Almost impossible to keep up with the level of corruption in Donald Trump's administration, but here's an attempt at it.
Paul Manafort, who was Trump's campaign chairman, was found guilty of 8 counts of financial crimes, facing a maximum of 80 years in prison.
Prosecutors said Manafort collected $65 million in foreign bank accounts from 2010 to 2014 and spent more than $15 million on luxury purchases in the same period, including high-end clothing, real estate, landscaping and other big-ticket items.They also alleged that Manafort lied to banks in order to take out more than $20 million in loans after his Ukrainian political work dried up in 2015, and they accused him of hiding the foreign bank accounts from federal authorities. Manafort received loans from the Federal Savings Bank after one of its executives sought a position in the Trump campaign and administration, according to prosecutors.
From one of the jurors, who is a Trump supporter
Duncan, who said she is a Trump supporter herself, said the President's name did come up during deliberations because "in the evidence there were references to Trump and his son-in-law and to the Trump campaign," but later added that she didn't think politics played a part in the jury's decision.
"I think we all went in there like we were supposed to and assumed that Mr. Manafort was innocent. We did due diligence, we applied the evidence, our notes, the witnesses and we came up with the guilty verdicts on the eight counts," she said.
There was one juror who had a reasonable doubt on the other 10 counts. Is Paul Manafort a *good person* as Trump has said, despite being now a convicted criminal. Even according to his own daughter, he "gets off on power" and is "one of the world's greatest manipulators".
‘I hope my dad pulls it off. Then I can sell my memoir with all his dirty secrets for a pretty penny.’
Jessica Manafort also texted her sister, saying: ‘Dad and Trump are literally living in the same building and mom says they go up and down all day long hanging and plotting together.’...
When Paul Manafort officially stepped down as campaign chairman, it was all for show, according to his daughter.
‘As I suspected, my dad resigned from being the public face of the campaign but is still very much involved behind the scenes,’ Andrea Manafort Shand texted on August 19.
Smarmy the way Trump has telegraphed that he wants to pardon now-convicted criminal Manafort. Sounded like, from Trump's tweets, that he's glad Manafort didn't rat him out. Probably involves money laundering. Wonder, if he does do this, if it will be before or after Manafort's next trial in September. Shame on any president for using the pardon power not for those who genuinely deserve it, usually after a committee looks over the facts of a case, but as a way to selfishly dole out favors (I felt the same way about Bill Clinton and Marc Rich).
The former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump is due back in court in Washington next month for a second trial centered on allegations of lying to the FBI, money laundering and foreign lobbying.
This time prosecutors say they have even more evidence – more than double the amount they showed jurors in Virginia.
In a court filing Thursday, Manafort's attorney said special counsel Robert Mueller's office has supplied "well over 1,000" exhibits for the trial. In the Virginia case, his office had about 400 exhibits.