How Manafort shot himself in the foot, ‘bigly’…
Here’s a fun detail from the latest report by Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff:
Asked twice by the Justice Department — in November 2016 and February 2017 — for any records that they had on the past Ukrainian lobbying effort, their consulting firm, DMI, responded that it “does not retain communications beyond 30 days” and as a result of this policy, a “search has returned no responsive documents.”
But the whole time, the indictment reveals, at least some of those records were stashed in Manafort’s home. Those records [were recovered when the FBI executed a “no-knock” warrant in July at Manafort’s Virginia hime and] helped Mueller put together a case accusing Manafort and Gates of serving as “unregistered” foreign agents by engaging over an eight-year period in a “multimillion dollar lobbying campaign” that was done “at the direction” of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russian Party of Regions. Yanukovych is now living in Moscow.
You should’ve known, Paul: honesty, as the old saying goes, is always the best policy.
Oh, right. You’re a Republican and a lobbyist, so that whole honesty thing is a non-starter. ‘Nuff said!