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In late June, Politico's Josh Gerstein reported that the Associated Press, in a 2017 meeting with FBI and Justice Department officials a month before the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, had voluntarily "disclosed the existence of a storage locker used by Paul Manafort."
A Sunday report by Gerstein further revealed that AP gave FBI-DOJ "a bevy of facts" about Manafort's business dealings.
FBI - Memos - Friday - Court - Filings
Two internal FBI memos released in Friday court filings documenting that meeting's discussions indicate that the wire service essentially gave the FBI and DOJ a roadmap for investigating and prosecuting Manafort, effectively acting as unpaid informants.
Reacting to Gerstein's earlier report, NewsBusters editor Tim Graham told Jeff Mordock at the Washington Times that the April 2017 meeting made AP "look like anti-Trump activists who brought Paul Manafort to the FBI." The FBI memos in Friday's court filings strongly reinforce that appearance.
Gerstein - Sunday - Report - Accusations - Manafort
Gerstein's Sunday report first focused on accusations Manafort's legal team has leveled against Mueller in an attempt to ultimately force a dismissal of criminal charges against their client. But he also spilled the beans on AP's apparent eagerness to relay information it seems to have believed the FBI and DOJ didn't know:
One of the memos to which Gerstein referred, composed by FBI agent Karen Greenaway, included detailed information the AP provided about "their interviews in Cyprus," "Manafort's relationship with Ukranian oligarch Rinaht Akhmetov," "Manafort's time in Ukraine," and the storage locker. Then the AP reporters — get this — listed 11 "entries or...
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