As Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn reported yesterday ("Trump lawyers scramble to prepare for new stage of Russian probe" (https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/28/trump-russia-probe-legal-244270), Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign manager (June 2016-August 2016) is likely to be indicted by a grand jury convened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
A man as concerned about his appearance as Trump, Manafort has often lobbied on behalf of controversial foreign leaders such as former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, former dictator of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos, dictator of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Mobutu Sese Seko, and Angolan guerrillaleader Jonas Savimbi. Lobbying to serve the interests of foreign governments requires registration with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act; however, as of June 2, 2017, Manafort had not registered. On June 27 he retroactively registered as a foreign agent.
In February 2014, Yanukovych was ousted by Ukraine’s parliament in a move which Russia’s Putin claims was illegal under Ukraine’s Constitution. He has been living in exile in southern Russia ever since. Putin granted him Russian citizenship in October 2014, three years before Trump hoodwinked his base into sweeping him into the White House.
Associate solitary reporter Susanna Sherman has been following Manafort around ever since he was removed from his position as Trump's campaign manager. “From from the first moment I saw him,” Sherman told us, “The man’s a greaser and he always seems to be absolutely untrustworthy — just way, way too slick.” So early today, Sherman confronted Manafort at Dulles International Airport in Virginia and said, “Paul, where you headed?”
Always ducking cameras from the mainstream media, Manafort whispered in Sherman’s ear, “I’m catching an Aeroflot flight to Moscow where I will be debriefed by Putin. After several days of loafing at Putin’s Palace on the Black Sea, my close personal friend Vlad will be granting me Russian citizenship, just as he did for my client and close personal friend, Viktor Yanukovych. I will be a lot more comfortable than Julian Assange in that tiny Ecuadorian Embassy in London. That way, I can stay here at Putin's Palace as long as I want — and I won’t have to worry about Mueller.”
Associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones just tweeted us saying that Trump has instructed his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller unless he drops his investigation of Manafort and Michael Flynn, his former National Security Advisor.