Key Take- Away: The Superceding Indictments indicates that Mueller and Team have additional charges they have prepared to file against Gates. I’d suspect Tax Evasion and a few others, at a minimum. The Bank records, specifically those from Cyprus, will probably come into play as well. They have have Gates’ wife dead to rights on transferring at least $1 Million to a brokerage account there. I suspect Gates is flipping to protect her.
This is VERY bad news for The IDIOT, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort. Gates gives them RICO/Money Laundering on all three, which is Act III. And he helps give cover to Mike Flynn regarding Conspiracy, which is Act II. The patterns of what Mueller and Team is doing is clear, if you know what to look for. It’s also pretty damn methodical and impressive.
All The Pieces Matter: Russiagate Breadcrumbs Galore! (Natasha Bertrand) The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released the transcript of the panel’s November interview with Glenn Simpson, the cofounder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS. The House investigators’ line of questioning Read More
All The Pieces Matter: Secret Money (Thomas Frank) More than one-fifth of Donald Trump’s US condominiums have been purchased since the 1980s in secretive, all-cash transactions that enable buyers to avoid legal scrutiny by shielding their finances and identities, a Read More
Key Take-Away: Little of those latter observations ring true. Bannon may be a crackpot, but he certainly had the president’s ear during the campaign’s home stretch and in the early, shambolic months of the Trump administration last year. And as my Bloomberg News colleague Joshua Green detailed long before others caught on, Bannon is a media savvy operative who understands in his own peculiar way what makes some people tick. So Trump won’t find it easy to dismiss what Bannon has said with a few broadsides.
Bannon knows that Donald Jr. and Kushner are potential liabilities for the president, especially in the context of a sophisticated money-laundering probe. And he also knows how ill-equipped the White House is to contend with the legal hurdles and financial inquiries that lie ahead of it. He knows all of this, even if he has lost his mind. That’s why the president wants to shut him up and shut him down.