• Crimes and Indictments of Trump Admin 2018

    Author : January 3, 2019

    The crimes and indictments which have stemmed from Special Prosecutor Mueller’s investigation, as well as the cases connected thereto, are so numerous that it can make your head spin. Thus, we’ve published a handy little guide to the political indictments and convictions of 2018 associated with the investigation.

    Mueller’s team has so far gotten either indictments or guilty pleas from 33 people and three companies. Of these, there were five former Trump advisers, 26 Russian nationals and three Russian companies, a Californian, and a lawyer based in London.

    Here is the list and status of the cases concerning the advisers of Mr. Trump:

    1) George Papadopoulos was a former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor. He pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI and was sentenced to 14 days in prison.

    2) Paul Manafort’s case is an ongoing saga. He was the former campaign chair and was ultimately indicted on 25 different counts. His first trial ended with his conviction of eight counts for various financial crimes like money laundering. In order to avoid a second trial, he struck a deal in September 2018. Recently, Mueller’s team claimed that he breached his plea agreement by lying to the FBI and the special counsel. The documents available to the public are heavily redacted, but essentially Manafort is accused of lying about his contacts with Trump administration officials and his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian official.

    3) Rick Gates was a former Trump campaign aide. He was also Manafort’s longtime business partner, and so was also indicted on similar charges. This year he reached a plea deal with Mueller, pleading guilty to making false statements and one conspiracy charge.

    4) Michael Flynn was Trump’s former, short-lived national security advisor. He pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI. He was not sentenced until late 2018, with the prosecution asking for no jail time based on his full cooperation. The judge at the hearing appeared angry, even asking the government if they had ever considered charging Flynn with treason. (No, was the answer). The judge told Flynn that he could not hide his disdain at the criminal offense, and suggested that Flynn consider a delay in his sentencing and provide more help to the government. After a brief recess, Flynn indicated he would delay the hearing. He is scheduled for a status update in March 2019.

    5) Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer. He pled guilty to eight counts concerning tax, finance and campaign finance violations relating to the ‘hush money’ payments for the women who had sex with Donal Trump. He also lied to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Despite his plea deal, Cohen was sentenced to three years imprisonment – the longest date imposed on any person who is connected to the Trump or the special counsel’s investigation.

    Notably, no one has been explicitly charged with helping the Russians in connection to the 2016 presidential election. However, one can’t help but feel that the investigation is inching closer to the President himself. The year 2019 will no doubt be an interesting time for all involved.

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