27% Of Key 2016 Trump Campaign Members Have Been Implicated In Criminality

From left: Michael Flynn, Steve Bannon, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone.Image credits from left: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr (cropped) ; Michael Vadon / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr (cropped) ; Screengrab / CBS This Morning / YouTube; Screengrab / Fox News / YouTube


Seven key members of the 2016 Trump campaign have been indicted, impeached for, or pleaded guilty to crimes.

Cartoonist Ruben Bolling noted on Twitter last week that more than a quarter of the key players on President Trump’s 2016 campaign, including the president himself, have been implicated in criminal behavior.

  • Bolling tweeted: “27% of the key members of the 2016 Trump campaign have been indicted, impeached for, or pled guilty to crimes. This is a higher rate of criminality than any persecuted demographic Trump can name. Undocumented immigrants commit crimes at a rate of <1%.”

  • The 2016 Trump campaign members include Donald Trump himself, who faced but was acquitted of “charges that he abused the powers of his office and obstructed Congress as it probed his attempts to pressure Ukraine into political investigations.”
  • Steve Bannon, the former Trump campaign chief executive, was arrested last week over allegations that he and three others defrauded donors to his We Build the Wall fundraiser by siphoning money for themselves.
  • Michael Flynn, who served as military adviser to the 2016 Trump campaign and also served as the president’s first national security adviser, “was the highest-level Trump adviser convicted in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation” and pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Attorney General William Barr later moved to drop his case.
  • Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney and “fixer,” served as the campaign’s special counsel. He is currently finishing out a three-year sentence after pleading guilty “on eight counts of financial crimes,” including tax fraud and campaign finance violations.
  • Roger Stone was sentenced “to 40 months in prison after a jury convicted Stone of making false statements, witness tampering, and obstruction in November.” Trump later commuted his sentence. Stone was a political adviser to the 2016 Trump campaign.
  • Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty “of five counts of subscribing to false income tax returns, one count of failing to report his foreign accounts, and two counts of bank fraud” in 2018 after getting caught up in the Mueller investigation.” He was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.
  • Lastly, Rick Gates, the former deputy chairman of the Trump campaign, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and 3 years of probation and also had to “pay a $20,000 fine and perform 300 hours of community service” after he pleaded guilty “to lying to federal prosecutors and agree[d] to cooperate with the special counsel.”

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