NEW DOCUMENT: In 2016 & 2017, MANAFORT & GATES fought @TheJusticeDept to avoid disclosure of their lobbying for pro-Russian Ukrainian interests by claiming they didn't have a contract with a pro-YANUKOVYCH nonprofit & had deleted emails related to the work documentcloud.org/documents/4878…
NOTABLE: The lawyer who represented MANAFORT & GATES in their fight with @TheJusticeDepartment, Melissa Laurenza of @Akin_Gump, later fought MUELLER's efforts to compel her to testify against Manafort. Mueller continues pushing for access to her emails with Manafort.
This letter is part of a tranche of documents obtained via a lawsuit brought by @NYTimes & @MFIAclinic against @TheJusticeDept under #FOIA. Taken together, they provide tantalizing hints about the extent of MANAFORT & GATES's unregistered foreign lobbying. documentcloud.org/documents/4878…
MANAFORT says he didn't lobby.
BUT in 2012, he emailed the US Ambassador to Ukraine, complaining that YANUKOVYCH was being disrespected: “The @StateDept statement on the election is an insult to the people of Ukraine & those … working so hard to bring democracy to Ukraine."
NEW DOCUMENTS: @TheJusticeDept started asking MANAFORT to explain why he didn't disclose his pro-Russian Ukrainian work under FARA back in Sept. 2016. Instead of FARA registering, Manafort & Gates lied to DOJ about their work, according to MUELLER. documentcloud.org/documents/4878…
In response to my #FOIA for FARA records related to MANAFORT, GATES, @PodestaGroup, Mercury, @SkaddenArps , etc, @TheJusticeDept found 1,810 emails & 1 DVD of documents.
BUT it only released a few dozen pages, withholding the rest under an exemption for law enforcement records.

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Oct 5, 2018
FACT CHECK ON TRUMP'S SOROS CLAIM:
Some of the groups organizing KAVANAUGH protests HAVE in fact received significant $ from @GEORGESOROS's @OpenSociety foundations, including:
@PopDemoc & @CPDAction: $2.7M in '16/'17
@PPact: $10M in '17
@ACLU: $405k to various arms in '16/'17
And orgs airing pro-KAVANAUGH ads have received $ from top GOP donors, including:
@judicialnetwork: $23M in '16 from secret-$ Wellspring Cmte
@americafirstpol: $15M+ in '17 from pro-TRUMP donors
@45_Committee: $30M raised in '16 for it & its super PAC by Todd Ricketts. 2/3
—This is how political advocacy is funded in America.
—There's usually very little info on the donors behind it, thanks to lax disclosure rules.
@GeorgeSoros & @OpenSociety actually tend to be more transparent than most donors on the right (or the left, for that matter). 3/3
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Sep 15, 2018
NEW: People who worked with MANAFORT in Ukraine think his real value to MUELLER may be flipping on the oligarchs, the pols they funded & the Western firms/operatives who assisted them, including ones he recruited, like TONY PODESTA, MERCURY & @SKADDENARPS. nytimes.com/2018/09/14/us/…
Allies of PODESTA & MERCURY are seething at MANAFORT right now. They blame him for misleading them into FARA violations back in 2012, & now they're concerned that he's going to help MUELLER frame them for work he orchestrated. nytimes.com/2018/09/14/us/…
NEW DOC: PODESTA was “initially inclined to register under FARA" for MANAFORT work. Instead, he registered with Congress after being assured that the client was not controlled or funded by YANUKOVYCH.
MUELLER says that was a lie, & Podesta knew it. #FOIA documentcloud.org/documents/4883…
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Sep 14, 2018
NEW MANAFORT DETAILS: Per superseding criminal information, Manafort asked European p.r. guys to push false story “[w]ith no fingerprints" alleging YANUKOVYCH's rival TYMOSHENKO had paid for murder of a Ukrainian official, acknowledging his "goal is to plant some stink on Tymo.”
BAD FOR GREG CRAIG: His white shoe law firm @SKADDEN_ARPS accepted $4M from MANAFORT through overseas accounts to write whitewash report on YANOKOVYCH while privately expressing doubts about the report & also secretly working more broadly for Yanukovych's pro-Russian regime.
DIRTY: MANAFORT orchestrated a scheme to have, "[O]bama jews,” as he described them, pressure the OBAMA administration to support his pro-Russian client YANUKOVYCH by "spreading stories in the US that a senior Cabinet official" was abetting antisemitism by supporting TYMOSHENKO.
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Sep 8, 2018
CONSPIRACIES ARE BIG BUSINESS: Noted anti-elite crusader ALEX JONES bought 4 Rolexs (in one day), owned a $40k saltwater aquarium, a $70k grand piano, $50k in firearms & kept $752k in silver, gold & precious metals in a safe deposit box, per court docs. nytimes.com/2018/09/07/us/…
POST-SOCIAL MEDIA BANISHMENT FIRE SALE AT INFOWARS: Survival Shield X-2 iodine drops were discounted 40%, to $23.95, while Alpha Power, a testosterone for fighting "against the globalist agenda,” was half off, at $34.95. nytimes.com/2018/09/07/us/…
ALEX JONES' BUSINESS MODEL—SUPPLEMENTS: “They’re a fast-growing market. I use it to fund the operation. Other revolutionaries rob banks and kidnap people, OK? I don’t do that,” he told the @nytimes, explaining “I’m not a business guy, I’m a revolutionary." nytimes.com/2018/09/07/us/…
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Aug 31, 2018
SAM PATTEN CHARGES ARE IMPORTANT: They relate to his work with longtime MANAFORT deputy KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK ("foreigner A" in charging doc) on behalf of a pro-Russian Ukrainian party for which Manafort also worked. Shows that MUELLER's work is bearing fruit beyond core of probe.
The document charging SAM PATTEN with violating FARA doesn't name KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK, but indicates that Patten & "Foreigner A," a Russian, formed a US co. to do work starting in 2015.
And DC incorporation papers show that the pair formed Begemot Ventures International in 2015.
IF SAM PATTEN FLIPS, IT COULD BE HUGE: He worked closely with:
—KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK, the Russian-intel linked operative who was MANAFORT's No. 2.
—RINAT AKHMETSHIN: the Russian-American lobbyist who attended the TRUMP TOWER meeting.
—VARIOUS OLIGARCHS who funded Manafort.
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Aug 21, 2018
NEW: A NY State judge rejects TRUMP's effort to dismiss a lawsuit against his private security team for roughing up protesters, writing that Trump "authorized & condoned the specific type of conduct of defendants @KEITHSCHILLER45, GARY UHER & EDDIE DECK." documentcloud.org/documents/4779…
In declining to dismiss TRUMP from the case, the judge specifically cited his justification after his supporters roughed up a #BlackLivesMatter protester at a 2015 campaign rally: "Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing."
STATEMENT FROM PLAINTIFFS' LAWYER: "Our clients were violently assaulted by then-candidate Trump’s security team. We look forward to trying the case against now-@POTUS Trump, @KeithSchiller45, & the other defendants in The Bronx. We will be asking the jury for punitive damages."
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