The New York Times today published a detailed look at the known facts about the crimes and acts of malfeasance already uncovered by Mueller and other investigations. The list further eviscerates any idea that Mueller’s probe is a witch hunt or that his investigation has reached a dead end by allegedly not proving “collusion”–a term that appears nowhere in the Justice Department directive establishing Mueller’s probe.
- (Mueller) has already provided an instructive guide to the swampy world of corporations, law firms and Washington lobbying shops,
- The indictment of Paul Manafort lifted a rock on manipulation that’s usually hidden.
- The lawyer who was found guilty of lying to Mueller’s team came from a major law firm that was among the beneficiaries of $4 million in largess that Manafort distributed several years ago in support of lobbying for Russian interests
- The Obama State Department called a report issued by the law firm in support of that lobbying flawed and inappropriate
- Mueller’s indictment also revealed that Manafort enlisted the help of the Democratic superlobbyist Tony Podesta and his firm, the Podesta Group
- Three years ago…the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network fined the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City $10 million for “willful and repeated violations of the Bank Secrecy Act”
- One-fifth of the condos owned by Trump in the United States were sold to shell companies like those Manafort used…Since Trump won the Republican nomination, 70 percent of domestic real estate sales by his companies were to shell companies
- A Times investigation found that this sort of behavior is business as usual for many big developers,
- A shell company obscured the purchase of a lobbyist’s luxurious home by the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, when he was an Oklahoma state senator in 2003.
- The recent attention to Mr. Trump’s “personal attorney” Michael Cohen illuminated another not uncommon practice of the business world…keeping people quiet.
- A lawyer from another top law firm has been involved in attempts to squelch the story of Trump’s alleged fathering of a child out of wedlock
- The same lawyer also worked to try to kill a New York Times report on women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and, on behalf of the fraudulent blood-testing company Theranos, threatened to sue The Wall Street Journal to prevent a report that showed the company was a complete con.
“In the world of white-collar crime, business as usual has meant that the attorney-client privilege has often been a means to keep the law at bay…All this is an indictment of a criminal justice system that has fed the swamp in which Mr. Trump and his ilk thrive. “