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GOP operative convicted in scheme to funnel Russian money into Trump campaign

By Curt_Anderson
November 18, 2022 9:45 am
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A former senior aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was convicted Thursday after being found guilty of helping to funnel illegal foreign campaign contributions from a Russian national into former President Trump's 2016 campaign.

Driving the news: Jessie Benton, 45, orchestrated a scheme to conceal the illegal foreign donation with another GOP operative, per the Justice Department. Benton, the husband of Paul's niece and a veteran Republican staffer, faces up to 20 years in prison. His attorney told the Washington Post Benton "maintains his innocence and plans to appeal."

Federal prosecutors say Benton arranged for the Russian national to attend a political fundraising event for Trump's campaign and take a photo with Trump.




This is how you make a case of political corruption. No hair-on-fire unproven allegations. No vague conspiracy theory ramblings. Just quiet, behind the scenes investigation, connecting of the dots and a prosecution that proves its case.


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  1. by HatetheSwamp on November 18, 2022 9:54 am

    Trump Trump Trump Trump
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    Trump Trump Trump Trump....TRUMP!

    Oh, in answer to an earlier question, this is what I sing...

    ...aloud...

    ...a capella...

    ...to the tune of Row, Row, Row your boat...

    ...twice...

    ...while washing my hands:

    Trump Trump Trump is bad,
    Nasty things Trump did.
    Carefully, carefully, carefully will we watch.
    Nuthin will be hid.


  2. by Curt_Anderson on November 18, 2022 11:00 am
    So can we finally stop hearing Republican indignation, umbrage and denials that Russians helped and financed Trump's campaign?


  3. by HatetheSwamp on November 18, 2022 11:29 am

    I'm pretty sure not. Not by a long shot.


  4. by oldedude on November 18, 2022 3:01 pm
    I have to LAUGH! This is nothing less than hilarious!

    In one post, Curt says that SARs are "useless" and not reliable since they're only used in 4% of the SARs.

    And the ALL OF A SUDDEN! OMFG! THIS "PERSON" IS "found guilty of helping to funnel illegal foreign campaign contributions from a Russian national into former President Trump's 2016 campaign... This is how you make a case of political corruption. No hair-on-fire unproven allegations. No vague conspiracy theory ramblings. Just quiet, behind the scenes investigation, connecting of the dots and a prosecution that proves its case."

    THIS, AFTER HE COMPLETELY DISCREDITED THE USE OF BANKING INFORMATION IN THE pedojoe and pedojr CASE!

    This is EXACTLY what I was talking about with the left. So curt, which one is it? Is it useful and part of a case? Does it transfer in to "evidence"? OR is is information that's never used and is not relevant to an investigation?

    I know that all you're going to do is attack me. I got that. I won't expect anything else from you. It's just how low you go to do it. You need to make up your mind.


  5. by Curt_Anderson on November 18, 2022 3:24 pm
    OD,
    I never attack you. I merely attempt to disabuse you of your misconceptions.

    In the Russian money funneling into Trump's campaign case there is no reported mention of SARs. But it doesn't matter. Citing a bank source, I pointed out that miniscule number of SARs lead to convictions. That's a miniscule number, not a zero number.


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