Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Corey Lewandowski Kicks Paul Manafort When He's Down

The elevation of Breitbart's Steve Bannon-we should have known it comes to this; Breitbart is now running the Trump campaign-is a clear demotion of Manafort and a rejection of 'pivoting.'

"Lewandowski takes thinly-veiled shot at Manafort amid reshuffle."

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This move to Bannon has been spoken of by many as a return to Lewandowski.

Speaking of Manafort, he seems to have been involved in some very questionable things with a previous pro Russian Ukrainian government. Illegal things? Could this be part of Lewandowski's demotion?

Some have argued so but I think the main thing is Trump wants to be Trump.

"Donald Trump's campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party's efforts to influence U.S. policy."

"The revelation, provided to The Associated Press by people directly knowledgeable about the effort, comes at a time when Trump has faced criticism for his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin. It also casts new light on the business practices of campaign chairman Paul Manafort."

"Under federal law, U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department. A violation is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000."

"Trump shook up his campaign organization Wednesday, putting two new longtime Republican conservative strategists as chief executive officer and campaign manager. It was unclear what impact the shakeup would have on Manafort, but he retains his title as campaign chairman."

"The nonprofit, the newly created European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, was governed by a board that initially included parliament members from Yanukovych's party. The nonprofit subsequently paid at least $2.2 million to the lobbying firms to advocate positions generally in line with those of Yanukovych's government."

"That lobbying included downplaying the necessity of a congressional resolution meant to pressure the Ukrainian leader to release an imprisoned political rival."

The lobbying firms continued the work until shortly after Yanukovych fled the country in February 2014, during a popular revolt prompted in part by his government's crackdown on protesters and close ties to Russia.

In other news, Rudy Giuliani who has destroyed whatever positive public image he had-and seems so deranged lately that he literally can't tell the difference between up and down says that the idea that no one thinks Trump has any campaign organization is all part of an evil, genius plan.

Giuliani: I want people to think Trump 'has no organization'

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Well in that you've been very successful.

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