Mueller's first shot across Trump's bow

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The initial indictment's been sealed by the court;

It comes at a time of the greatest import.

I fervently wish

It will  hook a big fish

On the scale and the size of a Paul Manafort.

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  • Darn! We'll have to wait until tomorrow
    To see who's the next character in this sideshow.

  • Reports are that they got Manafort and his associate Rick Gates, but on various charges about conspiracies dealing with not registering as a foreign agent and laundering foreign money. I guess, usual for the feds, throwing the book at them without getting to the heart of what we thought happened with regard to the meddling, such as violations of the Logan Act.

  • In reply to jack:

    The Republicans are probably searching for pictures of Hillary with Manafort in Moscow.

    This, my friend, is just the opening act.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    It always is, but I don't think we are anywhere near a Nixon being impeached and resigning moment.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I should have said "almost being impeached."

  • Looking over the indictment as posted on the Tribune site, it is about laundering former Ukrainian government money. It takes a forensic accountant with a supercomputer to assess the allegations, which leads me to the conclusion that the overwhelming quality of it is going to make it difficult for a jury to convict.

  • If you are looking for charges linking the Trump campaign to the Russian interference, the bigger news this morning is the guilty plea by George Papadopoulos. As the NY Times is reporting,

    "Mr. Papadopoulos was quietly arrested in July and has since been cooperating with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, records show. Mr. Papadopoulos’s conversation in April raises more questions about a meeting in June at Trump Tower, where Mr. Trump’s eldest son and senior advisers met with Russians who were similarly promising damaging information on Mrs. Clinton."

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Paul Lisnek just amplified on your point, saying that the Papadopoulos plea bargain was a $500 fine and 0-6 months in jail, meaning probation, indicating that he was giving the FBI useful information about others.

    The insane tweeter may have had a point, but according to Lisnek just that the statute of limitations on the money laundering charges was running out. He expects a superseding indictment including campaign related matters.

  • Great post, AW. Yes, this is just the beginning...

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