Unsung Success

Written by SK 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.