Paul Manafort - American Hustler

"The clinic permitted Paul Manafort one 10-minute call each day. And each day, he would use it to ring his wife from Arizona, his voice often soaked in tears. “Apparently he sobs daily,” his daughter Andrea, then 29, texted a friend. During the spring of 2015, Manafort’s life had tipped into a deep trough. A few months earlier, he had intimated to his other daughter, Jessica, that suicide was a possibility. He would “be gone forever,” she texted Andrea.

His work, the source of the status he cherished, had taken a devastating turn. For nearly a decade, he had counted primarily on a single client, albeit an exceedingly lucrative one. He’d been the chief political strategist to the man who became the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, with whom he’d developed a highly personal relationship. Manafort would swim naked with his boss outside his banya, play tennis with him at his palace (“Of course, I let him win,” Manafort made it known), and generally serve as an arbiter of power in a vast country. One of his deputies, Rick Gates, once boasted to a group of Washington lobbyists, “You have to understand, we’ve been working in Ukraine a long time, and Paul has a whole separate shadow government structure … In every ministry, he has a guy.” Only a small handful of Americans—oil executives, Cold War spymasters—could claim to have ever amassed such influence in a foreign regime. The power had helped fill Manafort’s bank accounts; according to his recent indictment, he had tens of millions of dollars stashed in havens like Cyprus and the Grenadines."...

Fully story: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/paul-manafort-american-hustler/550925/

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A lengthy, but incredible story on Manafort. Highly recommend for a look at foreign lobbying corruption and the sort of hell this guy found himself in when he sent then-candidate Donald Trump a memo offering his services for free out of pure desperation.

He had left Ukraine owing oligarch Oleg Deripaska a huge sum of money for what was essentially an investment scam. When Deripaska was among the 10 richest men in the world before the financial crisis he gave Manafort $100 million. Manafort's business partner had no knowledge of this activity that was being conducted partly with the impression of his backing.

When Oleg took a hit to his finances after the crash (dropping to just a 4 or 5 billion dollar fortune -- roughly 1/6th of what it once was) he wanted to close that deal with Manafort and get some of that $100 million back. Unfortunately Manafort, who was laundering money and taking out huge loans to get cold cash on properties he bought that were dirty (allegedly -- these charges make up the recent indictments against him), skipped the country and didn't respond for years.

Until he sent a memo shortly after news that he would be running the Trump campaign started to hit the press:

"Through one of his old deputies, a Ukrainian named Konstantin Kilimnik, he sent along press clippings that highlighted his new job. “How do we use to get whole,” Manafort emailed Kilimnik. “Has OVD operation seen?” Manafort’s spokesman has acknowledged that the initials refer to Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska. In the course of the exchanges, Kilimnik expressed optimism that “we will get back to the original relationship” with the oligarch."

^Masterpiece of an article, ya fucks.

SPTT_Nolaguy - 

You catch the dates of when he was doing all of his shit?  During whose administration?  I haven’t read it all. 

 

Thanks. 



The latest indictments are during the Trump campaign in case you are preemptively pulling the but Obama deflection

SPTT_Nolaguy -

You catch the dates of when he was doing all of his shit?  During whose administration?  I haven’t read it all. 

 

Thanks. 

Who hired this shady fuck as his campaign manager?

 

nice deflection though

SPTT_Nolaguy - 

You catch the dates of when he was doing all of his shit?  During whose administration?  I haven’t read it all. 

 

Thanks. 



The article basically tells Paul's life story. He grew up around his father who owned a construction company and was a long-time mayor of a Connecticut town. In the 70s and 80s he and his colleagues revolutionized the lobbying business in the U.S.:



"The linkage of lobbying to political consulting—the creation of what’s now known as a double-breasted operation—was the real breakthrough. Manafort’s was the first lobbying firm to also house political consultants. (Legally, the two practices were divided into different companies, but they shared the same founding partners and the same office space.) One venture would run campaigns; the other would turn around and lobby the politicians whom their colleagues had helped elect."



During the '88 Republican primary his firm represented 3 candidates at the same time:



"Demand for its services rose to such heights that the firm engineered a virtual lock on the 1988 Republican primary. Atwater became the chief strategist for George H. W. Bush; Black worked with Bob Dole; Stone advised Jack Kemp. A congressional staffer joked to Time, “Why have primaries for the nomination? Why not have the candidates go over to Black, Manafort and Stone and argue it out?” Manafort cultivated this perception. In response to a questionnaire in The Washington Times, he declared Machiavelli the person he would most like to meet."



He began to work with foreign leaders who otherwise would never be able to do business in the U.S., and this is when he started to make very large sums of money. He worked with Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, became the godfather of Lebanese arms dealer Abdul Rahman Al Assir's child, and famously worked with Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovych for a long time.



Along the way he developed an appetite for real wealth -- the kind that allows you to buy multiple mansions and vacation in the south of France, to keep a mistress in two different residences, etc.



By the time his gravy train in Ukraine fled to Russia he was in deep shit. The FBI was investigating his work there and he couldn't touch some of his offshore money. His family had found out about an affair he was having and he had checked himself into some sort of rehabilitation facility. He basically sold access to the D.C. elite for a living (including multiple former presidents), and when he reached out to the Trump campaign it really looks like that's exactly what he had in mind.

great article. thanks for posting.

Pumpkin Spice Lazarus -
SPTT_Nolaguy - 

You catch the dates of when he was doing all of his shit?  During whose administration?  I haven’t read it all. 

 

Thanks. 



The article basically tells Paul's life story. He grew up around his father who owned a construction company and was a long-time mayor of a Connecticut town. In the 70s and 80s he and his colleagues revolutionized the lobbying business in the U.S.:



"The linkage of lobbying to political consulting—the creation of what’s now known as a double-breasted operation—was the real breakthrough. Manafort’s was the first lobbying firm to also house political consultants. (Legally, the two practices were divided into different companies, but they shared the same founding partners and the same office space.) One venture would run campaigns; the other would turn around and lobby the politicians whom their colleagues had helped elect."



During the '88 Republican primary his firm represented 3 candidates at the same time:



"Demand for its services rose to such heights that the firm engineered a virtual lock on the 1988 Republican primary. Atwater became the chief strategist for George H. W. Bush; Black worked with Bob Dole; Stone advised Jack Kemp. A congressional staffer joked to Time, “Why have primaries for the nomination? Why not have the candidates go over to Black, Manafort and Stone and argue it out?” Manafort cultivated this perception. In response to a questionnaire in The Washington Times, he declared Machiavelli the person he would most like to meet."



He began to work with foreign leaders who otherwise would never be able to do business in the U.S., and this is when he started to make very large sums of money. He worked with Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, became the godfather of Lebanese arms dealer Abdul Rahman Al Assir's child, and famously worked with Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovych for a long time.



Along the way he developed an appetite for real wealth -- the kind that allows you to buy multiple mansions and vacation in the south of France, to keep a mistress in two different residences, etc.



By the time his gravy train in Ukraine fled to Russia he was in deep shit. The FBI was investigating his work there and he couldn't touch some of his offshore money. His family had found out about an affair he was having and he had checked himself into some sort of rehabilitation facility. He basically sold access to the D.C. elite for a living (including multiple former presidents), and when he reached out to the Trump campaign it really looks like that's exactly what he had in mind.

its a fascinating story - I read it a few weeks ago.

It sure was a questionable hire by the Trump team.  Lets see if Manafort's sleaziness comes back to bite the Trump team in the ass

Good stuff, thanks for posting.

People waste their time with conspiracy bullshit, when the way the world really works is so much more interesting.

& Nolaguy isn't too off the mark to ask that question. It's not really a Republican vs. Democrat sort of thing. Lots of left-leaning lobbyists embraced the Manafort style. I don't know all of the allegations that led Tony Podesta to shut down his operation (& if it's just the FARA thing or not) -- but he looks like the Democrat equivalent of Manafort. His fucking red leather shoes, the massive art collection, and so on. Manafort also worked across the aisle -- if we can believe the stories told in this article he didn't seem to give two shits who he worked with as long as he was able to break away with lots of cash.

So this article is a fantastic look at how D.C. shifted in the 70s and 80s to the sort of influence peddling we see today. It also shows that Manafort might have had a lot of motive and goes over the circumstantial evidence leading up to his work in the Trump campaign.

& this leads us up to the present moment where Manafort's partner, Rick Gates, is apparently pleading guilty to two of the charges he faced today in court. & potentially co-operating with the special counsel investigation going forward.

EazyG -

its a fascinating story - I read it a few weeks ago.

It sure was a questionable hire by the Trump team.  Lets see if Manafort's sleaziness comes back to bite the Trump team in the ass

Probably the best journalism I've seen during this entire investigation. Not sure how I missed it until last night.

 

Get A Grip Dude -

Gates has now accepted a plea deal after these new indictments. 

Now they just need to get the Clinton campaign and DNC for colluding with the Russians to weaponize the FBI in order to spy on Americans. The real criminals

Sogsteel - 
Get A Grip Dude -

Gates has now accepted a plea deal after these new indictments. 

Now they just need to get the Clinton campaign and DNC for colluding with the Russians to weaponize the FBI in order to spy on Americans. The real criminals



Get A Grip Dude -
Sogsteel -
Get A Grip Dude -

Gates has now accepted a plea deal after these new indictments. 

Now they just need to get the Clinton campaign and DNC for colluding with the Russians to weaponize the FBI in order to spy on Americans. The real criminals

Sorry, this is reality, not a Fantasyland made of Hannity talking points. 

All the declassified memos say otherwise. The only recorded russian government collusion so far is from the democrats making their dossier.

Sogsteel - 
Get A Grip Dude -
Sogsteel -
Get A Grip Dude -

Gates has now accepted a plea deal after these new indictments. 

Now they just need to get the Clinton campaign and DNC for colluding with the Russians to weaponize the FBI in order to spy on Americans. The real criminals

Sorry, this is reality, not a Fantasyland made of Hannity talking points. 

All the declassified memos say otherwise. The only recorded russian government collusion so far is from the democrats making their dossier.



Clue us in on what you're talking about. Asked a guy this the other day and he kept coming up short. You're saying that the DNC colluded with the Russian government with Steele's intelligence work?

BradGluckman -
Sogsteel - 
Get A Grip Dude -

Gates has now accepted a plea deal after these new indictments. 

Now they just need to get the Clinton campaign and DNC for colluding with the Russians to weaponize the FBI in order to spy on Americans. The real criminals



And there goes all of brads credibility 

How he was able to talk his way into running the Trump campaign after basically years of inactivity is the big question.

"I am not looking for a paid position"

Gates in court now to plea.

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4386213/2-23-18-Gates-Information.pdf

Two charges instead of the more than 30 he was facing:

1. Conspiracy against the U.S.

2. False statement

The false statement charge is from earlier this month. That's interesting because his legal team attempted to leave him just after that occurred. Speculation is that Gates has been negotiating a plea deal for at least a month now and was potentially going to throw it away until Mueller issued the new indictment yesterday.

Manafort is likely the "target" of Mueller's probe. This can have some really positive benefits for U.S. politics in general if it helps to clean up the lobbying business at least as it relates to foreign governments.

The other possibility though, and one that is looking more and more likely -- is that the conspiracy against the U.S. charges in the indictments against the IRA and Gates/Manafort are going to end up being a part of a larger "collusion" conspiracy. There's still a possibility that Mueller is working to pressure Manafort to co-operate as well.

jacktripper - 
BradGluckman -
Sogsteel - 
Get A Grip Dude -

Gates has now accepted a plea deal after these new indictments. 

Now they just need to get the Clinton campaign and DNC for colluding with the Russians to weaponize the FBI in order to spy on Americans. The real criminals



And there goes all of brads credibility 


Hey shitbird my credibility to conspiracy mongs is something I don't really care about

Pumpkin Spice Lazarus - 


Gates in court now to plea.



https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4386213/2-23-18-Gates-Information.pdf



Two charges instead of the more than 30 he was facing:



1. Conspiracy against the U.S.



2. False statement



The false statement charge is from earlier this month. That's interesting because his legal team attempted to leave him just after that occurred. Speculation is that Gates has been negotiating a plea deal for at least a month now and was potentially going to throw it away until Mueller issued the new indictment yesterday.



Manafort is likely the "target" of Mueller's probe. This can have some really positive benefits for U.S. politics in general if it helps to clean up the lobbying business at least as it relates to foreign governments.



The other possibility though, and one that is looking more and more likely -- is that the conspiracy against the U.S. charges in the indictments against the IRA and Gates/Manafort are going to end up being a part of a larger "collusion" conspiracy. There's still a possibility that Mueller is working to pressure Manafort to co-operate as well.


do you know or have any guess on how much time he might get, if any? probation?

Ramon Maroni - 
Pumpkin Spice Lazarus - 


Gates in court now to plea.



https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4386213/2-23-18-Gates-Information.pdf



Two charges instead of the more than 30 he was facing:



1. Conspiracy against the U.S.



2. False statement



The false statement charge is from earlier this month. That's interesting because his legal team attempted to leave him just after that occurred. Speculation is that Gates has been negotiating a plea deal for at least a month now and was potentially going to throw it away until Mueller issued the new indictment yesterday.



Manafort is likely the "target" of Mueller's probe. This can have some really positive benefits for U.S. politics in general if it helps to clean up the lobbying business at least as it relates to foreign governments.



The other possibility though, and one that is looking more and more likely -- is that the conspiracy against the U.S. charges in the indictments against the IRA and Gates/Manafort are going to end up being a part of a larger "collusion" conspiracy. There's still a possibility that Mueller is working to pressure Manafort to co-operate as well.


do you know or have any guess on how much time he might get, if any? probation?


rumor i've seen online is 18 months