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Fri Aug 3, 2018, 05:27 PM

BREAKING: Manafort's accountant tells of falsifying returns

Manafort’s accountant testified today that she filed tax returns that had fraudulent information on it. And another accountant he had for 20 years testified saying they had never even been told about the offshore accounts. Mueller clearly has Manafort cornered.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-03/manafort-trial-turns-to-tax-returns-mueller-says-are-phony

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Reply BREAKING: Manafort's accountant tells of falsifying returns (Original post)
LavenderGirl Aug 2018 OP
GoldwatersSoul Aug 2018 #1
LavenderGirl Aug 2018 #6
Boston Aug 2018 #8
GoldwatersSoul Aug 2018 #9
LavenderGirl Aug 2018 #12
Grumpy Pickle Aug 2018 #13
LavenderGirl Aug 2018 #15
DavesNotHere Aug 2018 #16
New Deal Democrat Aug 2018 #2
PeanutG Aug 2018 #3
LavenderGirl Aug 2018 #10
Boston Aug 2018 #4
LavenderGirl Aug 2018 #7
Boston Aug 2018 #17
rahtruelies Aug 2018 #5
LavenderGirl Aug 2018 #11
Carl Aug 2018 #14

Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 05:33 PM

1. So...

whats the larger meaning. Why is this important?

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Response to GoldwatersSoul (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 06:08 PM

6. Lots of detail at the link

Basically, Manafort's accounting firm agreed to falsify his tax returns because he couldn't afford his tax bill, according to a witness who testified with a grant of immunity because she feared prosecution.

It sounds like the prosecution has a slam-dunk case of tax fraud in NY.

I think the larger question in this trial is Why did Manafort hand-pick Pence to be V.P.?

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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 06:14 PM

8. Do you have a theory on Pence LG?

Sounds like maybe you do!

... cracks me up that some people believe stuff like this ....

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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 06:14 PM

9. OK...

so he is a tax cheat. Why is it important?? He hand picked Pence?, Sort of easy reason why. At the time, the buzz was Trump was not really a conservative and he has questionable ethics. You trot out Pence who is considerably right wing and impeccable in his rethics and you have balanced it out. Now removing Trump is out of the frying pan and into the fire for those who want to circumvent free elections.

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Response to GoldwatersSoul (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 06:26 PM

12. Well...

It think we'll learn a lot more next week as the trial continues. I think Gates will be an important witness. Whether or not Pence is "impeccable in his ethics" remains to be seen. There may have been a more sinister reason why Manafort, with his Kremlin connection, hand-picked Pence.

Was Manafort an emissary sent from the Kremlin to the trump campaign and instructed to select Pence? Of course, Manafort can't cooperate because the Russians will end him. Time will tell.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 06:29 PM

13. Ok....why DID Manafort pick Pence for V.P. ?

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #13)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 06:33 PM

15. I can only guess at this point

Why do you think he did? I gave my thoughts about it in post 12.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 06:55 PM

16. I think the real "larger question" in this trial is what the hell does a possible 2014 financial

crime have to do with anything that Mueller is supposed to be looking into... and before you say "anything that arises" as a result of this investigation, keep in mind, Manafort's financial crimes were being investigated by the FBI long before Mueller poached this case from them.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 05:44 PM

2. Prepare for the onslaught of the chorus.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 05:56 PM

3. Let's make a deal?


Don't a tax preparer have to sign their name also on a tax return? So what kind of deal did the accountant get to avoid going to jail for filing false tax returns?

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Response to PeanutG (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 06:17 PM

10. The tax preparer was given immunity

ahead of the trial for information she could provide about the tax forms she prepared for Manafort.

Here's a thread from a courthouse news reporter.



Trial continues on Monday.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 05:57 PM

4. financial crimes, not collusion. manafort, not trump. you could get at least half of politicians

and lobbyists on financial crimes, campaign finance laws if you looked at them closely.

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Response to Boston (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 06:13 PM

7. Mueller has farmed out multiple cases to federal prosecutors

The fact that he’s kept the Manafort case may mean Manafort is a key figure in the collusion investigation, even if it doesn’t come up in his trial.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 07:27 PM

17. But squeezing him doesn't seem to have worked

I don't believe the Russia stuff... but we'll see what happens

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 06:00 PM

5. more from faux news

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Response to rahtruelies (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 06:19 PM

11. The courtroom reporters and witnesses are all reporting falsely

on what is happening in the trial?

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 06:30 PM

14. Que up Lucy with the football again.

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