What a weirdly productive witch hunt.
Donald Trump has been trying desperately to have a celebratory day since his big meeting with Kim Jong-un on Tuesday. Unfortunately for him, news keeps happening, like the charge that the Donald J. Trump Foundation is, legally speaking, less “a charity” than it is “a Russian nesting doll of scams.” He tried to work through it on Friday morning, taking a break from his executive time to wander onto the White House lawn for a special filming of Fox & Friends. But that event, too, had a grim shadow hanging over it: At the same time, a federal judge announced that Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, would be jailed until his trial.
The news was hardly a bombshell. Last week, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office filed a superseding indictment against Manafort, accusing him of, among other things, tampering with key witnesses shortly after charges were filed against him last fall. He is a quintessential character in the Trump universe: He can flourish when no one is scrutinizing anything he does, but then crashes and burns spectacularly as soon as someone has reason to pay attention.
Trump, meanwhile, is back on his standard Manafort defense, which is roughly the equivalent of “Never heard of him.” On the White House lawn, he took a break from insisting that his administration’s policy of imprisoning immigrant children was somehow a law that Democrats made to opine about how unfair it was that Manafort… broke the law.
TRUMP says he “feels badly” for Paul Manafort. “They went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago?”
Trump falsely claims that Manafort worked on the campaign for “49 days or something.” It was 5 months.
Trump won’t rule out a pardon either. (via FOX)
For some context, Manafort was on Trump’s campaign almost twice a long as Steve Bannon was.
Sure, Manafort having his bail revoked is not the presidency-ending conclusion for which some dedicated Mueller-watchers are eagerly waiting. But it’s not unsatisfying to see at least one of the white-collar scumbags in Trump’s orbit actually face some substantive consequences for their actions.