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As @maddow would say, I’m not a lawyer. (Not even in the ballpark.) But I do know our Manhattan DA, Cy Vance, and his shady, Trumpy history in NY.

So indulge me while I posit this theory.
2/ Cy Vance is indicting Manafort on some of the exact charges brought up federally: Mortgage Fraud and Conspiracy. Even down to some of the same bank loans.

NY State has a stringent Double Jeopardy statute, beyond any federal protection, which does not allow for this.
3/ In 2012, Vance inexplicably put a stop to a 2-year investigation of the Trump Org.

He ordered his prosecutors to drop the case.

At the same time, he was *receiving reelection donations* from Trump’s lawyers.…
4/ Imagine where that investigation could have taken us as a light of Trump’s presidency now.

Some could say Cy Vance enabled Trump’s current looting of our country and destruction of our democracy.

He let the little fish off the hook.
5/ A year before, his office went to bat for alleged pedophile Jeffrey Espstein. Asking the judge to downgrade Epstein’s sex offender status. The judge was stunned.

“I have never seen the prosecutor’s office do anything like this,” Manhattan S C Justice Ruth Pickholz said.
6/ “I have done many [cases] much less troubling than this one where [prosecutors] would never make a downward argument like this.”…
7/ In 2015, Vance decided not to go after Harvey Weinstein. “We had the evidence," a police source told the New Yorker. "It's a case that made me angrier than I thought possible, and I have been on the force a long time."

Again he received election money from Weinstein’s lawyers
8/ The list of questionable sidings goes on and on.

So...if he’s sleazy and Trumpy and simply on the take, why indict Manafort?

He knows N.Y. State law. He knows how protective the Double Jeopardy loophole is.…
9/ And yet, Vance has indicted Manafort on many of the exact crimes for which he’s already been adjudicated.

Is this is a set up? Are New Yorkers being scammed?
10/ I don’t know.

But I do know that I don’t trust Cy Vance, or our new AG Tish James who ran to Albany before the indictment to discuss closing the Double Jeopardy loophole.

Seems like they’re putting on a choreographed show. One they know won’t amount to a hill of beans.
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