Two of the President’s closest cohorts who were embroiled in the Russian collusion case have officially been declared guilty as of this week. Former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and personal Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, are officially felons, at least according to the courts.
In typical leftist fashion, the peanut gallery is latching onto this as proof the President cannot be trusted. But we want to remind our readers that neither Cohen nor Manafort were convicted of collusion, nor did the investigation turn up any proof of such activity.
So, let’s dig down to the details and clear up some of these ridiculous notions. It’s pretty clear that Manafort and Cohen did some dastardly deeds, but did they even have anything to do with the President? Here’s the scoop.
• Both Manafort and Cohen were initially identified as suspects in Robert Mueller’s Russian collusion investigation. The investigation failed to reveal any sign of collusion, but as investigators searched, they did find proof that both had dabbled in financial fraud.
• Michael Cohen, Trump’s long-time lawyer, admitted to fraud and campaign finance manipulation during the Trump campaign. His crimes include making false statements to a federally insured bank, making illegal and excessive campaign contributions, and several counts of tax evasion. Cohen has also been convicted of “causing an unlawful corporate campaign contribution.”
• Cohen also admitted that Trump specifically directed him to “pay off” women the POTUS had had affairs with. The President has firmly denied any knowledge of these payments, and in most cases, the affairs in question. This “hush money” has been the source of intense scrutiny due to porn star Stormy Daniels’ outspoken accusations toward the POTUS.
• Manafort, on the other hand, didn’t go down easy. He plead not guilty, but was found guilty of several crimes anyway. His crimes included multiple counts of fraud, including tax fraud, bank fraud, and tax evasion by failing to report a foreign bank account. It isn’t entirely clear whether this is connected to the Trump campaign in any way.
• Now, here’s where things get really dodgy. Cohen also admitted that he personally hid a total of $4.3 million from the US Government over a period of five years. The hidden money included fees and interest from loans, money from his personal companies, and brokerage commissions. It also appears that he dodged $1.3 million in owed taxes and conveniently left out nearly $14 million in debt when applying for a mortgage.
• Manafort’s case is even dodgier. He was convicted of hiding money he made while lobbying for Ukrainian politicians. He also hid nearly $30 million in offshore accounts, bringing it into the US through nefarious means to avoid paying taxes on it. It also appears that, shortly after the Ukraine’s leader was disposed, Manafort lost his income from the source and attempted to commit bank fraud in order to scare the money up. This includes lying to banks about debt and doctoring profit and loss forms.
• Manafort was also charged, but has not yet been convicted, on a total of seven more crimes. These incidents include conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to obstruct justice. He will face the courts on those charges on September 17th.
• We remind our readers that absolutely no collusion was ever identified; instead, both men were found guilty on actions they took entirely of their own volition. The POTUS has staunchly refused his involvement in any of these crimes, and has even gone so far as to call the convictions ridiculous. “This is a witch hunt,” he said to reporters. “It’s a disgrace.”
• Later on, in Virginia, Trump also spoke out again against Mueller’s investigation. “Fake news and the Russian witch hunt. Where is the collusion? You know they’re still looking for collusion. Where is the collusion? Find us some collusion. We want to find the collusion.”
• Despite the total lack of evidence implicating Trump so far, the convictions are unfortunately adding fuel to the left’s fire. Some are now calling his judgement into question, suggesting that he should have known that both parties were criminals. The President is now apparently supposed to be psychic and all-knowing in addition to leading the country.