The circus that is the trial of Paul Manafort is underway with a prosecution that is over the top. The judge rightfully criticized the prosecuting attorneys for attacking Mr. Manafort’s lifestyle as if that were a crime. If that’s a crime we need to pull most of the Hollywood stars and multi-millionaire athletes into court for their extravagant lifestyles. Rick Gates is the “star” witness testifying over how (as an employee of Mr. Manafort) he lied to obtain bank loans and help transfer money from the Ukraine to offshore accounts in Cyprus. Gates stole some $3 million from his boss to help cover expenses from an extramarital affair. He lied to the Trump campaign over bogus expenses to further enrich himself. Sounds to me that Mr. Gates is the one guilty of money-laundering and fraud. He was complicit in Manafort’s tax evasion scheme, directing the bookkeepers and accountants of what to file. It is disgraceful how Mr. Mueller is allowing Rick Gates to avoid serious jail time in exchange for testimony in the Manafort trial. The joke is on Mueller because Gates isn’t providing any evidence that Mr. Mueller didn’t already have in his possession. Mr. Gates is a slimy character who couldn’t tell the truth if his life depended on it. Gates has pleaded with the jury that he is now repentant and telling the truth. Mueller’s intent is to extract incriminating information on Russian collusion with President Trump. This is equally ludicrous since there is no collusion to be found. The Left likes to point out that there have been indictments with the Mueller probe, however every indictment has been for something far removed from President Trump and the Russians. In Mr. Manafort’s trial, his crimes were long before his brief involvement in the Trump campaign. The Left is also hysterical over the Trump tower meeting with a Russian lawyer. That meeting was supposedly to find dirt on Hillary Clinton but did not prove fruitful. Whether the President knew about the meeting or not, he did nothing wrong.
The real criminals in the 2016 election were Hillary Clinton and the DNC. They paid for a disreputable British agent to find dirt on the President. This piece of innuendo (known as the Steele Dossier) was pure garbage and never verified prior to issuing FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign. If a useless meeting in Trump tower is considered a crime then what would you call the “bought and paid for” Steele Dossier? The actions of the DOJ and FBI during the 2016 presidential election are straight out of a dictator’s playbook. The DOJ and FBI were tools of the Obama Administration to take down Donald Trump and ensure the election of Hillary Clinton. Fortunately the American electorate was wiser than Obama had hoped. As with a typical dictatorship the real criminals will escape prosecution. The money pit known as the Mueller investigation will continue through the mid-term elections. If the Dems have their way, it will run through the 2020 presidential election as well.