How many criminal indictments, criminal convictions, and prison sentences have Trump administration members racked up in four years?
If Donald Trump is indicted, and Ron DeSantis blocks extradition, what recourse would either the DOJ (or New York, if it’s a state level indictment) have going forward?
If the people on the FBI Most Wanted list are fugitives, then why don’t the US Marshals handle them? How are these agencies different?
In the last three and a half years, which organization has suffered the most indictments/convictions, organized crime or the Trump administration?
If Trump isn’t part of the deep state, then why is he pardoning dozens of deep state actors?
Is it surprising that the man who drove the truck bomb to the Library of Congress 8/21/2021 has claimed he is a “targeted individual” being “gangstalked” by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the FBI, CIA and NSA? Is he preparing an insanity defense?
How “easy” is it to get put on a government watch list?
How many people on the FBI’s most wanted list are actually dead?
Is it a surprise that the first of the January 6 “insurrectionists” had the prosecution urging an 18-month sentence and the actual punishment being 8 months?
If you woke up on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list and you did nothing to warrant it, what would you do, are you sure enough of the “system” to get cleared quickly?
If a president (or vice-president) from U.S. visit some other country, and people from that country attempt (or succeed) in killing them. Could the U.S. demand to extradite those people to the U.S. and force them to face trial in the United States?
What’s everything about the indictment that there is to know? What happens when you are indicted?
Can the Feds put someone on a do not arrest list?
Are there any US states that have never executed a criminal?
An indictment is essentially a two-step process in the federal system:
1. An agency such as the FBI or the IRS investigates possible crimes. If the agency decides to seek criminal charges, the case goes to a grand jury.
2. The grand jury is an impartial body of citizens drawn from the community that, with the help of prosecutors, conducts its own investigation, in secret. If the grand jury decides that criminal charges should be filed, an indictment is issued.
The indictment formally charges a person or persons with a criminal offense or offenses. One indictment can contain multiple criminal charges against a single individual or against multiple individuals.
No one should be surprised to hear that republican administrations have an average of about twenty to thirty times as many criminal charges as democratic administrations.
Here are the criminals associated directly with Trump:
Paul Manafort (48/25 counts): Former Trump campaign chairman, former lobbyist for Ukrainian officials; crimes alleged not connected to his work for Trump. Convicted of tax and bank fraud. Oct. 30, 2017 indictment (with Gates): Counts 1-6; 10-12: 9. Feb. 13, 2018 indictment: 18. Feb. 22, 2018 superseding indictment (with Gates): Counts 1-5; 10-14; 24-32: 19. Sept. 14, 2018, superseding criminal information: 2.
Rick Gates (23 counts): Top deputy to Manafort, former lobbyist for Ukrainian officials; crimes alleged not connected to his work for Trump. Pleaded guilty to lying to investigators and financial fraud related to hiding money he earned lobbying for politicians in the Ukraine along with Manafort. Oct. 30, 2017 (with Manafort): Counts 1-2; 7-12: 8. Feb. 22, 2018 superseding indictment (with Manafort) Counts 6-10; 15-32.
Roger Stone (7 counts): Longtime adviser; Trump campaign official dispatched Stone to get information from WikiLeaks about the thousands of hacked Democratic emails in an effort to damage Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Convicted of obstructing a congressional inquiry, lying to investigators under oath and trying to block the testimony of a witness whose account would have exposed his lies.
Michael Cohen (1 count): Longtime Trump lawyer and adviser. Pleaded guilty to a series of criminal charges, including a campaign finance law violation that implicated the president but was unrelated to the Russia interference investigation.
George Papadopoulos (1 count): Campaign adviser on foreign policy to Trump. Pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his efforts to put the Trump campaign in contact with Moscow.
Michael Flynn (1 count): Campaign adviser to Trump and then briefly his national security adviser. Indicted Nov. 30, 2017. Pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his discussions with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition. Flynn and Kislyak had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia for election meddling.
Steve Bannon (2 counts): Advisor to trump. Charged with wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.
You can read about the regrettable pardons of these criminals at Trump issues 26 new pardons, including for Stone, Manafort and Charles Kushner
Because of the various indictments filed against Manafort, one could count a total of 48 charges against him. But ultimately he faced 25 charges: He went on trial for 18 charges (and was found guilty of eight of them) and then faced seven more charges (he pleaded guilty to two).
So, that’s a total of 58 or 81 charges against direct Trump associates.