Manafort Reaches Plea Deal to Avoid Second Trial

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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire.

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  1. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    The whole Mueller process reminds me very much of watching the local AGs roll up one of the mob families during the time I lived in New Jersey (1978-88). A colleague sat on a grand jury for a year during one of those. While he couldn’t provide details, he said he was always impressed by how methodically (and slowly) the investigators built the structure of the case that eventually took the top guy down.Report

    • Avatar Morat20 in reply to Michael Cain says:

      Mueller cut his teeth on the mob, and wake back when he was first staffing up you had people pointing out he was approaching this like a mob case.

      As to the plea, I understand Mueller played hardball — that 45+ million in assets was seized under civil forfeiture, as they were proceeds of a crime. Trump could issue him a blanket pardon and he won’t get it back. (Although I wonder if Trump could pardon the house….or the clothes…).

      In short, a guy that turned to tax evasion and money laundering because he couldn’t live on a a million a year when he was used to the tens of million a year lifestyle had virtually every prized possession taken away, by his own agreement.

      Four houses, everything in them, a dozen bank accounts…it’s possible he’s got a lot more salted away, but I doubt it. You don’t turn to bush league tax evasion and bank fraud schemes because you’ve got a lot of money stashed away for a rainy day.Report

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