POLITICO: A judge in Washington on Wednesday set a Sept. 17 trial date for former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort on charges from special counsel Robert Mueller, including money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent. The decision from U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson would put Manafort on trial at the height of the midterm campaign season, a potentially unwelcome distraction for Republicans as they try to maintain majorities in Congress.
Here's something I've been wondering about for the past couple of days, but this article says it so much better...
If Manafort Needed Money So Badly, Why Did He Work For Trump For Free?
...So Paul Manafort is being charged, among other things, with bank fraud, in which he (allegedly) falsified loan application documents to make his personal wealth much more than it actually is.
And he was a campaign volunteer for Trump? Was it because he could make more money that way?
That the conclusion Ron Klain came to on Last Word Thursday night:
RON KLAIN: [The indictment] begins to pierce the idea that the Manafort and Gates thing have nothing to do with the Russia problem. What's playing in this indictment is Manafort and Gates were deep in hock to Putin's ally in Ukraine. They were in a desperate financial situation. and in the middle of a financial situation, Paul Manafort agrees to take a volunteer charge as head of the Trump campaign. So the question is, "why is that a person, defrauding banks, should become a volunteer in the campaign, what was this about?" I think we're closer and closer to learning that the top two team members in Trump Tower were on Putin's Puppet's payroll. That's a big development as this thing unfolds.
Was Manafort Paid by Russia to be Trump's Campaign Manager?
...Long before Paul Manafort served as Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign chairman, he worked for Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian former president of Ukraine.
It was in this role that Anders Åslund, a resident senior fellow in the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, first met Manafort.
Manafort would seek advice from Åslund, who served as an economic adviser to the government of Ukraine from 1994-1997, on matters of economic policy. Åslund recalls Manafort as "highly intelligent and absolutely ruthless."
"When the Ukrainian oligarchs heard Manafort was advising Trump they knew Trump would win the [US presidential] election" in 2016, he said....
"I think we're closer and closer to learning that the top two team members in Trump Tower were on Putin's Puppet's payroll. That's a big development as this thing unfolds."
Uhhhh, you think???
Oh, wait, yes, you do think.
Drudge Retort Headlines
School Shooting in Maryland (81 comments)
Fox Commentator Quits 'Propaganda Machine' (45 comments)
Fifth Explosion in Texas as Serial Bomber Hunted (45 comments)
Trump Congratulates Putin (39 comments)
Arizona Pedestrian Is Killed by Uber Self-driving Car (38 comments)
McCabe Firing: What We Know, and Don't Know (34 comments)
Austin Bombing Suspect Dies in Detonation (32 comments)
USAF to Begin Fighter-Mounted Laser Testing This Summer (32 comments)