Robert Mueller III, aka Bobby Three Sticks, authorized a pre-dawn raid on Pauly “foreign bucks” Manafort only July 26. Reading Manafort’s history, he seems like a typical DC parasite, gobbling dollars from whoever he can and delivering results. Lord knows what his banking records will end up showing but I bet there will be some malfeasance. He’s a slimy man, in a slimy town, run by slimy people who pretend their way to riches and power.
The origin of this raid is likely based on the FBI not believing him. Why should they? He’s a lawyer, lobbyist, political consultant, and DC fixer. Nobody in those jobs in DC has an ounce of ethics. They all rationalize away the existence of Hell, probably God as well.
The goal of this raid was to find dirt. The goal of the dirt is to get Manafort in enough legal trouble that he turns on anyone else he has info on or anyone he can make up info on. Solid strategy and one that was never used in the IRS scandals, not because the GOP was unable, but because they were unwilling. They’re unwilling because they are all corrupt as well in their own ways and the last admin spied on everyone.
So what is Manafort’s destiny? Any guesses? I’d tell him to “go west young man” but Alcatraz is closed and Horace Greeley must be a hetero-normative white male oppressor of social justice.
I bet they find unrelated wrongdoing and tell him it’s decades in prison or turn on a Trump kid or in-law. I’m guessing he will count on a presidential pardon for his loyalty rather than be a rat or even worse — be a rat over something untrue.