The witchhunt that never ends took on a rather surprising turn when “President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s former business associate Rick Gates were indicted,” according to the Business Insider. It is reported also that he was ordered to surrender to the F.B.I. today.
It is said that Manafort went into the field office of the F.B.I. with his attorney, Kevin Downing at 8:15 a.m. They were greeted by an agent from the bureau where the indictment was unsealed today. It reveals a total of 12 counts which the Insider reports are “conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.”
Even though most of the evidence thus far has shown most of the guilt lies with Hillary Clinton and the DNC as they relate to Fusion GPS and the Russian uranium sale, Mueller seems to feel that Donald Trump needs to be looked into further.
This is somewhat counter-productive since there seems to an obsession with convicting Trump of something – anything – by the F.B.I. that has become more political by the day.
We are told the indictments were issued on Friday and were sealed, meaning that “Manafort’s attorneys did not receive a target letter.” This has caused some people to wonder if this was a sign that Mueller thought Manafort to be a flight risk.
While this looks like a road leading to a dead end, those with a lot of experience with legal affairs were predicting that ever since the F.B.I. raided the former chairman’s home, he was going to see some issues by the fall. That has happened as they predicted.
Manafort and those close to him have said that he was cooperating with the F.B.I., but a former Department of Justice spokesman, Matthew Miller has opined, “if you are really cooperating, DOJ typically doesn’t need to raid your house — they’ll trust you to respond fully to a subpoena.”
The allegations are as muddy as Clinton’s past. Supposedly, “Manafort was paid $10 million from 2006 to 2009 to lobby on behalf of the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin,” according to the Associated Press.
The former Trump chairman said that he never received any illegal money. However, he is said to have a “pattern” having “shell companies” to buy homes “in all-cash deals,” WNYC News suggested.
To be fair, the U.S. does have to allow the F.B.I. to conduct their investigation, but the concern is that, with them now being so heavily biased and political, this is not about justice. It seems to be about trying to bring down the president with a lie concocted by the DNC and nothing more.
Clinton is herself under an investigation as members of Congress look into her role in all of this and there is a terrible mess in D.C. as both sides finger the other as the guilty party. Meanwhile, America’s chosen leader has to field lies instead of focusing on his goal of making America great once again.
That is the biggest travesty of all.