elected President. Trump said something on the campaign trail that made a lot of sense, all the elites, No one wanted, they chose him, a businessman and not one of the elites and they can’t handle that and he is right, absolutely right and there’s nothing they can do about it......but maybe Mueller can.

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Looks like Trump will be busy granting pardons left and right.

Why are you so keen for criminals to go free?

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Well, how surprising - someone else in Trump-world meeting with Russians - let's see;

We have Flynn meeting with Russians...

We have Papadapolous meeting with Russians...

We have Jeff Sessions meeting with Russians...

We have Roger Stone meeting with Russian agents (Guccifer 2.0)

We have Manafort in hock to Russian oligarchs...

We have Manafort and Gates working for Russian-backed Ukrainians...

We have Don Jr, Kushner and Manafort meeting with Russians at Trump Tower...

We have Carter Page working for Russians...

Whew...and they'll no doubt be more...

Witch Hunt? Yep, Russian witches...

Looks like Trump will be busy granting pardons left and right.

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Patten admitted to working with the Russian national to lobby members of Congress and the executive branch on behalf of the pro-Russian Opposition Bloc without disclosing the work to the U.S. government, as required by law.

Well, how surprising - someone else in Trump-world meeting with Russians - let's see;

We have Flynn meeting with Russians...

We have Papadapolous meeting with Russians...

We have Jeff Sessions meeting with Russians...

We have Roger Stone meeting with Russian agents (Guccifer 2.0)

We have Manafort in hock to Russian oligarchs...

We have Manafort and Gates working for Russian-backed Ukrainians...

We have Don Jr, Kushner and Manafort meeting with Russians at Trump Tower...

We have Carter Page working for Russians...

Whew...and they'll no doubt be more...

Witch Hunt? Yep, Russian witches...

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You are not a politician and never have been. 

No, but in my business, I’ve dealt with enough of them, so I do have a good idea.

As for predictions, you said that Trump was the leader of a lunatic fringe that would fizzle out.

but I evolved.

you said Clinton would win the election. That’s not impressive.

They were all wrong, even FNC, not impressive, but a lesson learned, pollsters don’t always get it right, especially when it comes to Trump. ROFL!

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@serrano nope his aim seems pretty good so far....slowly weeding out the criminals in the Trump base its coming dont worry Mueller is methodically working his way up to the top...you need to just calm down turn on fox n friends you will be fine...

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There is no way you can know that. 

Ahhh, but I know Democrats and since I’ve been dealing and working with them for almost all my adult life

You are not a politician and never have been.

As for predictions, you said that Trump was the leader of a lunatic fringe that would fizzle out. After joining this lunatic fringe, you said Clinton would win the election. That’s not impressive.

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Lock em all up!!

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Yes, but they’re not the President.

Just his henchmen and fellow cesspool dwellers. You know, the ones that will rat him out....

In an Oliver Stone movie, I guess anything is possible.

PBS Frontline Documentary....

Hmmm...so according to some on the left, Trump had people killed and dismembered. Who exactly?

Tax fraud, money laundering, conspiracy; you know, all the crimes his henchmen are going to jail for...

And once the world knows, we can get back to life and put this entire thing behind us and Trump can continue his Presidency.

In a cell, right next to Manafort and across from Cohen...

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There is no way you can know that. 

Ahhh, but I know Democrats and since I’ve been dealing and working with them for almost all my adult life, I know the mistakes they always make the same mistakes, always. So yes, I do know, I’m 98% confident of it.

You are speculating and your predictions are notoriously poor when it comes to politics.

No, they haven’t been so far.

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still nothing on the President,

I wonder why a pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarch and his friends would go through all the trouble to procure tickets to Trump's inauguration.

Hmmm...

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And once the world knows, we can get back to life and put this entire thing behind us and Trump can continue his Presidency.

There is no way you can know that.

You are speculating and your predictions are notoriously poor when it comes to politics.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

I've heard that refrain before; "they have nothing Manafort", "they have nothing on Gates", "they have nothing on Cohen", etc., etc.,

Yes, but they’re not the President.

Well, that might be hard unless they give Trump phone privileges at Leavenworth..

In an Oliver Stone movie, I guess anything is possible.

No, I was thinking of John Gotti and the Gambino crime family, but you're right, both Trump and Stewart are nothing but lightweight reality TV stars...

Hmmm...so according to some on the left, Trump had people killed and dismembered. Who exactly?

More documents, tapes, bank statements, tax returns...the noose tightens...

And once the world knows, we can get back to life and put this entire thing behind us and Trump can continue his Presidency.

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

All roads lead back to Ukraine.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

New Opinion Polls:

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/404505-poll-nearly-half-of-americans-say-congress-should-try-to-impeach

The number pushing for impeachment proceedings is highest among liberals, at 70 percent, but includes 51 percent of self-identified moderates and 30 percent of conservatives polled.

The numbers correspond with a 60 percent disapproval rating in the poll. Trump's approval rating stands at 36 percent among those surveyed. The disapproval rating is an uptick from an April Washington Post–ABC News poll, which had it at 56 percent.

The poll also shows substantial support for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election, including whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow and whether Trump has obstructed justice. Approximately 63 percent of Americans support the probe, while 29 percent oppose. 

Additionally, 53 percent of Americans say they believe Trump has tried to interfere in a Mueller probe in a way that amounts to obstruction of justice.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

According to Bruce Ohr when being questioned about his talks with former MI6 agent Steele, Steele claimed that the Russians believed they have Trump over a barrel. What the heck do the Russians and Putin have over the U.S. President?

Well never mind the pisstitutes in the Moscow hotel - we already know worse about Trump when it comes to women - all they need is to leak evidence that he is the recipient of one major illegal payment or loan. That sort of thing isn't very difficult, they could even have made that payment themselves, because who's going to be surprised by an illegal or corrupt Russian transaction?

6 ( +8 / -2 )

3) A bunch of guys that did a shady business deal in Ukraine 10 years ago, they'll turn on each other but not on Trump, because he wasn't there and had no part in the deal.

You're focusing on what they have admitted to. What about the stuff they were allowed to not admit to (plead guilty to) in exchange for lighter sentences.

The fact that they are pleading guilty to some fairly harsh charges that will see them imprisoned for years, they must have done some pretty, pretty bad stuff that we still have yet to hear about. And there are reasons we haven't heard about them yet.

Have you not wondered about why they prosecuted Manafort, rather than giving him a plea? I'm sure you guys think it's because he stood strong for Trump, but it's more likely Mueller needed an example of how he can get guilty verdicts, because now anyone he is dealing with knows he's serious, and capable. Manafort may simply have been an example.

What we've seen so far has been the well thought out, well plotted movement by the investigation to solidify their overall strategy and evidence in order to get their actual targets, whomever they may be. These first verdicts and pleas are nothing. Just posturing. It's like the little flame built from kindling, the coals of which ignite a bonfire.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

I can't wait to see what the Mueller investigation reveals about Trump and his collusion with the Russians.

According to Bruce Ohr when being questioned about his talks with former MI6 agent Steele, Steele claimed that the Russians believed they have Trump over a barrel. What the heck do the Russians and Putin have over the U.S. President?

11 ( +13 / -2 )

The scale of this vast conspiracy against the United States continues to boggle my mind. Shake any GOP tree and a corrupt POS falls out. 

So, according to all the articles about this charge, he met with members of Congress and government officials. I guess that is the reason a lot of the Republican House Members are standing behind Trump to get Mueller. It looks like they may have been complicit in some of these shenanigans.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Still, I expect you can lay out right here 1) when the investigation ends 2) who will be indicted between now and the end of the year 3) who will flip 4) how close the investigation will get to Trump

Sure:

1) 2024, after Trump serves out his 8 years as president

2) A few nobodys in connection to something that happened in Ukraine 10 years ago and maybe Trump's junior high school classmate who has an unpaid parking ticket.

3) A bunch of guys that did a shady business deal in Ukraine 10 years ago, they'll turn on each other but not on Trump, because he wasn't there and had no part in the deal.

4) won't even blow the lint off his jacket.

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

Remember DeNiro, Pesci, and Sorvino in "Goodfellas"...

Now we have Trump, Cohen, Manafort, Gates, Flynn, this gentleman in the article, and many more in "Badfellas"....

Same, same.....

10 ( +12 / -2 )

And still nothing on the President, .

I've heard that refrain before; "they have nothing Manafort", "they have nothing on Gates", "they have nothing on Cohen", etc., etc.,

guess the President has to hire new people for his next campaign and he probably needs to vet them more

Well, that might be hard unless they give Trump phone privileges at Leavenworth...

Yeah, as we saw with Martha Stewart.....dear lord...

No, I was thinking of John Gotti and the Gambino crime family, but you're right, both Trump and Stewart are nothing but lightweight reality TV stars...

Ahhhh, like Lanny Davis has this big bombshell? Yeah, that blew up in face like an exploding cigar. More smoke, more rabbit holes.

More documents, tapes, bank statements, tax returns...the noose tightens...

12 ( +14 / -2 )

And still nothing on the President

And still nothing on the President, you totally guess.

Because it's not as if you can go to the Special Counsel investigation's website and check, now is it? Or get a clear picture from the announcements made during their regular press conferences.

No, I'd say that just about every indictment that came through so far, and their content, caught you unawares. As did the guilty pleas of those who flipped.

Still, I expect you can lay out right here 1) when the investigation ends 2) who will be indicted between now and the end of the year 3) who will flip 4) how close the investigation will get to Trump

based on your knowledge on what Mueller already has.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Mueller is supposed to be moving towards Trump 

Gee, in what purview is that state? No, Mueller is supposed to detail Russian influence in the 2016 election. One would think patriotic Americans would be concerned by this as the problem has certainly not gone away.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Well, it looks like Manafort's next trial will be another win for the Mueller investigation. These charges can't be pardoned. Therefore, he will be forthcoming will some info, or he will serving some serious time. Not to mention, the other 10 charges from the previous case can be refiled. The funny thing about Dump pardoning Manafort for the first trial when the public sees that he was guilty of all 18 counts will raise the question why a president try his best to help an obvious criminal.

This will be in the news cycle at least until October. Then we will start hearing about the Dump foundation which will start involving the Dump kiddies and Dump directly.

Yes, deliberately misuse of funds and not declaring the existence of funds are crimes which are punishable with jail time. Martha Stewart spent time in the joint for financial crimes!

No one cares that Al Capone wasn't charged with crimes that couldn't proven when he went to jail. They only care that he was charged and punished for the crimes that could be proven.

Intelligent people like Mueller understands that, and Dump fanboys don't. Dump is having a meltdown because Mueller is playing chess while his opposition is playing checkers.

We we can guess which conservative political party was working with the oligarchs.

Best season ever of the Apprentice!

13 ( +15 / -2 )

I think the whole point of this investigation was to see if there was collusion with the Russians. It very much appears that there were Russian influences, which is not a good thing for America’s democracy. It’s good that it is shedding a light on the shady backdoor dealings that have happened, and I hope this will encourage all politicians, on both sides, to look at cleaning up their acts. Trump said he would drain the swamp...maybe this is what he was talking about.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Lock him up!

8 ( +11 / -3 )

The noose tightens and more disgusting swamp creatures from Orangeland are hauled into the docket. 

And still nothing on the President, guess the President has to hire new people for his next campaign and he probably needs to vet them more.

Robert Mueller's experience with investigating and prosecuting organized crime families is clearly assisting him in ferreting out all the criminals and conspirators that infect Trump world. 

Yeah, as we saw with Martha Stewart.....dear lord...

And when Trump Foundation CFO Weisselberg starts bringing out documents showing mob ties, tax fraud, money laundering, etc., it will be ever more clearer

Ahhhh, like Lanny Davis has this big bombshell? Yeah, that blew up in face like an exploding cigar. More smoke, more rabbit holes.

-14 ( +2 / -16 )

The noose tightens and more disgusting swamp creatures from Orangeland are hauled into the docket.

Robert Mueller's experience with investigating and prosecuting organized crime families is clearly assisting him in ferreting out all the criminals and conspirators that infect Trump world.

And when Trump Foundation CFO Weisselberg starts bringing out documents showing mob ties, tax fraud, money laundering, etc., it will be ever more clearer.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

So far removed from Trump it's not even funny.

Mueller is supposed to be moving towards Trump but he's going after absolute nobodys on parking ticket level charges.

The fact that Mueller is spending time on these Mickey Mouse cases shows that he has no smoking gun, nothing concrete, nothing that can actually threaten the Presidency.

-14 ( +4 / -18 )

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