The federal complaint against Paul Manafort and Richard Gates vindicates President Trump and repeatedly dismisses unsubstantiated rumors of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The Steele Dossier, paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC, and later subsidized by the FBI, makes salacious allegations about collusion between the Trump Campaign and the Kremlin. This dossier, which has now been discredited, is the primary article of evidence that leads to the creation of Robert Mueller’s Special Prosecution.
The Steele Dossier led to the issuance of 2 FISA warrants, including the use of wiretaps against Paul Manafort.
The complaint leveled against Paul Manafort and Richard Gates by the federal prosecutors dismisses the notion that the Trump Campaign colluded with Russia.
The complaint against Manafort includes a conspiracy charge, which relates to broadly misleading the federal government. This is not a charge that Manafort or his associates conspired against the United States in regards to the 2016 presidential campaign.
Given the extensive evidence and tough tactics used against Manafort throughout Mueller’s investigation, including a no-knock warrant, it would stand to reason that if there were any evidence of collusion, that would be included in the complaint.
The charges center around $75 million that Manafort and Gates earned overseas, $18 million of which was then allegedly hidden from the federal government by Manafort. Most of this money appears to be earned through Manafort and Gates’ work in Ukraine. The Daily Beast reported in June that Richard Gates has been a regular visitor to the White House, working alongside Trump ally Tom Barrack.
The media has raised the possibility that this indictment is part of an effort by Robert Mueller to leverage Manafort against other suspects, but there is currently no evidence of this claim.
Many have claimed that the Ukrainian parties that Mr. Manafort worked for are aligned with Vladimir Putin, Mueller’s complaint failed to elaborate on the details of such involvement with Putin.
Although available for use in front of a grand jury, evidence which was collected in relation to the Steele Dossier will likely be inadmissible in court, according to legal experts.