Each Of The 3 People Who Led Trump’s 2016 Campaign Has Faced Criminal Charges
The Washington Post reports that with Steve Bannon’s Thursday morning arrest, all three people who led President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign have now faced criminal charges.
- “The first time one of the people leading Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign faced criminal charges was in March of that year,” The Post noted, adding: “It was not the last time.”
- Corey Lewandowski, the first to head up Trump’s presidential campaign, “was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges after he grabbed a Breitbart reporter’s arm after a speech at a Trump property in Florida.”
- Lewandowski and Trump denied that he had touched the reporter, Michelle Fields, but “Video produced by the Trump property, however, later showed that Fields’s allegations were accurate.”
- The Post noted that the charges against Lewandowski were dropped.
- Next up was Paul Manafort, “who is under house arrest after being released from prison out of concern about the coronavirus pandemic.”
- In March of last year, “Manafort was sentenced to more than seven years in prison after being convicted or pleading guilty to a broad array of charges including bank and tax fraud, witness tampering and conspiracy against the United States.”
- Those charges were related in part to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, The Post noted, “which dug into his business practices and questioned his ties to Russian political interests.”
- Lastly, there is Bannon, who this week was indicted on charges related to an alleged “scheme that redirected private donations intended for building a privately financed wall on the border with Mexico to himself and others.”
While that wraps up 2016 Trump campaign heads, The Post noted that it does not wrap up the Trump-connected individuals to face criminal charges or convictions. That list includes former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates; longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone; former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen.