Just weeks before his Washington D.C. trial was scheduled to begin, Paul Manafort reached a plea agreement with the special counsel. On Friday the Washington Post (@washingtonpost) reported, Manafort plead guilty to two charges in the DC case. Manafort was originally scheduled to be tried on seven charges. The plea deal Manafort agreed to with the special counsel erased the five other charges. In the end, Manafort plead guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States and one count of conspiring to obstruct justice. On paper, Manafort only plead to those two counts, but in the courtroom, Manafort was forced to admit to everything he’d been charged with. Including cheating the IRS out of more than $15 million and attempting to cover his tracks while doing so. Also the many years he spent acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government.
With the plea deal, Manafort gives up his right to have a trial on these charges. Manafort also agreed to surrender three luxury houses and two luxury apartments, including one located in Trump Tower Manhattan. Manafort’s guilty plea deal also includes Manafort’s cooperation in “anything relevant to the special counsels investigation”, testifying in court if necessary, and working with the special counsel without the presence of his lawyer. The special counsel will now be Manafort’s representatives of sorts, because they will play a huge role in Manafort’s prison sentence now that he has agreed to an open-ended 10-year plea. Meaning, Manafort can be sentenced to anywhere between 0-10 years in prison when sentenced. It’s up to the judge, BUT the special counsels recommendation will play a huge role in influencing Manafort’s sentencing judge. If special counsel says Manafort’s cooperation was great and they could not have made their next case without him, Manafort could walk away from this with time served, being as though “the next case” could be a year or more away. Many people believe that “next case” will involve Donald Trump, his 2016 presidential campaign, and election interference. It makes perfect sense. That is what the special counsel was brought in for, and that is a subject Manafort reportedly knows tons about.
As of now, the who’s and what’s of what Paul Manafort will tell the FEDS remain unknown. Many have speculated, but no one really knows except the special counsel and Paul Manafort, and I don’t believe either one will be telling the public sh*t anytime soon. There have been reports that Manafort may have been talking to the FEDS since Monday. In that time, the interviews with Manafort reportedly took up hundreds of pages. That’s a lot! There’s really no telling who Manafort is giving up yet. Keep in mind, he has personally dealt with tons of shady characters across the globe. Russians, Turkish, Ukrainian, Americans. Mr. Manafort has personally been involved with some very shady characters in his lifetime. So I’m sure some of their names will come up during his interviews with the special counsel, BUT I find it hard to believe that the special counsel wanted Paul Manafort for any reason other than serving up Donald Trump and his organization on a silver platter. Time will tell. We will see. Tick-tock. Tick muthaf*ckin’ tock!
Former Trump personal attorney, Michael Cohen is reportedly in the process of copping a plea with the FEDS on Tuesday afternoon.
ABC News (@ABCNews) reported, the alleged plea deal involves crimes that Michael Cohen were personally involved in. ABC reported that the plea deal does include some jail time.
Michael Cohen had reportedly been under federal investigation for months, but no charges had been filed. At the moment, any comment about what Cohen will be charged with is strictly “guess-work”, as there has been no official word of charges as of yet. There is a court proceeding scheduled for 4pm Tuesday afternoon, in front of a federal judge. (About two hours from the time this is written). Legal analyst predict prosecutors will announce charges against Cohen at that time, or announce the plea deal. **Will update this post after the 4pm court appearance**
Michael Cohen plead guilty to 8 counts altogether. Michael Cohen also said in court that he made illegal campaign contributions “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.” Michael Cohen’s sentencing date has been set for December 12th.
Federal investigators wiretapped the phones lines of Donald Trump personal attorney/fixer, Michael Cohen. Cohen is currently under investigation for a payment he made to pornstar, Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump.
NBC News (@NBCNews) reports, while it is not clear just how long the FEDS had the lawyer’s phone lines wiretapped, NBC News has learned that the phone taps had been in place in the weeks leading up to the raids on Cohen’s homes and offices in early April, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation. At least one phone call between a phone line associated with Cohen and the White House was intercepted, the person said.
Previously, federal prosecutors in New York have said in court filings that they have conducted covert searches on multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen.
After the raid, members of Trump’s legal team advised Trump not to speak to Cohen. Sources close to Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s newest attorney, say Rudy learned that Trump called Cohen days after Cohen was raided. Giuliani then told Trump to never call Cohen again, out of fear that Cohen’s calls may be being recorded by prosecutors.
If anybody would know how prosecutor’s work, it would be Rudy, considering that he was once a prosecutor himself.
****LATE CORRECTION TO THIS STORY***** UPDATED 6:09pm 5/3/2018
The device used to monitor and track Cohen is known as a “pen register”. Unlike a wiretap, a pen register monitors the call logs, not listen in on calls like a wiretap does.
Backpage is legally known as a classified ads website. In the underground world, Backpage became known as the “sex for sale” site. Whatever it was for you…..Backpage is no more. The site has been seized by Federal Law Enforcement agencies on Friday.
CNN(@cnn) reports, if you go to Backpage.com right now, you will be greeted with a banner on the page that says “backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the FBI, US Postal Inspection Service, and the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.” A spokesperson for the Justice Department confirmed to CNN that the website had been seized and that additional information would be provided after 6pm EST. Sorry, but it looks like you are going to need to find a new place to go if you happen to be in the “buying or selling” sex game.