Trump’s tweets and rash words grow crazier by the day as he lashes out about every other scandal that isn’t the alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign team and Russian government operatives, which is a sure sign that he’s nervous about Mueller’s trajectory toward the truth behind the lies.
When Trump begins his morning with an all-caps Twitter tantrum about Hillary, the DNC, and the Russia probe, new revelations are sure to come right behind them. That news came from The Daily Beast, who reports that all new charges are expected against Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, as reports show that Mueller has begun looking into Manafort’s finances.
‘In Washington legal circles, there’s a broad expectation that Mueller will file what’s called a superseding indictment of Manafort and Rick Gates, his erstwhile business partner—and alleged partner in crime. Gates and Manafort both pleaded not guilty when Mueller’s team filed their indictment on Oct. 30.’
Jonathon Turley, professor at George Washington University’s Law School, said that the charges were already hinted at in the original indictment. Turley spoke to Chris Hayes on his Tuesday night MSNBC show:
‘I would expect a superseding indictment to come down relatively soon…There was much in the narrative of the indictment that referenced crimes not charged,” he added. “Prosecutors will often issue a superseding indictment as the grand jury continues its work. There’s also a tactical reason for this, that superseding indictments tend to grind defendants a bit more over time.’
The news that Mueller is looking at the finances of both Manafort and his associate, Rick Gates, are a sure indication of new indictments to come, and those indictments are expected to be handed down soon.
‘A superseding indictment would essentially replace the current indictment of Manafort. And in that current indictment, Mueller’s team hinted there was more to come. In particular, they hinted at potential tax charges for Manafort’s foreign financial transactions. Federal prosecutors can bring charges against any American who has money in a foreign bank account and doesn’t check a box on their tax forms disclosing it. The Manafort/Gates indictment describes financial behavior that may be liable for that kind of prosecution. And that’s an indicator that Mueller’s team may be preparing to formally charge both men with violating tax laws.’
Trump continues to insist that Manafort was not integral to the campaign and that Manafort’s failure to register as a foreign agent, his charges that include conspiracy against the U.S. government, and his financial crimes have nothing to do with Trump, but his obvious signs of anxiety show that he knows that the worst is still to come
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