Fake News: Manafort/ Gates Arrests Nothing to do with Trump

The arrests of onetime Trump campaign Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates has absolutely nothing to do with so-called “Russian interference” in the 2016 US Presidential election campaign, despite the torrent of lies pouring out through the controlled media outlets—a fact which is patently obvious from a reading of the Department of Justice indictment against the two men.

The 31-page indictment released by the Department of Justice only accuses the two men of serving as “unregistered agents of the Government of Ukraine, the Party of Regions” and “Operation Bloc”, a successor to the “Party of Regions, during the years 2006 to 2014.

Furthermore, the indictment claims that the two men “generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work” and they hid this money from the Internal Revenue Services through a series of front companies and offshore bank accounts.

The indictment also claims that the two men did not tell investigators about their dealings and tax evasion when they were questioned about them in 2016.

The charges against the two therefore have nothing at all to do with Donald Trump or the 2016 election campaign—and certainly have nothing to do with so-called “Russian interference” in the election.

The controlled media is deliberately distorting these facts to claim—and to implant in the public’s mind—that the arrests are linked to “Russian interference in the election,” even though such a claim is completely at odds with the truth.

This is just yet another example of how the controlled media lies continually over almost everything—and why public confidence in those outlets is at an all-time low.

The advent of the Internet—and in this case direct access to the Department of Justice’s original document—proves once again that the controlled media cannot be trusted to get even the most basic facts correct, and that this is due to a combination of incompetence and a deliberately far-left agenda of deception and hate.

* The actual charges against the men, as outlined in the DOJ indictment, are as follows. From them, it is patently obvious that they have nothing to do with Trump or the election.

COUNT ONE (Conspiracy against The United States)

  1. From in or about and between 2006 and 2017, both dates being approximate and inclusive, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, the defendants PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR., and RICHARD W. GATES III, together with others, knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful governmental functions of a government agency, namely the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury.

COUNT TWO (Conspiracy To Launder Money)

In or around and between 2006 and 2016, both dates being approximate and inclusive, within the District of Columbia and elsewhere, the defendants PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR., and RICHARD W. GATES III, together with others, did knowingly and intentionally conspire to:

(a) transport, transmit, and transfer monetary instruments and funds from places outside the United States to and through places in the United States and from places in the United States to and through places outside the United States





(b) conduct financial transactions, affecting interstate and foreign commerce, knowing that the property involved in the financial transactions would represent the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity

COUNTS THREE THROUGH SIX

(Failure To File Reports Of Foreign Bank And Financial Accounts for the Calendar Years 2011—2014).

On the filing due dates listed below, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, the defendant PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR., unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did fail to file with the Department of the Treasury an FBAR disclosing that he has a financial interest in, and signature and other authority over, a bank, securities, and other financial account in a foreign country, which had an aggregate value of more than $10,000, while violating another law of the United States and as part of pattern of illegal activity involving more than $100,000 in a 12-month period.

COUNTS SEVEN THROUGH NINE

(Failure To File Reports Of Foreign Bank And Financial Accounts For Calendar Years 2011-2013)

On the filing due dates listed below, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, the defendant RICHARD W. GATES III unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did fail to file with the Department of the Treasury an FBAR disclosing that he has a financial interest in, and signature and other authority over, a bank, securities, and other financial account in a foreign country, which had an aggregate value of more than $10,000, while violating another law of the United States and as part of pattern of illegal activity involving more than $100,000 in a 12-month period.

COUNT TEN (Unregistered Agent Of A Foreign Principal)

From in or about and between 2008 and 2014, both dates being approximate and inclusive, within the District of Columbia and elsewhere, the defendants PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR., and RICHARD W. GATES III knowingly and willfully, without registering with the Attorney General as required by law, acted as agents of a foreign principal, to wit, the Government of Ukraine, [and] the Party of Regions,

COUNT ELEVEN (False and Misleading FARA Statements)

On or about November 23, 2016 and February 10, 2017, within the District of Columbia and elsewhere, the defendants PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR., and RICHARD W. GATES III knowingly and willfully caused to be made a false statement of a material fact, and omitted a material fact necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, in a document filed with and furnished to the Attorney General under the provisions of FARA.

COUNT TWELVE (False Statements)

On or about November 23, 2016 and February 10, 2017, within the District of Columbia and elsewhere, in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States, the defendants PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR., and RICHARD W. GATES III  knowingly and willfully did cause another: to falsify, conceal, and cover up by a scheme and device a material fact; to make a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent· statement and representation; and to make and use a false writing and document knowing the same to contain a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement, to wit, the statements in the November 23, 2016 and February 10, 2017 submissions to the Department of Justice quoted in paragraph 49.


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