Friday, August 11, 2017

Maddow calls out another of Manafort’s new lawyers — he once nabbed a major presidential pardon for an ex-CIA officer

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called out one of the new attorneys handling Paul Manafort’scase for his curious connection to a former CIA official that was ultimately pardoned by former President George H.W. Bush.“It didn’t make any sense that there could be a conflict there for Jared but not a conflict for Paul Manafort,” Maddow said. “It never made any sense.”

“Then, within about an hour it was official: Paul Manafort has now dropped his lawyer on the russian investigation,” she said. But it’s the one lawyer that Maddow found the most interesting. “Do you know the name Clair George?” she asked. “That’s not the name but that’s an important part of understanding who the lawyer is. Claire is very rarely a man’s first name but in this case it is. Clair George is famous for a decades-long, swashbuckling James Bond career at the CIA.” “One of his lead lawyers has a resume and a list of areas of expertise that gives you a very very clear indication of what Manafort thinks his representation needs are right now,” Maddow said of Manafort’s new attorney Kevin Downing. “Areas of practice include the foreign corrupt practices act, tax fraud, violation of the bank secrecy act, mortgage fraud, tax shelter litigation, illegal cross border banking and congressional investigations,” she rattled off from Downing’s website. “It’s like if you created a doll out of spare parts specifically to answer all of Manafort’s potential legal concerns. And I should mention he’s a certified CPA.”

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