A bombshell report in the Guardian on Tuesday claims Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, met directly with Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks, several times in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. If true, the ramifications are immense. It means the guy running Trump’s campaign met directly with the head of the organization that served as a tool of Russia’s intelligence services, distributing stolen Democratic emails in an effort to influence the U.S. presidential election. It could be the proverbial smoking gun that shows Trump’s campaign knew it was receiving help from Russian intelligence services and perhaps even aided the operation.Story Continued Below Luke Harding and Dan Collyns, the reporters behind the Guardian story, do not name their sources, although they claim to have multiple, and they write that they have seen an internal document from Ecuador’s intelligence service listing “Paul Manaford [sic]” as … [Read more...] about Did Someone Plant a Story Tying Paul Manafort to Julian Assange?
Paul Manafort, a political strategist and one of President Trump’s former campaign managers, met secretly with WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, in 2013, 2015, and 2016 at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he is granted asylum, according to an anonymously sourced story in the Guardian. The 2016 visit came during the spring, reportedly around the time Manafort joined the Trump campaign, and lasted for about 40 minutes, a source told the outlet. He was reportedly not registered as a visitor.The source said the visit occurred “around March 2016.” Manafort joined the Trump campaign on March 29, 2016. His role was to corral delegates for Trump at the Republican National Convention before becoming campaign manager in May 2016. The Guardian noted that WikiLeaks began releasing stolen Democratic National Committee emails “months later” yet did not say if Manafort had anything to do with them. The report acknowledged that “it is unclear why … [Read more...] about Guardian Report Alleges Paul Manafort Held Secret Talks with Julian Assange
The Office of Special Counsel said in a court filing Monday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort made false statements during a series of interviews with investigators — after negotiating a plea agreement — as part of its probe into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. “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,” wrote prosecutors working for the special counsel.” 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.”The details of the alleged lies were not made public. As previously reported, Manafort has a February sentencing date on fraud charges after appearing in a Virginia courtroom in a green … [Read more...] about Special Counsel: Paul Manafort Breached Plea Deal, Lied to Investigators
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Sharon LaFraniere New York Times November 27, 2018 WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, repeatedly lied to federal investigators in breach of a plea agreement he signed two months ago, the special counsel’s office said in a court filing late Monday.Manafort’s “crimes and lies” during a series of interviews with prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI relieve them of all promises they made to him in the plea agreement reached in mid-September, investigators wrote in the filing.Defense lawyers disagreed. Manafort has been truthful with the special counsel’s office and has abided by the agreement, they argued in the same status report to Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Given the impasse between the two … [Read more...] about Prosecutors: Ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort violated plea agreement, lied to investigators in Russia probe
WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to the FBI and special counsel investigators after pleading guilty to federal charges, breaching his plea agreement, according to a court filing on Monday.Manafort said in the same filing he disagreed with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's assertion that he lied to investigators.Both the special counsel and Manafort's attorneys agreed there was no reason to delay his sentencing and asked the court to set a date for that.Mueller, who is probing Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, said in the filing that after signing a 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." 33 PHOTOS Paul Manafort's trial for bank and tax fraud charges See Gallery Paul Manafort's trial for … [Read more...] about Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to FBI: special counsel