Paul Manafort
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On March 29, 2016, Paul Manafort was named convention manager for Donald Trump’s campaign. Then on May 19th, he was promoted to campaign chairman and chief strategist. When his financial ties to former Ukranian President Viktor F. Yanukovych became public in mid-August, he resigned from that position.

Today, Manafort was found guilty on eight felony counts.

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted on Tuesday in his financial fraud trial, bringing a dramatic end to a politically charged case that riveted the capital…

Mr. Manafort was convicted of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failure to disclose a foreign bank account. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on 10 of the 18 counts and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges…

The trial focused on Mr. Manafort’s personal finances, in particular the tens of millions of dollars he made advising a political party in Ukraine that backed pro-Russia policies…

Mr. Manafort faces a second criminal trial next month in Washington on seven other charges brought by the special counsel, including obstruction of justice, failure to register as a foreign agent and conspiracy to launder money.

Let’s take a look at what twitter has to say about this. First up, this is only the beginning for Manafort.

Next, here is the tally so far for the Trump campaign:

The Senator from Virginia and ranking member of the the Intelligence Committee also weighed in with a brief comment.

And yet, we’re already starting to hear that this conviction has nothing to do with Donald Trump or Russian “collusion.”

Since I wrote about the connection between Mueller’s investigation and HBO’s The Wire this morning, this one seemed appropriate:

This is Mueller’s first shot across the bow at Donald Trump. It is certainly not the end, but it might be the beginning of the end.

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