As special counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation into potential Russian interference in the 2016 United States Presidential Election, the indictments keep on coming. Only yesterday, as Vox has reported, “A federal grand jury in Virginia approved a new set of charges from special counsel Robert Mueller against former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates”. And there was more.
Squeaky You're Nicked finger up the bum time
“Mueller had indicted Manafort and Gates on a combined 12 counts last October in Washington, DC, but he has now assembled a ‘superseding indictment’ with a combined 32 counts of tax, financial, and bank fraud charges against the two men - in Virginia rather than Washington … There have been reports that Gates was close to making a plea deal with Mueller’s team, but that seems not to have panned out”.
Cut the crap Nige, just sit down and start singing
And last week, as CNN reported, “Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States, the Department of Justice announced Friday … In addition, three defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft”.
But what of the go-betweens? What of the potential UK connections? We may not have long to wait: Mueller and his team have just spent a week chatting with former Trump gang main man Steve Bannon, best-known for his work with the convocation of the irredeemably batshit otherwise known as Breitbart. Bannon was close to several of the Brits involved with the Trump gang. And now the breaking news suggests action soon.
One well-informed source has told “Breaking - apparently Mueller has 3 sealed warrants destined for the UK Any ideas as to the lucky winners?” and just to jog memories had added “Farage has been listed as a 'person of interest' by the FBI for some time. His mentor, Steve Bannon, has just spent a week talking to Mueller”. Indeed he has. Nigel “Thirsty” Farage is close to some of those already indicted - like Manafort.
Also stressed was the strong possibility that Bannon has been singing his heart out: “He's had Bannon on ice for over a week. I can't imagine he hasn't sold them out to save his own hide”. Quite. But what is the source for this information? “US, not public yet, wait a week”. It all fits with those already grilled, and in some cases, indicted.
So whose name is in the frame? One of the three has to be Farage. The other two are most likely to be Nige’s bestest pal Arron Banks, especially given his ability to magic up several millions to bankroll the Leave campaign seemingly from nowhere. And the third is probably Banks’ sidekick Andy Wigmore - Banksy and Wiggy as they call themselves.
Sorry Ray, you're not worth arresting
Anyone expecting Raheem “call me Ray” Kassam to feature will probably be disappointed, as he thinks he’s important, but he isn’t important enough. As for Julian Assange - look, just be patient, and in any case it’s not as if he’s going anywhere soon.
Conveniently, Farage is attending CPAC in Maryland right now. It would be a terrible shame if he were to be prevented from making one last Question Time appearance.
If it is Farage, they won't let him leave. Extraditing him from the UK wouldn't be quick or easy. Especially if he joined Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy.
Does "potential interference in elections" include invasion, mass murder, destruction of infrastructure and environment of entire countries, planned and executed assassinations (called, say, "Executive Action"), organised propaganda attacks, professed wish for regime change of dissident or non-aligned nations and instigation of civil wars?
If so, I know at least one North American and one North European country the authorities could seriously investigate - and certainly convict in a democratic court.*
*CLUE: Neither name begins with "R".
I wonder why Farage was attempting to obtain German nationality....?
I doubt if BBC Question Time are too worried about Farage potentially being detained under a Mueller warrant, as they would probably arrange a video link to his cell so as not to disappoint their UKIP viewers.
I so hope that NF gets nicked. I cannot think of anything that would give me more pleasure.
Special Counsel Bob Mueller, must have been following that fine and underaprecietated English New Wave band XTC and be Making plans for Nigel.
Poor bastard, dumped by his mistress,caught by OLAF for diverting money to UKIP campaigns. UKIP the personality cult on the verge of bankruptcy thanks to the paranoia of its MEPs.
Nigel could finally get the adulation he craves but instead of Question Time, its going to be singing like a canary via some unwanted physical intervention from some very muscular neo Nazis in prison.
Wonder if Thirsty turns up at the Russian Embassy in Kensington Gardens in the middle of the night pleading for asylum?
Doubt Ecuador would want another standoff with the US and UK, after its current bruising encounter with the UK & Swedish governments.
That's made my morning. Please let it be true...
Too good to be true? I fear so but if not break out the bunting!
Oh let it be true
what was that? A fart in the bushes? Smells like it.
Great stuff. Tremendous scenes.
The Russkis must be laughing their sockskis down. Even in this weather.
All you have to do is leave Yank and Brit Nazis to themselves and sooner or later they start knocking shite out of each other. Well done, The Friends and The Boys......unmatched comedy.
Coming up - Rupert divorces Jerry and proposes to Ruby Wax. No pre-nup.
Oh my aching sides.
I wonder if Robert Mueller is by any chance related to that nice mister Reinhard Gehlen?
I wonwon if Müller could end up scuppering Brexit by revealing Russian mdddlmed in that, too?
Would be so good to bring down the Tories as well as Trump and his GOP cronies.
Especially: if they could do it during Question Time! At least it would make one programme in that series, look interestingi
No. There is no such charge as 'attempting to influence the outcome of a US election', in the UK. I remember the Guardian newspaper launched a ridiculous letter writing campaign urging its readers to send letters to the US telling voters why they shouln't support George W Bush... So the charges must be something real like money laundering. My guess is it will be three East European bankers living in expensive flats in London with names we have never heard of.
The U.S. RWNJ (Right Wing Nut Jobs) strongly believe one of those getting charged is Mr. Steele.
No, no one else could make this soap opera out of whole cloth.
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