“The Best People,” a Recap

Trump promised the American people he would appoint “the best people.” That turned out to be a lie, too. What we got was continuous turnover in staff and senior positions, dozens of indictments and multiple guilty pleas. WC recognizes that it can be hard to keep track of the criminal convictions so, as a service to readers, WC is providing this handy guide to just a few of the felonious low-lifes that composed the Trump Administration, 2016-2020. Some of these crooks have been pardoned for some or all of their crimes, but a pardon doesn’t change the fact that they are convicted felons.

Trump AssociateJobConviction
Paul ManafortTrump’s 2016 Campaign ChairFound guilty of tax fraud and bank fraud in a jury trial in August 2018. Pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges related to money laundering, lobbying violations and witness tampering.
Rick GatesTrump’s 2016 Deputy Campaign ChairPleaded guilty in February 2018 to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators.
Michael CohenTrump’s Personal LawyerPlead guilty to lying to Congress and orchestrating hush money payments to women Trump bedded
Michael FlynnTrump’s National Security AdvisorPlead guilty that year to lying to the FBI about his interactions with Russia’s ambassador
George NaderTrump’s Foreign Policy AdvisorPlead guilty to possessing child pornography and bringing a boy to the United States for sex.
Steve BannonTrump AdvisorConvicted of contempt of Congress over his refusal to comply with a subpoena to appear before the January 6 House select committee
Rep. Chris Collins (R, NY)First U.S. Congressman to endorse Trump for presidentPlead guilty to securities fraud conspiracy and making false statements
Rep. Duncan Hunter, (R-CA)Second U.S. Congressman to endorse Trump for presidentPlead guilty to conspiring to misuse $250,000 of campaign funds for his personal expenses.
Roger StoneTrump AdvisorConvicted on all seven criminal counts of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress, and tampering with a witness.
Allen WeisselbergChief Financial Officer, The Trump OrganizationPlead guilty o 15 felonies, including failing to pay taxes on some $1.7 million in income
George PapadopolousPresidential Campaign AdvisorPlead guilty in 2017 to lying to FBI agents.
Elliott BroidyPresidential Campaign FundraiserPlead guilty to carrying out a secret lobbying campaign in exchange for millions of dollars.

Still no word on indictments of Trump himself by Georgia, New York or the federal special prosecutor. But WC remains hopeful.

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