Friday, May 19, 2017

NBC News — Manafort Got $3.5M Mystery Mortgage, Paid No Tax

There are too many circumstances of President Donald Trump’s associates nefariously colluding with the Russian government, for the most obvious reason: to put Donald Trump in the White House.

Paul Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign manager up to August of 2016, is the leading focus of the government’s intelligence agencies into whether Trump’s associates coordinated with the Russians to interfere in the 2016 campaign on Trump’s behalf.

All of those revelations increasingly point to Trump’s direct knowledge of, and perhaps at his direction to diminish Hillary Clinton’s chance of becoming the next President of the United States.

Paul Manafort links Trump ever more directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As previously reported: “ . . . Based on authenticated documents -- Manafort was paid to boost the interests of Russian Putin. This wasn’t just in Ukraine but in all the former Soviet republics. Starting in 2006 and lasting at least through 2009, Manafort received $10 million a year from Russian aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska, described by U.S. intelligence officials as one of Putin’s closest allies, to tip the scales in favor of Putin in former Soviet republics,” — Robert Reich

Now, “Federal investigators have subpoenaed records related to a $3.5 million mortgage that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort took out on his Hamptons home just after leaving the campaign, according to NBC news.

“The mortgage document that explains how Manafort would pay back the loan was never filed with Suffolk County, New York — and Manafort's company never paid up to $36,000 in taxes that would be due on the loan.

“In addition, despite telling NBC News previously that all his real estate transactions are transparent and include his name and signature, Manafort's name and signature do not appear on any of the loan documents that are publicly available. A Manafort spokesperson said the $3.5 million loan, which was taken out through a shell company, was repaid in December, but also said that paperwork showing the repayment was not filed until he was asked about the loan by NBC News.”

We can only hope that newly appointed special counsel Robert Mueller can quickly find the truth. So, hopefully, we can end this nightmare of a presidency.

Manafort Got $3.5M Mystery Mortgage, Paid No Tax

By Tom Winter And Kenzi Abou-Sabe