Mueller probe of Manafort initiated based on fake information

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The probe by Robert Mueller that put former Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort in prison was initiated using evidence, called “the ledger,” that Mueller knew was unreliable and likely fake.

In search warrant affidavits, the FBI portrayed the ledger as one reason it resurrected a criminal case against Manafort that was dropped in 2014 and needed search warrants in 2017 for bank records to prove he worked for the Russian-backed Party of Regions in Ukraine.

There’s just one problem: The FBI’s public reliance on the ledger came months after the feds were warned repeatedly that the document couldn’t be trusted and likely was a fake, according to documents and more than a dozen interviews with knowledgeable sources.

To get around this fact, which was made very clear to Mueller and his investigators, they leaked the fake data to the press, and then used the press stories to justify the investigation.

Submitting knowingly false or suspect evidence — whether historical or to support probable cause — in a federal court proceeding violates FBI rules and can be a crime under certain circumstances. “To establish probable cause, the affiant must demonstrate a basis for knowledge and belief that the facts are true,” the FBI operating manual states.

But with Manafort, the FBI and Mueller’s office did not cite the actual ledger — which would require agents to discuss their assessment of the evidence — and instead cited media reports about it. The feds assisted on one of those stories as sources.

For example, agents mentioned the ledger in an affidavit supporting a July 2017 search warrant for Manafort’s house, citing it as one of the reasons the FBI resurrected the criminal case against Manafort.

This is beyond corrupt. I would say that it should be grounds for dismissal for the charges against Manafort, even if he admitted to guilt. At a minimum, Mueller and his cohorts should be facing jail time.


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  • Cotour

    This using media reports as supporting “evidence” of veracity in obtaining warrants submitted to a judge appears to be standard operating procedure for the FBI. Especially after the FBI leaks the very “evidence” used to obtain the warrants to the media.

    They get their warrant and technically Legally” skirt their FBI fiduciary responsibilities. Its a dirty game, pure Strategy Over Morality. Winning at any cost. “But we know they are guilty”, I suppose is the reply. But what about when they use the same against THEIR political opponents and attempt to usurp a duly elected president? Now that is an entirely different game.

    Just like when you listen to Comey in any of his spinning sessions in the media he stresses that his actions were the result of a warrant. Yes, a warrant obtained through fraudulent means. PROBLEM.

    The coming cleansing will be refreshing and badly needed.

    See the coming movie: “Bill Barr Saves America”

  • Gary

    How can any judge accept media reports as reliable evidence? News by its very nature must be considered incomplete and preliminary because it is subject to pressures of timeliness and dubious corroboration. Is this practice so prevalent that judges don’t worry about looking like fools when these cases finally are found to be faulty?

  • Cotour

    What every conscious person in America intuitively knows:

    1. There has been abuse of power at the highest levels of government and law enforcement in the interests of one political party over the other political party.

    Why? Because they could, its human nature, and they thought it would never be revealed because the focus of their corruption, Hillary Clinton, would certainly become the next president and it would all just go away.

    2. It goes without doubt all the way to the top, I.E. Obama himself, and all who surrounded him. No doubt, not for one second.

    3. We are all just waiting to see the hard evidence and who among the employees of the government and law enforcement will be indicted and what the charges will be, and if any politically empowered among them may also be indicted. Two very different things.

    Everyone knows, even if they say they do not, they know.

  • Cotour: You make an assumption that is very deadly: “Everyone knows.” As far as I can tell, both from personal experience as well as a wide-ranging view of the news, this is simply not true. You yourself in fact describe experiences in New York where you come across people who not only don’t know, refuse to know.

    In order to turn this around, we cannot assume that “everyone knows.” We need to educate, and do so without pandering. Then maybe enough people will “know” in order to make a difference.

  • Cotour

    Its in the air.

  • Cotour

    And when it happens they will realize what it is that has been floating around in the atmosphere and they have been absorbing all this time. And it will make sense to most after through evidence it is all laid out.

  • pzatchok

    I want to know who the judge or judges was.

  • Cotour

    Its secret, you can not know.

    I suspect that what ever happens regarding FISA and the abuse of the court and the judges will all be internal.

  • wodun

    Gary brings up a good point. News media have always been unreliable. “Don’t believe everything you read”, was a cultural mantra passed on through the generations and students writing papers were usually restricted from using press reports for papers. Evidentary standards in legal proceedings should be stronger than a high school English class.

  • Rick

    Unfortunately, there is nobody who will press charges on themselves.

  • Dennis

    Fruit of poisonous tree.
    False claims presented to FISA, Trump reacts to false charges (that’s obstruction?) Admiral Mike Rogers questioned Fusion GPS access to NSA queries and unmasking (April 26, 2017 FISC order, page 83).
    Research Jan 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (false flag to initiate Special Counsel), Admiral Mike Rogers has the answers.
    “Brennan, Clapper, Comey, and Strzok, on behalf of the CIA, DNI and DOJ, had “high confidence” in the extremely volatile and partisan conclusions. But Admiral Mike Rogers at the NSA had only “moderate confidence” in the conclusions. He had good reason to doubt the Intelligence Community Assessment.”

  • Cotour

    Besides being ahead of the curve on something like the ECAT here on BTB, Tom Fitton now proposes something that I proposed long, long ago related to getting to the bottom of the “Russia Collusion” / Mueller Report. Fitton proposes the pardoning of those involved in the what appears plain to anyone who has a pulse, the conspiracy to remove Trump from the presidency that came out of the Oboma administration and the DNC. In the end its all just business in the political warfare world, but when you get stone cold busted their must be a price paid.

    Pardon them all after their alloqution, but get to the truth of what went on related to this issue. That is the only way that this resolves in a positive manner. But those guilty, except possibly for the highest level conspirators, must be made to tell the tale in exchange for their freedom after such seditious activities.

    This is the only way, and if this path is not taken then the real possiblity exists of real chaos in the near and distant future in America. This is not just going away.

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