In the off chance any of Trump’s followers are celebrating the fact that Manafort was not convicted of collusion; and in the off chance that some facts do matter, please know that Manafort was not charged with collusion therefore could not be convicted of collusion.
However, he was convicted of crimes almost too numerous to list and he is just one more of Trump’s sidekicks who are going to jail.
My mom was right, we are known by the company we keep.
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Marc Rich, in 1983, was indicted on 65 criminal counts including income tax evasion, wire fraud, racketeering and trading with Iran during the embargo while they were holding hostage American citizens from the US Embassy in Tehran. Rich was to be prosecuted by then U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani. Learning of his impending arrest, Mr. Rich fled to Switzerland. For almost 17 years Rich was on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List.
On January 20, 2001, hours before his being evicted from the White House, Bill Clinton granted Rich a presidential pardon. Even Jimmy Carter called it disgraceful and suggested it was because of large gifts of hundreds of thousands of dollars given to Hillary’s Senate campaign and The Clinton Library Fund.
Ronald Reagan’s Attorney General Ashcroft initiated an investigation into the whole matter appointing Mary Jo White as lead investigator. She stepped down before completion and the man who closed the investigation with a finding of nothing illegal was none other than James Comey.
You may remember Comey, Ms Lewis, he’s the same James Comey as director of the FBI that made the very public announcement regarding the decision not to indict Hillary Clinton over her emails and unsecured server. Peter Strzok, the disgraced FBI supervisor, fired from Mueller’s Russia investigation team over his own email scandal, suggested to Comey he drop the words “grossly negligent” in exchange for the phrase “extremely careless.” That was because
“grossly negligent” is a crucial term appearing in the federal statute that could have been used to charge Ms. Clinton with having violated. Oh yeah, it has since been learned that Comey and Strzok concocted this statement before Ms. Clinton was interviewed.
Yes, Ms Lewis, we are known by the company we keep. And in keeping with equal time let me remind you the beloved Clintons are no exception-Marc Rich, James Comey, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, Webb Hubbell, Hassan Namazee (Hillary’s 2008 campaign finance director who is in prison for financial crimes), Clinton fundraisers like Johnny Chung, Norman Hsu, Charlie Trie, and Clinton insiders like Carlos Danger and his wife and the McDougals of Whitewater fame just to name a few.
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It seems that you agree with Ms. Lewis that we are known by the company we keep, or as some may say “Birds of a Feather Flock Together”. It also seems you would rather look at the old Bird that has been beaten to death rather than the one perched on your shoulder or should I say in the Oval Office.