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Let’s be honest, most of the so-called “leftist” main stream media won’t admit the truth.  Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort has now received his fourth indictment, this one includes seven counts for conspiracy to defraud the United States, witness tampering, in an effort coverup his money laundering, his actions as an unregistered foreign agent with false statements and obstruction of justice which all occurred between 2006 and 2018 and involved an active Russian Intelligence operative.

Manafort’s partner Rick Gates who has already pleaded guilty to many similar crimes and is now a cooperating witness is mentioned several times, also charged in the indictment is Manafort’s long time employee Konstantin Kilimnick who besides running Manafort’s offices in Kiev where he acted as a go between for Manafort with Russian Oligarch’s such as Aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska — whom he had offered to provide a private briefing on the Trump Campaign — also happens to have current ties to Russian Military Intelligence (GRU) as was explained in the indictment against London based lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan for his lying to the FBI about Gates being in contact with Kiliimnick for which he just finished serving 30 days in Federal prison.

The bulk of the indictment involves Manafort’s money laundering which occurred before he was part of the Trump campaign and his more recent attempts to use encrypted apps to contact and influence witnesses to support him on his previous three indictments but the fact is that during the entire time, including during the election, he was in near constant contact with Kilimnick, who again was a Russian Intelligence asset.

That. Is. Collusion with Russia.

Trumpsters have been chanting “No Collusion”, “No Collusion”, “No Collusion” for over a year now.  That time is frankly over, because all people have to say is “Manafort was indicted for Colluding with a Russian Spy” and it’s simply game over. “Collusion” is now a given, not a theory.  We now know what they are, it’s just a matter of how much more of it there is to discover and display.

You shake a tree near the Trump campaign and you better duck because yet another RUSSIAN is going to come falling out of it.

Now, I’m sure the Trumpsters will argue that this new indictment doesn’t include charges that directly link Manafort to Russia’s hacking and election tampering or the effort by the Russian Troll farm to manipulate and suppress voters and that would be technically true, but they would be ignoring that emails obtained by the Atlantic and Washington Post already show that Manafort was also aware of and involved with collusion efforts made by George Papadopoulos and Carter Page who were both told through Russian sources about the hacking and “dirt” that they had gathered on Hillary Clinton which rather than report that information to the FBI they instead joined the Russian conspiracy to keep it a secret.

That’s a crime.

Manafort was also in the room when Don Jr. tried to collude with Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and yet another Russian GRU Intel asset Rinat Ahkmetshin in an attempt to get more “dirt” on Hillary and the DNC in exchange for easing sanctions under the Magnitsky act.  Meanwhile Don Jr. secretly met with Russian gangster Alexander Torshin who was also offering a personal meeting between Putin and Trump, as was Rob Goldstone who was trying to setup the meeting through Trump’s assistant Rhona Ghraff through Emin Agalarov and lastly Ivanka Trump who hooked up Michael Cohen with Russian Olympic Weight-lifter Dmitry Kolkov who yet again was offering to have Trump meet Putin to negotiate the Trump Tower Moscow project financed by a sanctioned Russian bank that was ongoing during the election for which Trump personally signed a letter of intent for in December of 2015.

That — all of that — was also a crime, even if full agreements weren’t reached.  Attempted robbery and attempted murder are still crimes even if you don’t succeed.  So is attempted criminal collusion [ie attempts to violate of FEC rules, Sanctions and the Logan Act] even if you don’t succeed, as is conspiracy if you then proceed to lie repeatedly — “There were no Russians in our campaign” — to cover up your attempts at criminal collusion as Flynn, Papdopoulos, Gates and Van der Zwaan have all admitted to by pleading guilty.

The Russians were attacking our election on their own, Trump didn’t put them up to any of that — but when his people found out about it, specifically after Papadopoulos was told by Prof. Mifsud that the Russians had “thousand of Hillary’s emails” their actions weren’t to help stop the Russians, they were to do what they could to take advantage of what the Russians did as George has explained he was instructed to do by Jeff Sessions and “find out all he could” about the stolen emails.

Papadopoulos, according to this new acquaintance, said that Sessions was well aware of the contact between Papadopoulos and Joseph Mifsud, an academic from Malta with high-level connections in Russia. Papadopoulos’ indictment revealed that Mifsud had told Papadopoulos that the Russians had “‘dirt’ on then-candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of ‘thousands of emails.’”

Jason Wilson, a computer engineer who lives in Chicago, told ThinkProgress that Papadopoulos said during their conversation that Sessions encouraged me” to find out anything he could about the hacked Hillary Clinton emails that Mifsud had mentioned.

Papadopoulos had been personally authorized by Trump himself to illegally reach out to the Russians — in violation of international sanctions and/or the Logan Act — and Manafort was well aware of this because Papadopoulos specifically told him.

The adviser, George Papadopoulos, offered to set up “a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump,” telling them his Russian contacts welcomed the opportunity, according to internal campaign emails read to The Washington Post.

The proposal sent a ripple of concern through campaign headquarters in Trump Tower. Campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis wrote that he thought NATO allies should be consulted before any plans were made. Another Trump adviser, retired Navy Rear Adm. Charles Kubic, cited legal concerns, including a possible violation of U.S. sanctions against Russia and of the Logan Act, which prohibits U.S. citizens from unauthorized negotiation with foreign governments.

But Papadopoulos, a campaign volunteer with scant foreign policy experience, persisted. Between March and September, the self-described energy consultant sent at least a half-dozen requests for Trump, as he turned from primary candidate to party nominee, or for members of his team to meet with Russian officials. Among those to express concern about the effort was then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who rejected in May 2016 a proposal from Papadopoulos for Trump to do so.

Jeff Sessions had also shut down the idea of a face-to-face meeting with Putin, but then Manafort plotted to send someone else in Trump’s place.

Several weeks later, Papadopoulos forwarded the same message from Timofeev to Manafort, the newly named campaign chairman.

“Russia has been eager to meet with Mr. Trump for some time and have been reaching out to me to discuss,” the adviser told Manafort.

Manafort reacted coolly, forwarding the email to his associate Rick Gates, with a note: “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.””

Gates agreed and told Manafort he would ask the campaign’s correspondence coordinator to handle it — “the person responding to all mail of non-importance” — to signify this did not need a senior official to respond.

So they know what they’re doing is wrong, they don’t want to “send a signal” — to who, the FBI? — but they don’t stop, they keep going and simply decided to send someone else who wouldn’t be so highly visible.

Not much later Corey Lewandowski — who had also been included in the Papdopoulos email chain — authorized Carter Page, who was “someone low level”, to take a trip to Moscow during the middle of the campaign where he too was informed by Kremlin Official Igor Divyekin that “Russia had compromising materials on Hillary Clinton” — just as Rob Goldstone told Don Jr that Russia had “dirt on Hillary” — all of which they tried get their hands on rather than report to the FBI which is still a crime.

ALL. OF. THAT. IS. COLLUSION.

Manafort may not have, yet, been charged for this but he was neck deep in the middle of all this during the campaign.  All of his indictments, including the latest are part of Mueller’s effort to get him to comply and cooperate with THIS part of the investigation in the way that UAE Rep George Nader, Michael Flynn, Papadopoulos, Rick Gates and Van Der Zwaan have already done.

That’s the end-game.

When we get to that point Trump’s extended White House guest visit will be absolutely “in it’s last throes.”

But even without having this yet included in a court document, the published emails from Papadopoulos to Lewandowski ,Manafort, Gates and Page already tell us what happened.  The Trump campaign engaged in an illegal effort to reach out to the Russian government— with Trump’s personal knowledge and blessing — then by keeping what multiple Russian sources had told them a secret implemented a conspiracy to collude with and protect Russia as they attacked the U.S. election simply because they knew their target was Hillary Clinton.

They knew they were getting help from Russia, they wanted that help from Russia and they facilitated that help by remaining silent. Manafort’s ongoing relationship with a Russian intelligence asset [who also took personal credit for blocking the Pro-Ukraine plank during the RNC]— all the while ignoring Rear Adm Kubic’s concerns — was no small part of these efforts.

The mainstream media — even Rachel — isn’t saying this, yet, but they should be.


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