IG Report Says Manafort Was Under Investigation Before He Joined Trump Campaign

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The Inspector General’s report released on Monday blew a hole in Donald Trump’s frequent assertions that the federal government was spying on his campaign in a partisan attempt to sway the election.

Notably, the report made it clear that Trump’s campaign advisor, Paul Manafort, was under investigation by the FBI for money laundering before he ever joined the campaign. The revelation about Manafort is noted on page 391 of the 476-page report.

The Inspector General writes that “the FBI opened the Manafort money laundering investigation in January of 2016, before the opening of Crossfire Hurricane and before Manafort joined the Trump campaign.” Crossfire Hurricane is the name of the federal investigation into Russian officials and Trump aides.

Here’s the text from the report:

In August of 2018, Manafort was convicted on eight counts that included tax and bank fraud. His conviction was a huge moment in the Russia investigation because Manafort’s trial was the first time that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team prosecuted a case in court.

The Inspector General’s report also notes that the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery section of the DOJ was investigating Manafort but that they handed that investigation over to Mueller’s team when the special counsel was appointed in May of 2017.

Donald Trump has repeatedly defended Manafort on Twitter — in August of 2018, he questioned whether Manafort was treated worse than Al Capone. He has also complained that the FBI didn’t tell him that they were investigating Manafort and said that he would not have hired Manafort if he knew that he was under investigation.

Manafort has a long history as an operator in Republican politics. He worked for George H.W. Bush and Ronald Raegan before joining Trump’s campaign. Manafort was one of a trio of campaign managers that Trump cycled through before his election — Corey Lewandowski and Kellyanne Conway also held the title.

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General Confusion
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“I will type very SLOWLY for you, confusion, so you can understand. Don’t need a plan B.” banstan

Ah, a man who has confidence. Too bad that your powers can’t predict the future, too. Fool.

You can’t guarantee King Donald The Loser’s re-election, so you DO need a Plan B after all. My question still stands.

General Confusion
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“He’s gonna get elected again.” banstan

Just as I thought. You’ve got nothing.

So, what is your Plan B for when King Donald The Loser gets dethroned?

General Confusion
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banstan, I am confused why I should waste a second of my time explaining ANYTHING to you. You will not accept what I say as the truth nor will I convince you that you are deceived by what you might call “fake news” or worse. So let me ask you some simple questions? Why would candidate Trump hire a Republican advisor who had worked on many election campaigns before AND had recently worked to promote RUSSIAN INTERESTS JUST BEFORE Trump started running? You know how much Trump is buddy-buddy with Putin, right? You don’t see how he would view having… Read more »

Michael
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Banstan seems angry that facts are starting to erode the foundations of his conspiracy theories.

banstan
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alex, you partisan hack you, keep taking solace in the fact that ONLY person who will say he/she/it agrees with you is contusion. Put THAT on your resume and see how far you get! BWAHAHAhahahahahahahahahahaha

banstan
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And, yet, you prog/left/lib/ dims keep repeating the rhetoric that Trump is responsible for Manafort’s actions BEFORE he was a part of President Trump’s team. Genital Contusion- please explain how Trump is responsible for Manafort’s actions BEFORE he was part of Trump’s team? PLEASE EXPLAIN how just a simple mistake on Trump’s judgement is grounds for impeachment like you are screaming for? PLEASE EXPLAIN how this simple lack of judgement meets the “high crimes and misdemeanors” clause The Constitution? PLEASE tell all of us here how NO OTHER President of the United Stated has NEVER made a mistake in judgement… Read more »

General Confusion
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And don’t forget, Alex, that the main reason that we knew about the crimes of Manafort as early as we did was because of the alarms that Alexandra Chalupa set off as early as 2015. She is an American hero that has been theatened and attacked by Russians, this administration and by disingenous disinformation attacks by some in the press.

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