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  1. Jury in Manafort trial asks judge about consensus issue

    – Jurors in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Tuesday asked the judge in his bank and tax fraud trial how to fill out a verdict form for a single count if it cannot come to a consensus on that count.
    – The judge said if they were not able to reach a unanimous conclusion on any count, he would ask them if they could reach a consensus on other counts.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/21/jury-in-manafort-trial-asks-judge-about-consensus-issue.html

  2. This may disappoint a few conservatives:

  3. That’s still a hefty sentence after a plea deal.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 22, 2018

      That link won’t load for me.

    • Griff.

       /  August 22, 2018

      A another of the Trumps best employers ever goes down in flames.
      Tag line next episode of the apprentice.
      Your fired jailed.
      One must wonder why he got 3-5 for a plea deal.
      What did they swap for the rest of the sentence ?

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  August 22, 2018

        Manny goes belly-up and Mickey Medallions cops a plea and spills on trumpy – well that all escalated quickly

      • Patzcuaro

         /  August 22, 2018

        Ìt has a nice ring ” you’re jailed” followed by the sound of a door slamming.

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  August 22, 2018

    Manafort guilty on 8 charges, mistrial on 10 more – wonder if Republican judge Ellis’s interference with the presecution’s case or his jury tampering had an impact

    Cohen has pled guilty an hour ago in the federal court in M anhattan, and as part of his guilty plea Cohen has admitted that he made an illegal campaign contribution with trump’s knowledge and direction: illegal hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal “at the direction” of trump, who was described in the plea as a candidate for federal office.

    Kinda lends a whole new meaning to those campaign catcalls to “lock her up”

    trump’s whole criminal empire is crumbling around him.

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  August 22, 2018

    Manny guilty on 8, and Cohen goes guilty on 8.

    I looked up the number 8, and even though I don’t subscribe to a belief in this numerology stuff, this is kinda on point for the day: The 8 is the great Karmic equalizer, a force that just as easily creates as it destroys. When the 8 comes knocking, you can be assured that you will reap what you’ve sown. lolol

    • MaureenW

       /  August 22, 2018

      You don’t believe the numerology stuff, but post it anyway. Lol. Anything on number 3 (asking for a friend).

  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  August 22, 2018

    From the failing NY Times:

    With Tuesday’s convictions in the criminal trial of President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has struck another blow in his investigation: five guilty pleas, 32 indicted individuals, 187 charges revealing startling evidence of Russia’s 2016 attack on our democracy, and now the conviction of one of the top operators in the Trump campaign orbit. Mr. Manafort’s conviction on eight separate counts means he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

    The conviction conclusively and publicly demonstrates what many of us have said since the start of the investigation: This is no “witch hunt.” It instead is one of the most successful special counsel investigations in history. Coming alongside the guilty plea by Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, implicating the president in campaign finance violations, it was a very bad day for Mr. Trump.

    Mr. Manafort’s conviction cannot be diminished by arguing, as Mr. Trump and his coterie are fond of doing, that the misconduct was unrelated to the Trump campaign or Russian “collusion.” On the contrary, the trial evidence included Mr. Manafort’s close ties to pro-Russia forces and his desperate financial straits as he “volunteered” his time for the next president. The trial revealed how willing Mr. Manafort was to corruptly leverage his position of influence over Mr. Trump during the campaign for his own personal benefit. He offered briefings to a pro-Russia Ukrainian oligarch and dangled a position in the Trump administration in front of a banker who provided him a loan for which he would not otherwise have qualified.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 22, 2018

      Still drawing a long now to try to implicate Trump in Manafort’s mess, Joe?

      Move on to Cohen. That looks an easier one for you.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 22, 2018

        Bloody autocorrect. Bow not now. This Google keyboard is easier to type than the Samsung but I’ll have to kill its diabolical autocorrect.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  August 22, 2018

          Done. Hopefully I’ll only get my own mistakes now.

  7. Patzcuaro

     /  August 22, 2018

    I thought Trump was going to “drain the swamp”, doesn’t look like he is up to the job, on top on which he has brought his own swamp. Mueller however, looks like he is the man for the job. You’re jailed.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  August 22, 2018

      The possibility of an expedited deposition for BLOTUS? This day deserves an extra bucket of popcorn for all its entertainment value.

      • Pink David

         /  August 22, 2018

        Michael Avenatti will be the next Democratic candidate for President.

        His presence at the VMA’s confirms this,

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 22, 2018

      This was Obama’s swamp, not Trump’s. Apart from the Stormy Daniels affair all the charges were from the Obama era weren’t they?

      • Griff.

         /  August 22, 2018

        Fox News
        (@FoxNews)
        Jonathan Turley on Michael Cohen’s guilty plea: “If the prosecutors accept what is in this indictment, then the president just became an unindicted co-conspirator.” #SpecialReport pic.twitter.com/Z7RG101…

      • Griff.

         /  August 22, 2018

        The US Department of Justice has announced that the second member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump – Duncan Hunter – has been indicted on charges of embezzling campaign funds, along with his wife Margaret.

        Trump’s first congressional backer, Chris Collins, was indicted on insider trading charges about two weeks ago.

        A 48-page indictment details scores of instances beginning in 2009 and continuing through 2016 in which the Hunters illegally used campaign money to pay for personal expenses that they could not otherwise afford.

        The purchases included family vacations to Italy, Hawaii, Phoenix, Arizona, and Boise, Idaho; school tuition; dental work; theatre tickets; and domestic and international travel for almost a dozen relatives.

        The Hunters also spent tens of thousands of dollars on smaller purchases, including fast food, movie tickets, golf outings, video games, coffee, groceries, home utilities, and expensive meals.
        https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2018/aug/21/michael-cohen-latest-live-news-updates-trump-lawyer-plea-deal-charges

        Draining the swamp.
        One crook at a time.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  August 22, 2018

        yeah whatever, young squirrel – birtherism, Uranium 1, hillary’s emails, pizzagate, Benghazi, fake news, nothing to see, tax evasion is not a problem, witchhunt, #MAGA….

        That about cover it?

        Mickey medallions was trump’s fixer, the fixer who once said he’d take a bullet for the cheezel. Mickey went down. On trump’s watch…. and here’s the money shot:

        He made the extraordinary admission that he paid a pornographic actress “at the direction of the candidate,” referring to Mr. Trump, to secure her silence about an affair she said she had with Mr. Trump.

        Mr. Cohen told a judge in United States District Court in Manhattan that the payment was “for the principal purpose of influencing the election” for president in 2016.

        (my bold)

        And Robert Mueller, with no expression on his face, reaches across his desk for another document….

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  August 22, 2018

          So yes, they were all Obama’s swamp except Stormy?

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  August 22, 2018

          • Griff.

             /  August 22, 2018

            They were all Obama’s swamp

            Here you have it the mental contortions of someone suffering from TDS.

            #seekhelp.

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  August 22, 2018

            However you try spinning it, Rosebud, Cohen’s statement under oath to the federal court in Manhattan puts it on the record that trump engaged in serious federal crimes, to wit:

            – violating campaign finance laws, and
            – federal conspiracy as well because he agreed with Cohen, and possibly others, on a plan to violate federal law

            Those are impeachable offenses, and if BLOTUS weren’t president he would likely be charged as well.

            Kinda puts Bill Clinton’s blowjob in perspective, doncha think…

            In a normal presidency, the Cohen plea by itself would be a moment of severe crisis and the beginning of the end.

  8. Patzcuaro

     /  August 22, 2018

    You have wonder if there are going to be any Republican politicians left, they may have to caucus in prison.

  9. Joe Bloggs

     /  August 22, 2018

    Such a big day:

    Manafort found guilty of serious crimes carrying years-long prison sentences

    Cohen pleads guilty to serious crimes carrying years- long prison sentences AND dobs trump in for campaign financing violations

    Ludlow accused of palling around with a prominent white nationalist

    Hunter – the second member of Congress to endorse trump – indicted on charges of embezzling campaign funds

    Only two weeks after Collins – the first member of Congress to endorse trump – was indicted on insider trading charges

    And it ends with BLOTUS giving a speech in Charleston that turned into an orgy of pointless digressions and threats to unravel NATO

    Meanwhile our resident village idiot runs around claiming it all happened in Obama’s swamp…. 🤣🤣🤣 … Honestly, I’m suffering from a surfeit of popcorn and mirth.

  10. Griff.

     /  August 22, 2018

    The end of Donald Trump
    Bill Palmer | 9:19 pm EDT August 21, 2018

    Palmer Report » Analysis

    After the historic blows he suffered today, any rational President of the United States would be huddled with his legal advisers and trying to figure out how to negotiate his resignation. As we’ve seen time and again, Donald Trump is anything but rational. His presidency died today, and the rest of his life effectively went down the tubes as well. But what will Trump do now?

    This is now guaranteed to end very badly for Donald Trump. It’s not just that Paul Manafort’s conviction hands all the leverage to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It’s that Michael Cohen went into court and formally named Trump as his unindicted co-conspirator in a felony violation of federal election law. It’s all downhill for Trump from here, and it’s a rather steep downhill slope. A day like today destabilizes a president to the point that he can’t function, the government can’t function, and the nation can’t function until he’s gone. And after today broke the dam, Trump is only going to have more and more days like this.

    So what is Donald Trump’s endgame? He never did try to fire Robert Mueller, and after today’s events, Trump would have a ten times harder time trying to pull it off. Mueller’s legal standing is bolstered now that he’s scored his first set of felony convictions against a Trump-Russia target. And now that Trump is officially a co-conspirator in all this, Trump would be exposing himself to a whole new level of obstruction charges if he were to try firing Mueller.

    Trump never has tried to pardon anyone in the Trump-Russia scandal either. Michael Cohen clearly concluded that it was never going to happen when he decided to cut his plea deal. We’ll see if Paul Manafort is under the delusion that a pardon is coming, but as we predicted, Trump distanced himself from Manafort tonight instead of talking about pardoning him. And because Trump is now a co-conspirator, he’d have a much harder convincing the courts to let any attempted pardons stand.

    Donald Trump doesn’t appear to have an endgame. Will he simply try to sit there in office and hold out as long as he can, before he’s inevitably ousted? Will he come out swinging in new and desperate ways? The trouble is that Trump’s inner circle, which wasn’t filled with the brightest bulbs to begin with, has largely vanished as his people have resigned, or been fired, or been pushed away, or been arrested. Is there anyone left who can tap Trump on the shoulder, tell him it’s over, and explain to him that his best bet is to try to negotiate leniency in exchange for resignation? We’ll see

  11. Griff

     /  August 22, 2018

    Cat 4/5 storm lining up Hawaiian islands.
    Still to early to know for sure but the models are predicting it will pass close enough to be a major with the worst quadrant hitting the islands .
    Storm hunter p3 recorded 175knots in its last pass which is a cat 5 but has not been officially upgrade from cat 4 yet.
    https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/Hurricane-Watches-Are-Ferocious-Lane-Draws-Closer-Hawaii
    May be yet another billion dollar weather disaster for the USA.