“Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington
Not that I have any sympathy for the United States President, I don’t, this is paper-trail he has left for himself. Today, it manifested itself, as his former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort guilty on eight counts of fraud, while his former lawyer has pleaded a plea agreement with Robert Mueller and his Russian Probe. The net around is clearly closing in.
It is not like the state of affairs in this case has gone towards vindication. Already, Foreign Campaign Aide George Papadopoulos have accepted a plea deal, the former associate and former-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Former Deputy Campaign Manager and Top Transition Official Richard Gates. These are already top level of the Trump Campaign who has applied guilt or been now found guilty of breaking the law. This should worry anyone. At this rate, this isn’t theory, but reality.
What is special about today, is that Michael Cohen have also pleaded guilty and fixed himself a plea deal with Robert Muller. Therefore, most of the high-ranking officials around him has been closed in, except for his family members and some whose still lingering around like Roger Stone, Stephen Bannon and Cater Paige. All of them will have their turn it seems. As the doors are shutting and the individual ways towards seeking refuge is getting smaller. As the investigation and the authorities already has been vindicated as Manafort been found guilty on 8 counts. That is not a small case, neither the possible jail-time for the former political lobbyist and campaigner.
A special time is that Cohen, the Trump fixer are no offered himself and said guilty of breaking laws. As he signed and accepted a plea deal. For getting a lesser time for a minor charge, the former Trump lawyer have to co-operate and give information for furthering the case. Therefore, whatever that will leak and will be indicated in the court documents can offer more insights to the Trump Organization and even more into the Trump Campaign. As he has been involved in all of that. Cohen has admitted to have been part of a forfeiture of the state and breaking electoral laws, which is connected with the payment to Stephanie Clifford or Stormy Daniels as a settlement for her silence, as the fixer was securing the Trump Campaign with an illegal holding company called Essential Consultants LLC to pay Mrs. Clifford.
Therefore, today has been a really, really bad day, as Manafort will serve time on the eight counts, where he is found guilty and also Cohen are now working with the state, as he wants to serve less time. The crimes of the Trump Campaign and the Trump Organization might be served, the public will know and the realities behind the charade of Trump will become more than speculations, but actual court documents.
This must surely be one of the darkest days of the Trump Presidency, as such a big chunk of his campaign team is in legal jeopardy. They cannot call this is a witch-hunt or hyped, as the amount of people within the investigation are now shadowing most of the people in and around him. That should show the people that the people around Trump associated with was parts of criminal conspiracy and breaking various of laws. Some we do know now, but plenty that is just mere speculation. What is the reality, is that Trump and his closest associates.
If finding Manafort guilty and all the other ones agreeing plea agreements doesn’t show you pattern of criminal conspiracy, nothing does, as the people in and around Trump are now in the circle of showing evidence and affidavits for building cases on more people within the circle of Trump. Peace.