Manafort’s Trial for Bank Fraud Will Include Evidence of Trump Campaign Quid Pro Quo
Ever since Paul Manafort was originally charged with numerous counts of bank fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, the President, along with many of his surrogates and supporters, claimed that Manafort’s charges had absolutely nothing to do with the Trump Campaign.
Today we have confirmed that they were all wrong. CNN is now reporting that prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller will present evidence at Manafort’s trial indicating that a banker who provided Manafort with a $16 million loan was given a position in the Trump Campaign shortly thereafter. In what could best be described as a quid pro quo between Manafort, the banker and the Trump campaign, we now have a clear link between Manafort’s alleged crimes and the Trump campaign.
“The government intends to present evidence that although various Lender D employees identified serious issues with the defendant’s loan application, the senior executive at Lender D interceded in the process and approved the loan,” reads a filing submitted by Mueller’s team.
The filing then goes on to indicate that the banker “expressed interest in working on the Trump campaign, told (Manafort) about his interest, and eventually secured a position advising the Trump campaign.”
This individual then was alleged to have also sought out a position in the Trump Administration, but that position was never given to him. The trial is scheduled to begin on July 25th, meaning that additional details will likely be available within a matter of weeks, as long as Manafort’s legal team is unsuccessful in their push to move the trial date back to the fall, or even later.