Manafort Lawyer: US Govt Has Only Used ‘Failure to Register as Foreign Agent’ 6 Times to Indict Since 1966 (VIDEO)
As The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft reported Monday morning, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and business partner Rick Gates were ordered to surrender to federal authorities. Manafort has officially surrendered to the FBI, having entered the Bureau’s Washington, D.C. headquarters shortly after 8:00am EST.
Manafort was arrested for not filing the same FARA forms the Podestas just filed in August.
Also, it was already reported in August that Manafort had not filed these forms.
National Review reported the following today –
Do not be fooled by the “Conspiracy against the United States” heading on Count One (page 23 of the indictment). This case has nothing to do with what Democrats and the media call “the attack on our democracy” (i.e., the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election, supposedly in “collusion” with the Trump campaign). Essentially, Manafort and his associate, Richard W. Gates, are charged with (a) conspiring to conceal from the U.S. government about $75 million they made as unregistered foreign agents for Ukraine, years before the 2016 election (mainly, from 2006 through 2014), and (b) a money-laundering conspiracy.
So Manafort got popped for failing to register as a foreign agent.
The Podestas just retroactively filed the same FARA forms.
So why is Manfort being arrested today and not the Podestas?
Sean Hannity played a clip of Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing speaking to the press Monday outside of court. He pointed out how rare it is for the U.S. government to prosecute based on failure to register as a foreign agent.
Manafort’s lawyer said Monday to the press, “Today you see an indictment brought by a Special Counsel that is using a very novel theory to prosecute Mr. Manafort regarding a FARA filing. The United States government has only used that offense 6 times since 1966 that resulted in one conviction.”
Sean Hannity, along with Downing pointed out that there is ZERO evidence of Trump colluding with the Russians.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 31, 2017
The Washington Examiner reported:
According to a 2016 audit of FARA enforcement by the DOJ’s inspector general, “etween 1966 and 2015 the Department only brought seven criminal cases – one resulted in a conviction at trial for conspiracy to violate FARA and other statutes, two pleaded guilty to violating FARA, two others pleaded guilty to non-FARA charges, and the remaining two cases were dismissed.”