The Guardian reported that Paul Manafort met privately with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange the same month Manafort joined Trump’s presidential campaign. Cannot possibly imagine why Mr. Mueller would be interested in that.
Manafort and WikiLeaks have denied it.
Manafort (ALLEGEDLY) claims that he met with Ecuador officials to discuss Chinese investments in Ecuador, but the Logan Act forbids private citizens from conducting foreign policy. So it could be ANOTHER felony?
In addition to the Manafort news, Roger Stone and his associate and noted Birther-QAnon scholar Jerome Corsi are also making news.
On August 2, 2016, just days after Stone instructed Corsi to get intel on upcoming email dumps from Wikileaks editor Julian Assange, Corsi emailed Stone:
“Word is friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps…. One shortly after I’m back. 2nd in Oct. Impact planned to be very damaging.”
Shorter Corsi: “I come bearing news of my collusion. Please arrest me.”
In what must be the stupidest move ever, Corsi leaked his plea deal to NBC. Including the incriminating email!
Corsi has since withdrawn from plea negotiations, which seems like a really stupid thing to do when Mr. Mueller already knows what crimes you’ve committed!
Anyway, this leads all the pundits to believe that somehow Corsi and Manafort feel certain that they have a Pardon with their names on them, coming from Comrade Trump.
In related news, The NYTimes says that a lawyer for Manafort repeatedly briefed Trump’s lawyers on his client’s discussions with federal investigators. I’m sure it was perfectly innocent, just chit-chat, shooting the breeze.
And that’s the state of play so far! Phew!
UPDATE 1: I’ll take this bet and wager 1,000 Quatloos
Remember this day when the Guardian permitted a serial fabricator to totally destroy the paper’s reputation. @WikiLeaks is willing to bet the Guardian a million dollars and its editor’s head that Manafort never met Assange. https://t.co/R2Qn6rLQjn— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 27, 2018