Saturday, January 12, 2019

Mike Pence Was Handpicked By Paul Manafort - Was Pence The Choice Of Vladimir Putin As Well?


Mod: This week's revelations about Paul Manafort having supplied Trump internal campaign polling data to a Russian intelligence operative continue to raise some interesting questions. Certainly the "collusion" (I prefer the term treason myself) issue is first and foremost amongst them. The suspicion now being that Manafort became Trump's campaign head at Russian insistence because, after all, they'd already been comfortably doing some monkey business together for decades. Which puts the following 2017 Newsweek article about the process leading to the selection of Mike Pence as Trump's VP into an interesting new light. Elect a clown, expect a circus.

Mike Pence Could Be The Next President And He Was Handpicked By Paul Manafort (Newsweek link): The man who helped put Mike Pence a heartbeat away from the presidency is now facing federal charges.

Paul Manafort, who was hit Monday with 12 counts tied to alleged financial schemes, pushed for Pence to become Trump's running mate and even managed to talk Trump out of his doubts. As the Trump administration now works to distance itself from Manafort, his Pence pick stands among the best evidence of his impact as Trump's short-lived campaign manager.

Before Trump formally announced Pence as his vice presidential candidate, it was Manafort who made sure it happened, The New York Times reported last year.

Trump had hesitated to settle on Pence, who was governor of Indiana. Trump was fielding last-ditch appeals from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and publicly said he had not made a “final, final decision” until advisers like Manafort reminded him of the importance of uniting the GOP around conservative Christian values.

CBS News reported that Pence was Manafort's "first choice" and that Manafort even lied about mechanical problems on Trump's plane to make the soon-to-be GOP nominee stay an extra day in Indiana to get to know Pence. In a phone call, Manafort assured Trump that Pence was the right choice and made a case that won over the real estate tycoon.

Manafort would later downplay his behind-the-scenes choice, telling the Times that Trump never seriously doubted Pence.

The decision came during the three months Manafort served as Trump's campaign manager, after advising him earlier in the year. Just a month after the Pence pick, Manafort was out, with reports about his foreign finances and government lobbying creating a cloud around the campaign.

On Monday, Manafort surrendered to the FBI on charges that included conspiracy against the United States, after Mueller named him and his associate Rick Gates in the first indictment from the probe into the Trump campaign's suspected Russia ties.

Mod: Now juxtapose the above with an article that appeared earlier this week.

Manafort accidentally reveals an important contact between Russia and Trump campaign (Think Progress link): A court filing Tuesday in a case against former Trump campaign chair Paul J. Manafort Jr. accidentally revealed previously unknown contacts between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

The revelation came in a filing by Manafort’s legal team in response to allegations by prosecutors in November that he breached his plea deal in the D.C. case by lying to investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Several paragraphs of that filing were redacted, but a Guardian reporter quickly realized Manafort’s team redacted the document in a way that can be easily reversed:


One of the improperly redacted sections revealed that Manafort shared 2016 presidential election polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime business associate of Manafort’s. Kilimnik is a Russian-Ukrainian businessman and political operative, and prosecutors have said in U.S. court he has ties to Russian intelligence.

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62 comments:

  1. Classic photo of man with dark sunlasses holding a sign wearing a turban; you got a bomb under your hat buddy?

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    1. He certainly wasn't being complimentary towards Mr. Manafort.

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    2. This guy could be 7:26.

      Florida man says 3 syringes found in his rectum aren't his
      https://www.nbc4i.com/news/u-s-world/florida-man-says-3-syringes-found-in-his-rectum-aren-t-his/1691790945

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    3. High five to 7:45

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    4. No, but his sign is da bomb!

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  2. "One of the improperly redacted sections revealed" and Paul J.Manafort Junior "accidentally revealed previously unknown contacts"! Wow, Junior should have been in charge of the "Special Investigation" we all could have saved a lot of tax payers money and used that towards building "the Wall"!

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  3. Any cognitive critical thinking going on this morning with the power of Paul Manaforts ability to hold up Air Force One by saying the plane had "mechinical problems"; come on, really, Air Force One?

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    1. It was Trump's campaign plane, Mr. Cogno. Manafort was running the campaign. It wasn't Air Force One because the madman wasn't elected yet.

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    2. "Cognitive critical thinking?" Just string together some big words you heard. Maybe teacher won't notice.

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  4. Mueller certainly has more aces up his sleeve https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612638/when-chinese-hackers-declared-war-on-the-rest-of-us/ along with an extension for sitting secret grand jury. Just can not wait for the curtain to raise along with more arrests & convictions.

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  5. A true American Hero Mueller certainly has more aces up his sleeve https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/fbi-opened-inquiry-into-whether-trump-was-secretly-working-on-behalf-of-russia/ar-BBS83LZ?fdhead=newflex-views along with an extension for sitting secret grand jury. Just can not wait for the curtain to raise along with more arrests & convictions.

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  6. Wasn't all this hacking from Chinese and Russian interference happening while President Obama was in charge in the White House?

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    1. What is your point? That by not preventing Russian hacking Obama is responsible for giving Russian intelligence the opportunity to turn Trump into a traitor?

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    2. Whaddabout

      Whaddabout

      Whaddabout

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    3. All they got.

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    4. I believe Obama was elected President, not Anti-Hacking Keyboard Specialist.

      Whataboutisms will not prevent the arrest and conviction of Trump, his family, a few more members of his syndicate, and hopefully Pence.

      Try pronouncing Pre-si-dent Pel-o-si a few times. Flows right off the tongue. You'll get used to it.

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  7. Trump Criticized as 'Disturbed' Man Who 'No One Trusts'

    New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman slammed Donald Trump in a CNN interview, calling him a “disturbed” president who lies so often that “no one trusts this man.”

    Said Friedman: “If we face a crisis with a president who no one believes who’s surrounded by a C-team in a dysfunctional White House, then God save us.”

    He added that the “core problem” is that “we have a president without shame who is backed by a party without spine that is supported by a network called Fox News without integrity. Fasten your seatbelt.”

    https://politicalwire.com/2019/01/12/trump-criticized-as-disturbed-man-who-no-one-trusts/

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  8. Ah, my bad. Mr. Trump's plane is less inferior even with that Midas touch than Air Force One.

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    1. Go look in the mirror and say, "Yes, I am a dumbass."

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  9. Could we ask the 'mirror poster' to take their wasted words of a 'trumpy clone' to the wall and wait for help? P.S. that poster sounds a lot like a filthy mouthed trumpy supporter?

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  10. Wicked people are associated with mirrors such as this FuX news miming freak, https://www.sgvtribune.com/2019/01/11/tucker-carlson-slams-markets-echoes-rhetoric-of-leftists/

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  11. When the crazy's get going their is no stopping them, who let them out of the nut house anyway? https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/01/trump-the-toddler-wants-a-wall/580021/

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  12. The plan is to keep it all in the family, sounds more like a royal dynasty in the making to me. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gordon-hartogensis-mcconnell-brother-in-law-pension-agency_us_5afbf66fe4b06a3fb50c144a

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  13. They wanted a weak kneed, gutless, ass kissing, poor excuse for a man. That's why they chose Pence.

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  14. According to Pence it was Jesus......little known brother of Vladimir. .....Jesus Putin.

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  15. Pence is as corrupt as Trump and he is a religious fanatic to boot. Double-dangerous.

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  16. Excellent, what a website it is! This webpage provides helpful information to us, keep
    it up.

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  17. Prosecute Donald Trump To The Full Extent Of The Law
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-trump-crimes-accountability_us_5c38ca9ee4b0c469d76db38c

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  18. EVERYTHING tRump has done has been run through Putin's office in Moscow for a sign-off...So was is first Sec. of State. Trump didn't even know who Tillerson was.

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  19. Dirty CONS: McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and more.
    https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/03/tangled-web-connects-russian-oligarch-money-gop-campaigns

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  20. Ivanka Trump is reportedly under consideration to lead The World Bank
    https://www.businessinsider.com/ivanka-trump-world-bank-candidate-president-report-2019-1

    Another Trump family opportunity to steal.

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  21. Of course Pence was picked by Putin. Nothing which happened in the 2016 happened without Putin's approval. Lock them all up for treason.

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    1. "Patsy Pence, table for one. Patsy."

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  22. After the way he treated the disabled in Indiana ? he fits the mini-Trump mold, quite well.

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  23. I hate to buy into conspiracies, but this one seems to fall right into place.

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    1. No need to buy in. This is not a conspiracy theory by "look at me I'm uneducated but know things others don't" idiots who proclaim the moon landing was a hoax.

      This is a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy just like mobsters run in every country on Earth. The only difference is scale: it took over the US and one of its captains sits in the Oval Office.

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  24. For a long time I have been saying, Hell is coming for Trump. I did not know how long it would take. Reality no longer made sense. Finally, Hell may arrive next month. Next month Cohen will appear before congress and he will destroy Trump. It has been reported that Mueller may present his report next month. Many more House investigations will begin next month. Trump may destroy himself if he continues this shutdown into February. Everything may hit Trump at once. We have been waiting too long for this nightmare to end. Maybe next month will be the beginning of the end.

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  25. Graham Gould McConnell, Ryan and a few other (Nunes, Gaetz Rohrabacher) Republicans knew about Trump and the Russians in 2015. That’s why McConnell screwed over Garland’s nomination for the SCOTUS.
    Erik Prince, Betsy DeVos and Manafort pushed for Pence to be VP. He would bring the “evangelical” votes. Pence came on board just before the Republican conference and was then read in on the conspiracy. Pence knew about Flynn’s Russian dealings.
    McConnell, Ryan and Pence etc. are co- conspirators.
    The whiney son of a bitch Kavanaugh was a bonus, but was he? That was also planned as soon as Drumpf sat behind the desk in the Oval Office.
    Make no mistake, the Repub hierarchy are all running scared.

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  26. F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

    WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

    The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.

    The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

    Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president’s activities before and after Mr. Comey’s firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/us/politics/fbi-trump-russia-inquiry.html

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  27. Maybe next month will be the beginning of the end for YOU, but unless Justice Ginsberg is able to recuperate at a greater pace than she is, then next month will be kudos for a new non left leaning Consitionalist Justice, Amen.

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    1. Well, that was creepy

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    2. The hate just steams from Trumpies.

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    3. Trumpies always hate what they fear, whether fear of Mexican and Central American families who want a better life or fear of the many, many people who are smarter than them.

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  28. Speaking of looking in the mirror; when Hillary Rodham Clinton was out in Hollywood California rubbing her big money donating friends together for more of their hard cash after she
    had taken a bite out of the Big Apple, she then held up the mirror and watched as the hard working men had returned to their home in the rural forrest area of middle America after casting their votes for the winner, President Trump.

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    1. Another Trump fool who doesn’t realize we’re now two years past 2016.

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    2. You can’t even spell ‘forrest’

      Freedumb

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    3. Maybe he meant Forrest Trump.

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  29. NewsFlash from sneaky New York Times on investigation launched after Comey's firing: FBI was complacent under President Obama, see 10 paragraph of article.
    Conter intelligence was based on fake Steele Dossier.
    No evidence found only bias to undermine President Trump.
    Ta da...... end of story, the liberal swamp rats are jumping ship.

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    1. Ok, crazy. The difference between you and The NYT is the paper makes sense. You have the cognition of a career gluesniffer.

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    2. Name something in the Steele dossier that has been disproven. Provide citations to facts. Note: Your Trump worshipping wet dreams do not constitute facts.

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  30. Along with David Drier, Mike Pence is Vice President Mike Pence a closeted, deep-in-self-hate raging homo? Is that self-hate so intolerable for him that he’s become the commander in chief at the White House in pushing the most homophobic agenda since McCarthy’s un-American hearings in the 1950s and the George W. Bush anti-gay marriage re-election bid?

    When they witness a rabid homophobe, many people in our community believe that they’re acting out due to their own sexuality issues. I’ve never subscribed to that point of view, but Pence is about to change my position. Like you, I’ve heard the rumors that he went through conversion therapy, and that’s why his wife is almost attached to him at the dinner table.

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    1. Who knows if your point is correct, but we do know that he won't meet or dine alone with women but has no problem meeting and dining alone with men.

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  31. When in office you can do anything? This seems illegal? https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2019/01/11/trump-sold-35m-of-real-estate-in-2018/

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  32. Secure The Borders! America First!

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    1. When is Mexico going to pay for it?

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  33. Liberals dispise and hate American Veterans and homeless in America this is why they overwhelmingly support having Illegal Mexicans, Central Ameticans, Chinese, Asians, Middle Easterners ISIS, who ever all that are illegal and whan a "better life" and are absolutely "smarter than the are" just waltz right into "your" living room and make themselves at home.

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    1. Better call the guys with the butterfly nets. We got a live one.

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  34. Oh, for Gods sake, just take over Mexico!

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