According to people familiar with Robert Muller’s investigative team, immunity deals are planning on being used to coerce Trump associates to turn on him. This comes just a day after former Trump campaign official and Twitter user James B tweeted out another big scoop.
Scoop: Investigators want Manafort to admit that it was Donald Trump who scheduled the meeting with Russian Lawyer. Immunity offered.
— James B (@jbro_1776) July 22, 2017
Confirmed that Investigators have proof of Money Laundering scheme by Manafort, using that to sway him. #RussiaGate
— James B (@jbro_1776) July 22, 2017
This scoop was backed up by a Reuters report that came out yesterday:
U.S. investigators examining money laundering accusations against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort hope to push him to cooperate with their probe into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation said.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is examining Manafort’s financial and real estate records in New York as well as his involvement in Ukrainian politics, the officials said.
Between 2006 and 2013, Manafort bought three New York properties, including one in Trump Tower in Manhattan. He paid for them in full and later took out mortgages against them. A former senior U.S. law enforcement official said that tactic is often used as a means to hide the origin of funds gained illegally. Reuters has no independent evidence that Manafort did this.
The sources also did not say whether Mueller has uncovered any evidence to charge Manafort with money laundering, but they said doing so is seen by investigators as critical in getting his full cooperation in their investigation.
“If Mueller’s team can threaten criminal charges against Manafort, they could use that as leverage to convince him to cooperate,” said one of the sources.
Manafort’s spokesman, Jason Maloni, said, “Paul Manafort is not a cooperating witness. Once again there is no truth to the disinformation put forth by anonymous sources and leakers.”
That’s not all. Last month True Pundit reported that Comey struck an Insider deal with Muller:
A high-ranking Justice Department official believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller has granted a complete get-out-of-jail-free-card deal for disgraced FBI Director James Comey: A coveted immunity deal in exchange for cooperating as a key witness.
“The immunity is a done deal,” a Justice Department source said. “Mueller can do whatever he wants. We (Justice) have no say but after many years working criminal cases I know Comey has been given immunity. You can tell by the way he is acting now and the fact that Mueller has kept us in the dark about his investigation.”
Special Counsel spokesman Peter Carr at Justice would not comment when asked to detail the immunity arrangement between Comey and Mueller.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, we will decline to comment,” Carr told True Pundit.
As Special Counsel, by law Mueller is permitted to strike immunity agreements without having to get approval for the Attorney General of anyone at Justice. Also he is not obligated as Special Counsel to inform Justice about who is under immunity.
It’s no secret Comey and Mueller are close friends, having worked together at Justice for years alongside Eric Holder. Comey has described Mueller, who also served as FBI director, as his one-time mentor. If someone in Congress cared enough to do something about it, there are no shortages of conflicts of interests at play here in what is supposed to be an impartial investigation. In fact, it’s somewhat staggering.
But what are friends for? Folks outside of D.C. are getting another unwelcome crash course into corruption.
This showcases Muller’s willingness to strike immunity deals in exchange for fake manufactured smoke surrounding the Trump administration.
The information that was given to me by my sources was also backed up by a Reuters report on Muller’s legal team from last month:
A veteran federal prosecutor recruited onto special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is known for a skill that may come in handy in the investigation of potential ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team: persuading witnesses to turn on friends, colleagues and superiors.
Andrew Weissmann, who headed the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal fraud section before joining Mueller’s team last month, is best known for two assignments – the investigation of now-defunct energy company Enron and organized crime cases in Brooklyn, New York – that depended heavily on gaining witness cooperation.
Securing the cooperation of people close to Trump, many of whom have been retaining their own lawyers, could be important for Mueller, who was named by the Justice Department as special counsel on May 17 and is investigating, among other issues, whether Trump himself has sought to obstruct justice. Trump has denied allegations of both collusion and obstruction.
Now, as we read further down we begin to see more evidence to support Muller’s team wanting to use immunity as a way to flip witnesses.
“Flipping” witnesses is a common, although not always successful, tactic in criminal prosecutions.
Robert Ray, who succeeded Kenneth Starr as the independent counsel examining former President Bill Clinton, noted that Trump’s fired former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, has already offered through his lawyer to testify before Congress in exchange for immunity, suggesting potential willingness to cooperate as a witness.
“It would seem to me the time is now to make some decisions about what you have and what leverage can be applied to get the things you don’t have,” Ray said, referring to Mueller’s team.
The leverage they speak of is immunity. My sources did not tell me who they would use the immunity deal with but I can guess which ones they are most likely to attack. Gen. Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner both have found themselves in midst of a few scandals since taking office. Flynn has ties to Turkey and Kushner has ties to China that could be used against them. As James B reported it is already a done deal that Manafort was offered immunity in exchange for him connecting Trump to the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya. He also reported that they have proof of his money laundering and that they are now using that to get him to turn on Trump.
So where does this leave us? We currently have a special prosecutor who is determined to bring Donald Trump down even if he did nothing wrong. He compiled an investigative team filled with Clinton Donors to do just that.
On Monday, the National Law Review reported that Elizabeth Prelogar has joined Mueller’s team to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 election. Prelogar is an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General who, campaign records show, has given a combined $750 to campaigns or supporting organizations for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Last week, I wrote that this pattern of partisan political giving by the investigative team shows the entire inquiry into supposed Russian influence is a thinly veiled offensive against the Trump presidency.
But it’s much bigger than that. A new set of numbers I found this week show Mueller’s wide-ranging, untethered investigation represents a broader coordinated effort by two staunchly anti-Trump factions: the Left and the fourth branch of government — in this case the entrenched bureaucrats working at the Department of Justice.
The first set of numbers is one that I have referenced before: $286,797, the overwhelming dollar amount that Department of Justice employees gave to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election and $8,756, the amount they gave to Donald Trump. This represents a 97 percent bias toward Clinton.
The second set of numbers is even more interesting. It represents the dollar amounts of campaign donations made by employees at WilmerHale, the law firm where Mueller served as a partner prior to being appointed special counsel and a firm from which he has already recruited several members of his investigative team. Employees of the firm gave an astounding $326,798 to the Clinton campaign in 2016, while giving a paltry $628 to the Trump campaign. For every $1 this group gave to Trump, it gave $520.37 to Clinton.
These Clinton Donors are looking to provide enough smoke that the American people will turn their back on Trump. The deal is simple, bring in Trump associates that they have dirt on, then offer them immunity to turn on Trump. Since the Russia-Trump collusion never actually took place they will need to just make it seem as they did. The ones who turn will make claims that can’t be proven or disproven. By doing this they can manufacture smoke where nothing is truly there.
It is important to keep in mind that up to this point none of Trump’s associates have struck the immunity deal with Muller. These deals are going to happen behind closed doors and likely won’t come out through mainstream outlets until after damage to the Trump administration is already done. It is still unknown whether any immunity deals will be accepted by Trump’s associates but there is no doubt that Muller will try anyway.