Unsung Success

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort is reportedly trying to negotiate a plea deal with special prosecutor Robert Mueller's team. Manafort is reportedly seeking a deal that won't require him to provide information on Trump.

That seems significant in itself because it suggests that Manafort does, in fact, have information about Trump.

Meanwhile, federal investigators are looking at a series of suspicious transactions flagged by banks that occurred just after the infamous meeting with the Russians at Trump Tower and another after the 2016 election.

The first set came just 11 days after the June 9 meeting, when an offshore company controlled by Agalarov wired more than $19.5 million to his account at a bank in New York.

The second flurry began shortly after Trump was elected. The Agalarov family started sending what would amount to $1.2 million from their bank in Russia to an account in New Jersey controlled by the billionaire’s son, pop singer Emin Agalarov, and two of his friends. The account had been virtually dormant since the summer of 2015, according to records reviewed by BuzzFeed News, and bankers found it strange that activity in Emin Agalarov’s checking account surged after Trump’s victory.

Who got paid?

Finally, a new lawsuit filed against Michigan State University alleges that school officials knew about Larry Nassar's predatory behavior as long ago as 1992. The lawsuit alleges that one of Nassar's first victims was drugged and raped on camera, but when she reported it to school officials they covered it up.

The federal suit, filed in Michigan Monday on behalf of Erika Davis of California and other plaintiffs whose names were not revealed, says Davis was given a pill by Nassar during an exam in the spring of 1992, when she was 17, and raped as a video camera captured the attack.

Davis, a scholarship field hockey player at MSU who was referred to Nassar by her coach, told her coach what happened, and the coach in turn went to Nassar's office, demanded the video, and received it, according to the suit.

But when she complained about the doctor to then-athletic director George Perles, "she was forced to return the video, resign and sign a non-disclosure agreement," the suit claims.

George Perles is a current trustee of MSU, meaning he's been overseeing the university's response to Nassar's abuse of gymnasts.

  • Michael B Conway

    Why should Manafort rat when there is a pardon waiting?

    • Because he can’t get a pardon for the NY state charges that he is about to get hammered with. Most likely Manafort is trying to get some kind of concession from the feds AND states. It’s not unheard of for the Feds to ask a State prosecution to go along with a deal. But they shouldn’t do a d*mn thing if he won’t give up Trumpov.

  • Aynwrong

    Please God, no deals that let Trump off the hook. Squeeze Manafort until he gives up every last thing he knows about Trump. No mercy. GET HIM!

    More money from Russia but nobody knew nothing. Yeah, right…

    The amount of covering up that has taken place on behalf of sexual predators in the last several decades (centuries I suppose) is staggering. Is it cowardice, venality or do the men who help cover up this behavior just empathize with those who commit these crimes? Why have institutions be so willing to enable these kind of monsters?

    • JMAshby

      Consider that all the major news networks have fired big names over the last two years because they’re sexual predators, and then consider that those men guide their coverage of everything, and consider that similar circumstances exist across major companies and certainly universities.

      Cowardice? Not necessarily. It’s more like the people in the highest positions of power are the predators and it has taken both a political movement and raw capitalism to dislodge them.

      60 Minutes just fired a producer today, and the Hollywood Reporter reported today that Les Moonves has been blacklisting women from the industry for many years.

      Our media, corporate boards, and our institutions of higher learning (and their sports teams) are Good Ol’ Boys clubs who cover each other’s asses because one day it could be their ass that needs covering.

      From CBS to NBC and ABC, the men who dictated the entire tenor of their coverage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016 (men like Lauer and Halperin), and how they covered Trump, have all been fired.

      If it were politically and economically acceptable to keep these men around, they probably would still be around.