Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, is on the board of a Covid-19 “miracle cure”. But it looks rather like a grifter’s gotta grift. What makes it all the more delightful, this utter deconstruction of his position by Anderson Cooper, is his invocation of doing it for the glory of God. Not to line his own pockets.
Because he has the ear of the POTUS (speaking at his press conferences and whatnot), the Oleandrin company wanted Lindell as a way to get to the President and to get the hydroxychloroquine treatment.
Get this President out. He’s a corrupt embarrassment.
Speaking of corruption, Bannon, anyone?
What is the list now? As Forbes details:
- Steve Bannon’s indictment, which claims that he, along with three others, defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors to the “We Build the Wall” fundraising scheme for personal profit, makes him the third and final campaign manager involved in Trump’s 2016 election to have faced criminal charges.
- Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign head starting from January 2015, was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges for grabbing the arm of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields in March 2016, whose allegations, though proven by video footage, were later dropped.
- Lewandowski’s charges were dwarfed by those against successor Paul Manafort, who was sentenced to more than seven years in prison in 2019 for a slew of charges from Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference, including tax and bank fraud, and conspiracy against the United States.
- The Mueller probe resulted in 100 charges against 34 people, six of whom were Trump associates, while the other 25 were Russians accused of interference.
- Rick Gates, a Trump campaign deputy, was sentenced to 45 days in jail on a plea bargain for charges of conspiracy against the U.S. and making false statements; Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security advisor, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, though his case is currently in limbo as the Department of Justice is attempting to withdraw his charge; and George Papadopoulos, Trump’s former foreign policy advisor, was sentenced to 14 days in prison with a year of supervised release, for lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian intermediaries during the 2016 campaign.
- Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, was sent to prison in 2018 for tax evasion, fraud and lying to Congress about his dealings with Russia on behalf of the president, and has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations for making hush money payments to women to keep quiet allegations Trump engaged in extramarital affairs.
- Trump recently commuted the prison sentence of longtime advisor Roger Stone, who was also convicted on seven charges, including lying to Congress and witness tampering, as part of Mueller’s investigation.
- Then, there’s a number of slightly less central, but still Trump-connected figures who have been charged or jailed: Alex van der Zwaan and Konstantin Kilimnik, associates of Manafort and Gates who were charged with making false statements and conspiracy to obstruct justice, Sam Patten, a lobbyist who pleaded guilty to illegally funneling foreign money into Trump’s inaugural committee, and two associates of Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, who were charged with campaign-finance violations.
Because Trump makes the best choices. In fact, he claimed he only hires “the very best people”. Another lie? Here is a list of 17 people Trump has hired who have turned out to be…not the very best (certainly for Trump).
There is a useful analysis of his phraseology in “Remembering the ‘losers,’ ‘liars,’ and ‘dopes’ once known as President Trump’s ‘very best people’“.
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