This from The New Yorker…..
Kinda ironic, eh?
In the wake of the FBI’s Monday raid on Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump has added some muscle to his constituency of supporters: Felons. As Republican Party leaders jumped to the former president’s defense with a Cosa Nostra-like zeal, a line-up of actual criminals expressed outrage that the same authorities that nailed them would go after him. (Perhaps not coincidentally, several of them were given mercy by Trump before he left the White House.) Here’s the running list so far.
The former Trump campaign manager and lobbyist to war criminals Paul Manafort was indicted by Robert Mueller’s team in October 2017 on financial charges related to his work consulting for Ukraine’s ousted prime minister years earlier. He was ultimately convicted of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failing to disclose a foreign bank account; he also pleaded guilty to witness tampering and two charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Manafort, whose house was also subject to a federal raid, was eventually sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison, but served a fraction of that before Trump pardoned him on his way out of office.
In 2011, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being charged with an impressive 18 counts of corruption — including a plot to sell off the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he was elected president. The lone Democrat on the list, he wanted to make this a bipartisan affair, noting that the raid marked a “tragic day for ALL Americans.” His sentenced was commuted by Trump in February 2020….