Trump Conduit for Russian Money is Convicted on Six Felony Counts -- November 17, 2022
Jesse Benton convicted.
Washington Post has the story behind pay wall. CBS, NBC, ABC avoid it. Same for NY Times, at least so far. Donald Trump taking illegal money from a Russian national and his courier getting convicted for six felonies for it is way too hot for them.
The Wiki entry is straightforward:
On September 20, 2021, the United States Department of Justice announced that Benton (along with Doug Wead) has been indicted. Benton and Wead are both charged with one count of conspiracy to solicit and cause an illegal campaign contribution by a foreign national, effect a conduit contribution, and cause false records to be filed with the FEC, one count of contribution by a foreign national, one count of contribution in the name of another and three counts of making false entries in an official record, all related to contributions he had made to the Trump campaign on behalf of a Russian national. Benton was convicted of all 6 counts on November 17, 2022.
The indictment press release is also interesting:
Political Operatives Indicted for Alleged Scheme Involving Illegal Campaign Contribution to 2016 Presidential Campaign
Trump pardoned Benton for a different campaign felony. Roughly speaking, that’s what Benton does. He fancies himself a fixer.
We’ll have to see what else comes out in the wash.