The Washington Post reported in August that with Steve Bannon’s arrest last month, each of the 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 last month 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.”
Each of the three people primarily responsible for helping shepherd Trump into the White House has, at some point since he announced his candidacy in June 2015, faced criminal charges. And those three people constitute less than half of the close Trump allies to have pleaded guilty to or been indicted on or convicted of criminal charges.
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.