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CHECKMATE: NY Prosecutors Are Ready to Indict Paul Manafort at Any Moment if Trump Pardons Him

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If former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been lying to prosecutors in the hopes of securing a pardon from President Donald Trump, he will be in for a nasty surprise should such an event ever come to pass.

Bloomberg is reporting that New York state prosecutors have “put together a criminal case against Paul Manafort that they could file quickly if the former chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign receives a presidential pardon.”

According to Bloomberg’s sources, attorneys working for New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. have uncovered potential tax fraud crimes committed by Manafort that they could choose to prosecute should Manafort ever be released from prison by Trump.

Vance’s office started investigating Manafort in March 2017, two months before Robert Mueller was even appointed as special counsel and even longer before Manafort was indicted for tax fraud, conspiracy against the United States and other charges.

Bloomberg says that Vance’s prosecutors have found evidence of “evasion of New York taxes and violations of state laws requiring companies to keep accurate books and records,” although there is some worry that some of these charges could overlap with charges leveled by Mueller, which could constitute double jeopardy.

“Vance’s office has identified several areas where it believes Manafort can be charged with state offenses without triggering double jeopardy protections,” the report claims. “For example, New York law allows defendants who have already been convicted of evading federal taxes to be charged with the same conduct as it applies to state taxes. As a part-time resident of New York, Manafort has some exposure.”

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Supreme Court Blocks House Subpoena for Trump’s Financial Records – for Now

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The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued a temporary stay blocking a House subpoena that would require the release of President Donald Trump’s financial documents. Chief Justice John Roberts issued the order.

The stay is until “further order,” and allows time for both sides to submit arguments, according to Bloomberg News.

Calling it an “indefinite delay,” the Associated Press notes the “hold could last a matter of days or weeks,” if the Court decides to let two lower court rulings in favor of the House stand.

“But the delay could extend for months if the justices decide they need to hear arguments and issue a written opinion,” the AP adds.

Responses from both sides are due Thursday, according to this document posted by Axios:

 

 

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House Investigating if Trump Lied to Mueller

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The U.S. House of Representatives is investigating if President Donald Trump lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his 22-month long Russia probe.

The Washington Post reports the attorney for the House revealed the existence of the investigation to a panel of judges. The House is arguing that it must be allowed to see secret grand-jury materials from Mueller’s investigation. The Dept. of Justice has been blocking that request after a lower court ordered the materials handed over to Congress.

The New York Times adds that the investigation is focused on the written answers Trump submitted to questions from the Special Counsel.

It is a crime to lie to the FBI or the DOJ.

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Three People Dead in Shooting at Oklahoma Walmart

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Three people were shot to death at a Duncan, Oklahoma Walmart, according to KOCO 5 News.

The Duncan Banner reports police have confirmed the shooting suspect is dead. It is currently unclear if they are included in the death toll.

A mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas left 20 people dead and dozens injured. It led the company in September to ask customers to cease open-carry of guns and announce it would stop the sale of many types of ammunition.

Just days later Walgreens and CVS pharmacies, and Kroger and Wegmans supermarkets announced they too were asking customers to no longer enter their stores openly-carrying guns.

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