Paul Manafort is in jail. He was Donald Trump’s Campaign Chair, and can be credited with boosting the campaign in some of its most troubled times. Of course, these days, Team Trump would like us all to believe that he was some kind of coffee boy, that he never really had any kind of real role there. That is hardly true, though.
Further, Manafort had links to pro-Russian Ukraine forces, and his treachery finally caught up to him — he was indicted for numerous crimes against the United States by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating ties between the Russians and the Trump campaign in an effort to tip the 2016 presidential election in favor of Trump.
Now, Manafort’s life is much different. He has flipped on Trump, but his own troubles trump (pun intended) his involvement in the 2016 election. While trying to get himself out of trouble, he got into more, when Mueller indicted him for witness tampering and asked judges to order him to jail until his numerous trials started, in an effort to prevent more meddling with regards to the felony trials coming up. That came to fruition, and Manafort has been in federal prison since mid-June.
Later, in a humiliating public defeat, Manafort’s mugshot was released, and the almost 70-year-old would be felon and friend of The Donald did not disappoint. However, what really takes the cake is what has happened to Manafort’s Wikipedia page. Usually filled with flattering photos and tales of success, the page is now headlined by Manafort’s decidedly unflattering mugshot photo.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) July 30, 2018
Now, we all know that Manafort is likely a criminal. He was the campaign chair when Trump gave not one damn about the GOP presidential platform but insisted on a more pro-Russian bent. He was there to lie on television and say that Trump had no link to the Russians. Through every news cycle, we learn that, like Trump, Manafort is a pathological liar. However, now, it is his own skin he is trying to save, not Trump’s, and who knows what will come of that.
Pop your popcorn and wait, folks.
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