In case there’s any doubt that several of President Donald Trump’s associates have been charged with crimes or are pleading guilty to crimes––some of which are related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling––Aaron Blake, The Washington Post’s senior political reporter, tweeted a list of people who are contending with just that. And yes, they are all close associates of the president himself.
List of people charged with/pleading to crimes:
-Trump's 2nd campaign manager
-Trump's deputy campaign manager
-Trump's national security adviser
-Trump's foreign policy adviser
-Trump's 1st campaign manager (battery charges later dropped)
-Trump's first congressional endorser
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) August 8, 2018
Here’s the rundown:
- “Trump’s 2nd campaign manager”: This is Paul Manafort, whose criminal trial is in its second week. In October 2017, federal agents charged Manafort and his longtime business partner Rick Gates with 12 counts of “conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.”
- “Trump’s deputy campaign manager”: This is the aforementioned Rick Gates, who served as deputy to Manafort when they worked on Trump’s presidential campaign. Gates has finished three days of often dramatic testimony, during which he admitted that he and Manafort committed both bank and tax fraud together.
- “Trump’s national security adviser”: This is Michael Flynn, who resigned from the White House in disgrace after he provided false information about his communications with the Russian government, particularly after the news of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the United States, became public. In December 2017, he appeared in federal court to formalize a deal with Mueller to plead guilty to a felony count of “willfully and knowingly” lying to FBI agents. He has signaled that he will cooperate with Mueller’s probe.
- “Trump’s foreign policy adviser”: This is George Papadopoulos, who tried to broker connections between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Trump later accused “The Fake News of working overtime” and claimed Papadopolous was “a young, low-level volunteer.” In October 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about contacts he had with the Russian government during the 2016 election cycle.
- “Trump’s 1st campaign manager (battery charges later dropped)”: This is Corey Lewandowski, whose influence within the Trump campaign waned considerably once Paul Manafort came aboard. He soon departed, still facing criticism for the scandal which erupted in March 2016 after he was charged with one count of simple battery for assaulting a journalist. The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office later declined to prosecute Lewandowski.
- “Trump’s first congressional endorser”: This is Representative Chris Collins (R-NY), who was the first sitting member of Congress to endorse Trump for the presidency. Collins was arrested earlier today and charged with insider trading and lying to the FBI.
The responses to Blake’s tweet have been largely sardonic in their mockery of the president, who has claimed to only hire “the best people” to work for him.
"I only hire all the best people" (who happen to prefer criminal activities & behaviors) but "all the best people". #CORRUPTION
— Beth Gray (@Shades_of_Gray) August 8, 2018
Whole lotta criming going on in Trump's immediate vicinity…
— Steve Dyke (@hewasahero) August 8, 2018
Our president is essentially a mob boss. And what’s worse, he’d take that as a compliment.
— Morgan Baum (@Baum5away) August 8, 2018
Um….he hardly knew them. They worked on the campaign for 40 seconds or something. They were ……coffee boys (yeah, that’s the ticket).
— MaryAnn Hemmingson (@MaryaMahtini) August 8, 2018
Well, Trump did promise to drain the swamp. Probably not what he had in mind 🙂
— gnanse nelson (@gnanse) August 8, 2018
Representative Adam Schiff also listed off a few other names tied to scandals of their own which might be of interest to our readers.
Add GOP Rep. Collins, arrested today for insider trading, to the list of the indicted, convicted or disgraced that surround the President: Gates, Manafort, Flynn, Pruitt, Jackson, Price, Papadopoulos, Porter…
For a complete list, Twitter will need to expand character limit.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) August 8, 2018
While some of these names have already been covered, Schiff is also referring to:
- Scott Pruitt: This is the former director of the Environmental Protection Agency, who was under at least 14 separate federal investigations by multiple agencies over such matters as his management practices, his spending habits, and his numerous conflicts of interest. He resigned last month.
- Ronny Jackson: This is the former White House physician, who was Trump’s nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs Department. Jackson’s nomination was derailed after reports revealed Jackson “oversaw a hostile work environment as the White House doctor, allowed the overprescribing of drugs and possibly drank on the job.”
- Tom Price: This is the former Secretary of Health and Human Services, who ultimately resigned amid scandal after it was revealed that he had racked up at least $400,000 in travel bills for chartered flights.
- Rob Porter: This is the former White House Staff Secretary, who resigned after domestic abuse allegations from both of his former wives became public.
In recent days, the president and his attorney Rudy Giuliani, have come under fire for their attempts to distance themselves from Mueller’s investigation, even as Mueller continues to rack up indictments.