The NY DA charged Manafort with 16 counts of Residential Mortgage Fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. He falsified business records to illegally obtain millions of dollars.
This indictment reinforces what we’ve seen elsewhere: While managing Trump’s campaign, Manafort was brazenly breaking laws.
Manafort joined the Trump campaign on March 28. He resigned on Aug. 19, 2016.
Just to confirm that the wheels turn slowly. In a statement from the NY DA, we learn that the investigation began March 2017. . .
One year—and these charges were relatively simple compared to what Mueller is tackling.
Regarding pardons: Hopefully this indictment will put to rest some of the Trump Pardons worries.
One difference is that Trump and Pals are lifetime lawbreakers. They’ve committed boatloads of crimes. . .
I’ve also suggested that they’re part of what Robert Mueller has called “iron triangles.”
This also makes the crimes different in type and motivation.
If you want a refresher on what DJ means, see:
One theory I’ve offered for the kind of brazen lawbreaking we see coming from folks like Manafort and Trump is that they’re breaking the laws that they don’t believe should exist.
He has, however, dipped as low as 36% on 538’s aggregate, which may be his floor.
Responses like this one👇also show that no matter what comes out of the investigations, some people will spin it all as political.
Such cynicism👇 is alarming and dangerous.
This, too, is a dangerous idea that undermines Rule of Law.