Paul Manafort: Indicted Political Parasite Laundering Illegal Monies!
If any of you has a chance to view the wonderful Netflix series with Jason Bateman, entitled, “Ozark”, you will then understand the self-destructive nature of this stupid crook, Paul Manafort. He was caught by none other than the incompetent FBI and charged with:
- money laundering
- tax evasion
- lying to a FBI agent
The usual crooked cocktail! In the series “Ozark”, a money laundering scheme goes awry so Bateman’s character relocates his family from Chicago to Ozark, Missouri to escape the death threats from his major client, the Mexican drug cartel. Likewise, Manafort has just pissed off a lot of his unsavory clients, making him and his family a walking disaster-about-to-happen.
Manafort might be of Italian by heritage [Manafort=strong hands] but he is too stupid and self-aggrandizing to qualify for membership into the elite Jewish/Italian mob. He never learned the art of discretion! Any bona fide mobster would never have spent over $1.3million USD in two shopping sprees in New York City and Beverly Hills over the years that he was milking his slimy clients.
In a hilarious tongue-and-cheek article in the NY Times [Oct 31, 2017], Vanessa Friedman delineates how Paul could have spent this exorbitant amount of ‘dirty money’. Against the advice of the once inimitable Meyer Lansky, the brains of the Jewish/Italian Mafia, Paul did exactly what he should never have done. He bought expensive suits, ties, apartments and houses in a big, showy way.
Here is the list of some items that alerted the FBI as to Paul’s over-the-top spending habits:
- Paul bought made-to measure suits that cost around $10,000 at Bijan on Rodeo Drive ‘where ties cost about $1,000 each’ [NY Times].
- He spent $3,389 USD on Berluti crocodile loafers
- He bought a Rolex Daytona for about $25,000 range.
- He acquired a Hermes briefcase for $8,850
- In total, Manafort spent $849K in California alone of men’s apparel.
Manafort made a lot of his illegal money by acting as a ‘political advisor’ for the former Ukrainian president, Viktor F. Yanukovich as well as some of the African tyrants. Next he wheedled his way onto the Trump transition team. At that time, I wrote several blogs categorically stating that Paul was not fit either mentally or morally to be anything but what he really was: a crooked bull-shitter.
How did I know?
Manafort made a big mistake when he publicly stated that he was the one and only person who had directed Bush Sr’s successful debating campaign against Mass. Governor Dukakis. He was never anywhere near the room where I had advised James Baker III, Robert Zoellick, and Roger Ailes about the requisite strategy required for Bush Sr to overcome his twenty point deficit in the presidential polls. Moreover, Manafort was known in the Washington DC lobbying circles as someone who had more ‘manafort—hard hands’ then brains or morals. His partner Rick Gates was also indicted for tax and banking fraud, foolishly trying to hide over $75M.
Apparently, Paul had been involved in both the Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan presidential candidacies. I did not know him then since I was still in the military serving at the State Dept. When it came to his clients, Paul had no concern for ethics regarding ‘lobbying’. He represented Ferdinand Marcos while I was trying to initiate a regime change at the same time.
Although I grew up in NYC, Miami, and elsewhere with the members of the Italian/Jewish mob, I had never envisioned either Meyer Lansky or his Italian friends wearing ostentatious suits, ties, or any other paraphernalia. These people were smart and elegant and in times of crisis, they were there for you. And in turn, you were there for them.
A quote from an old time Jewish gangster, Richard Cohen [“Tough Jews: Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams”]:
“Where you end up is the thing, not how you get there. How you get there, that’s just something to be debated by the suckers who never make it out.”