We don't actually partake in conspiracy writing here at the TPI, but we are observant and we will ask questions when we notice 'strange things happening.'
Let's start with reality. Corey Lewandowski was Trump's campaign manager from June 2015 at the tie of his declaration to run for the GOP nomination As we approached winning the campaign via millions of conservative (GOP) voters, what happened to Lewandowski? He was offered Trump's famous refrain of: " You're fired." Who came into the picture upon Lewandowski's firing? Actually, Lewandowski's replacement was probably decided well before he was unceremoniously fired as the sampling manager (and immediately hired by CNN).
Trump somehow came across this man:
In addition to an existence "for hire" background around the GOP, ti seems Manafort has other chapters in his storied history.
Before we move to recent revelations about Manafort's more recent "consulting" across the globe, let's establish a couple of points. The points of the lie as a critical tool of consultancy.
The Art of the Lie
I. CNNs Chris Sumo interview Manafort regarding Trump's wife's plagiarized convention speech. Manafrort lied about the plagiarism without regard for irrefutable evidence to the contrary. He offered a straight faced lie equal to any carnival barker seeking your ticket purchase for his fake tent exhibit.
Within hours of the on-camera lies, the Trump campaign issued statements regarding the alleged speechwriter and her 'confessions: of adding the stolen phraseology. Why lie?
II. Within the past 72 hours, Manafort again joined the CNN cameras for another round of "lie for effect." Jake Tapper took the veracity scarce Manafort to task for continuing to spew lies and sticking with his story, simply because he (Manafort) says so".
Manafort as a consultant fully competent to issuing the lie (on camera) without shame, has been established and credibly challenged. Why wouldn't more Americans question his veracity regarding the release of a handwritten ledger showing his name associated with $12.7 million dollars while contracting in the Ukraine?
Last night Lawrence O'Donnell, sat with a person intimately involved in the recent Manafort revelation.
If you want far more detail, the New York Times piece is a good read.
KIEV, Ukraine — On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine’s ruling political party. His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May.
And Mr. Manafort’s presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, as they try to untangle a corrupt network they say was used to loot Ukrainian assets and influence elections during the administration of Mr. Manafort’s main client, former President Viktor F. Yanukovych.
Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.
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“The simplest answer is the truth. I am a campaign professional. It is well known that I do work in the United States and have done work on overseas campaigns as well… The suggestion that I accepted cash payments is unfounded, silly, and nonsensical.”
Manafort's complete statement follows. Let's first take a look at the common vernacular of "I am a professional....." Do you recall the Denzel Washington's movie, Man On Fire? Check this out. Yes, the professional means, do not hold me responsible for my evils, I was being paid and I did my job.
Manfort's full statement
Yes, of course, Manafort is "a professional..."
Yes, of course, Manafort is "a professional..."
Manafort works for Trump. Manafort has a history of working for a Ukrainian leader who literally fled his country to avoid capture and possible prosecution. Manafort appears to have been contracted by the government of the now illusive leader. Something smells awful fishy for the world traveling "professional" and his employment with that Trump campaign. And, all the fishiness has the smell of the Russian leader at its core.
As far back as I can recall Donald Trump has espoused an affinity for Vladimir Putin as a "true leader" and a ideal model when compared to the US President. The erratic GOP leader has suggest allowing Putin to lead the charge against ISIS without any regard for Putin's history of brutal repression. Trump seems to add lip service to the reality of Putin's oppression of free speech (In Russia) and more than a few cases of suppression of journalistic integrity in reporting. Trump exhorts Putin's INTEL agencies to hack into US data and Internet systems. Trump seems to ignore or fails to understand Putin has invaded parts of the Ukraine and currently holds a tight grip on Crimea.
After all of the aforementioned, think of the optics and the prospect of Trumps beloved daughter currently "vacationing; in Croatia. Also factor-in he reality of his daughter being photographed with a person some are referring to as a Putin consort (to keep it clean).
There is simply too much oozing into sleaze regarding Manafort and the Trump campaign to excuse as coincidence or circumstance. Trump is a flim-flam man. It is impossible to no consider as we move towards November 8, 2016.