Paul Manafort finally registers as a foreign agent just ahead of Trump-Russia collusion bombshell
The months-long saga of Paul Manafort’s impending registration as a paid foreign agent has finally come to an end, as Manafort officially registered today, admitting in the process that he took seventeen million dollars in payments from a pro-Kremlin oligarch. The timing of the move comes just ahead of, and is in fact the latest sign of, an impending Trump-Russia collusion bombshell.
Since Friday night, everyone involved in the Trump-Russia scandal has been hitting the panic button. Donald Trump finally admitted that Russia hacked the election in his favor, and began preemptively defending himself against collusion charges. Jared Kushner hired a defense attorney. Russia recalled its Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, who had been at the heart of Trump-Russia collusion. And now, according to the Washington Post (link), Paul Manafort has officially registered as a foreign agent. That’s because they all know what’s coming.
The thing is, the public doesn’t yet know specifically what’s coming. But based on the reactions of those involved, it is clear that it’ll be evidence or proof that the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government colluded to rig the election. Based on the timing, they may be of the belief that Carter Page gave them up. A story surfaced yesterday that Page has held numerous meetings with federal authorities to discuss the Trump-Russia scandal. It’s likely the reporters who wrote that story would have called around late last week to ask for comment, which is around the time everyone involved started panicking.
So our best educated guess here is that Paul Manafort heard the news that Carter Page has already opened his mouth to the Feds, and decided to hurry up and cut his own deal before the Trump-Russia collusion bombshell lands. Based on the heightening panic on the part of those involved, it should arrive imminently. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report