Don't take our word for it. Below is how the NYT described Mueller's thuggish raid on Paul Manafort's home one early morning last July. You would think the man was an axe-murderer or guilty of high treason, but actually his offense was to get afoul of the War Party's line on Ukraine and Russia. Accordingly, the raid did not materialize overnight as Mueller's bully-boy prosecutors found their stride. Instead, it seems that Manafort had been under FBI surveillance since 2014---long before his brief stint with the Donald. And it was for the sin of policy dissent, not breaking any law. To wit, Manafort is a 40-year pedigreed Washington influence peddler. He has made a handsome living in the lobbying
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Don't take our word for it. Below is how the NYT described Mueller's thuggish raid on Paul Manafort's home one early morning last July. You would think the man was an axe-murderer or guilty of high treason, but actually his offense was to get afoul of the War Party's line on Ukraine and Russia.
Accordingly, the raid did not materialize overnight as Mueller's bully-boy prosecutors found their stride. Instead, it seems that Manafort had been under FBI surveillance since 2014---long before his brief stint with the Donald. And it was for the sin of policy dissent, not breaking any law.
To wit, Manafort is a 40-year pedigreed Washington influence peddler. He has made a handsome living in the lobbying business along with about 13,000 other registered beltway gunslingers and tens of thousands more who claim to be lawyers and consultants.
From his days as a core member of the Reagan White House lobbying operation and founder of one of Washington's premier influence peddling firms----Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly---Manafort had developed an extensive practice working for foreign governments; and a lot of them over the years were rightwing crooks and thugs like Ferdinand Marcos and Jonas Savimbi (leader of Angola's CIA supported rebels).
In this connection he had been paid good money for his advisory work in behalf of a foreign president who had been elected pursuant to Ukraine's constitutional procedures in 2010. Indeed, even the censorious Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe had described the election of Viktor Yanukovych to the nation's top job as "transparent and honest".
Indeed, the several hundred thousand dollars paid to Manafort's firm after his was hired in 2004 by Yanukovych's political party--- called the Party of the Regions----would have been par for the beltway slim circuit, save for one nuance.
The War Party had defeated Yanukovych in a 2004 run-off election in favor of the "Orange Revolution" candidate that had been promoted and funded by Washington. However, Manafort's US style campaign assistance in 2010 had turned the tables in favor of Yanukovych, who represented the Russian-speaking and Russian oriented eastern and southern regions of Ukraine.
That rebuke to the Deep State policy in Ukraine night not ordinarily have been fatal. But then three years into his term, Manafort's client choose to make a deal in behalf of his countrymen with Moscow that did not sit well with Senator McWar (R-AZ) and the beltway neocons.
Rather than embracing the pending EU association agreement that had been confected by Washington, and which was tied to onerous IMF conditions and was intended as a stepping stone to NATO membership, Yanukovych pivoted to the nation's historical suzerain in Moscow. By any objective standard, the Moscow deal was clearly a more attractive package of loans and other economic arrangements---including concessions on most of Ukraine's natural gas supply originating in Russia.
But as we explain below, this pivot to Moscow was just the excuse that Senator McWar and his Deep State henchman needed to launch a full-scale CIA-State-NED-NGO coup d etat on the streets of Kiev in February 2014. It ended in the quick removal of Yan0kuvych from power, cancelation of the latter's new deal with Russia and the installation of a cabinet dominated by anti-Russian Ukrainian nationalists and crypto-nazis.
In a heartbeat, therefore, Manafort found himself on the wrong side of Deep State policy and subject to a FISA-ordered wire tap in 2014 shortly after the coup.
That is to say, the blatant lawbreakers in Imperial Washington who carried on their 85th illegal intervention since 1948 in the internal affairs of a sovereign country----a poor, landlocked nation that was absolutely no threat whatsoever to the security and safety of the citizens in Lincoln NE or Springfield MA----now turned what amounts to the US secret police against a law-abiding American lobbyist.
At length, Manafort joined up with Trump in mid-2016, got wire-tapped again, and eventually was subjected to what amounted to a perp walk in his own bedroom:
Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home. They took binders stuffed with documents and copied his computer files, looking for evidence that Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, set up secret offshore bank accounts. They even photographed the expensive suits in his closet.
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a warning: His prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him, said two people close to the investigation.The moves against Mr. Manafort are just a glimpse of the aggressive tactics used by Mr. Mueller and his team of prosecutors in the four months since taking over the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia’s attempts to disrupt last year’s election, according to lawyers, witnesses and American officials who have described the approach. Dispensing with the plodding pace typical of many white-collar investigations, Mr. Mueller’s team has used what some describe as shock-and-awe tactics to intimidate witnesses and potential targets of the inquiry.
“They are setting a tone. It’s important early on to strike terror in the hearts of people in Washington, or else you will be rolled,” said Solomon L. Wisenberg, who was deputy independent counsel in the (Clinton Impeachment) investigation....
We could not have said it any better: The Deep State is using flat-out terror tactics to get its man, and you better believe that target is not merely the hapless Paul Manafort; and you also better believe that the "capo" running the prosecutorial witch-hunt now underway is getting his orders from higher level bosses.
To wit, the evil force behind the entire Mueller operation is ultimately the misanthropic, criminally-demented brain of Senator McCain. That's at the root of Manafort's manhandling last summer and the nation's emerging constitional crisis relating to the current occupant of the Oval Office.
More than any single Washington figure, the loathsome Senator McCain is the godfather of permanent rule by Imperial Washington's War Party. He is a principal mover behind the blatant campaign to remove Trump from office because the Deep State determined that the Donald would not function as a reliable tool and factotum.
We happen to have some direct insight and experience in that regard. Shortly after the CIA coup in February 2014 on the Streets of Kiev, we happened to be sitting next to Senator McCain at the home of a mutual friend---when McCain got what appeared to be an urgent message on his i-Phone.
OK, we did squint to the side and read exactly what was on the screen. It was an eye-opener----a message from the supreme leader of the neocons indicating that the "operation" was going exactly as planned in Kiev.
The author of the message was Bob Kagen. The latter is in charge of neocon big think in Washington and the husband of another War Party operative, Victoria Nuland, who at the time was Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and chief orchestrator of the Kiev coup.
But that's where the plot thickens big time. To wit, Nuland and her Deep State operatives had decided to remove Manafort's legally elected client from the Presidency of Ukraine, not simply because he had failed to sign up to their plan to bring Ukraine into the EC and NATO to the doorstep of Russia, but because he had allied himself with Vlad Putin at a very wrong time in history.
Six months earlier Putin had deftly upended the neocons' long-running plan to compel regime change in Syria. And it is the course of history which followed from that signal event that may end up sending Manafort to one of Uncle Sam's hospitality suites and Mike Pence to a swearing-in ceremony for the 46th President of the US.
To refresh the history briefly, there was a Syrian jihadist false flag chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus in August 2013 that the U.S. intelligence community's flagrantly lied about, claiming it had proof the villain was Bashar Assad. So by the lights of the neocons, Obama now had no excuse not to call out the bombers, cruise missiles and drones to turn Assad into the third member of the dead dictators club along with Saddam Hussein and Moammar Khadafy.
But their grand plan for Syrian "regime change" was foiled. It subsequently became evident that the primitive rockets that had carried the deadly sarin gas, which killed upwards of 1500 innocent civilians, could not have been fired from regime held territory; the rockets examined by UN investigators had a range of only a few kilometers, not the 15-20 kilometers from the nearest Syrian base.
In any event, President Obama chose to ignore his own red line and called off the bombers. That, in turn, paved the way for Vladimir Putin to step into the breach and persuade Assad to give up all of his chemical weapons---a commitment he fully complied with over the course of the next year.
Needless to say, in the eyes of the neocon War Party, this constructive act of international statesmanship by Putin was the unforgivable sin. It thwarted the next target on their regime change agenda---removal of the Assad government in Syria as a step toward an ultimate attack on its ally, the Shiite regime of Iran.
In any event, when Assad quickly gave up all of his chemical weapons and agree to subject Syria to international verification, the neocons were left sputtering and fuming.
In a word, the coup in Kiev a few months latter was their revenge, and it is that supremely stupid, illegal and immoral act of revenge that lies behind the current anti-Russian hysteria and the resulting efforts to remove the Donald from office. And it is also where Senator McWar gets right into the middle of the picture.
The regime change campaign in Syria had been McCain's baby. He had traveled to the region innumerable times after 2011 and had personally shepherded the creation, training and arming of the so-called rebel opposition in Syria, He also functioned as the War Party's proconsul for the Mid-East and had whipped Capitol Hill and the Obama Administration into line for a policy that amounted to rank imperialism.
After all, what was the threat to the US homeland? The Syrian Air Force-----composed mainly of 40-year old Soviet aircraft---couldn't have gotten beyond Turkey, let alone across the Atlantic.
In any event, when McCain's grand plan to install his own government in Damascus came a cropper, he was furious and decamped almost immediately to Kiev---along with Nuland and an army of Deep State operatives.
It did not take long for the McCain expedition to retaliate. While Putin was basking in the glory of the 2014 winter Olympics at Sochi, the entire apparatus of Imperial Washington---the CIA, the National Endowment for Democracy, the State Department and a long string of Washington funded NGOs---was on the ground in Kiev midwifing the putsch that overthrew Ukraine's constitutionally elected President and Russian ally.
From there, the Ukrainian civil war and partition of Crimea inexorably followed, as did the escalating campaign against Russia and its leader, who had suddenly become demonized like no world leader since Stalin or Hitler.
Indeed, given the Stalin-era animosity between the Russian speaking Donbas and Crimean regions of the confected state of Ukraine and the virulent anti-Russian populations elsewhere---including descendants of the Nazi collaborators with Hitler during WWII---there could have been no other outcome. And that was especially the case after Washington designated "Yats," a neo-Nazi sympathizer named Arseniy Yatseniuk, as the guy to takeover the Ukrainian government at the time of the Kiev uprising.
So as it turned out, the War Party could not have planned a more fortuitous outcome---especially after Russia moved to protect its legitimate interests in its own backyard resulting from the Washington-instigated civil war in Ukraine.
That includes, of course, protecting its 200-year old Naval base at Sevastopol in Crimea----a historic part of the Russian territory that Catherine the Great bought for good money from Ottomans in 1783. The War Party's clamoring that Putin should give it back after Russia owned it for 173 years amounts to turning Khrushchev's drunken stupor one late night in 1956---in which he "gave" Crimea to his Ukrainian compatriots on the Soviet politburo---into a causes belli in the year 2017.
As the Donald might have previously said, SO STUPID!
Senator McCain and the War Party have simply characterized these actions falsely as acts of aggression by a potential sacker of the peace and territorial integrity of its European neighbors. They are nothing of the kind and essentially none of Washington's business.
Indeed, the alacrity with which the War Party re-opened the Cold War in response to being checkmated in Syria has gone unremarked because in a 24/7 cable world there is essentially no history. Yet just four years ago in July 2013 no one was seriously demonizing Putin or Russia. In fact, the slicksters of CNN were still snickering about Mitt Romney's silly claim during the 2012 election campaign that Russia was the greatest security threat facing America.
RussiaGate is self-evidently a witch hunt like few others in American political history. Yet as the mainstream cameras and microphones were thrust at one Congressional Republican after another during a particular day in mid-June when Trump tweeted "Witch Hunt" there was nary an echo of agreement.
Even Senator John Thune, an ostensible Swamp-hating conservative, had nothing but praise for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, while effecting an earnest confidence that he would fairly and thoroughly get to the bottom of the matter.
No he won't!
Mueller is a card-carrying apparatchik of the Deep State, who was there at the founding of today's surveillance monster as Director of the FBI in the aftermath of 9/11. Since the whole $75 billion apparatus that eventually emerged was based on a vastly exaggerated threat of global Islamic terrorism that doesn't exist, Russia had to be demonized into order to keep the game going---a transition that Mueller fully subscribed to.
So he will "find" extensive Russian interference in the 2016 election and bring the hammer down on the Donald for seeking to prevent it from coming to light. The clock is now ticking and his investigatory team is being loaded up with prosecutorial killers who have proven records of thuggery when it comes to finding crimes that make for the fame and fortune of the prosecutors---even if the crime itself never happened.
How else do you explain the gestapo like descent on Paul Manafort's residence last summer?
In that regard, it is important to note that Mueller's #1 hire was the despicable Andrew Weissmann. The latter had led the fraud section of the department's Criminal Division, served as general counsel to the F.B.I. when Mueller was its director, and, more importantly, was the driving force behind the Enron task force---the most egregious exercise in prosecutorial abuse and thuggery since the Palmer raids of 1919.
Meanwhile, as we have been saying all along, the GOP elders especially could also not be clearer about what is coming down the pike.
They are not defending Trump with even a modicum of the vigor and resolve that we recall from the early days of Tricky Dick's ordeal, and, of course, he didn't survive anyway.
Instead, it's as if Ryan, McConnell, et al. have offered to hold his coat, while the Donald pummels himself with a 140-character Twitter Knife that is visible to the entire world.
To paraphrase the title of Hollywood's new movie about the horrors of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia: "First they came for Manafort.......Next the Donald's whole family....And then for the Oval Office usurper himself ".
In a word, Senator McWar's nice little putsch in Kiev is now begetting a Great Big Coup in the Imperial City.
This is a history-shattering development, but don't tell the boys and girls and robo-machines on Wall Street.
These fools are still buying the dips!