Day 604 Saturday September 15, 2018 974 Days to Go
Paul Manafort has flipped. He has become a cooperating witness, pleaded guilty to all charges against him (this includes from the previous trial, and the two upcoming trials). He has also surrendered real estate and bank accounts worth $48 million. This says nothing about what he could be charged with by a state, of which there are three that could potentially bring charges: New York, Florida, and Virginia.
One of the properties he gave up was his condo in Trump Tower. Oh irony of ironies.
Sarah Sanders has issued a statement (or was it Rudy?) saying this has nothing to do with the president. To which I say, “Oh yeah?”
There was the fascinating little tidbit floating around a few days ago that Trump’s old lawyer John Dowd told the Mueller team he’d never let Trump testify because Trump was an idiot, or something to that effect.
The guy on the Mueller team who went to court when Manafort pleaded guilty, a fellow by the name of Wiseman, who has been painted by the right as some kind of picky no nothing (or Dem or Jew, god knows) is the same fellow who took down Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, former underboss of the Gabino mafia family, who brought down John Gotti. Yeah, I don’t think Trump and his crowd will have any trouble with that guy.
At any rate, I digress, when the judge asked Mr. Wiseman to summarize the charges against Mr. Mannafort he read an eighteen page summary. That was the summary! Eighteen pages. Can you imagine the summary against “The Donald”?
The charges? Money Laundering, Obstruction of Justice, bank fraud, tax fraud, unregistered foreign lobbyist, etc.
Apparently Trump’s lawyers have banded together with other people interviewed by the Mueller team. There’s a term for this – I forget what it is, but it is used by mobsters in Mafia trails. It allows them to share information so they can get their stories straight and to keep it all under the umbrella of attorney client privilege. Why would the president need that kind of mob legal strategy when he’s done nothing wrong, is totally innocent and when there is no collusion, and it’s only a witch hunt?
Let’s compare it to Benghazi and Hillary Clinton and let’s throw in “the email scandal.” There were ten investigations into Benghazi. What did they find? Nothing. There are the stolen emails from the Clinton campaign. What did they find? John Podesta’s recipe for meatballs was it? In other words – nothing.
Let’s look at what Bobby three stick has done so far, and I may be off in my count a bit, but here goes:
8 people pleaded guilty, or found guilty;
13 Russians Nationals indicted,
3 Russian companies indicted,
12 Russian GRU officials indicted.
Let’s do some quick addition:
Mueller – 36
Hillary, Benghazi, emails – 0
Yeah, it’s so similar.
Meanwhile there’s a narrative coming from the right that socialism is bad and it failed the last time, and the Dems have socialists, etc. To which I say, “Really?” There are people within the Democratic party that say we should take care of the sick and the poor. Some call themselves Democratic Socialists. It’s a far cry from the kind of thing that has gone on other places with the name socialism attached.
Meanwhile, the challenger to Dave Brat, Abigail Spanberger is running some tough no nonsense ads against Dave’s lying ads asking “What is Spanberger hiding?” And another group is running ads showing that Dave Brat has taken hundred of thousands of dollars from medical insurance companies and big pharma. That he voted for bills that have increased the medical insurance costs in this state, especially for seniors.
Spanberger is ex-CIA. Bratt is ex-priest school. You know the ones that have been mired in a child sex pedophilia scandal for decades. What is Dave Brat hiding?
(Two can play that game.)
974 Days to Go
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