The Best People, the Very Best


From left, Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, and Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer. (Photographers not known)

From left, Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, and Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer. (Photographers not known)

Donald Trump promised us his administration would hire “the best people, the very best. Not the biggest donors or biggest supporters.” As a service to readers, WC provides this summary table of how that’s working out. Note this is only a partial list. As investigations proceed, WC will update this from time to time.

Name Office Charges Status
Paul Manafort Trump Campaign Chair Tax Fraud, Money Laundering, Fraud Guilty on 8 of 18 charges; trial on additional charges pending
Michael Flynn National Security Advisor Lying to FBI Plead guilty
George Papadopoulos Foreign Policy Advisor Lying to FBI Plead guilty, sentenced to 14 days in prison
Richard Gates Trump Campaign Aide Financial Fraud, Lying to FBI Plead guilty
Michael Cohen Trump’s Personal Lawyer Tax evasion, bank fraud, campaign finance violations Plead guilty, sentencing pending
Scott Pruitt Administrator of EPA Subject of 13 federal investigations, including ethics, destruction of evidence and misappropriation of federal funds “Resigned” under pressure July 5. Investigations still open
Rob Porter White House Staff Secretary Multiple allegations of domestic violence “Resigned” under pressure
Tom Price Secretary of Health and Human Services Misuse of taxpayer funds; 26 chartered flights in 232 days “Resigned” under pressure
Allen Weisselberg Chief Financal Officer, The Trump Organization Unknown Granted immunity from prosecution
David Pecker Publisher, National Enquirer, Trump Confidante Unknown Granted immunity from prosecution
W. Samuel Patten Lobbyist and Trump Supporter, Tied to Manafort Acting as Unregistered Lobbyist, Lying to Congress Plead guilty, signed cooperation agreement

Five guilty pleas. Eight guilty verdicts. More than 20 indictments. That is, as others have noted, a lot of witches in Trump’s “witch hunt.”

(WC isn’t even going to list the former communications staffers who have perjured themselves. There’s not enough room.)

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One thought on “The Best People, the Very Best

  1. Best at what 🙂 In “fairness” some were not “hired” but just part of the good old boy network. “Sad” that someone who is well “connected” to the real oligarchical big $ “swamp” that uses political power to feather it’s own nests, and should know how to drain it, instead fills it and encourages the draining of wildlife habitat wetlands etc. etc. etc. .

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