If You Don’t Know, Now You Know – Manafort Edition

We know that you spent #Halloweekend2017 pretending that the real life isn’t scarier than fiction. But now that you’ve woken up from your Hocus Pocus and candy-induced hibernation, you’re probably wondering what you missed.

News broke on Friday that an indictment in the investigation into Russian meddling would be announced this week, causing a frantic weekend of wondering whodunnit. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (and two other cronies) were the literal losers of this game of Russian roulette headed up by special counsel (and Obi-Wan Kenobi to our collective Princess Leia) Robert Mueller.

Manafort is facing 12 charges, including money laundering and acting as a foreign agent, but has plead not guilty. At one point during the trial, The Guardian described a smile from Manafort as ‘not the expression of a man who was rattled.’ His associate, Rick Gates, has also plead not guilty, but the third Stooge, George Papadopoulos, has reportedly struck a plea deal after he was caught lying to federal agents. As of this writing, both Manafort and Gates have been put on house arrest.

So what does this all mean? Besides a teasing taste of satisfaction for the 62% of Americans who disapprove of our disaster-in-chief, not too much for now. Manafort should probably start singing like a tattletale canary or planning decorations for his new home behind bars. And the rest of the White House Injustice League shouldn’t get too comfortable. Trump has already started reminding his Twitter audience that the issues with Manafort started before he worked on the campaign. And we all know how the old saying goes, where there’s Trump overreaction, there’s guilt.

Dylan Kristine is a runner, frequent-flyer, and amateur historian transplanted from New England. Currently she lives outside of Philadelphia and works with non-profit agencies. She has Bachelor’s degrees in Creative Writing and Economics and a Master’s degree in Holocaust/Genocide studies. When she is living her best life, her t-shirts are snarky, her coffee is endless, and she is talking about her favorite president, John Adams.

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