News that Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman is heading to jail exploded across the internet on Friday, after U.S. District Judge Amy Berman ordered Paul Manafort held in custody until he stands trail.
On Twitter, users chimed in with opinions, facts and a healthy amount of snark.
Here is some of the best speculation and commentary on Paul Manafort heading to jail:
Boy, I’d hate to be the muthafucka in jail that hasta wash Manafort’s underwear tonite.
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) June 15, 2018
Right about now, in the movie, a Russian gangster is getting arrested for some bar fight, just to get inside with Manafort.
He sidles over and whispers, “Pasha, Oleg sends his greetings. Act accordingly.”
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 15, 2018
JUDGE: Your bond is revoked
— Alfred Spellman (@AlfredSpellman) June 15, 2018
Mueller is sending one legal message to Manafort today:
This will be the first day of the rest of your life in jail if you don’t cooperate with us.
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) June 15, 2018
Paul Manafort is the first warlock in custody, and the hunt continues.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 15, 2018
What’s the over/under on Manafort having an “accident” in jail?
— Nick Kolakowski (@nkolakowski) June 15, 2018
literally all paul manafort had to do to enjoy a quiet life of egregious crime was not win a presidential election
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) June 15, 2018
NBC News: Judge Amy Berman Jackson told the court that, “this isn’t middle school, I can’t take your phone” before remanding Manafort to jail after revoking his bail, @CharlieGileNBC reports.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) June 15, 2018
FUN FACT: This morning, Trump said that his own campaign manager, Paul Manafort, had “nothing to do with our campaign.” 90 minutes later, Paul Manafort is going to jail.
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) June 15, 2018
Today, Trump tried to claim that Paul Manafort had worked on the Trump campaign for 49 days.
Manafort worked on the Trump campaign from March 28, 2016 to August 19, 2016. That’s 144 days.
For context: Bannon and Conway each worked about 84 days on the campaign.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 15, 2018
I’m sure Trump shaving two thirds off the time Manafort was his campaign manager on the morning he goes to jail was just an honest mistake.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) June 15, 2018
Reminder: Trump has worked with Manafort for 30 years. He was his Campaign Chairman, picked Pence for VP and was on Transition Team. “Nothing to do” with Trump’s campaign is Bullshit of an Olympic Order. https://t.co/CKxo3BxrzA
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) June 15, 2018
Trump’s campaign manager is in jail pending trial.
Stop saying none of this has anything to do with the Trump campaign.
Manafort was Trump’s CAMPAIGN manager.
— JackiSchechner (@JackiSchechner) June 15, 2018
If Manafort goes to prison,
but @FoxNews doesn’t report it,
did it actually happen in Trump’s America?
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) June 15, 2018
These nothingburgers sure have a lot of calories, don’t they? https://t.co/U6UTTCYyrA
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) June 15, 2018
How long until the GOP claims putting Manafort in jail ahead of father’s day thus separating him from his 35-year-old children is anti-family and anti-American
— Caroline Moss (@socarolinesays) June 15, 2018
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is going to jail to await trial for being an unregistered agent of a foreign government, money laundering, tax evasion, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and witness tampering.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) June 15, 2018
At least Manafort gets to take both his ankle bracelets off.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 15, 2018
For those who doubted that Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation is serious and is uncovering real wrongdoing, a federal judge just locked up the President’s former campaign manager pretrial for trying to tamper with witnesses. Extraordinary. https://t.co/FtnE6EZqpq
— Noah Bookbinder (@NoahBookbinder) June 15, 2018
#Manafort is going to jail. If he’s convicted (and he will be) he will die in prison. He has enjoyed his last tasting menu. And it seems @realDonaldTrump and his brood have been using a ‘charity’ as a slush fund. It’s. . . #FelonyFriday! pic.twitter.com/nTr5SnoaXf
— Michael Grant (@MichaelGrantBks) June 15, 2018
Three court marshals led Manafort out of the courtroom into the prisoner holding area immediately after the judge’s ruling. He disappeared through the door, turned toward his wife and supporters and gave a stilted wave. @kpolantz
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) June 15, 2018
All The President’s Men:
Trump Campaign Chairman
National Security Advisor
Expects to be arrested soon
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 15, 2018
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Dr. Oz Trounced in Newsmax Interview as Host Demands Explanation for ‘Wegner’s’ and ‘Crudité’ Ad
Republican Mehmet Oz is having a tough time in his entrance to Pennsylvania politics. The multi-millionaire celebrity TV doctor, running for a U.S. Senate seat, released a video which this week went viral with liberals – and his Democratic opponent, Lt. Governor John Fetterman – picking it apart.
In the video, an attack ad on President Joe Biden, who he is not running against, Dr. Oz says he’s shopping at “Wegner’s,” a grocery store that does not exist. Internet sleuths deduced he was shopping at Redner’s, although some believe he was at Wegmans — including a Newsmax TV host, who Oz did not correct.
Why did he get something as simple as the name of a beloved Pennsylvania grocery store wrong?
“I was exhausted,” Oz told Newsmax, after “campaigning 18 hours a day.”
He also admitted he gets the names of his children wrong.
Curiously, the 39-second video Oz recorded is from April, and it got criticized then, but he left it up – only for the Fetterman campaign to go after it again. Back in April it led to questions about his tremendous wealth, put at around $400 million, and calls of being a “carpetbagger,” as many say he actually lives in New Jersey, not Pennsylvania.
Inflation is hurting American families. Under Joe Biden, gas prices are skyrocketing and food prices are rising. We must stop the reckless spending. This is outrageous! Thanks a lot, Joe. pic.twitter.com/8kNil6upn8
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) April 6, 2022
Politico reports the Fetterman campaign “said it had raised more than $500,000 from the crudité video alone — including a sticker of the non-existent ‘Wegners.’ ‘Oz clearly has never been in a grocery store before. That’s why this is resonating with supporters across Pennsylvania,’ said Brendan McPhillips, Fetterman’s campaign manager.”
The Fetterman campaign appears to have created a “Wegner’s Groceries” account on Twitter, and is pounding Oz with snark.
First ad campaign pic.twitter.com/nzSGbr1mK1
— T.J. Harley (@tj_harley) August 16, 2022
Mmmmm 😋 crudité pic.twitter.com/SVqQDGOKEd
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) August 16, 2022
— T.J. Harley (@tj_harley) August 16, 2022
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania voters do not appear to be impressed with Oz.
One Republican poll shows Fetterman beating Oz by 18 points.
“New poll conducted by GOP firm Public Opinion Strategies for Pittsburgh Works Together shows big leads for Dems in the PA Senate and governors races. Fetterman up 18 points over Oz,” reports Politico’s Alex Isenstadt. The Democratic nominee for governor, Josh Shapiro is up 15 points over Republican Doug Mastriano, he adds.
Back over at Newsmax, here was host Shaun Kraisman hammering Oz:
Asked about mispronouncing ‘Wegmans,’ Mehmet Oz: “I was exhausted…I’ve gotten my kids’ names wrong as well. I don’t think that’s a measure of someone’s ability to lead the Commonwealth” pic.twitter.com/OZDjy0iN4d
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) August 17, 2022
“As you know, this video went viral,” Kraisman says, as Mediate reports. “You were at Wegmans going through the veggie aisle, essentially hitting on inflation and how things cost more, putting together a plate of crudité would cost you more than 20 bucks. You said that you were at Wegner’s – this is a very popular local grocery in this region called Wegmans.”
Kraisman later says, “I don’t mean to fixate on it, but just for those watching in Pennsylvania, you know how particular many people are about their groceries, what happened with Wegmans and Wegner’s? Can you explain that to them?”
“Yeah. I was exhausted. Well, you’re campaigning 18 hours a day. I’ve gotten my kids’ names wrong as well. I don’t think that’s a measure of someone’s ability to lead the Commonwealth.”
Kraisman also says, “it does get to the factor: Is Dr. Oz relatable to the everyday, hardworking American there in Pennsylvania?”
“We’ll do whatever we need to do to make sure the people of Pennsylvania respect what we’re about,” Oz replies, “and that we’re going to work as hard as we can to fix their problems. It’s what I’ve done my whole life. It’s what I’ll continue to do. I challenged my opponent. What have you done? Rolling your sleeves up in your own life to make life better for the people of Pennsylvania?”
Before he was elected Lt. Governor, Fetterman was elected mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, four times, and served for 13 years.
Oz concludes, “I’m the person who put us on the right track and addressed many of the challenges. Cost of living, crime, and our schools that afflict so many Pennsylvanians.”
Some have also questioned if Oz understands what job he’s running for.
U.S. Senators don’t have tremendous responsibility over their state’s cost of living, crime, and school issues. Nor do they “lead the Commonwealth,” as he said to the Newsmax host.
Former US Attorney Calls for ‘Full Investigation’ After Report Secret Service Failed to Share Threat Against Pelosi
A former U.S. Attorney is calling for a full investigation into the U.S. Secret Service’s failure to share intelligence it had detailing a violent threat against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats.
“This is deeply disturbing,” says Joyce Vance, who is now a law professor and MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst. She says it “requires a full investigation.”
“The Capitol Police are responsible for protecting the Speaker,” Vance continues. “If true” that the U.S. Secret Service “failed to pass on intelligence about threats, that’s very alarming.”
Vance points to a new report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) that finds the Secret Service discovered a violent social media based threat on January 4, 2021, two days before the insurrection, but did not share that intelligence with the Capitol Police until nearly 6 PM ET on January 6.
The U.S. Secret Service is an agency under the Dept. of Homeland Security. The DHS Inspector General, Joseph Cuffari, is under investigation by two powerful House Committee chairs who on Tuesday accused him of “obstruction.”
In a separate report CREW reveals that “days before the January 6 attack on the Capitol, documents exchanged between the Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies outlined ‘threats of violence’ on the 6th, coming ‘predominantly from right wing groups’ with ‘plans to bring weapons into the District,’ according to documents obtained by CREW. The Secret Service knew that Trump’s supporters would be demonstrating around Freedom Plaza and the Capitol with the intent to cause violence, but the agency does not appear to have taken the threat seriously.”
“While the Secret Service downplayed threats posed by right-wing extremist groups and Trump’s supporters leading up to January 6, the newly obtained documents reveal just how grave and explicit the threats had actually been,” CREW alleges.
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Watch: Pence Says He Would ‘Consider’ Appearing Before J6 Committee if Offered ‘Invitation’ to ‘Participate’
Former Vice President Mike Pence, asked if he would testify before the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, said if invited he would “consider” participating.
“If there’s an invitation to participate, I would consider it,” Pence said Wednesday morning at a political event in New Hampshire, a state presidential hopefuls visit early and often. “It would be unprecedented in history for a vice president to be summoned to testify on Capitol Hill, but as I’ve said, I don’t want to prejudge.”
In fact, as NBC News producer Frank Thorp V noted, “It would not, actually, be unprecedented for a VP to testify on Capitol Hill.”
Pence, as he often does, tried to frame his remarks in a historic context.
“Under the Constitution, we have three coequal branches of government, and um, any invitation that’d be directed to me, I’d have to reflect on the unique role I was serving in as Vice President.”
Thorp notes that “Vice President Schuyler Colfax testified before the House Select Committee to Investigate the Credit Mobilier on January 7, 1873, which was while he was in office.” He also points out that President Abraham Lincoln and President Woodrow Wilson testified before Congress.
Politico’s Kyle Cheney adds that “many” of Pence’s “former top aides have testified at length, presumably with his blessing.”
Pointing to the video below, law professor and CNN contributor Steve Vladeck noted Wednesday morning that “Former Vice President Ford testified before Congress in October 1974 … while he was PRESIDENT.” He also notes that “former Presidents (to say nothing of former VPs) have testified before Congress *sixteen* times.”
NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss says the former vice president “needs to testify fully under oath before the House January 6 Committee — and he must not take the Fifth.”
Watch Pence below or at this link:
Former Vice President Mike Pence when asked if he would cooperate if the January 6th committee called on him to testify:
“If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it.” pic.twitter.com/y9NFrHwYtf
— The Recount (@therecount) August 17, 2022
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