NEWSWATCH: “The Manafort Indictment; Mueller’s charges relate to money-laundering cash from Ukraine” – Wall Street Journal Editorial

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“… Mueller indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for tax fraud …. [accusing] Manafort (and business partner Richard Gates) of funneling money from a pro-Russia party in Ukraine into offshore shell companies and bank accounts. They … allegedly used these accounts to fund their spending habits, neglecting to declare the money to the IRS. The indictment also accuses … Manafort of failing to register as an agent for a foreign government … under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). … violations … haven’t been successfully prosecuted since 1966. … lobbyists ignore this statute that the Justice Department has failed to enforce. (Democrat Anthony Podesta announced Monday that he is leaving his lobbying firm amid the Mueller probe. … the brother of John Podesta …..) * * * … one problem with special prosecutors is that they exist to prosecute – someone, somewhere for something – more than they shed light. The latter should be Congress’s job ….”

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