Sunday, August 13, 2017

Robert Mueller's Russia probe is causing financial hardship for those being targeted. My heart bleeds.

Courtesy of the Daily Beast:  

“Paul Manafort’s resolve is limitless, but his resources are not,” said a person close to Manafort. 

Manafort isn’t the only person facing financial challenges because of the legal costs of responding to Mueller’s probe. Michael Flynn, the retired general and deposed National Security Adviser, is struggling mightily with his mounting legal bills, according to a source familiar with his situation. The expenses has put his family’s finances under significant duress, the source said, and it’s expected he will soon create a legal defense fund to keep from going bankrupt. 

Hiring the high-powered Washington lawyers necessary to respond to a deep-dive Justice Department investigation can be extraordinarily costly. And Manafort—despite his past lucrative contracts with foreign governments, and despite the fact that he owns numerous properties around the country—is feeling the pinch. Sources say that’s part of the reason he is no longer retaining WilmerHale; the firm is known for handling Congressional investigations, but Mueller’s probe has now shifted its focus to international tax issues—which meant Manafort needed lawyers with that expertise. So he has brought in Miller Chevalier, a boutique Washington law firm full of international law experts, and has parted with WilmerHale. 

David Rivkin, a longtime conservative Washington attorney who worked in the Justice Department under Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, said Mueller’s probe is undoubtedly straining the finances of all its targets.

Try as I might I cannot come up with an ounce of sympathy for these traitors.

If they don't want to end up in the poor house perhaps they should simply admit their guilt and then start singing like a bird and help Mueller bring their boss and his cohorts to justice.

Just a thought.


  1. Anonymous6:21 AM

    I take it they didn't save their ill-gotten gain but spent it lavishly leaving no money to "pay the piper".......what a pity

  2. Anonymous6:41 AM

    Donald Trump's wealthy family

    1. Anonymous7:23 AM

      Looking & Going Down!

    2. Anonymous8:07 AM

      Donate here

  3. Anonymous6:52 AM

    Our legal system allows citizens to defend themselves in court.

    1. Anonymous7:55 AM

      RIGHT!>"In May, Sessions, an ardent opponent to marijuana legalization, issued a memorandum ordering federal prosecutors to pursue the toughest possible sentences for certain nonviolent drug offenders, which overturned the bipartisan-supported policy of issuing mandatory minimums sentences for non-violent offenders implemented under the Obama Administration. The AG was blasted by Democrats and Republicans alike.
      Then, in July, Sessions announced the DOJ was considering rolling back a series of Obama-era curbs on civil-asset forfeiture—a highly disputed practice that would allow law enforcement to permanently seize property, and in many states, cash from individuals and businesses, who may never actually be charged with a crime. This controversial practice is riddled with and is ripe for corruption, considering law enforcement only needs a “suspicion of a crime” to seize assets and, in many states, cash under the program." "While it is clear the majority of Americans have become much more educated about marijuana, Sessions seems to be misleading the country about what marijuana is, its uses and how we even got here in the first place. (According to Richard Nixon’s top aides, Nixon's war on drugs was racially motivated).
      "Is it about our big-money prisons systems?"{YE$}
      "a federal crackdown on the cannabis industry would mean medical marijuana patients and veterans will be denied access to treatments that improve their quality of life. Tens of thousands of Americans would lose their incomes and jobs. Billions less would be collected from cannabis businesses for state and municipal programs."Congress has the power to stop Sessions’s Reefer Madness mentality while helping our country combat its opioid crisis, giving our nation's sickest patients access to alternative medical treatments, generating billions in tax dollars for programs, creating jobs and spawning innovation—all of which benefits Americans, not harms them."


    2. Anonymous10:28 AM

      So what is your point, are you suggesting they ask for a taxpayer funded public defender?

    3. Anonymous11:33 AM

      Sessions's? Good GAWD, learn the use of apostrophes.

      As for Reefer Madness, as one whose husband uses to avoid opioids as best he can, FUCK you, Sessions, you have no idea what you're talking about.

  4. Anonymous7:18 AM

    Would love to see Army court martial Flynn and bust him back to PFC rank and end his big three star general retirement pay.

    Fuck these traitors.

    1. Anonymous7:45 AM

      The Army needs to drain their swamps. That would be a good start. Start with Flynn and go on with the other traitors from the military.

  5. Anonymous7:22 AM

    Won't they have fundraisers? There is always GoFundMe. I'm sure the right will give millions if not billions for thier favorites.

    1. Anonymous8:34 AM

      Didn't one of them start a PAC to defray legal costs? I can't remember who it was, maybe not these two, but they will never pay anything on their own if they can weasel out of it. Just like $arah's stupid PAC that finally shut down, there's people out there dumb enough to contribute to it.

  6. Anonymous7:43 AM


    FBI, federal prosecutors launch civil rights investigation into Virginia violence

    Sessions: ‘Violence, Deaths in Charlottesville Strike at Heart of American Law, Justice’

    1. Anonymous8:03 AM

      "“I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple: Go home,” McAuliffe said at a news conference. “You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you.”
      "McAuliffe said on Twitter that he declared the state of emergency “to aid state response to violence at alt-right rally in Charlottesville.”"“The acts and rhetoric in Charlottesville over the past 24 hours are unacceptable and must stop. A right to speech is not a right to violence,”
      "In what they called a pro-white demonstration, torch-bearing white nationalists marched Friday night through the university campus and gathered around the statue of General Robert E. Lee, a Confederate Civil War hero. They shouted epithets and slogans such as “white lives matter,” a take on the grass-roots organization Black Lives Matter, which was created after several killings of black Americans by police officers."

    2. Anonymous8:14 AM

      The President has never had an issue with condemning acts of Muslim extremist terrorism, so why is it impossible for this White House to specifically condemn white racist domestic terrorism?

      "In 2008, when Barack Obama was elected the first African-American president, it was a proud day for the country. In fact, many people had felt that it was the final step in eradicating racial divisions in America.

      BUT maybe it was just the opposite."That reality – the idea that a black man was succeeding in a position too many Americans didn’t think he should legitimately have – gave new life to white supremacists."Kicking off his candidacy by denigrating Mexican immigrants, slapping a “Make America Great Again” slogan on his podiums, winking and nodding about bringing “law and order” back to America, encouraging violence at his rallies, proposing to keep Muslims out of the country – all of these things were being said and done by an actual presidential nominee." when the President of the United States – the man who has undeniably fed this toxic environment – has refused to call out this weekend’s madness for what it truly was: a white supremacist terrorist attack that has no place in a civilized society."
      "using the ISIS playbook"

  7. Anonymous7:48 AM

    Is Mooch still working for Trump?

    Scaramucci criticizes Trump's Charlottesville response and blames Bannon

    1. Anonymous8:27 AM

      “I think the president knows what he’s going to do with Steve Bannon,” Sacramuccii told ABC. “The president has a very good idea of the people who are undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests.”
      Scaramucci went on to bash the influence of the website Breitbart, which Bannon ran before joining the Trump campaign and administration, has had a “Bannon-bart” influence” in the White House and ruled it “a snag on the president.”

    2. Anonymous9:32 AM

      Rupert Murdoch and President Trump met after Scaramucci exit

      In April, the New York Times identified Murdoch as one of Trump's informal advisers and said the two men speak by phone every week.

      Around the same time, Gabriel Sherman of New York magazine reported that Trump was overheard on a hot mic telling Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that "Rupert's been a lot better to me than Roger ever was."

  8. Anonymous8:05 AM

    I hope Bannon goes but I don't see how that changes Trump's core. Donald Trump’s father

  9. Anonymous10:26 AM

    Cry me a river, they weren’t complaining when they were selling out our country.

    Guess they will have to dip into their overseas tax sheltered accounts or I hear McDonalds is hiring.

  10. WA Skeptic11:49 AM

    Money problems? Send the bill to Vlad.

  11. One man's "fiancial hardship" is most other's life of luxury.

  12. Perhaps instead of mounting a defense they should mount a "cooperation."

    Cut a deal and spill everything you know. It's a lot cheaper and will save in the long run since we all know they'll eventually be doing exactly that in the end.

  13. Let's talk real financial hardship under the Trump administration.

    "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under President Donald Trump has been scrutinized of late for facilitating an aggressive expansion of the conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, as well as attempting to scrap strong net neutrality protections. But lost in the noise is how Trump’s FCC chair, Ajit Pai, abandoned the Obama administration’s attempt to cap exorbitant rates and fees that companies charge for phone service in prisons and jails—which impacts inmates and their families, like Martin.

    Regular contact between inmates and family members can lower recidivism and help with rehabilitation. And until the 1990s, inmates could make calls at about the same rates as other people, according to The New York Times. But over the next few decades, private phone providers sent rates and fees skyrocketing."

    "One of the dissenters in the FCC’s 2015 vote was then-Commissioner Pai, whom Trump later picked to chair the agency. He called the action “well-intentioned” but unlawful, and also talked about contraband cellphones being “thrown over prison fences stuffed into everything from footballs to dead cats.”

    Under Pai, the FCC changed course. One week before February oral argument in appeals court, the agency told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that it would no longer defend a key component of the Obama administration’s rule, namely, that the agency had the authority to cap in-state rates. "

    "More than 70 percent of all inmate calls are in-state, Petro claimed, so “the lack of price caps has permitted companies like Securus to charge more than $11 for a fifteen minute intrastate call for more than 60 correctional facilities in Michigan.”"

    "But going forward, Wilkinson said, “families unfortunately can expect that the government is going to continue to protect these companies and their profits, and not look out for the American people.”"

    Again. Profit, profit, PROFIT!

    BTW Pai is the one that is going to destroy net neutrality for.....let's hear it.....PROFIT!


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