Manafort’s and Cohen’s crimes: Yet another poor reflection on the Trump administration

Caroline Guthrie, Staff Writer

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This past month has been detrimental for the Trump administration. NBC claimed that this has been the darkest time for a sitting president since Watergate. According to CNN, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty on eight counts, including tax fraud and bank fraud. Additionally, Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, pleaded guilty in federal court to tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations. Cohen also alleged that Trump had directed him to pay off adult film star Stormy Daniels and other women to cover up his affairs.

 

Trump has repeatedly spoken out in favor of Manafort, expressing sympathy for him and his family, as well as standing up for his character. Yet, Manafort was convicted of tax and bank fraud, crimes that should not to be taken lightly. The Trump administration’s response to Cohen’s allegations was to deny everything, even after CNN broadcasted recorded tapes of Trump and Cohen discussing the payments.

 

These aren’t the first people connected to Trump to receive major backlash for their scandals and they certainly will not be the last. This summer, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt was forced to resign after abusing his position of power by spending taxpayer money to take personal trips and fly first class, receiving bribes from lobbyists, and assigning an assistant the duty of finding his wife a job. More staff who have left the administration disgracefully are Steve Bannon, Rex Tillerson, Sean Spicer, and James Comey.

 

It is extremely discouraging that Trump continues to discredit intelligence officials, the media, and anyone who speaks out against him. Instead of offering evidence that supports his position, he most often resorts to sending out a nasty tweet. He is impulsive, insensitive, and quite honestly, insecure.

 

Manafort and Cohen’s illegal actions add to the never-ending list of the Trump administration’s severe mistakes and betrayals of the American people. Not to mention the countless lies, racist comments, rights taken away, families separated, and laws broken. Midterm elections are scheduled to occur on Nov. 6. Hopefully the Trump administration won’t continue to get away with misleading and manipulating the American people.

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