#Manafort charging document for today's guilty plea includes details of his planting disinformation in US press to smear political rivals of his pro-Russia clients in Ukraine. Eg "Plant some stink on Tymo"—painting a female rival as a criminal who paid for murder. Sound familiar?
Manafort had used the same propaganda smear tactics in Ukraine that Trump rolled out in his campaign for president in 2016. Manafort not only had Tymo soliciting murder. He pushed tribal divisions, using "Obama Jews" & anti-Semitism to tarnish her. assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4883…
#Manafort manipulated the media with disinformation and then used those planted news stories to manipulate US govt: "I have someone pushing it on the NY Post. Bada bing bada boom…The Jewish community will take this out on Obama on election day if he does nothing.”
BOMBSHELL: #Manafort has a cooperation agreement with Mueller in guilty plea deal. He will have to tell all he knows about the campaign, including Trump Tower meeting w/ campaign officials and a Russian lawyer discussing dirt on Hillary Clinton.& sanctions.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/us/…
WH will spin #Manafort plea deal as nothing to do w/ Trump. That's false on its face. Manafort's dirty work for pro-Putin pols & oligarchs was well-known when Trump hired him AND continued as his campaign chair. The most pivotal Russia disruption happened after Manafort joined👇
Attorney just said #Manafort has “accepted responsibility” and—interestingly—“wants to keep his family safe.” I’ve always felt Putin was a bigger threat to Manafort than Mueller probe. Skripal showed how Russia goes after people who know as much as PM does about oligarchs & pols.
"Mueller got everything they wanted"—CNN's @evanperez describes dramatic courtroom moment in #Manafort plea today when prosecutor Weissmann referred to "page 2 of the cooperation agreement" and the room gasped. It's a complete cooperation agreement, w/ extensive, broad language.
CNN legal analyst @JeffreyToobin on #Manafort plea deal: The Mueller team worked very hard and got what they wanted. They got a complete cooperation agreement. He confessed to an extraordinary number of crimes. This man was basically a one-man crime wave.
#Manafort knows a lot. He continued to advise Trump AFTER resigning as campaign chair—reported by @maggieNYT on Nov 9—in one of the most consequential edits in history. He sent at least one memo advising to focus on WI and MI—cut from final story. #maddow
#Maddow brings it full circle: Manafort’s guilty plea concerned running a disinformation scheme to smear Obama “cabinet official” with anti-Semitism for not properly aligning with pro-Russia interests. That official was…🥁…Putin’s later target Secy of State Hillary Clinton.
Paulie Runs One Last Disinformation Op–Against Trump. Great @joshtpm epilogue to a day that began with stories of Manafort copping a plea but amazingly w/o a cooperation deal. “How could Mueller do that??” Well, he didn’t. And Trump never saw it coming. talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/paulie-…
As Mueller wins big w/ Manafort plea and cooperation deal, the propagandists spin ever more wildly. This talk radio guy cites "Mueller sources saying" (who don't leak) he's given up on collusion & obstruction, now "trying to figure out how to end this w/ SOME SORT OF VICTORY"😂
.@TimothyDSnyder: #Manafort worked consistently in #Russia’s interest. Years for Deripaska to soften US for Russian influence. D’paska got him Yanukovych gig—Putin’s preferred man in Ukraine. (Paul got him elected adapting GOP Southern Strategy of identity/culture wars politics)

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Oct 9, 2018
#BREAKING Nikki Haley Resigned as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations via @NYTimes nyti.ms/2A0IDZ7?smid=n…
Nikki Haley resigns as UN ambassador, after meeting with Trump in WH—reportedly planned for 6 mos. Odd timing, tho, for Trump to lose a top woman after Kavanaugh & right before midterms? She’s been a notable loud voice against Russia’s malign acts. Will her replacement be also?
Nikki Haley profusely praises Trump and the family. Ivanka’s great and “Jared is a hidden genius that no one understands.” A bit over the top. But you can’t work for Trump unless you blather on like a sycophant. I bet she can’t wait to get the hell out of the embarrassment admin.
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So GOP operative PETER SMITH had an elaborate & well-funded scheme to get Clinton emails. In email w/ apparent hacker, they discuss wiring $150k to "Russian students" & being pleased w/ released Clinton emails just days after Wikileaks releases in Oct. wsj.com/articles/gop-o…
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🕯#OTD Oct 7, 2006: Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya murdered to silence her fierce voice on Putin mafia state corruption, atrocities, propaganda. Her truth is louder today: Putin's guard dogs hurtling Russia back to USSR abyss…Journalists risk death, bullet, poison, trial.
#Politkovskaya was a journalist & human rights activist, not distinct in authoritarian Russia. Anna said journalists owe duty to tell the truth about the state. One last investigation was into mass poisoning of Chechen schoolchildren, authorities gaslighted as media mass hysteria
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Oh gawd. Collins is repeating a Republican talking point about Democrats deciding before Kavanaugh was named to oppose him. So, folks, there you have it. OK for Republicans not to let Obama nominee have a hearing for a year, but Dems can't oppose a man, now credibly discredited.
.@SenatorCollins, what a disappointment. She's reciting Kavanaugh's judicial record, but nothing about his overt lack of judicial temperament. Truly shocking. It's not just Trump. Republicans behave like Soviets, believing the ends justify the means. Every damn time. Wow
@SenatorCollins Collins now sounds like Senator Kennedy: "I asked him point blank if anyone influenced his decisions…he said NO" "Judge Kavanaugh fits w/in the mainstream of legal thought." Now she's citing ABA, who just announced they're reopening their evaluation. What a farce. Sorry, America
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Grassley: “In another era, Kavanaugh would’ve been confirmed with a unanimous vote.” He ain’t wrong! And blames “left-wing” conspiracies. NEWS for Mr Grassley & Republicans: Women are constituents NOT conspirators! The era of dismissing women, our stories & our rights is OVER!
Schumer: Kavanaugh was problematic from the day he was named by hard-right special interests. The dam broke with Dr Ford’s sexual assault allegations. Republicans blame Democrats bc they have a flawed nominee. It’s the shameful culmination of scorched-earth politics of hard right
Schumer: Kavanaugh was evasive bc he knows his views are deeply at odds w/ the progress America’s made in the last century of jurisprudence & at odds w/ what most Americans believe…If you have doubts abt his credibility, don’t confirm. Ask Pres for another name. Save the Senate.
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More on that bar-room brawl, adding to a pattern of a belligerent & aggressive drunk/Supreme Court nominee: Kavanaugh wasn’t satisfied w an answer a guy in a bar gave him, so picked a fight, threw a glass of beer in the guy’s face. There’s a police report. apple.news/Am3cwBQu-TEKqo…
Yale classmate who witnessed a bar fight: What the incident illustrates about Kavanaugh “is just the aggressiveness that came along with the alcohol, the hair-trigger machismo… [T]hat was kind of Brett’s shtick. He was aggressive… belligerent” when drinking.
The most 80s thing ever: They were drinking pints at a bar after a UB40 concert & Kavanaugh was sure some guy was the lead singer Ali Campbell. He wasn’t but Brett started a fight b/c of how the guy talked to him. (BTW UB40’s big hit was “Red Red Wine”🍷) nyti.ms/2xUsgvG
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