Nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to get this campaign to where it is right now. – Newt Gingrich (Last August)
CNN reported on Friday a federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.
So we eagerly waited for Monday. The New York Times reported early Monday that Paul Manafort, who once ran the Trump campaign, was told to surrender.
Several news outlets, including Fox News, reported that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates were indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the US and money laundering.
In addition, Fox News reported that a guilty plea by former Trump campaign policy adviser George Papadopolous was announced by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He admitted to making false statements to FBI agents as part of the investigation.
It was reported that Manafort and Gates surrendered to authorities Monday morning.
In the state of Montana, the Republicans almost wiped out the Democrats in statewide races. It was a bloodbath.
It all started with Democrat U.S. House candidate Denise Juneau losing to incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke. I never actually thought that race would be close. It wasn’t.
There are still votes to be counted because for some reason election after election it seems the Montana election officials have problems election night counting the votes. I checked some national maps at 6:30 a.m. and states like Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Utah all had 99% of their votes counted. Montana had 90% at that time (78% of precincts reporting).
I know a lot of people were shocked about how well Donald Trump did in last night’s Presidential election. I was one of those people who predicted he would lose – lose big time.
I wondered throughout the evening how so many pollsters could get this race so wrong. This was kind of like the “Dewey versus Truman” race.
About 10:45 p.m. there were only a handful of states left to call with about 78 electoral votes left to grab. Trump was sitting at 244 electoral votes to Clinton’s 215. He was leading in a few of the remaining states. I was thinking that this race ended up like watching a wounded animal. You just wanted to end it and put the Clinton supporters out of their misery so we could go to sleep.
Around midnight, John Podesta, the campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton appeared at their election party and told the audience something like they can all wait a little longer and that they were not going to have any more to say tonight. So she did not concede.