Once again, I was wrong.
After it became known that someone (or some people) would be indicted this morning, cell phone towers were melting down due to the traffic which can be generally summarized as “Who do you think it will be?”
My guess was former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and/or his son, Michael Flynn, Jr.
Turns out, as we all know now, it was Paul Manafort and his long-time Number Two, Rick Gates.
As the morning broke and it became clear that Manafort and Gates had been told to present themselves at the FBI’s Washington Field Office assumedly precedent to going to the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse to be officially arraigned. It also became clear that the indictments were centered around what the government considers to be financial misdeeds including what might be money laundering and tax evasion plus failing to register as an American working for a foreign government (known as being a foreign agent) as Flynn and others apparently failed to do.
According to lawyers on the cable nets these indictments might have been first because the government was concerned about the statute of limitations clock running out on some of the issues.
That’s what we know.
Here’s what I think.
I think the Mueller investigation is laying down a primer coat which will lead to why – of all the former Republican convention managers available – Donald Trump’s campaign fell in love with Paul Manafort.
The links might not lead to Donald J., but they could entangle Don, Jr.,…